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Windows 7: _should_ I install Win7?

10 Jun 2010   #1
noyahuid

Windows XP
 
 
_should_ I install Win7?

Hello,
I understand that most of the posts here are regarding making win7 work and troubleshooting it, but I've tried glancing at the posts and looking for one where it actually discusses the worth of doing so.

As a background, I know a little bit about computers. I buy above average specs (but not top-of-the-line), and hold on to that computer as long as possible. I _do_ use the computer to play games (Assassin's Creed II, RE5..), with the heaviest load probably trying to emulate the PS2 on it.

I've been thinking of going for Win7, but I live in a country where the minimum daily wage is about $8 and so I have to think about this decision _very_ carefully. I understand the basic reasons for switching: customer support, better interface, security, speed... but If the advantages are just incremental (and not mind-blowing), I'd stick to my XP Service Pack 3.

In fact, The thought that prompted me to think of upgrading my OS was rather inane- my PS2 emulator suffers terrible frame rates for the heavier games, and I've read that the PCSX2 performance drastically improves with DX10 (which XP doesn't have). Can someone guide me in the right direction? Should I even upgrade? If so, what would you recommend me getting?

Thanks a lot, hope this isn't tl;dr territory.

Specs:
Windows XP Service Pack 3
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
2030 MB RAM
SigmaTel Audio1
240 GB HD


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10 Jun 2010   #2
simpod

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I pre-ordered Windows 7 for my laptop a while before it was released and I love it. Personally I think it's one of the best things I have bought in a long time - if I didn't id be stuck with vista
Although I got it half price because of the preorder deal I would gladly pay the full price for it again. I noticed an increase in performance, some programs on vista used to run fine - now they run great! I think it would be a good investment - xp's dying and eventually hardware manufacturers (and software) are going to stop supporting xp so your hardware might struggle to get the latest drivers
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10 Jun 2010   #3
patio

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

Windows 7 Enterprise | Trial, Evaluation, Test, Download

90 Day Free Trial.

This may help you decide...
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10 Jun 2010   #4
noyahuid

Windows XP
 
 

simpod: I agree with you on all fronts, as I mentioned in my post that I do understand the advantages of win7. The question is just whether these advantages are strong enough for me to shuttle a month's worth of my savings to get it.

patio: Thanks for that. I really was going to try and get the trial version to see how I like it, but I posted this question to see if I can get some advice from someone who is knowledgeable about the interactions of hardware and software, to maybe give me a hint as to whether performance would really be bumped up by getting this upgrade.

That said, for the trial version, what would you recommend...
1. 32bit or 64 bit? (I saw the FAQ, sadly that's too technical for me)
2. Virtual machine or dual boot?

thanks all.
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10 Jun 2010   #5
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noyahuid View Post
I understand the basic reasons for switching: customer support,
Customer support is never a consideration in the OS world. First off...your customer support, is right here on forums like this. The only time you'd need to contact Microsoft is if you had an activation issue, and that's a quick fix on the phone. See if you can find an OEM copy for sale at any online vendor that ships to your country. Those are cheaper than a regular retail license.
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10 Jun 2010   #6
winsupertweaker

W7 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noyahuid View Post

Specs:
Windows XP Service Pack 3
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
2030 MB RAM
SigmaTel Audio1
240 GB HD
Windows XP will not expire until 2014. You have a nice system already, XP Pro. You have four years to save your money for a "New Computer". You will want something with more powerful devices, 4 to 8 gigabytes memory and a hard drive about 500 to a 1000 gigabytes (a Terabyte). All of that will cost twice as much as upgrading your current machine to Windows 7, but it will be worth waiting for.

Right now your machine is very fast with XP Pro SP3 and you will continue to receive Windows Updates until 2014, probably in June. Keep what you have, keep the case clean of dust, clean the fans and the heatsink and be very happy with what you have right now---Windows 7 is great, but so is Windows XP Pro.
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10 Jun 2010   #7
simpod

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by niceget View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noyahuid View Post

Specs:
Windows XP Service Pack 3
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
2030 MB RAM
SigmaTel Audio1
240 GB HD
Windows XP will not expire until 2014. You have a nice system already, XP Pro. You have four years to save your money for a "New Computer". You will want something with more powerful devices, 4 to 8 gigabytes memory and a hard drive about 500 to a 1000 gigabytes (a Terabyte). All of that will cost twice as much as upgrading your current machine to Windows 7, but it will be worth waiting for.

Right now your machine is very fast with XP Pro SP3 and you will continue to receive Windows Updates until 2014, probably in June. Keep what you have, keep the case clean of dust, clean the fans and the heatsink and be very happy with what you have right now---Windows 7 is great, but so is Windows XP Pro.
I wasn't aware that XP was staying on till 2014 Thats good to know In that case I agree with this post - and Windows 8 should even be on the shelves by that time so it may be worth waiting in the long run
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10 Jun 2010   #8
winsupertweaker

W7 64 Bit
 
 

Yes indeed! You will have two operatying systems to choose from when XP Pro Updates expire. You will have a blast looking at new computers and as always, the price falls rather than increases as new technology appears on the scene! Have fun!
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10 Jun 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You have a nice system and Win7 would certainly do a fine job. If you decide to install Win7, I would recommend to upgrade the RAM to 3GBs and go with a 32bit Win7. This being said, relative to the heavy expense for you I am not sure whether you would really see sufficient benefits for your applications. I am a fan of Vista and Win7 and really do not like XP, but if it does the job for you, I would stick with it until you need to replace your box which would then come with a new operating system - most likely Windows8.
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10 Jun 2010   #10
noyahuid

Windows XP
 
 

Thanks for all the suggestions, guys. I'm glad that my initial fear was right. I'll probably just stick with what I have now and see how things develop in the long run.

Thanks for all the help, lovin' the atmosphere around this place
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