Is it me or does a dual boot MBP seem to be faster

tymaster50

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than your standard windows PC?

i ran into some turbulence because i forgot to install the windows 7 drivers and ended up wasting a DVD for Ubuntu but i am surprised at the speed. My windows laptop was not a powerhouse but it certainly wasn't bare bones either but my mac blows it out of the water lol. Parallels desktop kinda matched it in speed.I should have done this earlier lol. And there is nothing special about my mac, it is mid 2012 entry level. 4gb memory, 500gb space, all that jazz.
 

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My windows laptop was not a powerhouse but it certainly wasn't bare bones either but my mac blows it out of the water
The older the installation of windows the slower it will get. This is particularly true if you install/uninstall stuff. I think with win7 this has gotten better but I noticed a fresh version of windows on a machine will be faster then an older version because of the stuff that gets installed.
 

tymaster50

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The older the installation of windows the slower it will get. This is particularly true if you install/uninstall stuff. I think with win7 this has gotten better but I noticed a fresh version of windows on a machine will be faster then an older version because of the stuff that gets installed.
my windows laptop with windows 7 back in 08 and it was just "ok" in terms of speed. I guess it is because the os isn't optimized for speed. Upgraded to windows 8 a few months ago and it was cool at first then m PC really started to have issues, like just plugging in my headphones would cause a system lock up lol. I didn't have any viruses or anything. Maybe I might change my mind about this thing as time goes on. I'm just used to slow windows pcs now. I only allocated like 65gb because I didn't know if i was even going to use windows but if it stays as fast as it is I might need a lot more space lol.
 

leman

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my windows laptop with windows 7 back in 08 and it was just "ok" in terms of speed.
I think this is your answer. Your 2008 windows laptop was what, a core 2 duo? Of course a 2012 machine with a third-gen core i CPU will blow it out of water.
 

tymaster50

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I think this is your answer. Your 2008 windows laptop was what, a core 2 duo? Of course a 2012 machine with a third-gen core i CPU will blow it out of water.
i didn't think it would matter that much, if anything shouldn't the windows side be more bogged down from all the apple services running? I had more ram on my "true" windows laptop and it was still getting painfully slow as time went on. To the point of which I will refuse to use a windows laptop unless I have to. I do more maintenance on it than I do work.
 

leman

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i didn't think it would matter that much, if anything shouldn't the windows side be more bogged down from all the apple services running? I had more ram on my "true" windows laptop and it was still getting painfully slow as time went on. To the point of which I will refuse to use a windows laptop unless I have to. I do more maintenance on it than I do work.
Well, it does matter a lot - the CPU/GPU/RAM are simply that much faster. And there are no apple services running on your Windows installation, aside of occasional update check (if you have installed Apple update). Try a decent 2013 windows laptop - you will see that it also runs much better than your old one.
 

zipa

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Moore's law gives us that computers double in speed every 18 months or so, so your MacBook should be 4-5 times faster than your old windows box. No wonder it feels a bit faster...
 
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