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Windows 7: Upgrade to Windows 7 home premium or any other


09 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Upgrade to Windows 7 home premium or any other

i have windows 7 starter and 2 GB of RAM
i am wondering what change (in terms of speed and performance of my netbook) will it bring if any when i upgrade to windows 7 home edition or etc?
cause i dont want the overall speed to be any slower..
what i mean is
if i upgrade to a whole windows version, there'll be more work to do and plus there'll be more software i would be installing like microsoft office 2013 (2010 is currently installed, 2013 does not run on starter)
so, more work, lesser speed... right?
the overall performance would be slower than before....
already sometimes the RAM usage out of 2GB is 1.96GB when a little more work is being done at a time
like using the browser with more tabs and stuff..
(not always is it that high)
just wondering if the windows was full, then the RAM usage would be more, resulting in lesser speed and performance

the question is
Is the theory above true or there are differences? Can i upgrade and be happy?
And what about upgrading to windows 8? -> the start button on my netbook has the windows 8 logo
its a new netbook


Acer Netbook - 2GB RAM, Intel Celeron Processor


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09 Apr 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Hi junior

Take a look at the link below . It might help you with your decision making

Difference Between Windows 7 Starter and Home Premium
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09 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Thanks Vistaking,

I read it, sure gave me the differences.
But what about the speed and performance of the netbook? Will it be slower or remain the same?
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09 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

It might be slower . Cause aero will slow it down . You could also see if you could upgrade your ram to 4GB .
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09 Apr 2013   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

You can always switch Aero off
Essentially, there's nothing in the higher editions to make anything run slower (apart from Aero- and only then if the GPU is a shared/slow one), but you get the ability to run more and 'better' programs.

Mostly, any slowdown you see is more likely to be because you're running more, than because the machine has slowed.
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09 Apr 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

The most you can actuall accomplish with a netbook since that is limited to start with is perhaps an OS change as well as reducing some of the active processes as has been suggested. Last fall I bought someone a smartbook as a gift with the embedded CE 6.0 form of 7 on it and have regretted it since! These type of devices are good for checking mail and browsing but don't expect any performance leaps since any would be hard to come by.

The main reason it was equipped with the Starter edition and not Home Premium had to do with size and reduced number of features to suit the limitations typically seen with a netbook or other tablet, smartbook type device. The Starter edition is the more or less stripped down edition of 7 the manufacturer knew would work while knowing the higher edtiions simply wouldn't perform like they would on a laptop or desktop.

Now for upping the memory installed that will depend mostly on the make and model with many only seeing one memory slot while others have slots. The specs will show the largest size module you will be able to use. With 2gb installed that would suggest a pair of 1gb modules in a pair of slots and most likely won't take 2gb modules. A good read about this from 2010 can be seen at Memory Upgrades for your Netbook
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14 Apr 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Thank you Night Hawk,

Two last questions

1- what if i install windows 8? its specs say that windows 8 needs half the amount of things i already have...
2 - if i want to return to windows 7 starter, how do i do it?

Thanks again.
Junior geek
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16 Apr 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Well the first thing is to look at what came preinstalled on it namely the Starter edition which is basically a stripped down but not embedded form of 7 as well as whether or not 8 drivers are even available for it. Most likely you wouldn't find any for 8 since that doesn't seem to have a Starter type edition at all! In fact only two are sold retail on media being 8 and 8 Pro not Pro PLUS! or the Enterprise edition.

When 7 first came along after Vista which saw a Basic edition MS renamed that to Starter for 7 releasing mostly to developing countries as the stripped down less weighty OS which is the ideal choice when any OEM looks for which OS to go on something like a netbook or other that allows the owner/user to still replace one OS with another.

You won't find a product sticker on the netbook most likely as you would with a notebook or laptop model however since there is no optical where you would use a recovery disk. Once you dump the preinstalled 7 you will then possibly have a need for a totally separate product key when going to make up a usb installation key if not able to use a usb optical drive.

I haven't actually had one here to toy around with to see if those have anything more then the serial and model numbers on them however only having taken a fast look at few on display while one retail outlet was still open. Most of the time I simply walk right past them since I already bought a 7 laptop for someone I occasionally look after while also maintaining two 7 desktops. (and then a few other pcs added to the list which tend to get malwares, etc. )
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17 Apr 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

hmm... i see

but there is something - "windows 8 RT", it is for some computers like tablets and etc..
and there is a key, a sticker underneath my netbook which has a serial number similar in looks to any windows serial key.. (it says - product key)
and why i had the idea of installing was because another person pointed out that the start button on my netbook has the logo of windows 8 - therefore it is made to have windows 8 or atleast is capable of doing so...

and is there anyway you know of on how to come back to win 7 starter after installing win 8..?

thanks
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17 Apr 2013   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

There is a world of difference between 'Windows 8 ready' and having Windows 8 installed.
The Key on the COA sticker is only valid for the version and edition of the OS stated on the sticker - and for no other.
You cannot install any other Windows OS without purchasing a suitable license for it.

"Windows 8 RT" cannot be installed on 'normal' PC's - it's limited to installation on ARM architecture machines, which in turn cannot run normal Windows 8, or Windows 7.
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