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Windows 7: How to decide: should you upgrade to Windows 8?

07 Jan 2013   #31
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

So your statement is based on your 'feeling' and you have never tested or timed any OS boot up, well OK, then it is your opinion.

It is a strong statement to base on 'feelings', since they have been tested before with different results.


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07 Jan 2013   #32
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is the best option in my book.

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If it ain't broke, don't fix it. When it's time to do an operating system reinstall, then consider Windows 8 (but buy it now, while it's on sale).
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08 Jan 2013   #33
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by King Arthur View Post
I came to that conclusion owing to the fact operating systems were inherently simpler back then. They simply had less stuff that needed loading on startup. Assuming newer hardware like today's CPUs and HDDs worked with Windows 9x, which from their POV are magnitudes faster than hardware of their era, Windows 9x probably will smoke Windows 8 in a head on bootup match.

Both my Windows 7 machine (in my system specs) and my Windows XP machine running on a Pentium 4 2.66GHz and 1GB RAM boot up in at least under 20~30 seconds from the feeling I get with daily use, I admit however that I never actually timed them with a stopwatch. I might do that some time if I don't feel lazy about it. :P

Both Windows installations (both HDD-based by the way) also have a couple non-essential stuff that I have set to run at startup for convenience reasons, but otherwise they're both well-maintained and fast as ever to the point I don't notice too much of a difference with my dad's Windows 7 desktop which uses an SSD.

Of course, YMMV and factors like older or underpowered hardware will definitely negatively impact Windows bootup times. I just wanted to point out that the perk of of Windows 8's fast boot times that everyone is touting around isn't something that is unique to Windows 8 alone. Regardless of HDD/SSD, all versions of Windows (even Windows ME and Vista!) can achieve fast boot times and answer one's calls for performance if they're taken care of properly.
I started posting my disagreements with the above, but it was taking up a lot of space since there are many, many, so I stopped.....................
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08 Jan 2013   #34
JerometheGiraff

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

I have a 3 1/2 year old laptop, which has a 5400 RPM HDD do you think I should upgrade the HDD to a SSD or 7200 drive ? It still runs fairly well, my opinion is "yes", just thought of asking It's a Core2Duo.
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08 Jan 2013   #35
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JerometheGiraff View Post
I have a 3 1/2 year old laptop, which has a 5400 RPM HDD do you think I should upgrade the HDD to a SSD or 7200 drive ? It still runs fairly well, my opinion is "yes", just thought of asking It's a Core2Duo.
It would have to have SATA hookups. If it does get a SSD. It will make the Core2Duo fly.
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08 Jan 2013   #36
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JerometheGiraff View Post
I have a 3 1/2 year old laptop, which has a 5400 RPM HDD do you think I should upgrade the HDD to a SSD or 7200 drive ? It still runs fairly well, my opinion is "yes", just thought of asking It's a Core2Duo.
Absolutely. I put SSDs into a couple of laptops from 2007 and it is a world of difference. They are now faster than 2012 systems with spinners.
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08 Jan 2013   #37
McDougal

Windows 8 Pro x64; Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 on VirtualBox
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JerometheGiraff View Post
I have a 3 1/2 year old laptop, which has a 5400 RPM HDD do you think I should upgrade the HDD to a SSD or 7200 drive ? It still runs fairly well, my opinion is "yes", just thought of asking It's a Core2Duo.
I have a laptop about the same years old and with a Core2Duo also. I'm also considering if I should upgrade it to an SSD. The problem is there's a problem with the electrical stuff, I've gone through two dead batteries and now it has no battery at all. Maybe when SSDs get even cheaper, but now, I don't think it's worth it.
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08 Jan 2013   #38
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by McDougal View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JerometheGiraff View Post
I have a 3 1/2 year old laptop, which has a 5400 RPM HDD do you think I should upgrade the HDD to a SSD or 7200 drive ? It still runs fairly well, my opinion is "yes", just thought of asking It's a Core2Duo.
I have a laptop about the same years old and with a Core2Duo also. I'm also considering if I should upgrade it to an SSD. The problem is there's a problem with the electrical stuff, I've gone through two dead batteries and now it has no battery at all. Maybe when SSDs get even cheaper, but now, I don't think it's worth it.
If you never owned a SSD, you really don't know what it is. After I bought my first SSD, I went out and bought 5 more for my other systems - and that was years ago when they were still expensive. Would not want to live without them. And now they are cheaper than ever.
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08 Jan 2013   #39
McDougal

Windows 8 Pro x64; Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 on VirtualBox
 
 

Very true. After installing an SSD into my new desktop, it's the fastest computer I've ever owned. But the main reason why I don't think my laptop is worth it (although I'm pretty sure the performance would be greatly improved), is the fact that I don't use it much anymore. It really is just a backup PC in case something goes wrong with my desktop.
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09 Jan 2013   #40
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there

Just want to add this Caveat about SSD's. - Remember this thread is about should you upgrade to Windows 8 -- not whether an SSD is good or bad.

I've often posted about the biggest single bottleneck in Home computers was abysmally poor I/O from disk devices -- at least SSD's show people that I/O bottleneck was indeed the biggest hindrance to getting decent computer performance (always assuming you didn't have a really stupid small amount of RAM installed)..

BUT : Don't let's get carried away here -- If you can get a SATA controller with an XP driver an old PENTIUM IV XP machine will really fly as well !! probably faster than a 2012 Laptop with a slow 5400 r.p.m spinner in it !!

Don't upgrade just because you can use an SSD -- you can use an SSD in earlier OS'es too --with dramatic effet -- in some cases even more of a performance gain than on some modern hardware !!.

If you ARE updating buy an SSD anyway but don't use an SSD as your reason to upgrade to Windows 8.

Cheers
jimbo
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