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Is It Worth Upgrading From Xp To Win7?  
User currently offlinevarigb707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (4 years 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3037 times:

I have an old Presario V2000. Upgrading will cost me around $220 (memory; system upgrade,etc).
Selling isn't an option. Won't get more than $150, if lucky.
Any suggestions?

[Edited 2010-11-21 09:43:34]

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User currently offlinetype-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3025 times:

Well, I don't think your PC would run Windows 7. If it did, it would be excruciatingly slow. You can download the Windows 7 compatibility tool from Microsoft and see.
I would upgrade it to maximum memory and go from there. That's it. That'lll give you some needed speed while you save for a new PC.


User currently offlinevarigb707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3019 times:

Quoting type-rated (Reply 1):
You can download the Windows 7 compatibility tool from Microsoft and see.

done that.... Only thing i need is abit more memory.


User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2985 times:

Quoting varigb707 (Reply 2):

done that.... Only thing i need is abit more memory.

It'll still likely be really slow. I honestly suggest spending an extra 200-300 dollars and buying a new PC.

Else...stick with XP.


User currently offlinenoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2908 times:

You'd probably struggle with Win7, it is faster on some machines but slower on older PCs.

Have you thought about running a Linux distro? You can get that looking really sweet at a fraction of the performance hit of Windows, and these days the PITA side of it (struggling for drivers, compiling programs etc), is all but gone. You can even run Windows programs on it with the help of a program called WINE.

I've been running OpenSUSE on my laptop for a couple of months now and no way would I go back to Windows. The performance and stability makes it a no brainer for me.  


User currently offlinevarigb707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2837 times:

Well, lotta good feedback here. thank you all for the replies.

User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2805 times:

Unless you have a solid processor (dual core etc) I honestly wouldn't waste the cash. It'd be seriously slow. I have a 1.8GHz Dual Core processor, and if it wasn't for my 4gb of RAM, it'd be horribly slow.

I'd just get a whole new system. I realise that may not be possible, but it's an option for the future. As solid as XP is, eventually the support will stop for it (if it hasn't already, I'm not sure) and 7 is the way to go. It's a great OS, one of the better MS OSs.


User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 days ago) and read 2766 times:

Quoting varigb707 (Thread starter):
I have an old Presario V2000. Upgrading will cost me around $220 (memory; system upgrade,etc).

And the specs are? ALWAYS post your pc's specs when asking for info.

Quoting noelg (Reply 4):


I've been running OpenSUSE on my laptop for a couple of months now and no way would I go back to Windows. The performance and stability makes it a no brainer for me.

I just recently used Ubuntu 10.10 x64 exclusively for a month and was not impressed at all. I mean, it's an ok OS, but it was extremely unstable for me, (yes yes, even with all the latest updates), and much slower than Win7.

But for an older computer or a netbook one of the more user-friendly Linux distros will probably be good enough. And heck, it's free.


User currently offlinemham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3693 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (4 years 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2737 times:

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 7):
I just recently used Ubuntu 10.10 x64 exclusively for a month and was not impressed at all. I mean, it's an ok OS, but it was extremely unstable for me, (yes yes, even with all the latest updates), and much slower than Win7.

I agree completely. I've been on it for almost a year and as I write, I'm spending over 2 days trying to get a mirror image of a partition. This after 3 effing days screwing with a dual boot thats supposedly so easy with Ubuntu. Meanwhile, Windows 7 has completely won us over. Life is so much simpler.

I also agree about posting your machine specs. We have run Win 7 on an 8(9?) year old T23 Thinkpad with only 256 ram.


User currently offlineOzair From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 877 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2515 times:

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 6):
Unless you have a solid processor (dual core etc) I honestly wouldn't waste the cash. It'd be seriously slow. I have a 1.8GHz Dual Core processor, and if it wasn't for my 4gb of RAM, it'd be horribly slow.

I'm running Win 7 on a 6 year old VAIO notebook with a Pentium M processor and 1.5Gb or RAM. The computer was having several hardware and software issues that I couldn't quite solve even after multiple formats and re-installs of XP. Installed a copy of Win 7 from the Home user three pack, solved both the hardware (win 7 seems to handle the internal wireless network card better) and software issues and it now runs like a dream! Is significantly faster than the XP install as well. I don't use the graphics features like aero though so if you want those features from Win 7 I suggest a new machine.

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 7):

I just recently used Ubuntu 10.10 x64 exclusively for a month and was not impressed at all.

Ditto, it seemed okay but in the end I just didn't like the look and feel.

Quoting type-rated (Reply 1):
for a new PC

Considering how cheap new PCs are in the US this might be an easier option instead of sinking money into an older machine, even if you are just upping the RAM and the OS.


User currently onlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6099 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (3 years 12 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2496 times:

I can agree that upgrading to Win7 from XP is a leap in useability, performance, and stability; however, you can only go so far back with the hardware. My desktop is 5 years old, and it maxxed out with that I can do with that particular hardware combo. While it runs fine, the older chips---and in my particular case with the BTX form factor---really limit the potential of the machine. Cannibalizing my current machine into a barebones ATX should do wonders, though.


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