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01 Oct 2010   #201
Kouen

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello all,

Would you all think it worth it to test Windows 7 Home Premium on my Laptop (My emergency and travel machine)

Specs:
Processor: Intel® Pentium® M Processor 760 2M Cache, 2GHz, 533 MHz FSB
Memory: 2Gb Elixer DDR2 PC2-6400
Hard Drive: 80Gb Fujitsu MHT2080AT 8MB Cache 4200RPM ATA100
DVD RW Drive: Sony NEC Optiarc AD-7560A
Graphics: Intel GMA 900 (With GMA Booster)
LCD Screen: 14in 1280x768
Sound Card: Realtek HD Audio ALC260

Thanks in advance



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01 Oct 2010   #202
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kouen View Post
Hello all,

Would you all think it worth it to test Windows 7 Home Premium on my Laptop (My emergency and travel machine)

Specs:
Processor: Intel® Pentium® M Processor 760 2M Cache, 2GHz, 533 MHz FSB
Memory: 2Gb Elixer DDR2 PC2-6400
Hard Drive: 80Gb Fujitsu MHT2080AT 8MB Cache 4200RPM ATA100
DVD RW Drive: Sony NEC Optiarc AD-7560A
Graphics: Intel GMA 900 (With GMA Booster)
LCD Screen: 14in 1280x768
Sound Card: Realtek HD Audio ALC260


Thanks in advance


Should work ok. I put win7 32bit on a Compaq V5000 laptop for a student. It only had 768mb ram memory. But it did work great for a travel computer to check email & surf the net from wireless Free hotspots. They didn't do any gaming on it.
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01 Oct 2010   #203
Kouen

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Should work ok. I put win7 32bit on a Compaq V5000 laptop for a student. It only had 768mb ram memory. But it did work great for a travel computer to check email & surf the net from wireless Free hotspots. They didn't do any gaming on it.
Well a GMA900 is very weak for most gaming so im not expecting much in that aspect although on XP Home it does handle some WoW which aint bad id spose,

Well I'll Give it an install and see how it fairs since I need to reinstall Windows anyways
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02 Oct 2010   #204
Kouen

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Gave it a bash, Ran fairly well as it goes! but given i couldn't get the Aero basic to be in like a Black theme I Reverted for now to XP Home on the lappy again

Scores if anyone was wondering was

CPU 3.8
Ram 4.4
Aero 1.9
Gaming 1.0
HDD 3.8
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02 Oct 2010   #205
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Yes, it is usually the built in graphics chips on laptops that slow win7 down from peek performance.
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05 Oct 2010   #206
Kouen

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well after some searching around ive found a work around that should work that im testing now, a mixture of a small launch app for transparancy and overwriting the aero theme

ill let ya know how it goes... not that ill have to do it all over again in about a week when the new hdd arrives, upgrading from 80gb 4200rpm Fujitsu to a 120Gb 5400rpm samsung
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05 Oct 2010   #207
bobtran

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kouen View Post
Gave it a bash, Ran fairly well as it goes! but given i couldn't get the Aero basic to be in like a Black theme I Reverted for now to XP Home on the lappy again

Scores if anyone was wondering was

CPU 3.8
Ram 4.4
Aero 1.9
Gaming 1.0
HDD 3.8
I run Windows 7 on a Dell C640 and I also do not get Aero, but, If that is your only stopper then True Transparency works just fine and imitates Aero reasonably well.
You might also want to patch your theme to get the Vista style taskbar instead of the basic blue as you can see from my screen print.

I find that I like Windows 7 better on my laptop (it seems faster than XP, personal feeling....not tested fact) and Aero is not that important (You just get Windows basic interface). I do have True Transparency installed and theme patched to Vista sytle just because I don't like the basic theme in Windows 7, you can set TT to run on startup if you wish. Consistency across my machines is nice although my wife's machine still runs XP pro.

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05 Oct 2010   #208
madtownidiot

 

It should install and run ok. You won't get aero with it, and will be a bit slower than with XP.
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05 Oct 2010   #209
Kouen

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I Wasn't able to get the black taskbar to kick in unfortunately it kept using the same old light blue one
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05 Oct 2010   #210
bobtran

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kouen View Post
I Wasn't able to get the black taskbar to kick in unfortunately it kept using the same old light blue one
Change taskbar color:
http://www.intowindows.com/change-wi...color-changer/

Use 3rd party theme's:
You must use "Universal Theme Patcher" as Microsoft does not allow you to use 3rd party themes by default:

The one I used:
http://www.***********/aufhuebschen/w...n.html?lang=EN
I used the "Areo.msstyles" found here:
Two other themes with Vista Retro Look and XP "Luna" Style.

A couple of additional sites:
Windows Vista Theme For Windows 7 | The Windows Club
or
Universal Theme Patcher for Windows 7 - Universal theme patcher - Windows 7 Download

do a little Google research to find alternate theme's (many to choose from, just make sure to run virus check on the file before using).

Alt theme: http://themestyles.blogspot.com/2009...windows-7.html

Enjoy....the only drawback is that major upgrades like service packs tend to reset the uxtheme.dll and you have to re-run the theme patcher to get back to your 3rd party theme's but normal updates do not effect the theme patcher (No disabling of it in Windows 7 so far).
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