Subsequent to that first experience, I loaded the software on a small form factor Netbook machine with only 1GB of memory. This machine was designed for Windows XP, but I wanted to test its limited hardware with Windows 7. Again, to my surprise, performance was very acceptable — more acceptable than the small 9-inch screen.
There have been many benchmark performance tests completed, and some show Windows XP still performs better in some categories. However, XP was launched in October 2001 so it is now 8+ years old and definitely past its prime. The computing world, especially with regards to security, has changed significantly since 2001.
Whether or not Windows 7 will be Microsoft’s lucky number remains to
be seen, but based on my experience with the new operating system, my opinion
is that the chances are pretty good.