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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