Is it worth moving from XP to Windows 7? (performance and responsiveness).

Reaper1242

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I'm mostly looking for experiences of people who moved from XP to 7 on the same machines. Although, anything helpful is appreciated.
I'm finally considering the move to Windows 7. I think it's mainly because I could use a change in scenery.
I've been putting it off because I've always been happy and comfortable with XP. "If it ain't broke...". And I hate clean installs.
I'd have no problems as far as the system requirements.

I am seeing some conflicting opinions regarding performance and responsiveness. I'm not too worried about the visual aspects. Mostly it seems that XP is still the better performer of the 2. From what I'm reading, systems on the lower end don't do as well on Windows 7.
But there really are a massive amount of differing opinions.
 

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Post your pc specs, including the graphics card.
 

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Always forget to post the specs.

CPU: Intel E6800 dual-core 3.33GHz
Memory: 4meg (3.25 usable under 32bit)
GPU: NVidia Geforce 210 1024mb
 

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Always forget to post the specs.

CPU: Intel E6800 dual-core 3.33GHz
Memory: 4meg (3.25 usable under 32bit)
GPU: NVidia Geforce 210 1024mb

Hey budd, I really think you should consider upgrading your ram, maybe to atleast 2 Gb ... :p
Just kidding, but back on topic, I really prefer 7 over xp anyday of the week...
 

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:)

Yea, I can honestly say it's looking like I might just do it. Pretty sure it'll run nice and smooth.
 

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There's only one advantage of Windows XP over Windows 7, and that's Operating System Repair.

If you ever need to replace your motherboard on Windows 7, you'll have to replace it with the same
or very similar motherboard. If the HDD controller is different, Windows 7 Repair will fail/BSOD.

With XP you won't have this problem.

Having said that, overall, Windows 7 is the better choice.
 

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How about trying the Win 8 consumer preview... I don't know if this is a 'production machine'. But it is fun to play with new stuff :)
 

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you can get a ssd , then it will be insanely fast :p


but yes windows 7 will be better.
 

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I'm mostly looking for experiences of people who moved from XP to 7 on the same machines. Although, anything helpful is appreciated.
I'm finally considering the move to Windows 7. I think it's mainly because I could use a change in scenery.
I've been putting it off because I've always been happy and comfortable with XP. "If it ain't broke...". And I hate clean installs.
I'd have no problems as far as the system requirements.

I am seeing some conflicting opinions regarding performance and responsiveness. I'm not too worried about the visual aspects. Mostly it seems that XP is still the better performer of the 2. From what I'm reading, systems on the lower end don't do as well on Windows 7.
But there really are a massive amount of differing opinions.

Yup, you'll soon find XP antiquated after using win 7 for a month
Things like
Code:
win+< or win + >
to snap windows to a side of the screen
Way less driver issues.

As for the SSD, I put in a 120GB OZC and wow, everything is just faster(not games, those rely on your graphics), though it is not a necessity.
 

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Don't buy Windows 7 now, wait untill Windows 8. Only a few months now.

It's a pretty awesome OS, and has legacy support for 7 so drivers and things are a non-issue.... and it is even faster than 7.
 

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How about trying the Win 8 consumer preview... I don't know if this is a 'production machine'. But it is fun to play with new stuff :)

I'm a pretty early adopter on everything but my OS. I like to wait it out and give it some time to establish itself and let everyone else work the bugs out. And I have to be honest, not really liking Windows 8 all that much. Maybe it'll grow on me in 2/3 years :)

you can get a ssd , then it will be insanely fast :p

but yes windows 7 will be better.

I'd love an SSD. Just don't love the prices. But I might just move my OS over to one.

Yup, you'll soon find XP antiquated after using win 7 for a month
Things like
Code:
win+< or win + >
to snap windows to a side of the screen
Way less driver issues.

As for the SSD, I put in a 120GB OZC and wow, everything is just faster(not games, those rely on your graphics), though it is not a necessity.

I've messed with it on other people's systems but haven't used it enough to have that feel for it yet. Definitely bored with good old XP now.

Don't buy Windows 7 now, wait untill Windows 8. Only a few months now.

It's a pretty awesome OS, and has legacy support for 7 so drivers and things are a non-issue.... and it is even faster than 7.

There's just something about Windows 8 that's bothering me. But hey, could very well change. Maybe I'm getting too old for all of this "change" you young whipper snappers are into these days lol.

I've done a bit more research now, seen some good benchmark comparisons between the systems and I've decided. I'm going back to Windows ME. Hahahaha. Nah, Windows 7 it is. Just got to do all the prep now.
All the help has been much appreciated.
 

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Don't buy Windows 7 now, wait untill Windows 8. Only a few months now.

It's a pretty awesome OS, and has legacy support for 7 so drivers and things are a non-issue.... and it is even faster than 7.
I agree with this
I am running 7 and XP on different machines not a lot of difference i hardly notice when i switch machines
 

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I think it is worth the upgrade, Microsoft is going to end support for windows xp in 2012-2013.

Windows 7 is fast for me, I had a notebook (before it died) with Windows XP, upgraded to Windows 7 and it was faster. If you still have 512mb of ram on your computer then do not upgrade to windows 7, rather stay with xp or get another 512mb ram stick.

Its going to be hard for me to leave windows 7 for windows 8, windows 7 is just too good.
 

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I think it is worth the upgrade, Microsoft is going to end support for windows xp in 2012-2013.

Windows 7 is fast for me, I had a notebook (before it died) with Windows XP, upgraded to Windows 7 and it was faster. If you still have 512mb of ram on your computer then do not upgrade to windows 7, rather stay with xp or get another 512mb ram stick.

Its going to be hard for me to leave windows 7 for windows 8, windows 7 is just too good.

It's actually good that I'm doing this. Because I have plenty hard drive space I tend to just leave programs installed (I know, bad habit). So now I can do some good old spring cleaning. Always good to start fresh. I just need to go through what I want to reinstall.
Most of my data is sitting on other partitions or my external so don't need to move much.

I'm running 4 gig of ram so I'll be good there.

I'm going to be building a whole new system in the next year so I'll decide then which OS to start with. For this one, I'll just stick with 7.
 

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Thanks to everyone with this. Did the upgrade this morning. All went smooth and because I did some prep beforehand I had very little setup to do when I reinstalled my software.
No idea why it took me this long. It's like being in another world.
 
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