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Windows 7: Windows 7 vs. Windows XP?

22 Dec 2009   #1
Pentium3 FTW

Windows 7 x86, Mac OS 8.6
 
 
Windows 7 vs. Windows XP?

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!


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22 Dec 2009   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

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!
At a minimum there should be at least 2GB of ram. To see any big improvement 4GB is suggested.
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22 Dec 2009   #3
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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. Don't set your expectations that it will be much faster...but it's likely going to look a lot better and should be more stable...plus all of the drivers for your hardware are likely going to install automatically leaving you with not as much to do after install.
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22 Dec 2009   #4
Pentium3 FTW

Windows 7 x86, Mac OS 8.6
 
 

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?
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22 Dec 2009   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

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?
That would be my suggestion, if you want to have Win 7. Just be very careful when you buy new RAM, sometimes mix and match can cause problems.

A good place to start when buying new RAM


http://www.crucial.com/index.aspx?&pid=2045508
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22 Dec 2009   #6
gregrocker

 

You can wait to see how performance is with your usage before getting the extra RAM.

It sounds like you'll do fine.

First check the Support downloads page for your model computer for a newer BIOS version. Yours is listed on first bootup screen or by entering BIOS.

While in BIOS, check how SATA controllers are listed, and set DVD drive to boot first before HD.

Now boot from your Win7 DVD, select Custom install, use advanced drive tools to delete all, repartition as you wish, then format first partition to install Win7.

The installer is driver-complete with newer arriving during install and via Windows Updates. Any missing in Device manager can be found on model Downloads page along with any favorite apps. Adobe reader/flash and Java runtime are at their sites.
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22 Dec 2009   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I ran Win7 in 1GB and it ran very well. I vote with gregrocker - try the first how it is doing with the 1.5GBs. I would, however, recommend you run the windows7 upgrade advisor to make sure there are all the drivers for your hardware and no other conflicts. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en
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22 Dec 2009   #8
MyWin7

 

Well, you can do it, yes, but I don't think it will be an enjoyable experience - the graphics card is too dated!

Try it but have file backups handy in case you want return to XP
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22 Dec 2009   #9
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there

Pentium 4 at your speed (3 GHZ) with 1.5 GB RAM will FLY -- plenty of threads on running W7 on older computers.

The only problem might be finding a Video driver etc - but nice fast Pentium 4 will be fine.

I've been running W7 on a small 1GB RAM "Netbook" which originally came with XP Home installed on it.

Plenty of people running W7 on old laptops with 1GB of RAM on them as well.

Cheers
jimbo
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22 Dec 2009   #10
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would, however, recommend you run the windows7 upgrade advisor to make sure there are all the drivers for your hardware and no other conflicts. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en
+1 Know in advance what could be problematic; remove/replace.
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