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Windows 7: Upgrade Old Laptop

View Poll Results: Should I Upgrade to...
Seven 17 77.27%
Vista 1 4.55%
Don't!! Leave XP Professional alone 4 18.18%
Voters: 22. You may not vote on this poll

28 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
Upgrade Old Laptop

I have a 4-5 yr/old HP laptop that currently runs XP Pro. It is stable, but I was thinking about upgrading. I have 2GB ram and a 250GB hard drive installed.
Product Specifications HP Pavilion zv6130us Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

I am looking at how well it would perform, NOT if it could run the OS. Windows Upgrade Advisor says it could support 7. And I don't want to upgrade because it is cool or nice, but if an upgrade can increase performance.

My questions:

Should I upgrade the OS? Seven or Vista or leave it alone.

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28 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

There is no way Windows 7 (and definitely not Vista) is going to run better than XP on that laptop. If you really get the bug, make sure you have a full image backup of your current XP before starting. That way getting back to XP is easy.
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28 Mar 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello merkat106.

That PC should do good with Windows 7, I personally, have no problem with Vista but if I were you I'd go straight to Windows 7; XP is a dying dinosaur, move on.
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28 Mar 2010   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
There is no way Windows 7 (and definitely not Vista) is going to run better than XP on that laptop. If you really get the bug, make sure you have a full image backup of your current XP before starting. That way getting back to XP is easy.
^^^ BS!

If you have upgraded RAM from original 512 megs to 2 gig as you told, and HD from 80 to 250, you are going to see a clear improvement if upgraded to Seven.

Pavilion laptops run Seven really well. You might have to download network, display and chipset drivers from respective manufacturers sites.

Go for it, come back if you have more questions.

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29 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Edition X64

I upgraded a HP NX9420 from Xp to Win 7 myself, and the install was flawless, I did also jump from 32 bits to 64 bits, and that lappy was used only from projection uses because it was too slow on xp for much else, and now.. its back in the train of being used daily because the efficiency has much increased.

Nx9420, 4gb Ram, no changes in hardware.

I would recommend it, always make a full data backup and or image back up before you make the jump.
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29 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 clean install

I suggest Windows Seven too.
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29 Mar 2010   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

I would go for Win 7. I see you have a high spec PC running 7 already so your learning corve will be neglible. Just one point, if you run a printer or scanner off the laptop at the moment (under XP) and it is not one that you have connected to your other PC just check for drivers for Win 7 64bit! Otherwise go for it!
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29 Mar 2010   #8

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10

While not an HP laptop I installed Windows 7 Pro 32 on a 5 y/o plus DELL XPS 3.4GHz Extreme CPU with 2 Gb RAM and a 60Gb drive and it murders the performance of XP Pro which had been pretty good. I have since upgraded the drive to a 160Gb and it has been like getting a new PC.
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29 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7

I installed the RC on an old Dell Inspiron 8600 (Summer 2004) that had been running Windows XP Pro back in June.
  • Pentium M 2.0Ghz (Dothan) 400Mhz FSB
  • 2GB DDR333 (Upgrade from original 512MB)
  • 250GB WD Scorpio (ATA/100) (Upgrade from original 40GB)
  • 128MB Radeon 9600 Pro Turbo

Everything seemed to work OK - but Aero Glass had a noticeable slow-down every time I dragged a window.
I think that may have to do with the drivers for the Radeon more than anything.
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29 Mar 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM + SP1

Was there really much need for Vista in the Poll.

Sorry, made me giggle, especially when no-one else has currently voted.

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