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Windows 7: Should I update my machine from xp to windows 7

14 Aug 2014   #1
MRTMS

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Should I update my machine from xp to windows 7

First post ever so feel free to give me a hard time.

I have several machines running xp and i want to know how will they run on windows 7. They are all hp , different models.They are about 4 years old and have been running quite a bit. I ran the windows advisor on them and they can all upgrade to windows 7. My question is this "just because i can does that mean i should". Will i get much of a performance boost. What are the factors that i need to take into account. will this increase the longevity of the machines. Would i be better of buying new machines.


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14 Aug 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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More details on the hardware on the 4 year old machines would be helpful. Particularly CPU and RAM info.

As well as details on how they are used. Are they all connected to the Internet and used for general purposes?

If used just for email and general web browsing, a 4 year old PC might be adequate for another 5 or 10 years.

The primary reason I'd consider updating to Win 7 is that it is still supported and will be until 2020.
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14 Aug 2014   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Here is something from Microsoft that is a place to start.


http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl...ils.aspx?id=20


If the computers pass this test from Microsoft is just a starting place.

Answering the questions like ignatzatsonic has posted should still be done.

You need to know more than whether Windows 7 will work on those computers but will Windows 7 work good on those computers.
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14 Aug 2014   #4
TVeblen

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MRTMS View Post
My question is this "just because i can does that mean i should".
Of course not. But in general people are better off running the most current version of any software, operating systems included. But it always comes down to that cost-benefit analysis.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MRTMS View Post
Will i get much of a performance boost.
Not necessarily. Because W7 is a more "robust" operating system than XP you might even notice a slight performance drop.
It depends on the hardware in your PCs. That said, I have run W7 on 10 year old Pentium 4 machines, and once I got past the problem finding working drivers they ran pretty well. I did not notice any appreciable difference in starting programs, switching windows, etc.

4 year old machines contain hardware that you can be fairly sure to find current Windows 7 drivers you will need. Many may even be included in the Windows 7 installation.

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What are the factors that i need to take into account.
An important factor is the RAM. You must have a minimum 2GB of RAM to even attempt a W7 install. But 4GB is highly recommended for running W7 without performance issues.

Just do your homework and find the W7 drivers you need for the hardware in your machine before you move to install. If you have used a W7 computer already you know where all the "buttons" are, if not spend some time doing that. W7 does the same things as XP, it's just that it does it slightly differently.

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will this increase the longevity of the machines.
No - from a hardware sense.
Yes - from a user's perspective. W7 is a current operating system and will have software, hardware, and utilities made to run on it into the future. XP is already being phased out in that respect.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MRTMS View Post
Would i be better of buying new machines.
Of course! It's the same question as "should I repair my car or buy a new one?". It comes down to cost, doesn't it?
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14 Aug 2014   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The common answer which recommends migration from XP to Win 7 is because of security reasons. There are no XP updates any more and you will be more and more exposed to malware.

I don't think you would see any other gains such as performance, hardware longevity, etc.

Another strategy would be to keep XP away from the internet and run all internet activity thry Linux - either in double boot, or in virtual or from a USB flash drive. That would be the cheapest solution because it costs nothing (maybe a new 16GB USB flash drive).
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