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#1 Mithos

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 11:15 AM

Are there any sites that do good, practical, every-day comparisons?

The kind of thing like timing the time it takes to boot up with a load of crap-ware installed (since few people have a fresh install for long), or how long it takes to open five instances of photoshop?

I do do some mathematical modelling, but even so I'm less interested in knowing how long it takes to calculate the next prime number under differing OSes and I'd rather know how long it takes to check my emails from a cold start.

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 11:24 AM

try this http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/w...view?page=0%2C0 in all actuality though a lot depends on your hardware to. If its to old for windows 7 Xp is going to load slower, etc etc. Most online benchmarkers are still putting XP pro as slightly outperforming windows 7 in everything but gaming, but not by a huge margin, Im using 7 myself and am so far pleased with its performance, more so then I was with XP.

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 05:59 PM

I agree with the_patriot09. If your hardware can handle it and you have the money to buy it, there is no reason to not get Windows 7. Yes, XP does edge it out a little in performance, but the pros (new features and improved interface) of Windows 7 far outweigh the cons.

Run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see if your computer can run Windows 7. Report back here with the results.

The worst thing you can do is try to put Windows 7 on old hardware that has no Windows 7 support of any kind (i.e. drivers). If your computer came with Vista, then Windows 7 will run better than that. Like I said, XP edges out 7 for resource usage and boot times...but to me, Windows 7 is more than worth it. :huh:
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