Lenovo Thinkpad T500 for Computer Science

I am entering a computer science course by next month, and I will continue into software development. The course will reward me with a bachelor degree and will last for 3 years. Also should I upgrade to Windows 7, and if so which version (i.e. Home Premium, Ultimate, Professional, etc.).

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor P8600
(2.40GHz, 3MB L L 2, 1066MHz FSB, 25watt)
4 GB (4096 MB) DDR3 RAM
500.0 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive
DVDRW Super Multi Drive
Webcam Camera
15.4" Widescreen Display, LED Backlight (1280x800, 129dpi, 200+ nit)
Integrated Intel® GMA MA 4500 Graphics
Integrated High Definition Audio
Lithium-ion Battery
AC Adapter
Ergonomic keyboard with palm rest, ThinkPad UltraNav® multipointing system, including TrackPoint® pointing device with “Press-to-Select”, Internet scroll bar, intuitive volume, ThinkVantage button and Windows® key
ThinkVantage Client Security with password manager, Integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM v1.2)
Ports: 3 USB v2.0, IEEE 1394a, VGA, Microphone/line-in, Headphone/line-out, DisplayPort and optional DVI VI -D monitor cable
Slots: Standard E E xpressCard 34/54mm, 7-1 M M edia Card Reader
Gigabit Ethernet
Integrated WWAN2 (with GPS)
Intel® Wireless WiFi
Bluetooth® 2.1
Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Business licensed and installed)
Dimensions 357.5x255 x 29.7x 33.5mm (with battery)
Weight 2.63kg (with battery)
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  1. Hi :)

    Personally if you are going to upgrade that machine, I would go for 7 PRO...so you can run Vms...

    All the best Brett :)
  2. Brett928S2 said:
    Hi :)

    Personally if you are going to upgrade that machine, I would go for 7 PRO...so you can run Vms...

    All the best Brett :)


    Huh? Why do you need 7 Pro to run VM's? Unless you mean XP Mode.

    OP - If you're going to be running a hypervisor to develop on different platforms then MS Virtual PC is not the way to go. Virtual Box and VMware Player are both free and will run quite happily on 7 Home Premium, the only advantage of Pro would be the higher memory limit, but I doubt you're going to need more then 16GB for your course.
  3. MuddyFunster said:
    Brett928S2 said:
    Hi :)

    Personally if you are going to upgrade that machine, I would go for 7 PRO...so you can run Vms...

    All the best Brett :)


    Huh? Why do you need 7 Pro to run VM's? Unless you mean XP Mode.

    OP - If you're going to be running a hypervisor to develop on different platforms then MS Virtual PC is not the way to go. Virtual Box and VMware Player are both free and will run quite happily on 7 Home Premium, the only advantage of Pro would be the higher memory limit, but I doubt you're going to need more then 16GB for your course.



    Hi :)

    XP Mode IS a VM lol...

    But there were other reasons for Pro...


    All the best Brett :)
  4. Brett928S2 said:
    MuddyFunster said:
    Brett928S2 said:
    Hi :)

    Personally if you are going to upgrade that machine, I would go for 7 PRO...so you can run Vms...

    All the best Brett :)


    Huh? Why do you need 7 Pro to run VM's? Unless you mean XP Mode.

    OP - If you're going to be running a hypervisor to develop on different platforms then MS Virtual PC is not the way to go. Virtual Box and VMware Player are both free and will run quite happily on 7 Home Premium, the only advantage of Pro would be the higher memory limit, but I doubt you're going to need more then 16GB for your course.



    Hi :)

    XP Mode IS a VM lol...

    But there were other reasons for Pro...


    All the best Brett :)


    I know XP Mode is a VM but it's limited to using Virtual PC and as a hypervisor Virtual PC is way behind the times.
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