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Windows 7: Windows 7 vs. Windows XP?


22 Dec 2009   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pentium3 FTW View Post
Hi, this is my first time posting, so please bear with me...

I have a Pentium 4 Desktop that is currently running Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 3. My family is not so good with computers, and I am sick and tired of having to re-install Windows XP every year just so that the computer is acceptably fast. The OS itself is also beginning to look dated, and it has far more security holes in comparison to the new Windows versions.

I was thinking about upgrading to Windows 7 Home Premium Edition, but I was worried about the performance. The current system has a 3.0 GHz Pentium 4 w/ HT, 1.5 GB of RAM, and a 160 GB hard drive (soon to be replaced with a 250 GB one). The graphics card is an ATI Radeon 9200 series. Will Windows 7 performance be in line with Windows XP on this setup, or will it be noticeable degraded? Let me know your thoughts!
If you're windows xp is working fine and meets all your needs in your computer works I suggest stick with it until this damn windows 7 is perfected.

I have two laptops with both windows vista, a 32 and 64bits had both upgraded to the much touted windows 7.

I am not happy at all, its unstable, text are overlapping, windows 7 media player wont play my files which I used to play with vista.

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22 Dec 2009   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pentium3 FTW View Post
Hi, this is my first time posting, so please bear with me...

I have a Pentium 4 Desktop that is currently running Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 3. My family is not so good with computers, and I am sick and tired of having to re-install Windows XP every year just so that the computer is acceptably fast. The OS itself is also beginning to look dated, and it has far more security holes in comparison to the new Windows versions.

I was thinking about upgrading to Windows 7 Home Premium Edition, but I was worried about the performance. The current system has a 3.0 GHz Pentium 4 w/ HT, 1.5 GB of RAM, and a 160 GB hard drive (soon to be replaced with a 250 GB one). The graphics card is an ATI Radeon 9200 series. Will Windows 7 performance be in line with Windows XP on this setup, or will it be noticeable degraded? Let me know your thoughts!
I have the same thing you have with the exception of 4 GB of RAM. My system is noticeably faster than with XP. You won't be sorry you got WIN 7.
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22 Dec 2009   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pentium3 FTW View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I think your Windows 7 performance will be inline with XP. You are a little low on RAM..but not so low that it's going to be awful.
So ideally I should probably get another 512 MB of RAM just to bring it up to 2 GB?
If you are getting more RAM, go ahead and get two sticks of 2 GB. That will only set you back about $40.
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22 Dec 2009   #14

Windows 7 x86, Mac OS 8.6
 
 

Alright, so the general consensus seems to be "Go for Windows 7". I'm going to keep a copy of Windows XP home handy, and of course all my files will be backed up- I've had a lot of experience with nuking my poor hard drive.

I'm not sure about some of the prices posted here; someone said that 2 X 2GB would only set me back $40, but last I checked a 2 GB stick of PC 3200 RAM costs upwards of $100. Maybe RAM is just more expensive in Canada, I dunno. I'll go ahead with the installation first and see how it does with 1.5 GB then get another 1 GB stick for $50. Someone also suggested that I run the upgrade advisor to check compatibility, and it did not find any huge problems- just the damn graphics card can't run Aero! Oh well...

Thanks for your opinions everyone, really helped a lot.
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23 Dec 2009   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pentium3 FTW View Post
Alright, so the general consensus seems to be "Go for Windows 7". I'm going to keep a copy of Windows XP home handy, and of course all my files will be backed up- I've had a lot of experience with nuking my poor hard drive.

I'm not sure about some of the prices posted here; someone said that 2 X 2GB would only set me back $40, but last I checked a 2 GB stick of PC 3200 RAM costs upwards of $100. Maybe RAM is just more expensive in Canada, I dunno. I'll go ahead with the installation first and see how it does with 1.5 GB then get another 1 GB stick for $50. Someone also suggested that I run the upgrade advisor to check compatibility, and it did not find any huge problems- just the damn graphics card can't run Aero! Oh well...

Thanks for your opinions everyone, really helped a lot.
I was the one who said 2 X 2 GB for $40, that is a bit low, but check out this site. They have some good prices. Directron.com Search Engine
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23 Dec 2009   #16
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What's the hurry on the memory Upgrade?

Better to see if it will install first.
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23 Dec 2009   #17

Windows 7 x86, Mac OS 8.6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
I was the one who said 2 X 2 GB for $40, that is a bit low, but check out this site. They have some good prices. Directron.com Search Engine
This is an American site though; good prices, but unless they mark down the item as a "gift", then I'll have to pay the additional VAT once it crosses the border on top of shipping. Nice suggestion, but unfortunately I have to pass.

I'll drop by Canada Computers sometime after I've installed Windows 7 and determined whether or not it needs the additional RAM. On another note, I managed to pick up a very nice 250 GB IDE hard drive with 16 MB buffer cache for only $64.99 CAD, so not all prices up here are bad
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23 Dec 2009   #18

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pentium3 FTW View Post

I'll drop by Canada Computers sometime after I've installed Windows 7 and determined whether or not it needs the additional RAM. On another note, I managed to pick up a very nice 250 GB IDE hard drive with 16 MB buffer cache for only $64.99 CAD, so not all prices up here are bad
Yep, install first, worry about RAM later.

With 1.5GB installed, Windows and a few apps like A/V will use around 45-50%

If you do decide to get more RAM, 2x2GB for example, make sure your motherboard can actually support it.

If the current RAM is PC3200 DDR 400, then chances are the motherboard only has 2 dimm slots which can only support a max of 2x1GB modules.

Some older motherboards cannot support 'double sided' RAM (2GB sticks)
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23 Dec 2009   #19

Windows XP
 
 

Installed it on an AMD Athlon 64 3500 with 1GB RAM and a GeForce 6200. So far it is far faster than XP (which I admit had been there for 5-6 years without any reinstalls) and Aero surprisingly works as I expected a low end graphics card like the 6200 wouldn't be able to handle it. I too was considering increasing the RAM to 2GB but decided to try it with the 1GB to see how it runs and so far it hasn't been a problem.
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23 Dec 2009   #20

Windows 7 x86, Mac OS 8.6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Athos View Post
I too was considering increasing the RAM to 2GB but decided to try it with the 1GB to see how it runs and so far it hasn't been a problem.
Could it be that, for once, Microsoft's "minimum" RAM requirements actually allow you to run a fully functional system? I remember with Windows XP the minimum was 64 MB, but that is only if you want your computer to boot.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
If you do decide to get more RAM, 2x2GB for example, make sure your motherboard can actually support it.

If the current RAM is PC3200 DDR 400, then chances are the motherboard only has 2 dimm slots which can only support a max of 2x1GB modules.

Some older motherboards cannot support 'double sided' RAM (2GB sticks)
That's actually a very good point; I hadn't even checked how many RAM slots I had! I'm pretty sure my computer has 4 DIMM slots, but I'm not sure if it supports double-sided RAM. I'll check once it's finished backing up.
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