I had a friend ask me is Windows 7 faster than Windows XP, and I did not know. I knew that it ran faster than Vista, so I went to work.
First, my laptop has never known Windows XP and it never will, I do not like XP and prefer Vista over it and love 7 over both of them. Some would say I am nuts but as a computer technician, the newer versions of Windows make my life easier. This laptop is a Compaq Presario C700 (C712NR) with 2 Gb of Ram and an Intel Core 2 Duo T5850 running at 2.16 GHz this also runs an Intel Mobile 965 Express Graphics Chipset. The laptop came with Vista Home Premium 32bit and I installed Windows 7 Enterprize 32bit. Below is the Windows Experience Index from Vista. Please note that the Index range is from 1.0 to 5.9 in Vista.
As you can see the laptop does ok but below is the Windows Experience Index from 7 it seems like there is not much of a difference. Please note that in 7 the Index range is from 1.0 to 7.9 and that might be why the numbers are different.
The difference in the numbers is interesting however I also ran Pass Mark Performance Test in both operating systems. I figured this would give me a good answer if Windows 7 was, in fact, faster than Vista. In Vista the Performance Test got a total score of 537.8 while in 7 it got a total of 590.4 I think these numbers speak for themselves. Vista is slower than 7 the benchmark proves this. So then what about Windows XP?
Well, my father has a computer that I figured would be a great it is a home-built machine with an Asus KV8 SE Deluxe motherboard with an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ running at 2.2GHz and with 2 Gb or Ram and an ATI X800 XT All-in-Wonder. It already has Windows XP installed and it has never known Vista, so I partitioned the hard drive and installed Windows 7 Enterprize 32bit. Pictured below is the Windows Experience Index from Windows 7
As before I ran the Pass Mark Performance Test on both operating systems and here are the results you have waited for. Windows 7 got a total score of 390.1 where Windows XP got a total score of 440.6 XP did better in 2D and 3D graphics than 7 and that could be due to the lack of proper driver support, as time goes on I’m sure that gap will close. Really XP does not do that much better than 7 but it is a little faster. Still, my mother was using Windows 7 for the first time today on my father’s computer and really liked it and wants to use it more, and she has never used Vista.
So is Windows 7 faster than Windows XP? Nope, but Windows 7 is faster than Vista but just a little slower than XP, not bad Microsoft, not bad at all. If you are thinking of making the jump to Windows 7 the numbers speak for themselves, go for it. The new Features and the fact that it is more energy-efficient make Windows 7 worth the upgrade, even if it is a little slower than XP.