Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th May 2009 20:43 UTC
Windows SuperFetch is a technology in Windows Vista and onwards that is often misunderstood. I decided to delve into this technology to see what it is all about, and to dispel some of the myths surrounding this feature.
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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Tue 12th May 2009 07:54 UTC
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Now don’t read this as me voting for or against Thom, but I find it interesting that Thom—a big BeOS fan—would defend SuperFetch, when BeOS was all about the raw responsiveness and short code-path. It didn’t need any fancy tricks to be fast, it just was.

I think Vista is using a cludge to somewhat get around the fact that it is just plain slow compared to Windows XP. There are too many services being loaded, too much IO going on. If it guesses right, you get the illusion of being quick, but it’s only relative to the overall slowdown of the system. I have Office 2003 Professional installed on my XP netbook, and it loads without the splash. Prefetching on XP is disabled, as I’m on an SSD.

Gimmickry just doesn’t beat raw speed to begin with.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by christianhgross on Tue 12th May 2009 07:56 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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And that is the point!!!

Vista and Windows 7 in its gimmickry makes the entire system appear faster when it fact it is slower. And I see it many times especially when I am on battery mode and Vista has this undying habit of having to search something...

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 12th May 2009 08:08 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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I obviously would like to live in a world where BeOS was the norm. Sadly, this isn't the case, and we're stuck with big lugs like Mac OS X and Windows, who both need large amounts of RAM to be usable.

I recently bought my dad a new iMac which came with 1GB of RAM. Dear lord that machine is slow because of the low RAM. My dad didn't like that at all - his brand new iMac was way slower and less responsive than his 2002 Windows 2000 box! I still need to order him some extra RAM.

So, that's the world we live in. I don't like it, but there's nothing I can do to change it. With that in mind, anything that improves thing - trickery or not - is welcome.

Edited 2009-05-12 08:09 UTC

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by stooovie on Tue 12th May 2009 11:37 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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I think that PERCEIVED speed is more important than actual speed, on common tasks anyway. I dont care if numbers crunch in 1 or 2 seconds, but tearing on XP GDI desktop spoils the fun for me.

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