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May 29, 2010 3:18:49 PM

what are the benefits of switching to Windows 7 Ultimate. I am currently using Windows Vista Ultimate SP3. is it good for multi tasking, gaming, video encoding?

My current specs are

Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 @ 3.00GHZ
2GB DDR2 800 RAM
1TB Hard Drive
ATI RADEON HD 5670

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May 29, 2010 6:30:22 PM

Hello zerovit,
I will tell you from first hand experience, all of my systems have been converted to Windows 7. I am not just saying it to say because I am affiliated with Microsoft. I can truly stand behind this product and tell you straight away it works very reliably, fast and extremely stable. The 64bit version is a real powerhouse as well.
Anyways, what to say about Windows 7?
There are several new features that are available with Windows 7 that will assist you with deployment and management of a large number of workstations. Enterprise IT infrastructures are increasingly complex to manage. The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) is a dynamic desktop solution that is available as a subscription for Software Assurance customers. The solution suite enhances application deployment and compatibility, increases IT responsiveness and end user uptime, and helps reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) of your desktop software and IT management. To learn more about this package, please go here: bit.ly/KzkwM
Also now available is MDT 2010 (Microsoft Deployment Tool) which will help you create images and automate the OS and application installations, data migration, and desktop configuration process. To learn more, please go here: bit.ly/GZnEY
Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Support Forum specifically for IT Pros located here http://tinyurl.com/7jq7ps . It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams. You may want to also check the threads available there for additional assistance and feedback.
Also, if you would like to read what other users have said about their positive experience with Windows 7, you may want to check out the following sites: http://tinyurl.com/5tfr8 and http://tinyurl.com/nsm3s

John M
Microsoft Windows Client Team



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May 29, 2010 7:01:35 PM

zerovit said:
what are the benefits of switching to Windows 7 Ultimate. I am currently using Windows Vista Ultimate SP3. is it good for multi tasking, gaming, video encoding?

My current specs are

Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 @ 3.00GHZ
2GB DDR2 800 RAM
1TB Hard Drive
ATI RADEON HD 5670


In case you're overwhelmed by the previous answer or plain confused; I'l tell you in simple terms: Win 7 is simply a more improved version of Windows Vista, & runs faster, has less bugs & issues, more features (as are explained in the answer given before); all while consuming significantly less system resources than Vista. Application-wise advantages differ, but in general, you'll experience faster loading & more stability for them.
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May 29, 2010 10:23:00 PM

zerovit said:
what are the benefits of switching to Windows 7 Ultimate. I am currently using Windows Vista Ultimate SP3.


Unless I missed something, there is no Vista service pack 3.

As to your question, $200 to upgrade from Vista ultimate to 7 ultimate? 7 is a little faster and has a better interface. But the differences are not at big as the reputation. 7 has benefited from all the vista bug fixes, but those fixes are also now present in vista.

If money is no object, I would say yes. But if finances are a consideration and your happy with Vista, that becomes a much tougher choice.

Here is what I would do in your position, if you can. Find/borrow a win 7 disk. It will install without a cd key and give you 30 days of full function. Install it as a dual boot or on a spare machine and give it a 30 day run and see what you think. If you like it, great. Buy it and plug the key in. If not, stick with what you have.

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May 29, 2010 10:24:50 PM

ksampanna said:
........................ all while consuming significantly less system resources than Vista. .


Resource usage is about the same between vista and 7. Windows 7 is just faster with the same resources. About 15-20% faster. Still a little slower than XP though.
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May 29, 2010 11:24:26 PM

Vista and 7 are more honest about memory usage than XP... so the reality is there is no real benefit with sticking with XP other than compatibility or aging hardware.
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May 30, 2010 12:11:41 AM

Zoron said:
Vista and 7 are more honest about memory usage than XP... so the reality is there is no real benefit with sticking with XP other than compatibility or aging hardware.


NO. They actually use more memory. Its measurable and a fact undisputed by anyone who know what they are doing, including Microsoft.

And there is plenty of reason to stick with XP. But that was not the OP's question. He has Vista.
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May 31, 2010 2:59:07 PM

Yes, I know... but you mentioned XP. :p 

Anyone with 2GB of RAM or more isn't going to notice a difference between XP and Vista/7. If you have 1GB or less, then you will definately notice slower performance. XP actually had less free RAM than it reported... I can't remember exactly how it fudged the numbers, but I do know that it did. The 2 reasons I mentioned are the ONLY 2 reasons to stick with XP... aging hardware that is too slow / not worth upgrading and compatibility with older software that won't run on Vista / 7.

As for sticking with Vista... well that's up to the OP. If Vista is performing well, then there is really no reason right now to upgrade to 7. The only reason I did is because I took advantage of the big pre-order discounts... had it not been for that, I'd probably still be running Vista myself. Windows 7 does seem a little faster when you first install it, but over time it runs pretty much like Vista. Memory usage is better, but whether or not that's worth the price of the upgrade is a decision you'll have to make. You'll also be more "future proof", but I'm willing to bet by the time Windows 8 (or whatever they'll be calling it) makes its debut... you'll likely have a new computer anyway. Bottom line... if Vista is doing what you want and you're not having any issues with it, don't feel pressured to upgrade. A lot of people bad-mouth it, but it is a decent OS.
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June 1, 2010 1:21:13 AM

Zoron said:
Yes, I know... but you mentioned XP. :p 

Anyone with 2GB of RAM or more isn't going to notice a difference between XP and Vista/7. If you have 1GB or less, then you will definately notice slower performance. XP actually had less free RAM than it reported... I can't remember exactly how it fudged the numbers, but I do know that it did. The 2 reasons I mentioned are the ONLY 2 reasons to stick with XP... aging hardware that is too slow / not worth upgrading and compatibility with older software that won't run on Vista / 7.


Actually, the best reason to stay with XP is there is little reason to upgrade. Adding cool bells and whistles doesn't make Vista/7 better. Different yes, better, no. Why pay $100-$300 for addons that you can get as freeware?

The second best reason is that its faster and uses less memory.

I don't know where you get this "XP had less free ram than it reported" stuff. Not true.

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................. Bottom line... if Vista is doing what you want and you're not having any issues with it, don't feel pressured to upgrade. A lot of people bad-mouth it, but it is a decent OS.


No argument here.
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June 10, 2010 2:51:22 PM

Best answer selected by zerovit.
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June 10, 2010 2:55:38 PM

Thanks for everyone's help. i recently upgraded my windows vista to windows 7.
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