Dear Forum Members,
Through the absolute cheapness of Microsoft, my uni only provided me w/ an update copy of Windows 7 that I had to install over a full version of Vista. I have 1.5gb of ram and have turned all the options down for performance (e.g. looks like Windows XP.lol) and have a 7200rpm WD HD.
Here is the thing. I did a test install on my old drive (5400rpm) that was running XP Pro. Windows 7 ran smoothly and the fan hardly ever kicked on as I do minimal tasks and have a stepped processor. When I did a clean install on the 7200rpm drive, everything was also fine. However, as I couldn't register my upgrade copy I had to install over Vista. This is where the problems started.
The computer is noticeably slower than when I did the clean install. Also problematic is that the fan seems to constantly run even when the computer is performing no task, not even word processing or internet surfing. I do not care about the noise (in XP it just used to kick on real loud every now and again), I just want to make sure that my hd/cpu isn't getting fried. It seems to indicate a problem.