Ubuntu Performance – Why is Ubuntu Slower Than Windows XP?


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How can I improve overall system performance?

My system config is-
chipset – Intel Brookdale-G i845GEV
motherboard – 01/25/2005-i845G-W627-6A69VM4YC-00
video adapter – Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller

I have noticed that Windows Xp is way faster than Ubuntu. Are there any compatibility issues? Should I be using an older version of Ubuntu, if yes which version? Please help.

Best Answer

The minimum hardware requirements for Windows XP Home Edition are:

  • Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) processor or faster (300 MHz is recommended)
  • At least 64 megabytes (MB) of RAM (128 MB is recommended)


The minimum memory requirement for Ubuntu 12.04 is 384 MB of memory for Ubuntu Desktop. Note that some of your system's memory may be unavailable due to being used by the graphics card. If your computer has only the minimum amount of memory, the installation process will take longer than normal.


But Ubuntu does not perform well with the very low minimum specifications they say will work with less than 1GB of RAM.

The minimum requirements alone already answer your question. I have both installed on a old computer (dual boot - clean install). Windows XP is much faster.

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