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Windows 7 Verses Windows Vista-Data Recovery and Computer Repair-Newbury-Park

There have been some media reports, much of them instigated by utility developer Iolo, that claim Windows 7 boots up more slowly than Vista. In PCMag.com’s testing, however, the new OS starts up significantly faster than Vista on the same machine. And it’s not just faster in boot time, but on a number of other benchmarks we ran, including video encoding, the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark, Geekbench, and PCMark Vantage. The only area in which the new OS didn’t show at least a little improvement was in shutdown speed. For Windows 7 upgrades, data recovery, and computer repair in Newbury Park call AB Computer Repair.

We tested on clean installations of 64-bit Windows 7 and Vista on the same machine: a Dell Studio 14zrunning a 2.4-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3GB of DDR3 RAM and Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics. I chose a 64-bit system because most of the systems we’ve tested and recommended in the past year (except netbooks) have shipped with 64-bit Windows.

Windows 7 Verses Windows Vista-Data Recovery and Computer Repair-Newbury-Park

For startup comparison, I stopped the timer when the desktop and all interface elements appeared and the Start menu became operational. In this test, Windows 7 improved on Vista by nearly 14 percent. Shutdown time remained a snappy 10 seconds for both operating systems on this machine. (In tests on 32-bit systems, shutdown speed increased slightly.) Startup is, of course, far more important than shut down for most users. For Windows 7 upgrades, data recovery, and computer repair in Newbury Park call AB Computer Repair.

For another real-world, task-based test, I timed video encoding in Windows Live Movie Maker on both operating systems. I used the same two-minute movie content (made of clips and images I created, complete with titles and transitions), and had the program convert it to 480p (720 by 480 at 3 Mbps). Windows 7 posted a 12 percent improvement on this test, reducing the time it took from 1 minute and 31 seconds to 1 and 20 seconds.

Windows 7 Verses Windows Vista-Data Recovery and Computer Repair-Newbury-Park

I also compared JavaScript performance using the well-regarded SunSpider benchmark and the open-source Firefox 3.5. I could have compared using the browsers native to Vista and Windows 7, Internet Explorer 7 and 8, respectively, but then it would be difficult to tell how much the results would be affected by the fact that, relatively speaking, IE7 is a dog. Choosing Firefox 3.5 on both systems leveled the playing field. The results showed a nearly 14 percent improvement in browsing speeds in Windows 7 over Vista. For Windows 7 upgrades, data recovery, and computer repair in Newbury Park call AB Computer Repair.

Geekbench, from Primate Labs, runs a series of geeky tests like prime number, Mandelbrot, blowfish encryption, text compression, image sharpen and blur, and memory stream test. The subtests comprise both single- and multithreaded applications. These tests are hardware intensive so I wouldn’t expect to see vast differences here, but Primate Labs has used this test to compare OSes in the past (they pitted Leopard against Snow Leopard, for example), so I thought it would be an interesting tool for this OS faceoff, too. In the end, Windows 7 only improved performance by half a percent on this test. That’s not much, but it does at least show that the new OS doesn’t slow down these processes.

Windows 7 Verses Windows Vista-Data Recovery and Computer Repair-Newbury-Park

PCMark Vantage runs through actions like viewing and editing photos, video, and music, as well as gaming, communications, productivity, and security operations. I had previously run the benchmark on a 2-GHz dual-core Dell XPS M1330 laptop, and Windows 7 scored 4,107 compared with Vista’s 3,567 (a higher result is better). This 15 percent improvement over Vista was duplicated in my present tests on the 2.4GHz laptop—an impressive gain. For Windows 7 upgrades, data recovery, and computer repair in Newbury Park call AB Computer Repair.

 

Window 7 vs. Windows Vista
Dell Laptop with 3GB DDR3 RAM Windows Vista, 64-bit Windows 7, 64-bit Percent Improvement
Startup (in seconds) 52.7 45.5 13.7
Shutdown (in seconds) 10 10 0
Video rendering (in minutes:seconds) 1:31 1:20 12.1
SunSpider (Firefox 3.5) 1,437 1,238 13.8
Geekbench 2.1 2,778 2,792 0.5
PCMark Vantage 3,850 4,418 14.8

In a new OS with a lot of new features, it’s impressive that Microsoft has trimmed down and sped up the code. Shutdown and Geekbench aside, most of the tests showed about a 14 percent improvement—a pretty nice boost. Of course, your mileage will most definitely vary. I performed several of my tests on other laptops as well, including 32-bit systems, and got roughly similar results. Where there were differences, they were generally in Windows 7′s favor. Overall, I’m confident that most users will experience noticeable performance improvement if they upgrade from Vista. For Windows 7 upgrades, data recovery, and computer repair in Newbury Park call AB Computer Repair.

Windows 7 Verses Windows Vista-Data Recovery and Computer Repair-Newbury-Park

In the past, Microsoft operated under the assumption that PCs will continually get faster and more powerful, so it was less concerned about growing and slowing the code. Windows 7 is different. Despite the abundance of new user interface, convenience, and networking features added in Windows 7, performance has actually been improved.

 

Windows 7 Verses Windows Vista-Data Recovery and Computer Repair-Newbury-Park

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