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Windows 7: How well will W7 run on my laptop?

05 Feb 2010   #11
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
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I use it to browse the web or watch tv shows and movies while I am away from my desktop.
Works great for that.
And Windows 7 runs better than Windows XP Home that came on the netbook.
Aero works on it too, surprisingly.
I'll believe when I see it. Netbooks are very weak hardware wise.
I'll post a video shortly. I have to use my DV camera since the video mode on my Sony Cybershot isn't very smooth.
I'll have to shoot, capture, cut and compress it in Premiere Pro then upload it.


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05 Feb 2010   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
I use it to browse the web or watch tv shows and movies while I am away from my desktop.
Works great for that.
And Windows 7 runs better than Windows XP Home that came on the netbook.
Aero works on it too, surprisingly.
Do you have to push buttons like on an adding machine? _ LOL
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05 Feb 2010   #13
MrSparkle

Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jfar View Post
I don't understand your post. You started the post asking should you install 7 on your
machine, and by the time you end your post you have installed it, and it is running fine.
LOL, sorry about that! It was like 10 AM when I posted that, and I hadn't slept the night before. =X

I meant that I installed it on my desktop, and want to install it on my laptop.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Since your laptop is running Windows Vista...it will run Windows 7 (which is a bit lighter on resource usage).

I've seen mixed results on battery life. While some of the changes should improve battery life, I've also seen posts from many saying that their battery life decreased and they were on the hunt to try to figure out how to resolve that issue.

The only suggestion I would make is to increase the amount of system RAM from 1GB to 2GB if you can. That should help increase performance across the board.
As long as it runs equal to, or faster than Vista, I'll do it.

I plan on upgrading the RAM, but I probably wont be able to do it anytime soon.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hybridfan View Post
He wanted opinions, of what I'm not quite sure??...
I wanted opinions on if it would be wise to upgrade to W7. =X
I had concerns because I only have a gig of RAM, and most people recommend at least 2gb.
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05 Feb 2010   #14
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

This is the link to the little test,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptzpBiEwjqo
Video is still processing so I don't know how it looks on youtube yet.

I played Starship Troopers DVD in Windows Media Center (used my MS Xbox 360 HD-DVD Drive) , installed Netflix plug-in, while browsing the web.
Then I played Netflix videos in Firefox since there was some odd error in Media Center when trying to load Netflix, it said the Daylight Savings time was incorrect and wouldn't let me log in.

the Mini isn't the fastest thing, but it gets the job done.
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05 Feb 2010   #15
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

I still wouldn't use it. Check out the specs of my laptop - weight is under 1.6kg with adapter and plenty of power for anything except gaming.
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05 Feb 2010   #16
Nemix

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

@MrSparkle

Since you're already running Windows Vista, the change from Vista to Windows 7 isn't a big one. If you can get a free copy of Windows 7, by all means upgrade. Windows 7 will not run any slower on a laptop that already has Vista installed. Windows 7 is not any lighter on resources when compared to Vista SP2, it's just feels snappier and more responsive when doing the same task. I would choose Windows 7 over Vista even with your laptop specs if I had the option.

Just make sure you upgrade the ram in the future to 2GB or more regardless of which option you choose, it'll make a big difference with both Vista and Windows 7.

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06 Feb 2010   #17
madtownidiot

 

Just about anything that will run vista will run windows 7, and the battery seems to last longer between charges. It's definitely lighter on the system, especially compared to factory default settings after reinstalling vista from the the recovery partition for a day just to get a contrast
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06 Feb 2010   #18
Nemix

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

@madtownidiot

I've done a lot of comparison with systems running both Vista SP2 and Windows 7 and I've found Windows 7 is not any lighter on resources. Maybe on your system because you did a system restore to factory setting from partition which maybe includes bloatware from the manufacture but in all other cases Windows 7 uses just about the same amount of resources as Vista SP2. Keep in mind, Vista SP2 installs default with 3 desktop gadgets and Windows 7 installs default without desktop gadgets.

Check online benchmarks and comparisons, they all say the same. My comparison is Vista SP2 vs Windows 7 RTM.

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06 Feb 2010   #19
madtownidiot

 

Overall, I would disagree, if it's using less power in windows 7 than in vista, it would be difficult to claim otherwise
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06 Feb 2010   #20
Nemix

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Again, Windows Vista SP2 installs with balanced power plan as oppose to Windows 7 default installs to power saver power plan. Under the advanced tab in power plans you'll also find Windows 7 has minimum CPU at 5% and Vista SP2 defaults minimum 50% CPU, there are other advanced power options that have been changed in Windows 7 default install also. All these can be changed in both Windows 7 and Vista SP2 and make them use about the same amount of power.

Remember, Windows 7 is Windows 6.1 or Vista SPX. Windows 7 is just some interface changes changes along with bug fixes over Vista SP2 to get XP users to upgrade.

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