Windows Vista is a memory hog. It uses about 1.1GB of RAM just idling in desktop. It is also known for stability issues and system crashes. Is Windows 7 programmed to use less system resources CPU usage, and especially RAM, so it can run faster and feel more responsive than Vista? Is W7 more stable than it's predecessor?
I'm using Vista HP 64-bit and I very often get crashes while opening up image folders, and also when trying to open up my web browser (firefox).
I find that many people who have upgraded from Vista are much happier with Windows 7 performance. Here is what Windows 7 needs to operate:
•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)
•DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver