Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Default installs of Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 10.10

12 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Default installs of Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu 10.10

I installed Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate edition onto my test box at work. The box consists of an Asus P5QL-Pro mobo, Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 at 3.00ghz, 8GB of Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 RAM, an EVGA 8600GT and a Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7,200RPM hard drive.

With a full install of Windows from DVD...the process took 15:04 from power button to logon screen. At the first logon, my Windows 7 box was running 32 processes, and was consuming 10% of my physical memory. The total RAM was 8191, Cached was 845, Available was 7244 and Free was 6322. So, that comes out to less than 1GB of RAM being used.

My boot time breakdown is 25.6 seconds from power button press to "Starting Windows". From there, it's 19 seconds to the logon screen. So, my total time from power button press to logon is between 44.0 and 44.9 seconds over 5 tests. The time to power off said box is between 7.8 and 8.5 seconds.

The hard drive space used was 22,622,601,216 bytes. However, the hiberfil.sys file was 6,290,772KB and the pagefile.sys by default was 8,387,696KB. So, by eliminating the hiberfil.sys file (powercfg -h off), I dropped to 16,178,061,312. And if I turned off the pagefile (which I don't actually recommend), it dropped to 7,594,749,952.

Comparing this to Ubuntu 10.10 on the same hardware.

Install time to the same hardware from power button press to logon screen: 12:36
After first logon, memory being used was 312MB
The boot time from Grub to logon screen was 12.9 seconds
The total install size was 2.1GB on the hard drive.
The time from poweroff to the power going out: 3.8 seconds.

Out of the box, Ubuntu provides me with
--half a dozen games (Mahjong, Mines, Sudoku, Solitaire)
--scanning application and shotwell photo manager
--instant messenger, evolution mail, firefox, gwibber social client, torrent client, remote desktop client
--open office suite
--CD/DVD burning app, music player, video player
--pdf viewer
--almost no need for virus, spyware, malware, and registry cleaner tools
--free to download 640MB installer package for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

And the best part of Ubuntu is that it's all free. So, while I keep a Windows 7 box at home for other things.....Ubuntu is a great choice for my secondary systems and systems for my kids who just use it to surf the web. It's just not worth spending $200+ on a second copy of Windows.

Note: Both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.10 worked out of the box with my video card, sound card, DVD drive, network card, etc. No additional 3rd party drivers were necessary.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Dual boot issue with Windows 7 Ultimate & Ubuntu 14.04
Hi there folks, Please bear with me, this is a bit long.. I want to have system with 2 OSes as named in the subject line. This is what I did to go about having that, Its a new HDD (500 GB) partitioned as follows, 100 GB (for Windows 7), then 265 GB (Data) and then 100 GB again (For Ubuntu...
Installation & Setup
How to change default desktop shortcut path for new installs
Hi, I recently changed the default install path on Windows 7 from C: to D: using regedit. However now all software and games I install have their desktop shortcut defaulted to the old install path on C:\Program Files\ which of course means they don't work and I have to change the shortcut...
Ultimate vs prof. Installs!
Dear friends, I am finding it a bit difficult to explain the prob.! I have a Toshiba l300 PSLBGG laptop and an assembled Desktop. Both the motherboards are of INTEL make. The Desktop has a INTEL 3 series ---> DG35EC MB. I have installed Win.7 Ultimate 32 on the...
Any way to install linux mint like the way wubi installs ubuntu?
Hi, is there any way to install Linux Mint the way Wubi installs Ubuntu? I been using Ubuntu for some time and decided i wanna give Mint a try!

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:15.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App