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Vista SP1 vs XP SP3

I recently read a couple of reports from regarding the performance of the upcoming service packs for Windows XP and Vista.

The outlook seems to be that SP3 for XP will bring statistically significant (or at least noticeable) performance improvements, while SP1 for Vista will not result in any performance that is discernable.   Unfortunately for me, it seems that all the testing is being done with the 32-bit versions of the OS, as these are the versions that most people are using.  Sigh.

On the other hand, I don't really have anything to complain about.  When it comes to my experience with Vista, 64-bit versions perform superbly -- at least as well as XP did -- so long as 2GB of RAM is involved.  I have a couple of laptops that are almost identical in configuration other than one running XP x64 and the other running Vista x64.  Both have 1GB RAM plus video cards with shared RAM, but the 64-bit XP system boots faster and is generally snappier for the first 10-15 minutes after being powered on, relative to its Vista sibling.

Yet, my laptops with 2GB RAM all fly with Vista, as does my 3GB desktop.  (An older desktop with 1.2GB of RAM and a video card with discrete RAM runs Vista on par with XP which was before it, so clearly the amount of free RAM and video power are key.)

I'll wait to see how the benchmarks look once the code is actually released for both Service Packs, however.  There's still a bit of time left for improvement, and I don't generally make major judgements with pre-shipping hardware or software.

Either way, this looks to be very good news for people who don't want to ditch Windows XP as yet.  My guess is that performance will be a focus of Vista SP2, while compatibility and bug fixes were a much higher priority for SP1.

While I've heard a few complaints from people who used to use Vista and have since gone back to XP, I haven't had that sort of experience.  In fact, my 64-bit Vista experience continues to be better than my 32-bit experience in terms of performance and stability of applications.

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Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2007 4:25 PM by Logik!

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Andrew S. Baker aka ASB aka Logik!

Andrew S. Baker is a business-savvy, hands-on IT leader with expertise in mentoring people, mitigating risk, and integrating technology to drive innovation and maximize business results. He creates competitive advantage for organizations through effective IT leadership: implementation of processes and controls, and architecture of robust business solutions.

Mr. Baker has successfully led a number of high-performance technology teams in designing, deploying and maintaining secure, cost-effective computing environments for well-known companies, including Warner Music Group, The Princeton Review, Bear Stearns, About.com, and Lewco Securities.

For over a decade, Andrew has exhibited thought leadership on technology and business topics via mailing lists, technical forums, blogs, and professional networking groups, along with contributions to podcasts, webinars, and over 20 technical/business magazine articles. He also serves on several boards and committees for non-profit organizations, and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

His personal interests include Astronomy, Basketball, Bible Study, Chess, Comics, Computers, Family Life Ministries, Reading, Strategy/Role Playing games, and Professional Networking...

A summary of Andrew's current résumé is available here, and he can be reached on a variety of social and professional networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.