Windows Vista Facts

What makes it different? Take a look for yourself

It's always nice to have a few throwaway stats about Windows Vista that you can give to someone when you are combating someone who believes that XP is "good enough" for them.  I'd like to share a few with you over the coming weeks and I'll start with a new page on that has some interesting stats on Vista that you might not know about.

  • Windows Vista-based PCs resume from sleep in less than 6 seconds.
  • PCs running Windows Vista that are equipped with 512 MB memory experience a performance boost of up to 40% with ReadyBoost technology
  • Windows Vista users generally experience 20 percent fewer application "hangs" than those running Windows XP
  • Superfetch, an ingenious new Windows Vista technology, helps your computer adjust to your schedule, so your apps are ready to go before you even launch them. Use Microsoft Outlook every morning? Superfetch will serve it up just in time for breakfast. Play the same game every night? Superfetch gets your computer ready for the next big win. Waiting less means you can do more. Only on Windows Vista.
  • Based on their first 180 days of availability, Windows Vista has been shown to have fewer vulnerabilities than Windows XP or MacOS X 10.4
  • PCs running it are 60 percent less likely to be infected with viruses, worms, and rootkits than PCs running Windows XP SP2
  • Windows Vista-based PCs are almost three times less likely to be infected with potentially unwanted software than Windows XP-based PCs.
  • Internet Explorer 7 is now blocking nearly 1 million attempts to access these fake sites per week

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Look forward to hearing your stories about how you've used these useful tidbits.

Comments (10)

  1. james says:

    Hi Greg – I take it you’re not getting 6 seconds from sleep with your machine…  I’ve got a new Lenovo laptop which comes up from sleep in about 6 seconds – what hardware are you running?

  2. james says:

    Great to hear Andre – i do find that it’s even quicker on a newly built machine with no apps running when you goto sleep, but that’s to be expected.


  3. james says:

    Hi Alphonse

    There’s a couple of reasons why actually:

    * One off need for a bit more RAM – e.g. an infrequently used app demands more RAM

    * Temporary boost of RAM before a PC Refresh

    * User doesn’t know how to add RAM but can put a flash drive in a USB slot

    Sorry you find the whole list a joke – perhaps you could share some of the things you like in Vista?  I particularly like the fact that with Vista I’m 60% less likely to get a virus or malware compared to XP SP2.



  4. Anonymous says:

    There is an interesting post over at

  5. james says:

    Hi John

    Drop me a line at and I’ll be more than happy to help


  6. Greg Lambert says:

    6 seconds from sleep…that’s hilarious.

  7. Andre says:

    Here in my Vista setup, I resume from Sleep in about 5-6 seconds too… And it´s a self-made machine, with installed Vista by myself. I´m pretty happy with Vista so far, and I´m using it for about 10 months now…

  8. Indeed James, I also have a new Lenovo Laptop (T61) and it indeed takes about 6 secs….

  9. alphonse says:

    "PCs running Windows Vista that are equipped with 512 MB memory experience a performance boost of up to 40% with ReadyBoost technology"

    Why would anyone with 512mb pay a price premium for flash memory fast enough to work with ReadyBoost instead of just buying some cheap RAM instead?

    That whole list is a joke and I actually like vista.

  10. JOhn Bradon says:

    I’m having a lot of problems upgrading to Vista Ultimate on a new laptop. The process is very complex and I’m not getting any helpful support from HP or Microsoft.  

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