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Windows 7: should I upgrade?

14 Jan 2010   #1
jambonay

windows xp pro service pack 3, v. 3264
 
 
should I upgrade?

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?


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14 Jan 2010   #2
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I wouldn't say you'd get much of a noticeable difference on that system, but at the same time, you won't lose any performance either. The main performance difference are seen on higher end systems that can flex the technology muscles of the new OS. That being said, there are plenty of usability features in Windows 7 that would make the upgrade worth it to me. When I have to work on someone else's computer with XP, it is painful!

Windows 7 does a great job of self-maintaining, where as Windows XP installs did seem to grind down in performance over time. Something to consider.
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14 Jan 2010   #3
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

In some things yes, in others no...overall yes.

EDIT: Since I'm not familiar with your equipment, I'll defer to DeaconFrost's assessment.
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14 Jan 2010   #4
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

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?
You will notice an improvement if you do a clean install of either OS
You should find 7 to be better than XP but how much of a difference is the question

I recently formatted an XP machine and installed 7 and it was loads quicker especially on boot but i feel that is was mostly down to the fact it was a clean install, its hard to tell unless you have a clean xp then a clean 7

What i can tell you is that 7 is an excellent OS and i would recommend it to anyone if your prepared to cough up the bucks
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14 Jan 2010   #5
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Upgrade

do yourself a favor and upgrade we are now two OS's newer it would be kinda like using windows 95 when XP was available lol...
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14 Jan 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-752-_-Product
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14 Jan 2010   #7
jambonay

windows xp pro service pack 3, v. 3264
 
 

thanks for the feedback, I am particularly interested in increasing the boot-up speed as is takes up to ten minutes for this laptop to get fully up to speed as it is. It was faster when new but never as fast as a machine running vista
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14 Jan 2010   #8
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Start up

laptops usually startup slower because they have slower hard drives
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14 Jan 2010   #9
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

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.

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-WINDOWS-7-Pr...item2304d727a6

Plus that Newegg offer only includes the x32 disk.
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14 Jan 2010   #10
jambonay

windows xp pro service pack 3, v. 3264
 
 

It has a 7200 rpm 60 gig HD. Are there faster or solid state ones out there now that will fit in this Laptop?
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