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Windows 7: should I upgrade?

14 Jan 2010   #11
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
SSD

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jambonay View Post
It has a 7200 rpm 60 gig HD. Are there faster or solid state ones out there now that will fit in this Laptop?
SSD's yes but they are still exspensive it's good you have the 7200 RPM most have 5400 RPM


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14 Jan 2010   #12
jambonay

windows xp pro service pack 3, v. 3264
 
 

I see a OCZ 60 gig SATA SSD on Tiger Direct for 199. I don't need a huge amount of storage on this particular machine. Is there any reason not to go ahead and swap out my old drive for this one, install Windows 7 and that way I can use my old drive as an archive of stuff I don't want to move onto the new one? I have a docking station I can install the old drive into with one of those adapters.
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14 Jan 2010   #13
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Sure

sure if you want to spend the bucks go for it
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14 Jan 2010   #14
WDAexodus

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Yeah, it definately will decrease your boot up time. Not sure if I would cough up that much though for a work laptop. I think personally with the clean install of W7 you'll be happy with the bootup time.
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14 Jan 2010   #15
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WDAexodus View Post
Yeah, it definately will decrease your boot up time. Not sure if I would cough up that much though for a work laptop. I think personally with the clean install of W7 you'll be happy with the bootup time.
I agree

If you are thinking of going that route i would buy 7 first load it on your current disk, think you might be suprised at the boot time of clean install, then if still not happy get SSD
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14 Jan 2010   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would buy a Win7 OEM distro for $105 and upgrade. Every time I have to touch an XP system to help out a friend, I get annoyed because it is so cumbersome.

Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems
Personally, I wouldn't recommend OEM, because of it being tied only to the computer that it is first installed on, and not being able to install it again. I bought my Win7 Pro upgrade for only $129 shipped, and think the few extra dollar well worth while.

NEW WINDOWS 7 Professional Upgrade Retail DVD 32&64 Bit - eBay (item 150405064614 end time Feb-12-10 05:37:31 PST)

Plus that Newegg offer only includes the x32 disk.
That's a very good alternative. At Newegg it is either 32bit or 64bit - but for the same price.
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14 Jan 2010   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jambonay View Post
I see a OCZ 60 gig SATA SSD on Tiger Direct for 199. I don't need a huge amount of storage on this particular machine. Is there any reason not to go ahead and swap out my old drive for this one, install Windows 7 and that way I can use my old drive as an archive of stuff I don't want to move onto the new one? I have a docking station I can install the old drive into with one of those adapters.
Not all SSDs are equal. Make sure you get the right one. If you go OCZ (which is excellent) make sure you get a Vertex or Vertex turbo model. Then you need those at Firmware level 1.4 or 1.4.1 - else you have no Trim support (which is very important for write speed). You can always flash it to 1.4 level, but that is an extra step.
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14 Jan 2010   #18
IggyAZ

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jambonay View Post
I have a Dell Precision M70 laptop running XP Pro, 2 GHz Pentium M processor, 2 GB of RAM, NVIDIA Quadro FX1400 Video card.
It has gotten increasingly sluggish to the point that I am contemplating doing a clean reinstall of OS to try and clean it up. MS says it will run Windows 7, the drivers seem to be available for the major components. My question is will I get a noticeable improvement in performance with Win 7 vs. XP?
Until you decide if you will go with Win7 or not here is a Microsoft program for WinXP that adjusts you startup and rearranges stuff for a quicker bootup.

Just install and select a full scan on next bootup.
After you do this it will shutdown and restart.
It will be running in windows so be patient and wait.
First time may take 5 or 10 minutes but well worth it.
It will also be moving your key startup programs to the fastest part of your hard drive.

Here is the link.
Download BootVis 1.3.37.0 - BootVis - Microsoft tool to provide faster XP boot and resume times - Softpedia
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29 Jan 2010   #19
jackharvest

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I'm running your setup, believe it or not. Precision m70. I've upgraded to Windows 7, and can testify that it's a heluva different OS. The Precision is a powerful machine, and handles it VERY well.

Aero? Eats it for breakfast.

In the "windows experience index" - the worst score you'll likely see is a 3.8 / 8 for your CPU speed. That's expected. It's a powerful single-core centrino that runs at 2.0GHz (for me). I'm looking to overclock it to 2.3GHz (since I've read elsewhere that it's still relatively stable at that point).

So go for it. I have a 320Gb hard drive in mine. That's the max it will take. Make special note that you can't get a SATA drive in here, which is the real kicker for why boot time is as fast as it is. It's IDE or bust, and the largest IDE that this precision will read, is the 320Gb sized one. You ain't gonna find an IDE that huge going at 7200rpm... it's 5400 for sure.

Hope that helps.
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29 Jan 2010   #20
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jackharvest View Post
I'm running your setup, believe it or not. Precision m70. I've upgraded to Windows 7, and can testify that it's a heluva different OS. The Precision is a powerful machine, and handles it VERY well.

Aero? Eats it for breakfast.

In the "windows experience index" - the worst score you'll likely see is a 3.8 / 8 for your CPU speed. That's expected. It's a powerful single-core centrino that runs at 2.0GHz (for me). I'm looking to overclock it to 2.3GHz (since I've read elsewhere that it's still relatively stable at that point).

So go for it. I have a 320Gb hard drive in mine. That's the max it will take. Make special note that you can't get a SATA drive in here, which is the real kicker for why boot time is as fast as it is. It's IDE or bust, and the largest IDE that this precision will read, is the 320Gb sized one. You ain't gonna find an IDE that huge going at 7200rpm... it's 5400 for sure.

Hope that helps.
The machine is weak but it will work reasonably well. Up the RAM though, 2GB isn't enough anymore.
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