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Tests: Windows PC "crapware" adds 2 minutes boot time

updated 06:00 pm EDT, Thu October 29, 2009

Apps on Win 7 PCs still slow vs Apple

A series of tests have revealed that even newer Windows 7 PCs are being bogged down by unnecessary software that makes them run much more slowly than Macs. Comparing factory versions of several notebooks versus clean models, PC Pro finds that Acer and Sony systems take about two whole minutes more to boot because of the "crapware," or third-party utilities and trial apps, preloaded out of the box. They also consume roughly 1GB more extra active RAM and also rob the system of as much as 2.4GB of space in Acer's case.

Other Windows PC makers are only slightly better, as HP's system takes 1 minute 35 seconds to boot, 1.06GB of RAM and 2.18GB of disk space. Dell's choices consume 54 seconds, 1.18GB of RAM and a large 3GB of disk space. ASUS, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba had relatively light use but in many cases still consumed several hundred megabytes of disk space and active memory.

By comparison, a 13-inch MacBook Pro included in the tests booted in 49 seconds. While second place in boot time versus one clean Dell system, it also had the lowest active memory footprint (289MB) of any system tested.

The examination underscores the problem of the added software, which is often installed to subsidize the cost of a given PC but is known to regularly undermine performance gains from faster processors or improved operating systems. Some vendors like Toshiba have promised that new systems will go without the software, but Microsoft has gone as far as to ship specially modified PCs that strip out software that the hardware manufacturers would normally include.

by MacNN Staff



  1. G4_Kessel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Second place?

    Second place? A Dell boots in 52 seconds and the Macbook boots in 49 seconds. How is that second place?

  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If it were the other way around you'd be crowing about how Windows 7 boots "faster" than Snow Leopard, no? And Testudo would be predicting Apple's demise as usual.

  1. Jittery Jimmy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    49 seconds? Slow!

    I can boot my newer, stock Snow Leopard based MacBook Pro in 34 seconds.

    And that includes negotiating WIFI connectivity, opening Safari, and opening the home page.

    49 seconds for a MacBook Pro boot seems quite slow.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969



    for some reason I find this story hilarious!

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The computers you buy at the

    Microsoft retail store won't have any of that unnecessary junk on it, or so it's being claimed. Still, I don't see why people don't just dump the crapware. It shouldn't be that difficult to uninstall. I don't think boot-up time means a h*** of a lot, but I wouldn't want all that crapware bogging down my computer the rest of the day, either. Judging from the people I know with Windows PCs, they don't have a clue about all that excess junk on their computers and just let it stay rather than mucking around in the OS.

  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: iphonerulez Maybe...

    On my Win-dohs XP Bootcamp partition using VMWare I had BitDefender anti-virus. It expired and I moved to another anti-virus program. The damn thing kept annoying me to re-subscribe (and significantly affected boot time). I tried to remove with the uninstaller and by merely dragging and dropping, all to no avail. Finally, I opened the Win-dohs partition in OS X and dumped all the components I could find related to BitDefender (pricks!). It SHOULD be easy to uninstall this crapware, whether it really IS or not is another matter.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    PCs are pure Garbage!

    Its simply unfathomable how anyone is their right freaking mind would actually PAY MONEY for a PC and ANYTHING Microsoft. It just doesn't make any sense. Are people that bloody stupid for real???

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What? You mean people actually spent time and effort to study this?

    Any idiot could tell you (and so I'm telling you - ha! beat you to it!) that a computer with a new OS install on it will boot quicker than after you install your applications, drivers, etc, that you end up using. Same is true for Windows and Mac.

    And you can easily make up that time by just spending 10 minutes uninstalling the cruftiness. It isn't that hard.

    BTW, here's a question. Who the h*** turns off their computer? I thought that's what sleep was for?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    And where did the sub-heading to the article come from?

    Apps on Win 7 PCs still slow vs Apple

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Well

    If it were the other way around you'd be crowing about how Windows 7 boots "faster" than Snow Leopard, no?

    And the Mac fanboys here would be coming up with reasons behind it, arguing that they should use the same computers and processors, or some other component didn't match up, that caused it to make the PC look faster.

    Or they'd be arguing that they should test the Mac against the crapware PC, because that's how most people get PCs.

    And Testudo would be predicting Apple's demise as usual.

    OK, show me one example where I predicted Apple's demise? I have used and owned Macs for 25 years (yes, including the dark days of the mid 90s), and, probably unlike most of the fanboys here, I currently am an Apple stockholder, which, even in an inebriated state, would be a stupid thing to be if I were continually predicting their demise.

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