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October 16, 2009 5:37:18 PM

Hi,

I had 2Gb of RAM on win xp x32 (was perfect), but I'm upgrading to 4Gb and x32 cannot recognize more than 3.2 Gb :non: 
So I gues I have to upgrade the OS :bounce: 
I was wondering which one I should get. Seems that win 7 is bugged etc. Vista isn't that nice so what should I do? :ouch: 

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October 16, 2009 7:19:22 PM

While I certainly have no issues with upgrading to Windows 7 (been running the RC for a few months), is it really necessary? What are you doing that you require more than 3.2GB of RAM?

-Wolf queries
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October 16, 2009 7:31:05 PM

Windows 7 is amazing and you should totally do it.
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October 17, 2009 12:24:05 AM

shortstuff_mt said:
Windows 7 certainly isn't "bugged". It's a very fast, stable OS. I've been running the RC on two machines at home and haven't had any problems with either one. I pre-ordered 3 copies that will ship next week. You can pre-order Windows 7 for $100 or you can get it for $30 if you're a student.

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $99.99

or

www.win741.com


Is the rebate only applicable to US resident?
@wolf I don't want to be mean, but I think you can answer to your question.
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October 17, 2009 12:48:39 AM

What makes you think Win 7 is bugged? If anything I would say that title goes to Vista, all though personally I dont buy all the negative feedback Vista has received, but thats another issue.

As for going 64 bit, go with Win 7 x64 do the research. It has received mass praise. It will give you much better performance then a x86 os.
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October 17, 2009 1:11:14 AM

also been running windows 7 for a while stable as you could wish will be getting the proper one when it comes out :D 

everything runs smooth big thumbs up to microsoft
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October 17, 2009 2:02:36 AM

Just a nickname said:
I was wondering which one I should get. Seems that win 7 is bugged etc. Vista isn't that nice so what should I do? :ouch: 


Remember one thing....every Windows OS ever released was slower than the one before it on the same hardware. Windows 7 is thought by many just to be Vista SP3. So upgrading to Windows 7 from XP with only a RAM upgrade will just mean your computer will run slower.

Windows XP Requirements:

PC with 300 megahertz or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233 MHz minimum required (single or dual processor system);* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, or AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended

128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)

1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available hard disk space*


Now look at Win7

1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)


Performace dictates that you stick with what you got until you are ready to do a significant hardware upgrade. RAM alone isn't gonna make up for the increased demands on the system.

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October 17, 2009 2:15:50 AM

Indeed your computer may run slower with normal windows features, but from my experience my benchmarks on windows 7 are generally 1-5% higher than windows xp, so I wouldnt worry about programs or games running any slower.
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October 17, 2009 2:11:37 PM

@JackNaylorPE:
Upgrade:
E6400 @2.1GHz -> Changed stock cooler for a scythe mugen 2 (the e6400 can be ~+50% faster from original clockrate so let's say 3.2GHz)
Kingston 2x1Gb 333MHz -> GSkill PI black 2x2GB 800MHz 4-4-4-12
I'll change the G/C after O/Cing to be sure that my CPU won't be bottleneck.

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October 17, 2009 3:39:37 PM

I'm using Vista 64 and love it. No intention of jumping to 7 just yet, why do that for minimal performance gain and a basic rehash of what I've got? Though I probably will jump to 7 eventually, just not high priority. Regardless, I've had very few issues, so I'd say 64 bit is pretty good, nice thing about Vista 64 and 7 64 bit, is that Vista has had time to mature, and 7, since it's pretty much Vista redone, and they will keep bringing updates out, it should mature and be even better. I don't think you will go wrong with it.
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October 17, 2009 5:37:59 PM

Thanks for suggestion.
I'll be going with Win7 as soon as they make their offer for Canada. It should be around 22th october (I got this on a random forum).
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