With 4GB RAM on a new computer, what OS will give me the best performance, Window 7 or my trusted XP?
So I'm pretty much decided on a new laptop (Toshiba L500-1XC) Intel Core i3-330M 2.13GHz, 4GB RAM. It comes with either Window 7 32-bit or 64-bit and I've heard & read that 4GB RAM is the minimum for Window 7 to run smoothly.
But my current XP computer runs great on 3GB RAM so I'm thinking why waste the extra RAM just on the OS?
If I go for Window 7, should I use the 32 or 64 bit version?
2G RAM and Win7 will run smooth, and after years of XP I went to 7 and for the most part I really am happy with it, I am using x86 Ultimate, and don't really see any need for me to go to 64bit, there are a few of my old programs that don't like 7, but the compatability mode fixed that, mostly just getting used to a different OS was the biggest problem(where they put things)
I'm running Windows 7 on a laptop with 1GB of memory. It's not a speed demon, but it runs perfectly well.
If you have 4GB in your machine you'll need the 64-bit version of Windows 7 to take full advantage of it. The 32-bit version won't be able to use the entire 4GB because of the way the video hardware uses some of the memory space.
So it sounds like Window 7 will run sweet on me new laptop but does that mean the laptop will be faster/slower than running XP? I mean for things like boot up time, time to open applications, overall capacity for multi-tasking etc...?
Any new OS will seem fast at first just because a fresh install puts all of the files together in a nice contiguous state, so depending on how old and disorganized your existing system is you may see a noticeable improvement. But my take is that overall there's not a huge difference between XP and Win7 in terms of performance.
If performance is your top priority then you'll get a far bigger boost by going to an SSD (Solid State Drive) than by going to Windows 7.
Windows-7 will run just as well as XP with the same resources, if not better. I would keep windows-7, and 64 bit if you have no problem with 64 bit. If you replace the hard drive with a SSD, you will want windows-7 to get the trim support. I just did the SSD swap on a new laptop, and the result is magical. I highly recommend a SSD if you can meet your capacity needs. Windows-7 will take about 14gb.