I thought I would try a little experiment.
I use a Packard Bell Easynote LJ71, with an AMD Athlon II X2 M300, 4Gb memory and a 320Gb Hard Disk. I have it partitioned roughly 50:50 for Windows 7 and Linux Mint 13.
My experiment was to cold start into each partition with a target of getting a particular web page to display.
First off I booted into Windows 7.
At first, it seemed to run fairly well, with the wallpaper soon displaying, and the various desktop icons appearing. I clicked the Quick Start icon for Firefox.
However, Windows wasn’t ready. It promptly announced that it was doing a few updates, each of which seemed to involve downloading the entire application from scratch. I was faces with a stream of questions about whether to install Quick Start icons, or Desktop icons. Did I accept the licence agreement? Did I want the programme to run after installation?
By this stage, Firefox was running but Windows insisted on grabbing all the resources for the updates. Finally I got into the web page I was looking for, despite the fact that the anti-virus software update was still loading.
Time taken from switch on to reading the web page? 7:23.8
I then cold started into Linux.
At one stage I thought I had a slight problem as the screen stayed black for a while, but next thing the desktop and all its icons appeared. I launched Firefox, and went straight into the website.
Time taken from switch on to reading the web page? 1:41.7
So if any of you are wondering why I go on about Linux so much?……….