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Is it damning with faint praise to say that Windows 7 is definitely not Windows Vista? Probably. After the misfire that was Microsoft's previous operating system, those words alone may be enough to push consumers off the computer-buying fence -- when you couple them with the bargain-basement deals that await PC shoppers over the next few weeks. However, it just so happens that after seeing demonstrations from Microsoft officials and getting a couple of days alone to play with the software, I've decided that Windows 7 is a better operating system than Vista.
My Toshiba laptop (Satellite A295-S5841 - Core Duo 1.73Ghz, 2Gb, 7200rpm hard drive) boots 32bit Win 7 in 35-38 seconds to log-in screen. It takes another 14 seconds to complete log-in. I have Office 2003, Outlook, Norton IS 2010 loading their bits during this. Haven't loaded the rest of my apps yet. Naturally, I expect the number of and specific apps to impact the time to complete the log-in. The last three years QB is particularly painful to get started.
I have a desktop with AMD Athlon 64x2, 5400+, 2.81Ghz with 4Gb of DDR2 800Mhz RAM, 7200rpm disks. It boots Win XP SP3 32bit and the same apps. It takes 53 seconds to boot to log-in screen and an additional 30 seconds to complete log-in.
This was a clean install I did this AM just to check with the exact same apps loaded. (My working XP configuration has many, many apps loaded and I am not sure exactly what impact the addition apps would have.)
This same system booted Vista Business 32bit in 91 seconds to log-in screen (similar but not same apps Office 2007 for instance) and 39 seconds to complete log-in.
I only have the boot to log-in screen number for this same system running Win 7 final release candidate - 27 seconds. I expect the released version of Win 7 to perform as well.
So, my experience is within measurement error of the 30 second claim in the article and close enough to discredit the previous poster's vitriolic comments.
Sure would prefer if people commenting here would eschew emotion in favor of facts.
While I like the looks of Win 7 and am likely to 'upgrade' to it in the future, for now I am sticking with the known XP version.
Ran Vista Business 32bit SP1 for a couple of months before deciding to go back to XP for production. Also tried Vista 64bit, but found too many missing drivers and applications that wouldn't run.
Plan to test the 'XP mode' with both 32bit and 64bit Win 7 when I find time. If it truly runs the key applications I need reasonably well, I may become a 'believer' in Win 7. Time will tell.
But I can say without reservations that it is a major improvement over even the current releases of Vista.
Microsoft should allow a free upgrade from Vista to Windows 7.
30 seconds to boot is a bold-faced lie. It won't boot that fast on a 2.66 ghz quad-core processor with 4gb memory and 10,000 rpm drives. You should be ashamed of yourself.