Sorry about that, and quite right, I was in rant mode just then!
I should have been a bit more detailed what I meant about the performance. Yes, Windows 7 does give me more access to the RAM, but that is down to it being 64-Bit, and yes, I do get better performance from this system for most things, but there are also things that are crippled due to Microsoft’s careless decision making. My browser performance has gone downhill for a start, view Google images and fill the screen with images, then scroll fast. Using Chrome It sticks like I’m using a crappy under-powered netbook or something, like it’s fighting for memory.
I know for sure it’s not my hardware because I never had these problems when Vista 32-Bit was installed on it.
The screen redraw has definitely gone downhill and it is because of the GDI. The older 1.0 was superb, the newer 1.1 is absolute crap for the most part because software hasn’t caught up, and neither has even their own OS because redraw performance is totally disgusting in some parts of the OS . They did tests, and it’s so bad they even discovered that installing Vista graphics drivers on 7 worked better than 7 graphics drivers on 7. The reason is because both XP and Vista drivers used GDI 1.0.
It’s not that the technology is worse, it’s just that Microsoft are so arrogant they feel it’s fine to force you to use the new system when almost everything we have was designed for the old one. They haven’t even added an option for us to switch to 1.0 mode until software catches up. They are arrogant a$$es and need some form of watchdog over them so that they can’t just pull crap like this on people whenever they feel like it.
Also, after noticing my drive-to-drive transfers were notably slower, I found out it is because Microsoft have optimised the disk technology for SSD now, and again, like the arrogant a$$es they are, they have not made it so that it detects standard hard drives to work in that mode instead. In other words, they’re assuming we can all afford to replace our 1TB drives with SSD, and tough if you cannot afford it. If you have SSD you’re ok, but if you’re using a standard drive I’m afraid your performance is less than Vista, just like your 2D graphics performance is. They won’t tell you this, but they’ll happily fob you off with a performance downgrade (which is what Windows 7 is).
Here’s just one of many articles on the web about the redraw performance of 7, they admitted it’s something to do with a trade-off due to a new way of handling memory, and obviously this is something they didn’t want to shout about when they were busy bullsh*tting everyone into believing it was a great performer. Like I said, I was conned into buying this OS, and so was anyone else who paid money for it.
Windows 7 is a performance crap-heap, and so is Windows 8 for the same reason:
If that official Passmark link doesn’t convince you, simply type Poor 2D Performance in Windows 7 into Google and have fun!