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Windows 7: Win7 as slow as Vista on laptop. Better with XP?

21 Dec 2009   #1
amdowney

Vista Business for now
 
 
Win7 as slow as Vista on laptop. Better with XP?

My Vaio SZ came with Vista Business and of course became quite sluggish. So a few month back clean installed Win7 (Not supported by Sony) and followed the driver guides on here. However I am already finding it just as sluggish and is also now completely freezing at times.

Tha laptop has 2Gb RAM and I'm now wondering whether XP will be the best solution and run much quicker?

Thanks in advance.

(I have a 4Gb desktop that will run Win7 on where I guess it will work better?)


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21 Dec 2009   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by amdowney View Post
My Vaio SZ came with Vista Business and of course became quite sluggish. So a few month back clean installed Win7 (Not supported by Sony) and followed the driver guides on here. However I am already finding it just as sluggish and is also now completely freezing at times.

Tha laptop has 2Gb RAM and I'm now wondering whether XP will be the best solution and run much quicker?

Thanks in advance.

(I have a 4Gb desktop that will run Win7 on where I guess it will work better?)
Officially, you have enough ram, 2gb, but its really just the minimum. No one can tell you what to do. On one hand you have the opportunity to use the newest and best OS, win7, but with just the bare minimum ram. Its going to be slow, and freeze at times and may have other problems. On the other hand you have XP, which is on the way out. and by 2014, it will be just about dead. Websites, business, programs and applications will not be XP oriented. In 2014, there will not even be security patches for XP.

You have the facts its your call. You will have one computer with Win 7. You could keep XP on the Lappy, and use it until XP is just a memory, which would be the solution for me.
Best of luck to you
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21 Dec 2009   #3
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You can try a Repair Install to see if it might correct a bad install.

Sounds like you might have futzed with the drivers too much. The Win7 installer is driver-complete, even updating drivers during install if you stay connected to internet, then newer ones arrive via Windows Updates.

MS sponsored the partnership wtih all manufacturers to build Win7 drivers, so they have them first since they paid the bill. Only drivers missing in Device Manager need to be hunted.

You might be happier with 32 bit on that machine, as I am on my 2 gb p.c.
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21 Dec 2009   #4
Digi

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

go with windows xp in the laptop.....u will see a big improvment
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21 Dec 2009   #5
Coolness

Win 7 pro 64-bit, Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit
 
 

If you need to buy the xp, i dont recommed you do that. Just disable Win Aero by going to to right click desktop -> personalize -> choose a high contrast theme. You should see improvement.
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21 Dec 2009   #6
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 

or enable performance mode which you can navigate thru WEI.
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