Windows Vista seems to be slightly faster on the synthetic Sandra 2009 benchmark while PCMark Vantage more clearly shows the opposite. Windows 7 seems to be superior in this test.
boot and shut down times are the main reason I put 7 on my laptop. Vista was getting soo slow, I would turn it on and walk away for 10 mins, and it would still be loading stuff into memory. If i sat there, I couldn't open IE for at least 3 mins from bios post, and 1 min after the desktop was showing.I can run 7 basic on my laptop with all the bells and whistles turned on.On my desktop, windows 7 seems snappier, even compared to xp. Large file games seem to load quite a bit faster on 7, wish it was included in this review. Also left out was the first thing I noticed with 7 vs Vista, IE unloads from memory more than Vista. on a limited system, unloading fully is critical.
XP booting blows win7 out of the water.
Good review there but i still runing xp pro. how about XP Pro VS Win7 Ultimate. i believe there are still lots gamer still running XP Pro.
"Here’s a real life result: Far Cry runs faster on Windows 7."I disagree that this is a 'real life' result. Not at medium quality and 1280x800 resolution. In my opinion if you include gaming benchmarks you should use more realistic settings.
When Vista first came out I switched to vista and never found it as bad as it is generally perceived to be in the first place.In fact the more I used it the more I started to like it.As per my experience the immediate advantages of Vista were- the aging effects were less prominent than that of XP and the backdoor was much more secure than XP,and you got less infected with malware. However as soon as windows 7 went to public beta I started using it.Since then I haven't looked back.It may be just an incremental evolution from Vista but it carried all the good points of both vista and Xp .7's UI is just awesome.It is more faithful to FITT's laws of UI design and increases productivity.Well XP's functionality and supporting services are much less(read less secure,less efficient)so no wonder it runs very very fast.Win7 on the other hand has all the latest technology but also runs very fast because it uses the available resources more efficiently .Providing all the goodies at almost the same speed as Xp is one hell of an achievement in itself and makes Xp look prehistoric.That's the reason I have at last upgraded my old P4 system from Xp to 7(dual booted with UBUNTU 9.04) and to be true I don't miss XP at all anymore.Windows 7 is really great like this review testifies and more.Not only the generic tasks are performed more efficienty , it helps to improve the efficiency of the user by its UI enhancements thus enabling a significant productivity boost.I think this part should have been elaborated in the article.However a very good article.
After the installation of Windows 7 I got the expression, that I have got a new PC. Windows 7 cannot be compared to Vista at all. In my case it takes 2 hours to "boot" a vista PC, well the GUI is up and running in 1 minutte, and then it spends 1-2 more hours crunching my harddrive som some reason, even if indexing is disabled and the antivirus does not start scanning. In the mean time my 4 kernels processor reacts like it was the smallest Atom processor on XP. After 3 or 4 hours the system is finally ready to be used by the user. The Windows 7 turned my Q6600 CPU to a real processor.It takes aproximatelly the same time to boot vista and windows 7. The difference is, in Windows 7 case, it can be used immediatelly after, in vista case you have to wait 1-2 more hours. I think that MS should fix problems with start up of vista.Finally I would like to know when MS finally stops with the elevated mode. The only result of the elevated mode is disturbing the user with stupid questions, because every user get used to click on "continue" button as he/she is asked every time he/she is starting any program. I can remember a single incident, when I didn't want to continue, because thats was exactly what I was asking for. Windows 7 is only party irritating.
Your comparative chart seems to be missing DX10 for Vista and DX11 for Win7...
I ditched XP for Vista as soon as I got my hands on release candidate 1 and never looked back. For me (with the system I have and my presonal taste), I see little reason to switch to Windows 7.But, maybe I'm an oddball
Frankly, I'm getting fed up with Microsoft's unstable operating systems. Just when they get an OS stable, they discontinue it and release something that is unreliable. If you're working on 3d drawings, video, or long written pieces, the "blue screen of death" problem in Windows 7 64 bit is intolerable. Unfortunately, they won't let you "upgrage" to XP.
I've never ever had a BSOD with Windows 7, and I'm still using the RC. Time for a clean install, Mr Space Eagle!