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Upgrading from eXPerience to Se7en.

by Ad-nan / September 6, 2011 3:23 AM PDT
As the title shows it, I'm a Windows XP user planning to upgrade to 7.

Before I started doing that updating, or upgrading, I was wondering if my computer- which is a netbook - can handle Windows 7 properly, and here is the problem:
My HP mini 311 laptop, which originally uses Windows XP as an Operating system, has only 896 MB of RAM, and as we know, windows 7 needs - at least - 1 GB of RAM.
Now, dear CNET members, and on your own tries and tests on YOUR computers, may you answer what you are able to of these questions:

1) Have you tried running windows 7 on this same netbook with the same performance ? If yes, how good it is?
2) Have you tried running windows 7 on any computer device with less than 1GB RAM? If yes, how good it is?
3) Do you recommend me to upgrade from Windows XP to 7 if I had the performance needed?
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Well that's untrue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 6, 2011 3:35 AM PDT

Back in BETA days we tried it on less RAM (512MB).

1. No. The extra stuff does make it slower. But it's extra stuff so how to compare?
2. Yes. 512MB, It ran. I would not give it to anyone like that.
3. No. Why? Because it's rare for the upgrade to work out. Most of the time you find you clean install and then do the usual driver hunts.

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3rd answer.
by Ad-nan / September 6, 2011 3:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Well that's untrue.

Thank you Bob for you answers, but I didn't understand the third one, can you explain further?

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Explain what needs explaining.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 6, 2011 5:46 AM PDT
In reply to: 3rd answer.

XP drivers so far do not work in 7. And hunting for drivers is too hard on folk today. This is why I'm going with "there is no upgrade path."

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Mines do
by Ad-nan / September 6, 2011 8:21 AM PDT

My drivers do work in W7, I am telling you that after I checked it using Windows 7 advisor by Microsoft . Can I go on with it now?

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Then what stops you?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 6, 2011 10:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Mines do

You have Microsoft's assurance (no comment!) and you have a disaster plan if it doesn't work out.

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by Jimmy Greystone / September 6, 2011 11:20 AM PDT

Personally, I wouldn't even try running Win7 on anything that came with XP. You're just asking to be disappointed. Especially since we're talking about a netbook here, that cements the whole thing whereas it might be kind of iffy with an actual laptop or desktop system.

Vista represented a pretty fundamental overhaul of a number of under the hood elements of Windows, and Windows 7 is just a minor update to Vista. The two operating systems are nearly identical, much like Windows 2000 and XP were largely the same OS.

Many of those things overhauled made Vista much more suited to newer hardware at the expense of older hardware. Hence a lot of people who upgraded to Vista from XP were sorely disappointed because their computers were using hardware that was selected with XP in mind. Most of the complaints about Vista went away after about six months because by then better integrated graphics chips were hitting the channel and OEMs had time to get some units out with hardware selected for Vista.

Since Windows 7 is just a refinement of Vista, and a tweaked taskbar designed to emulate the Mac OS X Dock right up to the edge of what they figure they can get away with legally, it would stand to reason that you would be like others who tried upgrading from XP to Vista. Save the money you'd spend on a copy of Win7, put it towards a new computer.

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by Bob__B / September 6, 2011 10:11 PM PDT

Just looking at this from the ram end.

If you want to work at it you can get w7 to load in a little under 700MB.
That does not leave you much.
Open a few apps and I suspect your swap file will be going crazy.
The result is perf goes in the toilet.
Your call.

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Upgrading to Windows 7
by pauly1651 / September 9, 2011 12:30 PM PDT

I cannot answer the first 2 questions, however, If you have the performance needed to run Windows 7, than I would upgrade, and upgrade to the 64 Bit version.
I was one of those who ran the BETA version of Windows 7 when it was first offered, and I liked it so much that I did not hesitate to pre order the retail version of Windows 7, and run it on my Dell Inspiron laptop. I had been running the laptop with 2GB of RAM, but once I upgraded the RAM to the maxed out 4GB, then POW!, Windows 7 took to flight! I am talking about the 64 Bit version, the 32 Bit version is like running a fancy looking version of XP 32 Bit O.S. With a 64 Bit capable CPU, and all the RAM your machine can fit, Windows 7 64 Bit runs fast and smooth.

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