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Windows 7: Which browser do you recommend?

30 Nov 2010   #21

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maxxwire View Post
WHS- I also used the default settings when I first ran Opera and its performance was no better than FF, but when I increased the connections settings Opera it nearly tripled its download bandwidth speed according to Bandwidth Meter Pro. You can also opt out of sending referrer information to the web sites you visit if you prefer.
Maxx, the same can be done in FireFox:
Maximize connections to multiple servers
The integer preference network.http.max-connections controls how many simultaneous network connections Firefox will make at any one time to any number of Web servers. One typical way this pays off is if you have Firefox set to load multiple home pages in different tabs at once, or if you access pages that aggregate contents from several different servers (for instance, multiple advertising systems).
By default, this is set to 24, which should work well for most network connections, but you can raise it to 32 and see if that has any effect. (I've seen people raise this as high as 64, but anything above 32 doesn't seem to provide much discernible payoff.)
Maximize connections to the same server
The integer preference network.http.max-connections-per-server controls how many separate connections Firefox makes to the same server, which allows multiple elements in a page to be downloaded in parallel. Normally, this is set to 8, but some people choose to set it as high as 16.
Note, however, that some Web servers will block you if you try to establish more than 8 inbound connections, typically as a bandwidth-protection or antileeching measure -- this is the kind of behavior also exhibited by download managers that try to use as many "slots" as possible to speed things up, and many server admins hate that sort of thing. Also, if you're on a connection that's not fast to begin with (e.g., slow ISDN or dial-up), changing this setting will have no discernible effect, and may in fact slow things down.
Great guide... (be sure to follow all of the caveats in the article should one desire to implement the suggestions contained therein)
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
It is not the download speed with which I have a problem. It is the access to webpages - takes forever.
There is even a suggestion in the above referenced article for faster loading of pages in FF:
Start rendering pages faster
Creating an nglayout.initialpaint.delay integer preference lets you control how long Firefox waits before starting to render a page. If this value isn't set, Firefox defaults to 250 milliseconds, or 0.25 of a second. Some people report that setting it to 0 -- i.e., forcing Firefox to begin rendering immediately -- causes almost all pages to show up faster. Values as high as 50 are also pretty snappy.

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01 Dec 2010   #22

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mikedl View Post
Maxx, the same can be done in FireFox.
Yes I am aware of that in that I had my Firefox Browser 'FireTuned' at the time, but it still couldn't keep up with Opera which has its pipelining tools onboard with no need of 3rd party software or complicated configuration. Many times the old saying rings true... "Mo simple, Mo betta!"


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01 Dec 2010   #23

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit

i use firefox n opera.....
before this, i use firefox n chrome... but chrome sometimes become hang n not load nicely. so i remove it n use opera beside firefox
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01 Dec 2010   #24

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Knock on wood my latest Chrome install and update has performed flawlessly. Still have IE 8 sits waiting for duty as well. May try Opera someday?
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03 Dec 2010   #25

Windows 7 Ultimate

Give opera 11 a try, it is really good. Side by side with chrome it loads pages faster pretty much every time. The pinned tabs (great for facebook) and group tabs are really useful.

Also, if you're using a netbook, opera is a must have. Opera has the greatest screen real estate out of all the browsers which is good for laptops with small screens. It seems to be a pretty lightweight browser aswell. I used to use chrome alongside firefox but ever since opera 10 I've only used opera.
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03 Dec 2010   #26

Windows 8.1 Pro x64

I found out that FF actually runs faster in windows 7. I don't know how, ut it did.
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04 Dec 2010   #27

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HonorGamer View Post
I found out that FF actually runs faster in windows 7. I don't know how, ut it did.


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04 Dec 2010   #28

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I just use IE anymore.
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04 Dec 2010   #29

Windows 10 Pro x64, Arch Linux

FF 4.0
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04 Dec 2010   #30
Abhishek Ghosh

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Mac OS X 10.6

My personal preference is Opera > F.F. > I.E.
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