Study: Vista Startup Time is Faster Than Win 7

Even if Windows 7 isn't proven by benchmarks to be the fastest, bestest version of Microsoft's operating system yet, it certainly feels a lot better. We'd use it over Windows Vista any day of the week, but new findings show that it's not the performance king – at least not yet.

Sure, there have been many tweaks under the hood to make it better than Windows Vista, but it seems that boot time is actually longer in Windows 7 – at least according to a certain standard.

LA-based iolo technologies, makers of System Mechanic PC tune-up software, sent Tom's Hardware some of its findings after spending time with Windows 7.

Windows 7 starts up slower than Vista (1:34 vs 1:06 on a brand new machine), when the actual time to usability is considered. While Windows 7 shows its desktop relatively quickly (time to desktop hovers around 40 seconds for fresh installations), its time to usability, defined as the length of time it takes for the computer to become fully usable, with CPU cycles no longer significantly high and a true idle state achieved, is significantly longer.

Windows 7 boot times slow down dramatically with the addition of common-used software and for a 0-3 month-old machine measure 2:34 (that’s a minute longer than out of the box).

The newer OS seems to keep its composure better after some real-world use, perhaps signalling a design that's better suited to perform for most computer owners.

Windows 7 only beats Vista start-up times on 3-month-old and 6-month-old machines, otherwise trailing the older version significantly.

Stay tuned early next week when iolo technologies will reveal more of its Windows 7 performance findings. We'll have the coverage first hand.

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  • will_chellam
    So unless you reformat and clean install every 12 weeks, 7 is faster. Clear as mud.
  • shrex
    what about "Microsoft Aims Windows 7 to Boot in 15 Seconds"

    they have failed miserably.
  • Anonymous
    I am surprised to read this. I have been using Windows 7 on my two PC's for over 4 months now. I would honestly say Windows 7 is definitely, without a doubt, faster than Vista. I am using powerfully hardware with i7 CPU's, but this is the next generation of Windows - just like next-gen games need next-gen hardware to flourish. I was running Vista for 3 months beforehand. I have installed, and use regularly, large powerful industry leading applications, including design applications and database engines, and Windows 7 just seems to manage them effortlessly in comparison to Vista. Full stop.