Microsoft's big claim for Windows 7 is that it starts up faster and returns faster from sleep mode. So the other day I sat down the the laptop and desktop both off. I pushed the button for the laptop, and then the one for the desktop (a little bit older machine running Windows XP). The XP machine was ready to roll first. By a split second. And that with all it's "baggage" that older machines collect. I'd say it was a tie.
So much for "Starts up faster."
Faster than what?