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Windows 7: Windows 7 for Vista?

04 Jun 2012   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

If you intend spending $3000 again you can get a decent desktop and a decent laptop these days for that kind of money.

That way you get the power of the desktop plus the portability of the laptop.

As for which is the best, it's very subjective and opinions are very often influenced by personal experience, be they good or bad.

You might want to try reading some of the many computer magazines on the market and in particular those that cater for consumer reviews and best buys.

As you are from the United States, have a look here:

And here:

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04 Jun 2012   #12


Thanks , its good advice.. I'll think about it.
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04 Jun 2012   #13
Microsoft MVP


Follow these steps to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which will help you understand how Win7 handles drivers and is best installed and set up.

Unlike XP or Vista it's important to let Win7 provide the drivers initially via the installer and optional Updates, only providing any drivers missing in Device Manager after all Updates are done. Then only swap out drivers which cause performance problems. We can help you analyze this.
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05 Jun 2012   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
Dollar amount is not directly related to processing power. I can build a sub-$500 desktop that would be an order of magnitude more powerful than his Alienware computer.
You misunderstood his point. Yes, you can build a $500 computer that's faster than a three year old laptop. Keep the comparisons both systems as brand new. The OP was asking about a new a new $1500 desktop could run circles around a $3000 laptop, especially in graphics-intensive apps.
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05 Jun 2012   #15

Windows 10 Pro X64

Why not give the Dell site a try, even though it says M17X, the drivers may still apply.
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05 Jun 2012   #16

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned yet that most Windows Vista drivers will work fine with Windows 7. Some may have to be installed in Vista compatibility mode.
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