It’s clear that some of the results here are all over the place, and I’m putting this down this the fact that Windows 7 is still a work in progress (and realistically, probably will be for a good 9 – 12 months after launch) and drivers are still pretty new. However, four patterns do emerge:

  • Windows 7 is, overall, better than both Vista and XP.
  • As Windows 7 progresses, it’s getting better (or at least the 64-bit editions are).
  • On a higher-spec system, 64-bit is best.
  • On a lower-spec system, 32-bit is best.

I’m looking forward to the RC release so we can really see how the 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 editions compares to previous incarnations of Windows!