Originally Posted by Adam Ryland
It's likely that the speed difference is due to having more background processes on one machine than the other rather than being down to the operating system, especially if you have extras like visual effects turned on with the Windows 7 machine.
Thanks for an incredibly fast answer, Adam!
I should have considered that a possibility, maybe I should try turning off some things, despite fresh install. Is there any possibility or previous that enabling the virtualization technology on the laptop could have any effect on the performance of the CPU even when there is no virtualization going on?