Visual Proof That Windows 7 Blows Mac OS X and Linux Away


windows-7-logoSo I finally got around to installing the Microsoft (s MSFT) Windows 7 Release Candidate that I downloaded last week. I did have the beta version running in a dual-boot configuration with Ubuntu 9.04 on my MSI Wind netbook, but I’ve wiped the drive. My installation of Windows 7 went smoothly, required minimal interaction and took perhaps 20 minutes. I chose to install it on a netbook first because I know that Microsoft has worked hard to overcome one of Vista’s main challenges: running on relatively low hardware specifications.

Clearly, they’ve achieved that goal based on the screen capture below from my netbook. In fact, they’ve accomplished something that not even Apple (s AAPL) has done with Mac OS X, nor has Canonical done with Ubuntu: They have the operating system running without any RAM! If Microsoft can do that, just think of what’s next: computers without displays that project images right in your mind or entering text using a pen instead of keyboard. Oh wait…


OK, I’m joking about the RAM issue, although I was surprised to see that Windows 7 didn’t show any RAM in the System section of the Control Panel. Hey, it’s a release candidate, so there are still going to be bugs, issues and challenges to fix. Besides, I need a little humor in my life these days due to recent events, so maybe this was Microsoft’s way of trying to make me smile. ;)

All kidding aside, I like the new “Pen and Touch” status included with the system specs. I don’t recall if that was there with the beta builds or not, but it’s important. Windows 7 adds touch and ink improvements and consumers need to know if their hardware is capable of using them or not. You can also see that my MSI Wind with no RAM 2GB of RAM scored a Windows Experience Index of 2.1. That number represents the lowest subscore, which was the Graphics component. Next lowest was the Processor subscore at 2.2. Gaming Graphics was a 3.0 while the Primary Hard Disk score was 4.9. Ironically, the Memory (RAM) score was a respectable 4.5; not bad since I was expecting a big, fat zero!

I had planned to give Ubuntu 9.04 a good look



Thank you for providing us with a bullshit article full of lies.
Did you make this because you simply don’t know how to use linux.

Great track record

Windows 7 STILL doesn’t allow different backgrounds on multiple monitors..

If they didn’t have such a strong hold, things like Windows ME/Vista could have potentially put them to rest, not including all of their other blunderings (IE anyone).

It’s amazing how much they can screw up and get away with it simply based on their size.


Windows has about 4354325234523 freeware applications to have multiple wallpapers, shifting wallpapers, on multiple monitors, whatever you want. Is it that inconvenient? I use displayfusion.

It does blow

You’re right, Windows 7 does blow Mac an Ubuntu.
2 versions of OS X (client server) -> no crippling
2 versions of Ubuntu (client server, not including the WM varients) -> no crippling

Windows 7 (starter, home, pro, ultimate..) -> different levels of crippling

Starter doesn’t even allow you to change your wallpaper…

It blows hard.

Boycott Microsoft

What’s worse purchasing Windows 7 Starter “Cripple” Edition or experiencing buggy Windows 7,000 hidden flaws which Microsoft conceals as often as possible?

-> 32bit Only (Must use slower PC)
-> 1 CPU Supported Only (Must use crappy PC)
-> Cannot Create a Home Group (Don’t Share)
-> Cannot Backup to Network (No network back)
-> No Multiple Monitor Support
-> No Fast user switching
-> No Changeable Desktop Wallpaper
-> No Desktop Window Manager
-> No Windows Mobility Center
-> No Windows Aero Glass Themes
-> No Aero glass remoting
-> No Multitouch
-> No Premium Games Included
-> No Windows Media Center
-> No Windows Media Player Remote Media Experience
-> No Encrypting File System
-> No Location Aware Printing
-> No Remote Desktop Host
-> No Presentation Mode
-> No Windows Server domain joining
-> No Windows XP Mode
-> No AppLocker
-> No BitLocker Drive Encryption
-> No BranchCache Distributed Cache
-> No Direct Access
-> No Subsystem for Unix-based Applications
-> No Multilingual User Interface Pack
-> No Virtual Hard Disk Booting

Microsoft builds in all these restrictions, then plans to charge you big money to remove them. Is this the type of “Features” you want to purchase?


What a load of old crap,these stupid anti mac comments come from people with no experience of mac use other than a quick go and when they realised it was so different,they gave up only to critercise the system,I have regularly use various windows operating systems at friends and libraries for years and always found them tedious and illogical,but I can honestly say mac os 9 is better,I normally use Tiger,but have also used,cheetah,puma,jaguar and panther and all are vastly superior to the bug ridden windows operating systems,not to mention never having to worry about viruses.


Um, knuckleheads, no RAM means virtualized memory on your HD. And sorry Charlie, but even SSHD’s do not run at the same speed as DDR2 memory. Those of you with NetBooks may love this feature, but it offers little of value to your average user. The smaller footprint is great, but hardly “blows away” OSX or Linux. Linux has run at full power on low-end machines out of a CD-sized partition for years, and Snow Leopard will reduce both the HD footprint and memory requirements of OSX far beyond Windows 7. Please, if you’re going to write a preview, at least be honest in your evaluation.


Windows 7 does seem to be a huge leap forward in terms of hardware requirements so should end up being a realistic option on netbooks.

I’m yet to be convinced that MS have done enough to get themselves back into the ultra-portable end of the market though and crack-pot ideas like the ‘starter edition’ do nothing to reassure me.

Ubuntu 9.04 is a real beauty, the competition have most definitely upped their game and are gunning for disillusioned Windows users, interesting times!


I guess I have to tried it, since I’ve got bad feeling to Windows Vista. Ubuntu 9.04 will do good also for experiment. Nice info!.


I am running Windows 7 RC and Ubuntu 9.04 as a dual boot setup on a Samsung NC10 with 2g. Windows 7 runs great and feels very comfortable on this system, but the netbook remix of Ubuntu is even nicer and I find myself booting it more often than Windows 7 for almost everything (I use the netbook mainly for communication type work, email, web, light document work). The Linux installation is really tiny – if I were on a SSD system with limited disk space it would be the only way to go. Battery life seems fairly comparable between the two systems; can’t tell much difference so far.


Do you have all the proper drivers installed on your wind? I ask because my windows experience ratings are much better. Only upgrades are 2gb stick of g-skill ram and 320gb caviar blue hard drive.

processor – 2.8
memory – 4.8
graphics – 2.9
gaming graphics – 3.0
primary hard disk – 5.3

Also mine shows no ram in RC1 but it did in previous builds…odd.


Windows has always been more intuitive than Mac OS. I like a taskbar that always has my programs and documents instantly viewable and available, which is why I was surprised at the Windows 7 taskbar which I think is a step backwards towards the inane Mac dockbar.

As for performance, it’s awesome. I’ve got it on my P1620 and it just runs super smooth. Vista never ran badly on it, but never ran smoothly either.

Speaking of Mac, I have Windows 7 RC1 on my Macbook, not bootcamp, but a clean install with no Mac OS at all. Runs insanely nice and I only had to look for a couple of drivers on the Mac disk, otherwise Windows detected everything impressively.


I think most people will get Win7 only with a new computer. I never bought Windows without a new computer. There never was a need to upgrade on an existing system.


It is true that after the miserable failure of Vista, they are switching to a lighter, smaller system to please the users. This is good news.
Only, I have fun with Ubuntu 9.04 and the machines with XP professinal are running fine, after years of tweaking.
So why should anyone change ?
Maybe when buying a new computer this makes sense.
But MacOSX ( I even use OS9 it works !) and Linux are mature and stable. With Linux, forget serial numbers, updates. It is transparent compared with Windows.



I have just a few questions about Windows 7 – and I ask these questions with the utmost humble since of respect for Microsoft and the Windows community. Really. No, no, I’m serious now, please!

Do we still have…………. The “drive letter” ? hmmm?
I had the fortunate opportunity to pose this question to Rick Rashid in January of 2008 at the Indiana University school of Informatics.

“Does Microsoft plan on at some point eliminating the drive-letter, and going with, perhaps, a backslash or a dot ? ”

Mr. Rashid was very gracious in his response – acknowledging my concerns about the drive letter and the Microsoft directory structure. He even agreed with me to the extent that a filesystem should have a single root, and that all directories (mount points, etc…) should ideally spawn off of root. I will sincerely be impressed if Microsoft has taken action to repair it’s deprecated filesystem and directory structure.

Second – how is swap space handled (Virtual Memory, paging file, etc…) ?

Does Microsoft still set up, by default, a growable swap area? If so, this is bad news. Swap space should have a static size and fixed location on the drive. It should not grow and shrink! If it does, this promotes what Windows users call fragmentation. Non-contagious data can be a non issue on a properly designed filesystem.

Does Microsoft plan to continue selling a product for “Home Users” with a broken networking stack? (kind of like selling someone a car without brakes, with the option to upgrade to brakes later).

Gosh, I’ll lay off – I have others.

Finally –
Ubuntu Linux != stable Linux
Debian GNU/Linux Lenny == stable Linux
Debian GNU/Linux Squeeze == testing Linux
Debian GNU/Linux Etch == unstable Linux
Debian GNU/Linux Etch + experimental packages == Ubuntu Linux

Arnaldo Capo

LOL! You got me there! I was like, NO RAM?!????

Gavin Miller

Hey Aaron.

I wouldn’t call it misinformation, more speculation at the moment until anything is fully confirmed! :-)

As you point out, it is a license option for low cost PCs and similar.

You still got the M700? Tried Win 7 on it yet?


@Alan and Gavin,

Come on guys, stop it already with the misinformation! Starter Edition (the version you’re referring to) is only going to be a cost-saving option for netbook makers. The primary offering has been stated several times by Microsoft to be Home Premium.


Great to see you back in action, and yeah, talk about great news– not needing RAM anymore will save me at least $100 when buying a new system, lol.

Gavin Miller

It’s looking that way Alan You’ll be able to upgrade quickly though without a reinstall by paying MS for a more complete version and ‘unlocking’ those features. It’s all about protecting license costs and margins!

John in Norway

I’m running it on my Toshiba m200. It runs fine most of the time but every now and then it seems to pause as if it’s confused about what it’s supposed to be doing. :)
I’m not sure about the new input panel, it seems to be a bit too fussy for me and it takes longer to correct things.


That’s all good but when they release Win7 aren’t they going to cripple it for netbooks (ie only run 3 programs at once)?

Gavin Miller

Welcome back Kevin, good to see your post.

I did a fresh install of the 64bit Win 7 RC on my desktop (quad core, 8Gb) and it runs buttery smooth. I am really loving it, especially as I’ve been using OSX for a while now on my Macbook Pro. I’ve been very impressed by both operating systems.


Be careful Kevin. Your brethren at The Apple Blog will surely find a way to dispute this :)

Shawn Roberts

I downloaded Windows7 RC last night and put it on an MSi Wind with 1 gig of ram. Just getting it running was quite an accomplishment for since I held on installing any of the beta versions because I did not think that I could do it.

I have used it just a bit, but I really like it – it runs better than XP which was on the Wind and I assuming better than Vista would on a Netbook.

I am encouraged with what I have seen so far from 7 and am excited to use it a bit more in the future.


When I saw a netbook story my first thought was, “huh, this seems like something Kevin would write about.” I was pretty surprised to see you credited with the article, though.

It’s good to have you back, Kevin.

This is the first thing I’ve seen to really get my jazzed about Windows 7. Maybe I’ll have to download the release candidate after all.

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