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Windows 7: Looking to Super Tweak my Win 7 to make it XP like

19 Feb 2014   #11
Dizaster

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
 
 

How can I go about finding the correct drivers and installing them before I attempt to dual boot?


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19 Feb 2014   #12
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

As a general rule if resources are adequate Windows 7 will outperform XP running on the same hardware. And the resource requirements for this aren't particularly high. If Windows 7 performance is inferior to XP then something is wrong.
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19 Feb 2014   #13
Dizaster

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
 
 

Well XP runs flawless on the virtual machine on the mac compared to my windows 7 on my laptop it's much more snappier in process. and i didn't need any drivers when installed it in the virtual machine i just popped in the disc and it did the rest for me
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19 Feb 2014   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
As a general rule if resources are adequate Windows 7 will outperform XP running on the same hardware. And the resource requirements for this aren't particularly high. If Windows 7 performance is inferior to XP then something is wrong.
Right - I have yet to see a vanilla XP that is faster than Windows 7 (on the same system).
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19 Feb 2014   #15
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dizaster View Post
Well XP runs flawless on the virtual machine on the mac compared to my windows 7 on my laptop it's much more snappier in process. and i didn't need any drivers when installed it in the virtual machine i just popped in the disc and it did the rest for me
You are running XP and Windows 7 on different hardware and the comparison is hardly fair to Windows 7. There is far more to performance than just RAM size. Laptop hard drives tend to be slow as the priority is for low power consumption, not performance. Same for the CPU. Same for the video system.
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19 Feb 2014   #16
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

If you have s specific issue, please feel free to post it here so we can help you with it. That Mac might have a faster hard drive which is causing XP to start faster. As others have said, it is not a fair comparison. I agree with WHS. You should install a solid state drive into your laptop. It will make Windows 7 run very, very well. XP is old and is not worth running on a computer that you will be using for online purposes. Also, I think there are times where virtual machines will boot faster than physical machines.
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22 Feb 2014   #17
jonnyhotchkiss

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I would try a native boot install xp to vhd. Win 7 supports it now, so it's easy to create a (virtual) volume, then mount it and instlall XP. It'd be interesting to see how well it manages to auto-install drivers... I would (as a 'precaution') have a network adapter (wi-fi?) driver (so you can get to the cloud where the drivers live!)

In my experience (maybe manufacturer dependent), the order in which drivers are installed is sometimes a factor (on XPS I had to follow very specific instructions to get the intel wireless display technology to play nice with the hd audio drivers and maybe nvidia...) if ya can, it wouldn't hurt (at all) to get the info (and the 'repositories') saved (added to the boot media from which you install xp, ideally a usb?)

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