Windows 7 Beta 1 Vs Windows Vista Vs Windows XP

After Windows 7 beta 1 leaked, many bloggers caught hold of it very soon and started testing/using Windows 7. We saw Ed Bott from ZDnet reporting about the changes in the Windows 7 beta 1 license agreement. Adrian Kingsley-Hughes from ZDnet has benchmarked Windows 7 with its predecessors Windows Vista and Windows XP. The Windows 7 build 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400 was considered for testing. Since its 32bit, it was tested against 32bit versions of Windows Vista SP1 and Windows XP SP3.

There were 23 factors tested and some of the factors that interested me were:

  • Install OS
  • Move 100MB files
  • Move 2.5GB files
  • Network transfer 100MB files
  • Network transfer 2.5GB files

The systems considered for benchmarking were:
  • An AMD Phenom 9700 2.4GHz system fitted with an ATI Radeon 3850 and 4GB of RAM
  • An Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 2.2GHz fitted with an NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS and 1GB of RAM

The overall results were very promising for Windows 7. It outperformed its predecessors Vista and XP in almost every factor tested and ranked #1. Windows Vista ranked #2 with the AMD and #3 with the Intel. Windows XP ranked #3 with the AMD and #2 with the Intel. But the scores weren't big enough to compare between Windows Vista and Windows XP.

Below is the score for some of the factors listed above:

And the overall results:

Sure these tests show a huge improvement on Windows 7 even at this early stage when compared to Windows Vista(during its beta stages).

*Images Courtesy: ZDNet

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Can't wait to use Windows 7 :D

[off] people flaming about mistakes on news is a REAL SHAME!!! are you guys human?? get a life [/off]

IIRC, it's against the Win7 TOS to post performance comparisons (until it's in final, I guess) but I doubt Microsoft would want to usher away these results :P

Seems pretty good - good job so far Microsoft Dev Teams

Running Windows 7 Beta 1 right now and it just feels a lot more snappier than vista, incredibly stable for a beta 1 too :)

Just need some decent windows 7 drivers and i would be ready to make it my main OS, and I'm a staunch defender of Windows XP.

Xavien said,
Running Windows 7 Beta 1 right now and it just feels a lot more snappier than vista, incredibly stable for a beta 1 too :)

Just need some decent windows 7 drivers and i would be ready to make it my main OS, and I'm a staunch defender of Windows XP.

There is no beta 1, just beta. Next up is RC.

Installing XP takes a good 5 minutes longer than Vista. Take off your Luna colored glasses for once in your life.

FrozenEclipse said,
Installing XP takes a good 5 minutes longer than Vista. Take off your Luna colored glasses for once in your life.

5 minutes? On what planet? Vista install is MUCH faster then XP.

Marshalus said,
5 minutes? On what planet? Vista install is MUCH faster then XP.

Isn't that essentially what I said? Or did you just mean that Vista's installation is even quicker than what I mentioned?

I've been running Windows 7 beta on my iMac for a couple weeks now. It is definitely faster that Vista, installs easier and was able to install all my Mac hardware without the Bootcamp drivers, except for audio. It saved me quite a bit of time. It comes across as very similar to what Apple is doing with Snow Leopard, creating a faster and more efficient version of their current OS. I'm quite impressed.

While we are comparing Win 7 to XP, lets compare Win Vista to Win 98 SE... afterall, they are both the same time span apart. My point is that XP is soo old with such low requirements that it is not even worth comparing to next generation OS's.

Titoist said,
While we are comparing Win 7 to XP, lets compare Win Vista to Win 98 SE... afterall, they are both the same time span apart. My point is that XP is soo old with such low requirements that it is not even worth comparing to next generation OS's.

The point is that Vista generally got it's ass kicked by XP, but Win7 beats them both hands down. Windows Vista wouldn't make such epic wins against Win98. I would also say that WinXP vs Win7 is more equivalent to WinVista vs Win2K, not 98.

Alkaif said,
lolz *english lessons*

Alkaif said,
oh in that case bad journalism skills..

Your 'english' and language skills would tell you to capitalize Oh, add a comma after Oh and case, and insert "it is" before bad.

Sincerely,
English nazi correcting a typo nazi


rm20010 said,
Your 'english' and language skills would tell you to capitalize Oh, add a comma after Oh and case, and insert "it is" before bad.

Sincerely,
English nazi correcting a typo nazi

Irony much? zomg I just used a rhetoric...oh no he didn't?

rm20010 said,
Your 'english' and language skills would tell you to capitalize Oh, add a comma after Oh and case, and insert "it is" before bad.

Sincerely,
English nazi correcting a typo nazi

don't be a spanker with "ize" endings.

Chosen One said,
Let's hope when it reaches RTM it's still in the same shape or even better.

I didnt REALLY start getting into windows as an enthusiast until right before vista came out, but i heard during testing of vista/longhorn, that it was much faster until near the end.

I am pretty sure on the WIN7 blog they had an article about how this time around there are specific performance tests that every build has to go through to ensure that they are not "bloating" it up.

Steven77 said,
I didnt REALLY start getting into windows as an enthusiast until right before vista came out, but i heard during testing of vista/longhorn, that it was much faster until near the end.


Hahaha, no. It was basically unusable during the betas...

"ZDnet has benchmarked Windows 7 with its successors Windows Vista and Windows XP"

Isn't that suppose to be predecessors and not successors ?

It's still too early for this so-called tests. Wait until the final product is done, when it's all tweaked and optimized and then we can compare them all.

That will be a driver issue thought not so much Vista - theres a chance a different driver will completely solve the problem.

plastikaa said,
That will be a driver issue thought not so much Vista - theres a chance a different driver will completely solve the problem.

i get that aswell, on windows 7 my internet connection keeps cutting off, and msn always sings out. so went back to vista for now, and everythin seems fine.

What feels about the same as what? Windows 7 feels about the same as Windows Vista and Windows XP? :blink:

Or are you just on about the different builds of Windows 7 (6953 and 7000)?

isn't benchmarking prohibited by NDA? if that's the case who wants to bet how long until this article gets removed?

BanneD said,
isn't benchmarking prohibited by NDA? if that's the case who wants to bet how long until this article gets removed?

Why, so Microsoft won't be embarrassed? :)

Benchmarking a beta, fresh out of alpha though isn't fair to the beta product. I mean, we don't want to have Windows 7 bashing the others so badly, so early that people actually have hope.

that happened before, with some MS product.... there was article here on Neowin with some pictures and stuff, but soon after MS contacted staff it was removed So, to be fair, i'll vote for... Wednesday for this to be deleted

It's also why there aren't any numbers in this list. Just results. In this situation it doesn't really count as a "benchmark" because we don't know the actual numbers.

creamhackered said,
It won't get removed. Someone else benchmarked it not us :)

When someone downloads a leaked version of.. let's say, WMP 10, and discusses it on the forum, that person is banned from neowin. But... "it's someone else who has downloaded a leaked version of something not yet officially released, not neowin".
Dont like the double standards!

Julius Caro said,
When someone downloads a leaked version of.. let's say, WMP 10, and discusses it on the forum, that person is banned from neowin. But... "it's someone else who has downloaded a leaked version of something not yet officially released, not neowin".
Dont like the double standards!

What are you talking about? People are allowed to talk about pre-release software. We don't know where you got it.. for all we know you might be a beta tester. The only time we'll take action is if you explain how you got it illegally.

Marshalus said,
If you would prefer we enforce every rule in all EULAs, then discussion in the forums would be pretty dull.

Agreed. If I discuss Linux, I don't want anyone to force me to share my source code. :P

Although, on a serious side, EULA violations are a "civil" law matter; it is not a matter of "criminal" law. And that makes a big difference in legal liability.

markjensen said,
Agreed. If I discuss Linux, I don't want anyone to force me to share my source code. :P

Although, on a serious side, EULA violations are a "civil" law matter; it is not a matter of "criminal" law. And that makes a big difference in legal liability.

Plus, their "no benchmarking" rule is stupid and I don't really give a damn about it anyway :P

BanneD said,
isn't benchmarking prohibited by NDA? if that's the case who wants to bet how long until this article gets removed?

I you read the ZDnet article again, you can see this note:

Important note: Before I go any further I feel I need to make a point, and make it clear. The build I̢۪m testing of Windows 7 (build 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400) is a beta build, and as a rule beta builds are usually more geared towards stability than performance. That said, the performance of this build should give us a clue as to how the OS is coming along.

Marshalus said,

Plus, their "no benchmarking" rule is stupid and I don't really give a damn about it anyway :P

Then why the heck should anyone follow Apple's EULA about not installing OS X on anything but Apple hardware?

dcoaster said,
Then why the heck should anyone follow Apple's EULA about not installing OS X on anything but Apple hardware?

Neowin allows discussion of that.

Or were you not meaning to support the argument with your post?

The fact that the Windows 7 EULA says you cannot benchmark the beta software is a rule just like in any other EULA. Apple's was the one I was referring to. In that EULA, it says that the OS may only be used on Apple hardware. Marshalus seems to think that breaking the MS EULA is alright, but Neowin and other forums go bonkers when someone posts in their forums: "How do I install OS X on my Dell?"

Julius Caro said,
that's one crappy intel PC lol

Yes it is and if it runs good on that, imagine how much better it would be on a Core 2 Duo or i7.
Hell I have an Athlon 64 3200+ Venice for socket 754 that runs 7 like a dream and this is just a VM w/ 1GB provided to it.

Alkaif said,
its broked my soundcard drivers :(

Maybe because there are native drivers for your sound card at this point in time? Have you tried Vista drivers?

i dont think there are any Creative drivers for Windows 7 atm. ive tried using the regular Vista installer, as well as extracting and installing the driver manually. No luck

milesfromordinary said,
i dont think there are any Creative drivers for Windows 7 atm. ive tried using the regular Vista installer, as well as extracting and installing the driver manually. No luck :(

On build 7000 when I did Windows Updates it detected a Creative driver, downloaded and installed it.

WindowsNT said,
Maybe because there are native drivers for your sound card at this point in time? Have you tried Vista drivers?

Yeah I've tried that. Why would something which worked perfectly in build 6801 change in 7000?

Marshalus said,
On build 7000 when I did Windows Updates it detected a Creative driver, downloaded and installed it.

Yeah I've downloaded the Vista drivers, extracted them and installed it and sound card works...for like 5 mins before it creatively creates a whole bunch of noise and then bam...freezes. have to restart the computer to use sound again.

creamhackered said,
Not for me that's for sure. Greatly improved from 6956.

You one of very few people that saw that, about 99% say 7000 is faster including me.

thealexweb said,
You one of very few people that saw that, about 99% say 7000 is faster including me.

He's actually saying 7000 is faster >_>. Read well.

Glendi said,
He's actually saying 7000 is faster >_>. Read well.

I've read his comment 5 times. Each time it reads to me he's saying 7000 is 'slightly' slower.

SK[ said,]

I've read his comment 5 times. Each time it reads to me he's saying 7000 is 'slightly' slower.

Did you actually read who he is quoting? He's quoting creamhackered who says 7000 is greatly improved from 6956. That's why I said 'read well'.