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October 22, 2013 10:41:13 PM

I recently bought Windows 7 OEM on my slow desktop (Athlon II X3, 4gb DDR3-1333, 7200RPM hard drive)). I bought a new laptop that has Windows 8 included and it has an AMD A10 processor with 4gb DDR3-1600 Ram and a 5400 RPM hard drive..

Which computer would you put Windows 7 on and Windows 8 on? I don't know if it makes a difference
a b $ Windows 7
October 22, 2013 10:47:31 PM

Just stick to what you have. W7 on old desktop and W8 on new laptop.
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a b $ Windows 7
a b * Windows 8
October 22, 2013 10:47:38 PM

It makes very little difference.

Windows 8 is essentially Windows 7 with a few improvements. The one downside is the new interface which can easily be avoided with Start8.

Your laptop also most likely has some built-in security features that prevent boot-time viruses such as key-logging malware from infecting it. This wouldn't work with Windows 7.
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October 22, 2013 11:05:18 PM

I agree with Pyree, especially since 8.1 (free if you have 8, get it through the app store) apparently made good strides in increasing the performance of AMD's later APUs.
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a c 417 * Windows 8
October 23, 2013 12:29:43 AM

Pop an SSD in the Desktop and you won't be calling it 'slow' again...
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October 26, 2013 9:24:20 PM

dodger46 said:
Pop an SSD in the Desktop and you won't be calling it 'slow' again...


Agreed, if you mean the general "feel" such as booting, opening programs etc. Anything like gaming is a combination of the CPU and GPU primarily.

If your budget is tight and you need the space, the Seagate SSHD is an interesting drive. It's a Hybrid Drive with 8GB of SSD memory. That may not seem like a lot but it does make quite a difference as it intelligently places Boot and other files onto the faster SSD.

You are much better off with an SSD though if you can move larger files to your current drive and keep Windows/applications on the fast SSD. A 120GB SSD however only has 89GB of usable space after over-provisioning has been applied. Plenty though for many people.

You would NOT be able to use the full speed of the Samsung 840 EVO with your older SATA controller but there's no cheaper SSD that I'd recommend. It's really hard to beat this SSD. Pricing:

1) $100 SSD-> 120GB Samsung 840 EVO 2.5"

2) $80 SSHD-> 500GB Seagate 2.5"

3) $100 SSHD-> 1000GB Seagate 3.5"

4) $120 SSHD-> 1000GB Seagate 2.5"

5) $140 SSHD-> 2000GB Seagate 3.5"

*My advice, if it's possible, would be to do THIS:
a) Hook-up 120GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD, then "add volume" in Disk Management (like any drive)

b) Move HDD files to 2nd partition or another drive until you have 80GB or less

c) CLONE the C-drive to the SSD

d) Shut down, unhook the HDD and verify the SSD boots

e) Install Samsung Magician and apply overprovisioning

f) shutdown and hook HDD back up (if HDD boots instead, change BIOS boot order to correct)

g) delete HDD version of C-drive

h) make a BACKUP IMAGE of the SSD

Other:
- there's a fix for going from IDE to AHCI which you may need if you're on IDE now.

- to free up space you can run CLEANDISK for the C-drive, manually move any videos etc, uninstall any large games (reinstall to the HDD later), Disable Hibernation (Samsung Magician has an option to optimize space) and set your Pagefile to a Min and Max of 2GB.
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November 2, 2013 7:58:32 AM

photonboy said:
dodger46 said:
Pop an SSD in the Desktop and you won't be calling it 'slow' again...


Agreed, if you mean the general "feel" such as booting, opening programs etc. Anything like gaming is a combination of the CPU and GPU primarily.

If your budget is tight and you need the space, the Seagate SSHD is an interesting drive. It's a Hybrid Drive with 8GB of SSD memory. That may not seem like a lot but it does make quite a difference as it intelligently places Boot and other files onto the faster SSD.

You are much better off with an SSD though if you can move larger files to your current drive and keep Windows/applications on the fast SSD. A 120GB SSD however only has 89GB of usable space after over-provisioning has been applied. Plenty though for many people.

You would NOT be able to use the full speed of the Samsung 840 EVO with your older SATA controller but there's no cheaper SSD that I'd recommend. It's really hard to beat this SSD. Pricing:

1) $100 SSD-> 120GB Samsung 840 EVO 2.5"

2) $80 SSHD-> 500GB Seagate 2.5"

3) $100 SSHD-> 1000GB Seagate 3.5"

4) $120 SSHD-> 1000GB Seagate 2.5"

5) $140 SSHD-> 2000GB Seagate 3.5"

*My advice, if it's possible, would be to do THIS:
a) Hook-up 120GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD, then "add volume" in Disk Management (like any drive)

b) Move HDD files to 2nd partition or another drive until you have 80GB or less

c) CLONE the C-drive to the SSD

d) Shut down, unhook the HDD and verify the SSD boots

e) Install Samsung Magician and apply overprovisioning

f) shutdown and hook HDD back up (if HDD boots instead, change BIOS boot order to correct)

g) delete HDD version of C-drive

h) make a BACKUP IMAGE of the SSD

Other:
- there's a fix for going from IDE to AHCI which you may need if you're on IDE now.

- to free up space you can run CLEANDISK for the C-drive, manually move any videos etc, uninstall any large games (reinstall to the HDD later), Disable Hibernation (Samsung Magician has an option to optimize space) and set your Pagefile to a Min and Max of 2GB.


Thank you for the information. I have saved this on my Microsoft Word for future reference.

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