Parallels: What's quicker, XP or 7?

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  1. majordude macrumors 68020

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    I have a new rMBP with 16GB memory. What's quicker, XP or Windows 7 (in a virtualized space)?

    Any settings that work best?
     
  2. majordude thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Okay. Installed both. We'll see. Right now it seems Windows 7 runs quicker.
     
  3. Grannyville7989 macrumors 6502a

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    I would have assumed that Windows XP would be the better option due to the fact that it requires fewer system resources than Windows 7.
     
  4. turtle777 macrumors 6502a

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    I never noticed much difference. If anything, Win 7 seemed just a tiny little bit snappier.

    -t
     
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    I've got both XP and 7 (and Windows 2000 as well) and XP had felt faster (and 2000 fastest of all by far), however they've put in an effort to optimize operation with 7 and it now doesn't seem to have a speed disadvantage. OTOH performance with Windows 2000 has deteriorated as they don't put in any effort at all for that OS.

    Like dealing with OS X, it's probably best to use the latest OS version. Alas, 8 is really ugly though.
     
  7. majordude thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well, I "feel" that 7 is "snappier" than XP. Could it be that a diminished 64 bit system is faster than an optimized 32 bit?
     
  8. talmy macrumors 601

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    The 64 bit architecture is more efficient than the 32 bit architecture, so if you Windows 7 is 64 bit it probably will outperform 32 bit XP. (I've got 32 bit Windows 7 because I was concerned about compatibility.)
     
  9. majordude thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Is there a program you can recommend for speed testing XP or 7 in Parallels?
     
  10. talmy macrumors 601

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    If you have some action that takes a long time to execute, just use that for comparison. It beats using a synthetic benchmark.
     
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  12. maril1111 macrumors 68000

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    I prefer 7 and it feels a tad snappier not much but maybe a bit and looks a lot better to, xp has turned a bit boring to be honest.
     

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