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Windows 7: Windows 7 vs. Windows XP?


24 Dec 2009   #31

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pentium3 FTW View Post
I could buy a new video card, but I'd like to have DirectX11 support, and any decent one is over $80.
My question would be...why hold out for a DX11 card in an old Pentium 4 box? If you really needed DX11 for high-end gaming, you are going to have to replace the machine. So, why not just buy a light duty video card now which will support and run Windows 7 and provide aero support and just get a nicer video card down the line with a new machine???? I mean you can find a card under $40 that will easily support aero and will be way better than the 9200se that you currently have.


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24 Dec 2009   #32

Windows 7 x86, Mac OS 8.6
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
My question would be...why hold out for a DX11 card in an old Pentium 4 box? If you really needed DX11 for high-end gaming, you are going to have to replace the machine. So, why not just buy a light duty video card now which will support and run Windows 7 and provide aero support and just get a nicer video card down the line with a new machine???? I mean you can find a card under $40 that will easily support aero and will be way better than the 9200se that you currently have.
Yeah, plan's changed... now I'm trying to figure out whether or not my friend's GeForce FX5200 will work in Windows 7. This "upgrade" was done almost entirely out of my pocket and at this point I would really, really like to avoid paying more.
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24 Dec 2009   #33

 

FX5200 has Vista drivers - try it under Windows 7 and see what happens or google a bit about other people's experience
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24 Dec 2009   #34

Windows 7 x86, Mac OS 8.6
 
 

Alright, hopefully this works... theoretically everything that worked under Windows Vista should also work under Windows 7. I'll install the card on boxing day or something, since I'll be a little occupied with Christmas. I'll let you all know how it works.
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26 Dec 2009   #35

Windows 7 x86, Mac OS 8.6
 
 

The FX5200 works! I can't get Aero to run properly, but that's not the point. The graphics card does not crash the system and I can finally get my 1280x1024 resolution. I also installed my free upgrade of Windows 7 Professional on my Thinkpad, so I'm busily trying to re-install all my programs on both machines. Thanks for your help everyone!
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26 Dec 2009   #36

Windows 7 Eternity Build 7600 RTM Activated x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by clementejak View Post
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.

if you are finding 7 unstable you did something wrong. 7 runs faster than vista ever did, 7 starts up and shuts down faster than vista ever did, 7 is far more stable and secure than vista. as far as windows media player you should always replace it with a third party app. one that does not insist on sending out all of you media files info to microsour.
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26 Dec 2009   #37
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by InternetLord View Post

if you are finding 7 unstable you did something wrong. 7 runs faster than vista ever did, 7 starts up and shuts down faster than vista ever did, 7 is far more stable and secure than vista. as far as windows media player you should always replace it with a third party app. one that does not insist on sending out all of you media files info to microsour.
I've been running a popular batch file on all new installs for several years which turns off the WMP sharing services so that it can't turn itself back on.

WMP actually runs better.

Don't use it if you stream over home network. Set a restore point.


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File Type: bat wmpnscfg_disable.bat (649 Bytes, 11 views)
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26 Dec 2009   #38

Windows 7 Eternity Build 7600 RTM Activated x86
 
 

i recommend not using wmp simply because it takes far more resources to run than competing players do.
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26 Dec 2009   #39

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

I had Windows 7 running on 1.5gb of ram with a pentium 4 2.8ghz cpu.
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