Application Load Times
When we tested application load times, Windows 2000 was the fastest, often with Windows Me alongside it. We werent surprised that Windows NT 4.0 often took the longest. Notably, while Windows XP didnt load applications as quickly as Windows 2000 and Me, the new OS is designed to monitor usage patterns and optimize your system over time for faster application loading.
We found that on the higher-end systems—the 1.4-GHz Athlon and 2-GHz P4—Windows 2000 and Me, loading applications more quickly, though marginally.
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