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Windows 7: Windows 7 May Not Be Much Faster Than Vista


06 May 2009   #1

win 7 build 7600.16385 x64
 
 
Windows 7 May Not Be Much Faster Than Vista

Windows 7 May Not Be Much Faster Than Vista

Though Windows 7 edged out Vista in our lab tests, you may not notice much of a difference.


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Improving performance is one of Microsoft's design goals with Windows 7, and many early reviewers have said that the new OS seems peppier than Vista.

But tests of the Windows 7 Release Candidate in our PC World Test Center found that while Windows 7 was slightly faster on our WorldBench 6 suite, the differences may be barely noticeable to users.

We loaded the Windows 7 Release Candidate on three systems (two desktops and a laptop) and then ran our WorldBench 6 suite. Afterward we compared the results with the WorldBench 6 numbers from the same three systems running Windows Vista.

Each PC was slightly faster when running Windows 7, but in no case was the overall improvement greater than 5 percent, our threshold for when a performance change is noticeable to the average user.

The largest difference was 4 points--102 for Vista versus 106 for Windows 7 on an HP Pavillion a6710t desktop. Our other two test machines showed similarly minor performance improvements:

A Maingear M4A79T Deluxe desktop improved by 1 point (from 138 on Vista to 139 on Windows 7), and a Dell Studio XPS 16 laptop improved by 2 points, from 97 on Vista to 99 on Windows 7.


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06 May 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

ehh, just wait till 7 is finalized then we'll see.
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06 May 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 7600 RTM
 
 

I will guarantee, even if the numbers show that its not much faster, end users will still think its way faster. Little thing called the placebo effect.
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06 May 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

I'm doing just fine with both OS's
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06 May 2009   #5

Win 7
 
 

Well one of the things to consider is that on lower end systems that have to run XP because the older hardware is slow on vista, win 7 performance is much closer to XP and certainly better than vista on these lower end systems.
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06 May 2009   #6

win 7 build 7600.16385 x64
 
 

i guess windows 7 may not be faster as we would have thought

but the thing is its some what lighter as it runs well even in netbook!!!
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06 May 2009   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, I don't see any noticeable difference , but you might appreciate the smaller footprint on a netbook.

A lot of it is perception as opposed to reality - like many things in life.
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06 May 2009   #8

PTS-Dos
 
 

well on low end systems 7 is def. a lot faster than vista. however on modern system vista sp2 runs perfectly and its not slow.
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07 May 2009   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 6.1.7.7600 Build 7600
 
 

yes I agree, my current laptop would only be able to run vista basic (maybe) but I'm bale to run Windows 7 without a problem!
[specs that matter: 1gb ram]
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07 May 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I certainly find Win 7 much faster.
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