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Windows XP SP3 boasts speed boost, testers claim
« on: December 22, 2007, 02:06:23 am »
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November 24, 2007 (Computerworld) Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), the update scheduled to be released next year, runs Microsoft Corp.'s Office suite 10% faster than XP SP2, a performance testing software developer reported Friday.

Devil Mountain Software Inc., which earlier in the week claimed that Windows Vista SP1 was no faster than the original, repeated some of the same tests on the release candidate of Windows XP SP3, the service pack recently issued to about 15,000 testers.

"We were pleasantly surprised to discover that Windows XP SP3 delivers a measurable performance boost to this aging desktop OS," said Craig Barth, Devil Mountain's chief technology officer, in a post to a company blog on Friday.

Devil Mountain ran its OfficeBench suite of performance benchmarks on a laptop equipped with Office 2007, Microsoft's latest application suite. The notebook -- the same unit used in the Vista/Vista SP1 tests earlier -- featured a 2.0-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 1GB of memory. The results reported that XP SP3 delivered a 10% speed increase over SP2, the service pack released in 2004.

"Since SP3 was supposed to be mostly a bug-fix/patch consolidation release, the unexpected speed boost comes as a nice bonus," Barth said. "In fact, XP SP3 is shaping up to be a 'must-have' update for the majority of users who are still running Redmond's not-so-latest and greatest desktop OS."

According to the Office performance benchmarks, Windows XP SP3 is also considerably faster than Vista SP1. "None of this bodes well for Vista, which is now more than two times slower than the most current builds of its older sibling," said Barth.

While Microsoft was not available over the weekend for comment about XP's performance, it defended Vista SP1 after Devil Mountain's first round of tests. "We appreciate the excitement to evaluate Windows Vista SP1 as soon as possible. However, the service pack is still in the development phase and will undergo several changes before being released," a spokeswoman said in an e-mail.

Microsoft has at times struggled to wean users from the six-year-old Windows XP and get them to migrate to Vista. During 2007, for example, it made several XP concessions, including adding five years to the support lifespan of the Home edition and extending OEM and retail sales of XP through June 2008, as it recognized that customers wanted to hold on to the older operating system.

Recently, Forrester Research said that XP remained Vista's biggest rival and cited survey data that showed that U.S. and European businesses would delay Vista deployment, in part because of application incompatibility problems plaguing the new operating system. "That's causing a lot of XP shops to take a wait-and-see approach to Vista," said Forrester analyst Benjamin Gray two weeks ago.

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Re: Windows XP SP3 boasts speed boost, testers claim
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2007, 07:53:53 am »
Huh.  I wonder if it was a "pleasant surprise" to Microsoft when they came out with something that made the OS faster.
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Re: Windows XP SP3 boasts speed boost, testers claim
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2007, 04:12:53 pm »
Huh.  I wonder if it was a "pleasant surprise" to Microsoft when they came out with something that made the OS faster.

hahahahha ... nice
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Re: Windows XP SP3 boasts speed boost, testers claim
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2008, 11:16:06 am »
I'm going to be cynical and wait for them to repeal the package, then re-release it so that it doesn't make my system shit the bed.
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Re: Windows XP SP3 boasts speed boost, testers claim
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2008, 12:07:52 pm »
Of course, when they re-release it, it won't be able to start up unless somebody from Microsoft comes over personally, sees that the system is not stolen, and then types in their secret password.
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Re: Windows XP SP3 boasts speed boost, testers claim
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2008, 12:29:31 am »
Well of course and when they come over they will charge a support fee of over $60/hr
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Re: Windows XP SP3 boasts speed boost, testers claim
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2008, 02:20:05 am »
I'm not going to give numbers, but I WISH it was that low to get tech support at UND.

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Re: Windows XP SP3 boasts speed boost, testers claim
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2008, 08:26:24 pm »
They charge who for tech support at UND, students?
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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2008, 02:26:44 am »
No - but they charge some to any department that requests assistance (per job), and they pay a lot to IBM and Cisco.

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Re: Windows XP SP3 boasts speed boost, testers claim
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2008, 02:52:02 am »
Ah, I was gonna say.
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Re: Windows XP SP3 boasts speed boost, testers claim
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2008, 12:50:16 am »
Of course, when they re-release it, it won't be able to start up unless somebody from Microsoft comes over personally, sees that the system is not stolen, and then types in their secret password.

Keylogger time!  I'll post it here when I get it.
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