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Windows 7: faster than Vista and XP?


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Source: Digitalversus


With Windows 7, Microsoft counts on scrubbing the slate clean of the mistakes made with its old operating system, Vista. We’re promised a lighter, faster system. How does Windows 7 actually do opposite XP and Vista?



To judge Windows 7, we selected 7 categories of application and carried out 9 different tests. We then measured Seven’s performance against Vista and XP (still well-appreciated by users). All the tests were carried out on two different machines, one entry-level and one very high-end computer.


Entry level


- Intel Pentium E2220

- ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe

- 2 GB DDR3 Corsair CM3X-1333C9DHX

- ATI Radeon HD 4770

- 32-bit Windows


High end


- Intel Core i7 975 XE

- Intel DX58SO

- 6 GB DDR3 Corsair TR3X-1600C8 Dominator

- PNY GeForce GTX 295

- 64-bit Windows


Opinion is unaniumous, Windows Vista was a commercial flop. One of the reproaches was its weight. Numerous users opted to stay, or even return to Windows XP (2001), judged much faster. Microsoft tells us that it has learnt its lesson and says that Windows 7 is a more responsive, faster system.


Of course, Seven isn’t only supposed to be faster, it also has a reworked interface. Derived from the Vista interface – the core of the system is moreover a development of Vista – it plays on effects of transparency, includes a new task bar and better thought-out animation. But this isn’t what interests us most in this article. No. Here we want to look at the OS rapidity in the execution of tasks (see inset).


Assessment: start-up not necessarily any faster and a successful 64-bit version


On our entry-level machine, we noted that start-up was in particular a lot longer than with the two other operating systems. We also noted that XP and Vista were on an equal footing as far as start-up speed goes. Otherwise the system does well on video encoding but is slow in editing with Movie Maker. To conclude, Windows 7 is better than Vista on a small machine but there isn’t a great difference.


Things are different on our high-end configuration.. First of all, start-up. The new OS is clearly the fastest. This is also the case for gaming and video editing. You might conclude that this is the system that is best for putting your top-end equipment through its paces.


In the end, you can’t say Windows carries out tasks faster than the previous operating systems. As you’ll see in our graphs, sometimes it does better than Vista and at others it is down on the ageing XP.


What the results don’t tell us


We have now been using Windows 7 on several machines for a few weeks. Something we've noticed that doesn’t show up in the graphs is the system’s responsiveness. It's a good deal better than in Vista. You have less of an impression than in Vista that the computer is splashing around when you request it to open a file. This is less marked on an entry-level machine (our laptop for example) but is fully noticeable on a higher-end PC. Once again, Windows 7 seems better able to put the different rapid components of a computer to work.




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