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Windows 7: Windows 7 faster on laptops? 512 mb

04 Dec 2009   #1
ollie007

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Windows 7 faster on laptops? 512 mb

does it look like windows 7 is faster? even office feels faster

this is on older portege m100


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04 Dec 2009   #2
zx81

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

My experience is also that Windows 7 is faster.

Best regards,

zx81
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04 Dec 2009   #3
ollie007

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so u think its even faster than Xp on even 512 Mb laptops?
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04 Dec 2009   #4
gregrocker
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I think 512mb is the tipping point. You really need a gig.

I run it on old 512mb HP 510 test laptop here but can't run Avast, which is the lightest weight anti-virus, without it bogging. I use Defender (built in, default) for protection and we have a hardware firewall.

I have taken it out on trips and it is perfectly sufficient for web surfing, spreadsheets, video watching, etc. It will even run two gadgets without maxing ram.

But I carry a backup image stored in a primary partition and my repair stick in case I get a virus, which I haven't so far.

I would buy more RAM but it is expensive for this lappy and I expect it to die any day.
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04 Dec 2009   #5
Qdos

 

Having just 512Mb in an XP machine is a poor effort, nevermind for W7... you should be looking at minimal memory of 1Gb in either case - and as regards W7 beating XP on a notebook in terms of speed, it's not what I've found...

XP boots faster on my netbook (1.6Ghz Atom, 2Gb DDR2 533Mhz) and gives me an hour more battery life than W7. XP also shuts down faster than W7, although I will admit to the presence of Microsofts UPHC module.

No way I'd keep W7 on my mobile device, it's a power hog compared to XP
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04 Dec 2009   #6
ollie007

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
Having just 512Mb in an XP machine is a poor effort, nevermind for W7... you should be looking at minimal memory of 1Gb in either case - and as regards W7 beating XP on a notebook in terms of speed, it's not what I've found...

XP boots faster on my netbook (1.6Ghz Atom, 2Gb DDR2 533Mhz) and gives me an hour more battery life than W7. XP also shuts down faster than W7, although I will admit to the presence of Microsofts UPHC module.

No way I'd keep W7 on my mobile device, it's a power hog compared to XP

point taken on the power consumption.....but it seems to me the extra L2 cache toshiba always have on their prosumer laptop, gives it extra boost.

what o others think?
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04 Dec 2009   #7
ollie007

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starting up and shutting down doesnt concern me lol.

Multitasking and power consumption, is my main concern.

like having multi-tabs in FF3, which is memory consuming LOL
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04 Dec 2009   #8
RogerR

 
 

I just put Win 7 on an old Toshiba with 512 and its remarkably zippy - though I don't ask it to anything heavy duty. I use Panda cloud security with it.
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04 Dec 2009   #9
ollie007

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i am using NOD32 and no problems whatsoever
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