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Our esteemed frat brothers at Lifehacker first told us how to download, install and dual boot Windows Vista Beta 2 with Windows XP, and now they've gotten out the stopwatch for their first test, showing us how the startup time of the newest Microsoft operating system compares to that of its predecessor.

We had high hopes for the Vista Beta, entertaining fantasies of it booting up almost instantly, but it was not to be. Windows XP started 31% faster than Vista, taking 35.34 seconds to get to its usable state, while Windows Vista beta took 51.71 seconds. But after all, it's only a Beta; maybe the shipping version will boot faster. We're not betting on it.

Windows Vista Beta: The startup showdown [Lifehacker]