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Older Computer. Windows XP or 7?

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September 6, 2011 11:53:25 PM

Reformatting my friends old laptop (which originally had Vista).

Has:
- Celeron (Single core) processor
- 2 Gigs of RAM

She said she wanted Windows 7 on it. My question is:

Is it possible to make Windows 7 lean enough for this computer to run decent, or should I just put Windows XP on it.



PS. I'm quite computer savy, especially tweaking the OS (following forum tips and tricks) to get it as speedy as possible.

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September 7, 2011 12:03:25 AM

I'm looking for more personal experience advise.
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September 7, 2011 12:08:01 AM

XP will run faster on it!2 GIGS of ram is the minimum for 7!
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September 7, 2011 12:25:03 AM

Linux will run far faster than either version of windows. Unbuntu is the distribution of choice and the price is right.
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September 7, 2011 12:31:37 AM

There is very little advantage to getting Windows 7 over Vista.

In fact, if the laptop website does not have Windows 7 drivers and software you may run into issues.

It's perfectly feasible to install Windows 7, and you can often use Vista drivers if there are no Windows 7 versions.

If installing Windows 7 (I wouldn't):
1) borrow a copy of Windows 7 64-bit to test
2) run Microsoft updates
3) everything works? Good to go. If not, you may need to look for additional drivers or software (again, look to the software site for that laptop, but don't install drivers for things like Internet etc if it already works)

This is what you would install:
Windows 7 Premium 64-bit OEM (about $100 at NCIX or other site)

*After completing updates and installing programs you should create a backup using software such as Acronis True Image and make regular (monthly or less) backups.

**You absolutely do NOT install Windows XP on a laptop designed to run Vista. Also, Windows 7 has a superior memory management system to both XP and Vista. XP is so old it no longer receives Microsoft security updates.

There is absolutely NO REASON to install XP on a modern computer, anyone that says so does not know what they're talking about.

Other:
A hard drive upgrade may improve speeds. For example, the Western Digital 500GB Scorpio Black is a lot faster than many other hard drives (about $60). you can simply CLONE the software.

Good luck!
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September 7, 2011 12:33:22 AM

Definitely XP. It'll run better on that computer than 7 would.
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September 7, 2011 12:35:21 AM

Windows 7 versus Vista:

I should add that with only 2GB of RAM, Windows 7 will run slightly faster due to better memory management. This will mainly affect opening and closing programs when multi-tasking.

This won't affect video games or processing speed, although a video game should load slightly quicker.

I'd recommend a faster hard drive or SSD, however, before I'd recommend upgrading from Vista to Windows 7.
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September 7, 2011 12:40:49 AM

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XP is so old it no longer receives Microsoft security updates.

Actually XP SP3 is on extended support until April 8, 2014.
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September 7, 2011 12:46:52 AM

Windows 7 will work much better than Vista on that laptop and Windows XP will be even faster. You may have a problem with drivers though, you will just have to try it and see. But anything will be better than Vista.
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September 7, 2011 12:47:52 AM

Windows XP or Windows 7?

Windows 7 64-bit. People keep saying XP will run faster and that is completely incorrect. The speed will be basically identical for most things, however Windows 7 has many security and other benefits too long to discuss here.

And again, XP no longer receives security updates from Microsoft.

You will not likely find a single benefit to XP, and in general it will work fine but Windows 7 will work better and will be future compatible with Microsoft updates and other software designed to work better with features it has that XP does not.
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September 7, 2011 12:52:36 AM

XP support:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/products/lif...

*Note that if you read this carefully, the EXTENDED support is for commercial versions of this only, not home users.

"Please note: Extended support is only available for commercial customers."

To be clear,
Support is over for most users of XP, in particular concern is security upgrades which prevent intrusion by network hacking software.
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September 7, 2011 12:53:48 AM

^ Yes, XP does still receive updates, for the next few years. And if he would install 7, he would want 32-bit because he has only 2GB of RAM. I mean he could install 64-bit but 64-bit is intended for computers with more RAM, etc.
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September 7, 2011 12:54:09 AM

I don't get why PhotonBoy is saying there will be very little advantages. there are quite a few advantages to 7 over vista. 7 Uses less power, better optimized power usage, better self-cleaning functions (boot + registry) and generally will run nicer.

I would recommend against using the 64bit install. Especially not on a laptop that old. It may make it harder to find drivers. Luckily the same drivers for vista will almost always work on windows 7.

I second that Windows 7 is greater than Vista (especially on a dated laptop) and I like a lot of the new features in 7 and Vista over XP.
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September 7, 2011 12:54:25 AM

The Laptop has both Driver support for Windows XP and Windows 7.

It will just be used for school stuff, and some pic storage and videos.

Linux is not an option since she (the owner) is not computer savvy.

I'm leaning towards Window 7 32bit.
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September 7, 2011 1:00:58 AM

The thing with XP is, it's lighter than 7. 7 will run on that computer (shouldn't run too bad) but I still think XP will run better, it doesn't use as many resources.
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September 7, 2011 5:23:28 AM

If you are going with Windows 7 you should use the 32 bit version unless you plan to increase the amount of memory sometime in the future.
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September 7, 2011 6:13:03 AM

This will easily rock Windows 7. I had it on my 1.8 GHz 1GB RAM laptop and the only thing that made me get rid of it was the fact that I didn't need it and preferred Skype 3.8 which doesn't work in Win7. It will be fast. Just switch off a few BS services and it will be even faster.
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September 8, 2011 6:56:11 PM

Best answer selected by babybudha.
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September 8, 2011 6:59:02 PM

Thanks everyone for your input.

I'm going with Windows 7 32bit. Windows XP should be leaner, but it's getting just a bit too outdated.
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September 22, 2011 1:59:10 AM

I have no issue with that since there is apparently driver support.

However, if there IS driver support for 64-bit also you should get the 64-bit version. 32-bit has no advantage to 64-bit unless you have issues with scanners or printers that require 32-bit drivers.

However, 64-bit would allow you to install 4GB instead of 2GB in the future if you so desired.

It's not a big deal either way, the critical thing is the driver and software support from the laptop manufacturer.
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October 7, 2011 7:37:45 AM

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