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Intel Talks About Windows 7 Optimizations

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Intel helped Microsoft make Windows 7 faster.

One of the biggest challenges for Microsoft when designing any piece of software is maintaining compatibility for the nearly infinite different configurations of hardware. This is especially true for an operating system, which is why Microsoft worked with hardware partners as closely as possible when developing Windows 7.

Intel, being the largest chip maker in the world, played an important part in optimizing Windows 7 so that it'll run well on Intel CPUs.

Joakim Lialias, Intel's Alliance Manager for Microsoft explained on the new Partner blog some of the optimizations: "Working with Intel, Microsoft implemented a new feature called SMT parking, which provided additional support for the Windows 7 scheduler for Intel Hyper-threading Technology, enabling better performance on hyper-threaded, multi-core Intel processors. This will help users get the maximum benefit from multi-tasking."

"Also, Intel and Microsoft jointly analyzed the boot/shutdown/sleep/resume times on Intel platforms during the development of Windows 7 to identify opportunities to optimize Intel drivers and BIOS as well as Windows 7," Lialias continued. "Our mutual goal was to provide the most responsive compute experience possible. Another key part of the performance and responsiveness was our collaboration to optimize Intel Solid State Drive technology for Windows 7."

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    sonicmachinehead , July 24, 2009 10:14 PM
    So my AMD is once again kicked in the balls by Intel....
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    deltatux , July 24, 2009 10:53 PM
    I'm sure Microsoft works with AMD closely as well as AMD does own a sizeable market as well.

    This article talks about Intel, doesn't mean AMD is excluded.
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    skykaptain , July 24, 2009 10:15 PM
    What about AMD?
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    jerreece , July 24, 2009 10:07 PM
    I wonder if this article will illicit a negative response from folks who are AMD only. :)  I don't take sides, but I just wonder. I also wonder if AMD was able to work as closely with Microsoft or not.
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    Anonymous , July 24, 2009 10:09 PM
    I'm amazed for the Solid State drives!
    However, Intel's SS drives are pretty fast and efficient themselves!
    It's other MLC drives that need compatibility (by having write cache enabled and delayed writes when a reading operation is being done).

    I only have one more request on windows 7,that the disk defrag program might be optimized, not to clutter files from the same directory over the disk, but to try to fit them as close to eachother as possible, allowing faster program bootups.
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    kelfen , July 24, 2009 10:12 PM
    AMD is slowly put in a courner all by itself
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    sonicmachinehead , July 24, 2009 10:14 PM
    So my AMD is once again kicked in the balls by Intel....
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    skykaptain , July 24, 2009 10:15 PM
    What about AMD?
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    Niva , July 24, 2009 10:26 PM
    AMD really doesn't matter folks... oh wait, I don't own any Intel systems. So much for upgrading to Windows 7 for me I guess :) 
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    deltatux , July 24, 2009 10:53 PM
    I'm sure Microsoft works with AMD closely as well as AMD does own a sizeable market as well.

    This article talks about Intel, doesn't mean AMD is excluded.
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    chaohsiangchen , July 25, 2009 1:31 AM
    jerreeceI wonder if this article will illicit a negative response from folks who are AMD only. I don't take sides, but I just wonder. I also wonder if AMD was able to work as closely with Microsoft or not.


    They do. Not long a ago, a report says that AMD is working closely with M$ on developing codes that is optimized for virtualization. However, Intel always have more resources to provide better documentation and tech support.
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    gekko668 , July 25, 2009 2:19 AM
    I'm sure AMD will develops an optimization software that is only for AMD processor like the AMD Fusion.
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    apmyhr , July 25, 2009 4:43 AM
    If your an AMD fan, I wouldn't get worried over this article. For CPU performance, it mostly talks about improved use of HyperThreading, which is only on the new Nehalem line. Those CPU's are in a price bracket which AMD doesn't even really compete in. So if you stick to comparing AMD processors to their Intel equivalents, increased hyperthreading support doesn't matter because Core 2 doesn't have hyperthreading. So don't get worried that you should have bought the $150 Intel CPU instead of the $150 AMD CPU.
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    scrumworks , July 25, 2009 6:59 AM
    M$ doesn't want to cooperate with AMD? Perhaps AMD didn't have the same money to bribe MS to get their own optimizations in place.
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    Anonymous , July 25, 2009 8:31 AM
    People also forget that intel has more software engineers than microsoft...
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    amnotanoobie , July 25, 2009 8:39 AM
    deltatuxI'm sure Microsoft works with AMD closely as well as AMD does own a sizeable market as well.This article talks about Intel, doesn't mean AMD is excluded.


    I think this article was just highlighted because of the difference between Hyper-Threading and an actual core. Since AMD doesn't have Hyper-Threading like technology, I guess any improvements made to take advantage of multiple cores to Intel CPUs should also apply to AMD CPUs.
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    justjc , July 25, 2009 1:02 PM
    I can't help wonder why it nowhere in the above text says that the source is a post on the Windows Partner Blog, written by(surprise) Intel. Original post can be found at http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/partner/archive/2009/07/22/your-windows-7-experience-rooted-in-close-technical-collaboration.aspx other contributers are Lenovo and nVidia according to their own posts on the 3 day old blog.

    The idea of the post is naturally to make us think AMD was left out of the development. However as it can be read @ http://gadgets.softpedia.com/news/AMD-Announce-Windows-7-Oriented-Devices-4104-01.html that's not the case.
    They instead provide the quote:

    “AMD continues to be a great industry partner and we are very happy to work with them to deliver great premium experiences for our mutual customers. With technology such as DirectX 11 graphics cards, AMD understands PC users' needs by providing a dynamic entertainment experience,” said Mike Ybarra, General Manager, Windows Product Management, Microsoft Corp. “Because we worked closely with AMD in the development and test process of Windows 7, users running Windows 7 Home Premium and Professional on an AMD-based platform can experience a rich, fast computing experience.”
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    zodiacfml , July 25, 2009 1:05 PM
    i have win7 installed at an athlon xp 2000 and here an athlon x2 5000. system response is way better than vista. i don't see any problem with this news.
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    cabose369 , July 25, 2009 11:33 PM
    The translation of this article is:

    Intel helped Microsoft make Windows 7 run better using it's CPU.

    I wouldn't be surprised if this turns into a lawsuit against Intel.... AGAIN! LOL.
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    Aoster87 , July 26, 2009 12:21 AM
    scrumworksM$ doesn't want to cooperate with AMD? Perhaps AMD didn't have the same money to bribe MS to get their own optimizations in place.

    Your ignorance is laughable.
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    randomizer , July 26, 2009 11:49 AM
    scrumworksM$ doesn't want to cooperate with AMD? Perhaps AMD didn't have the same money to bribe MS to get their own optimizations in place.

    It doesn't say AMD has no optimisations. They just haven't talked about them.
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    douken , July 26, 2009 1:31 PM
    http://sites.amd.com/us/microsoft/Pages/AMD-Windows-7.aspx

    /silence all
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    randomizer , July 26, 2009 1:52 PM
    doukenhttp://sites.amd.com/us/microsoft/ [...] ows-7.aspx/silence all

    Exactly.
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