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Windows 7: Windows 7 Vs XP on speed

15 Apr 2013   #1
Sparkydan

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 
Windows 7 Vs XP on speed

Hi

Is there much difference on speed and battery life on portable computers between Xp and 7?


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15 Apr 2013   #2
FaberTech

Windows 7 x64 / Windows Server 2008 / Linux (Redhat & Deb distros) / OS X / More
 
 

There are too many variables to define what you are asking. But I do not believe you will notice much difference with battery usage. Perhaps if you could tell us what kind of system you are running, we could further help you choose between the two.

Edit: Also, what do you use your computer for on a daily basis.
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15 Apr 2013   #3
roboticarm

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Depends much on the specs of the machine. Windows 7 is noticeably faster but does have some system requirements that need to be met.

As per battery life, with Windows Aero, battery life will be lesser than that of XP.
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15 Apr 2013   #4
FaberTech

Windows 7 x64 / Windows Server 2008 / Linux (Redhat & Deb distros) / OS X / More
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by roboticarm View Post
Depends much on the specs of the machine. Windows 7 is noticeably faster but does have some system requirements that need to be met.

As per battery life, with Windows Aero, battery life will be lesser than that of XP.
True, but windows Aero will only work if the system supports it. I'f the system is old enough, it wont run Aero anyway. Or if its Windows 7 basic. But good point
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15 Apr 2013   #5
roboticarm

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FaberTech View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by roboticarm View Post
Depends much on the specs of the machine. Windows 7 is noticeably faster but does have some system requirements that need to be met.

As per battery life, with Windows Aero, battery life will be lesser than that of XP.
True, but windows Aero will only work if the system supports it. I'f the system is old enough, it wont run Aero anyway. Or if its Windows 7 basic. But good point
A system which does not support Aero will most probably be laggy to use even with basic theme since the UI will solely depend on software rendering.
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15 Apr 2013   #6
FaberTech

Windows 7 x64 / Windows Server 2008 / Linux (Redhat & Deb distros) / OS X / More
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by roboticarm View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FaberTech View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by roboticarm View Post
Depends much on the specs of the machine. Windows 7 is noticeably faster but does have some system requirements that need to be met.

As per battery life, with Windows Aero, battery life will be lesser than that of XP.
True, but windows Aero will only work if the system supports it. I'f the system is old enough, it wont run Aero anyway. Or if its Windows 7 basic. But good point
A system which does not support Aero will most probably be laggy to use even with basic theme since the UI will solely depend on software rendering.
Very true. Ha ha I have a feeling this is gonna be a long thread. As I said. There are too many variables. :P
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15 Apr 2013   #7
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
As others have said -- depends on what you are doing on either system. However a HUGE way to improve battery life (and make the machine perform much better - whatever OS is on it) is to fit an SSD).

XP doesn't have any native SATA drivers so if you want to continue running XP with a MODERN (non IDE) SSD you'll need to slipstream the SATA drivers into the install media -- plenty of tutorials on how to do that.

My own view is that unless you NEED XP for any particular purpose run W7. (Actually if you can tolerate it W8 is actually better for battery life due to the optimisations and improved code in the OS - but W8 isn't everybody's idea of a decent OS -- especially on a W7 Forum).

Cheers
jimbo
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15 Apr 2013   #8
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Actually, with Aero on, the battery life will be improved. The graphics processor is already active, rending the display, the work load Aero puts on to it is nothing, it doesn't even have to pull itself out of its power save mode. Where as, if you were doing the UI on the CPU, that makes the CPU work harder. The GPU is far more efficient with graphical computations then the CPU.
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15 Apr 2013   #9
benjy206

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Stated all above is all true. As William (FaberTech) said it could be a very long thread. It would mostly depend on the system itself. So Specs would be great. Regarding the battery life that also depends more or so on the system also. You need to be asking how old is the system? Then all the other specs.

Batteries over time lose there power to keep a good charge, most people say 5 years it will last, but I have had ones for longer. Some for less, as said it all the depends on the specs
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15 Apr 2013   #10
roboticarm

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Actually, with Aero on, the battery life will be improved. The graphics processor is already active, rending the display, the work load Aero puts on to it is nothing, it doesn't even have to pull itself out of its power save mode. Where as, if you were doing the UI on the CPU, that makes the CPU work harder. The GPU is far more efficient with graphical computations then the CPU.
Much true, but disabling transparency DOES make a difference on the battery life. One of the reasons why Windows 8 gives more battery life.

Nothing on the face of Earth is free, everything costs, the fancy Aero effects make the processors (CPU+GPU overall) work much more than XP did, Aero does cost extra power when compared to XP, but disabling Aero totally does not obviously save power.
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