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Windows 7: Thinking of a new Laptop, what do you all think?

09 Nov 2012   #11
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

HUH?

Win8 is worse than Win7 in that respect.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cymbal Man Freq View Post
If Windows 8 has gotten rid of permissions, I'd stick with Windows 8.



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09 Nov 2012   #12
gregrocker

 

Let us know which drivers are still missing after WIn7 and all WIndows Updates are installed.
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09 Nov 2012   #13
Cymbal Man Freq

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Does Win 7 have Skype? I don't know what Skype is, but HP gave it to me. Also Blio and Cyberlink YouCam.

I'm impressed with this laptop, specs wise. Looks like it's got a $250 discount now that Win 8 is in favor and desktops and laptops are going the way of the Dodo bird this month.
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09 Nov 2012   #14
georgex

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If I was going to buy another computer I would buy a notebook. But thats me.
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09 Nov 2012   #15
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cymbal Man Freq View Post
Does Win 7 have Skype? I don't know what Skype is, but HP gave it to me. Also Blio and Cyberlink YouCam.

I'm impressed with this laptop, specs wise. Looks like it's got a $250 discount now that Win 8 is in favor and desktops and laptops are going the way of the Dodo bird this month.
Yes, everything from iOS, Android, Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8, even all Windows Mobile has Skype, it is a free program as well, I use Skype on the phone all the time.

The price listed is actually about a $300 discount.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Let us know which drivers are still missing after WIn7 and all WIndows Updates are installed.
Will do, a buddy of mine just bought his, going to attempt the downgrade on his tomorrow, will keep you updated Gregrocker.
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09 Nov 2012   #16
Cymbal Man Freq

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

One thing I miss on mine is there's no firewire. I have a firewire camcorder, so this will be an issue without another computer to fall back on to get that footage off of tape. I didn't expect my XP computer with firewire to die weeks later. I can still use my parents' computer to get the DV footage onto USB and bring it home.

I do worry about all this XP software that I paid for long ago that needs new expensive upgrades to be put on Win 7.
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09 Nov 2012   #17
Cymbal Man Freq

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

One other thing, 32 bit is no good for my browsing habits. Browsers use up all of my RAM on XP and they crash several times a day this year. I wanted 64 bit to get past that 4 GB RAM limit. Win 7 has ReadyBoost, but maybe it's only good for up to 4 GB more on a USB 3.0 flash drive.
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09 Nov 2012   #18
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cymbal Man Freq View Post
One thing I miss on mine is there's no firewire. I have a firewire camcorder, so this will be an issue without another computer to fall back on to get that footage off of tape. I didn't expect my XP computer with firewire to die weeks later. I can still use my parents' computer to get the DV footage onto USB and bring it home.

I do worry about all this XP software that I paid for long ago that needs new expensive upgrades to be put on Win 7.
I use Compatibility Mode, 97% of the time it works. If a disclaimer about not being compatible pops up, I just click to go ahead and try running the application, you will be surprised at how much stuff will run that they say won't.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cymbal Man Freq View Post
One other thing, 32 bit is no good for my browsing habits. Browsers use up all of my RAM on XP and they crash several times a day this year. I wanted 64 bit to get past that 4 GB RAM limit. Win 7 has ReadyBoost, but maybe it's only good for up to 4 GB more on a USB 3.0 flash drive.
I would first look into the crashing of your browsers, my wife's old computer that she still uses has XP, and her browsers do not crash at all, she has used everything from Opera, IE, Firefox, and Chrome.
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10 Nov 2012   #19
Cymbal Man Freq

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

It's clearly using up the last little bit of available RAM that is crashing my browsers. I typically have 2 dozen tabs open all day. The longer they're open, the more memory it hogs.

I was thinking about getting a tablet with 1 GB of RAM, but since Adobe abandoned Flash for Android this summer, I wonder if that pretty much disables the internet for hard-core internet surfers; and whether these low RAM devices with Win 8 even thought about memory hungry browsers.

PS: my computer is currently using 5.37 GB of RAM after 7.5 hours of on time.
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10 Nov 2012   #20
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cymbal Man Freq View Post
It's clearly using up the last little bit of available RAM that is crashing my browsers. I typically have 2 dozen tabs open all day. The longer they're open, the more memory it hogs.

I was thinking about getting a tablet with 1 GB of RAM, but since Adobe abandoned Flash for Android this summer, I wonder if that pretty much disables the internet for hard-core internet surfers; and whether these low RAM devices with Win 8 even thought about memory hungry browsers.

PS: my computer is currently using 5.37 GB.
Something isn't right with your system, my wife's XP system only has 1GB of RAM, and both IE and Chrome work flawlessly on her system, I have had a dozen or so tabs open and watching netflix with no problems.
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