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Windows 7: Why?

15 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Why?

I'm using mobile racks on the same desktop so that I can have different language versions of Windows.

Recently, I installed Windows 7 Ultimate (English) on a new drive, hoping to replace my XP Professional (English) eventually since it has the XP mode feature and the interface can be changed to different languages almost immediately after a short logoff.

I was downloading an 100 mb file with DownThemAll, a download manager add-on for Firefox, the speed I was getting was around 260 kb/s. I canceled the download and swapped in the XP Pro drive and downloaded the same file again which is also using DownThemAll. This time I was getting nearly 800 kb/s.

It's the same machine, identical versions of browser and plugin, yet the speed differs so dramatically.

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15 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Hey that's Interesting.

- Was anything updating at the same time on the Windows 7 box? Microsoft updates? other hardware vendor updates? Automatic network backup?
- Perhaps the site was experiencing more users and slowed down.
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15 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I use manual update because I'm easily annoyed by the popping up of update notifications. System restore is disabled. My Kaspersky updates at a fixed scheduled time. So it shouldn't be the issue.

Second point: It was only a matter of three minutes.
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15 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I would have to agree with TimStitt. It was most likely to be something outside of the OS. With the internet being such is wild place 500kb/s isnt all that much of change.

My guesses are...
  • Site got extra traffic between downloads
  • Other programs on your machine using network (updates/backups?)
  • Other network users
  • Your actual connection to the ISP was slowed. (IDK what your speed should be)
  • Website could of been slow in the first place but the servers cached the first part. Ex. you downloaded 20% on Win 7, your ISP cached that, then when you restarted the download on Win XP you get the ~260kb/s from the server and the ~500kb/s from the cached ISP data.
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15 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I really wish the issue is not OS related since I invested so much on the new Windows.
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15 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 & 64 -(Boot Camped Snow Leopard on a Mac Mini)
 
 

I'd suspect a network driver issue. On one of my Windows 7 boxes, I get double the download throughput if I use a Linksys WUSB600N XP driver than if I use the suggested Windows 7 driver. Try various network drivers for your network adapter or NIC and see if the throughput increases.
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15 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

My machine is directly connected to the modem with cat5 cable. The only difference is: I used the network driver that came with the Asus P5LD2 motherboard on XP and the "Windows installed" driver on Win 7.
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15 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fengzj View Post
My machine is directly connected to the modem with cat5 cable. The only difference is: I used the network driver that came with the Asus P5LD2 motherboard on XP and the "Windows installed" driver on Win 7.
I agree with everyone and I wouldn't discount driver issues, just check the manufacturer for an updated Windows 7 driver. Sometimes the windows installed one is not the latest or best.

If your ISP also hosts data, download something from them under both set-up's and check the speed. As it's your ISP, there is less chance that you'll be affected by traffic. This should confirm whether or not it is a congestion issue.
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15 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Find an updated network driver for your system then...
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15 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thank you all.
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