Solved Difference between windows xp pro and windows 7 pro?

May 6, 2012 at 16:28:53
Specs: Windows 7
Hi, I have a choice between the two on a Thinkpad T500 - just wondering which is better? I am not a gamer. I'm a copywriter, so use my work mostly for PPT presentations, writing web copy, email...music videos. Nothing to fancy or tricky. Just wondering if there would be any compatibility concerns or...? (can you tell I'm a Luddite?!)

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May 6, 2012 at 18:39:22
Remember that XP is 11 years old, Windows 7 less than 3. For a relatively new computer there are multiple reasons to choose Windows 7 and very few legitimate ones for XP. Unless you have a really compelling need to use XP the choice is simple.

You would likely face some serious issues with installing XP.



#1
May 6, 2012 at 16:35:10
Well Win7 Pro comes with a free copy of WinXP Pro, so there's that.

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May 6, 2012 at 17:27:27
I would go for Windows & Pro, it is an improvement on Windows XP in many ways. As Razor says, Win 7 Pro comes with a copy of Win XP Pro that can be installed as a Virtual Machine that will take care of any compatibility problem.

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May 6, 2012 at 18:37:37
XP is over 10 yrs old & nearing the end of it's support life. Win7 is less than 3 yrs old & still has a long life ahead of it. The decision between the two should be a no-brainer. The T500 is an older Thinkpad, are you buying it used?

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May 6, 2012 at 18:39:22
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Remember that XP is 11 years old, Windows 7 less than 3. For a relatively new computer there are multiple reasons to choose Windows 7 and very few legitimate ones for XP. Unless you have a really compelling need to use XP the choice is simple.

You would likely face some serious issues with installing XP.


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May 6, 2012 at 20:56:01
EVERYONE's answer was "best" and I thank you all very much for your help!

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May 6, 2012 at 20:58:09
Dear Razor 2.3 - I did not intend at ALL to give you a -1 score! But it doesn't seem to allow me to correct it. I am SO sorry! Please accept my apology.

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May 6, 2012 at 23:04:27
Note that the ThinkPad T500 comes *standard* with 2GB DDR3 RAM. How much do you have?

2GB is the baseline for Windows XP these days. Simply opening a browser with YouTube and another tab can use up to a 1/2 GB of RAM.

In my opinion, with Windows 7's larger overhead you'll want to have at least 4GB for comparable performance under Windows 7.

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#8
May 7, 2012 at 07:32:12
HI All of You Really Nice People Who Helped Me

Thanks again! ,

Here is what i bought on eBay for $402 (free shipping, no tax) How do you think I
did?

Lenovo ThinkPad T400 - Core 2 Duo 2.53 GHz 2765-A54 has never been used it just does not have the original packaging. It was an off lease extra.
Technical spesc:
Screen: 14.1" WXGA High Definition 1440*900;
Processor: Intel Core2Duo Centrino Pro technology 2.53Ghz;
Memory: 3G DDR2;
Hard drive: 320G SATA
Optical drive: DVD/CDRW Combo
Wireless: Super Fast Intel b/g/n, Bluetooth;
Media: Integrated SD-card Reader, Integrated FireWire ieee1934;
Ports: 3 USB2.0, VGA;
Battery: 9 cell extended.

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