Can installing Windows 7 reduces performance?

Gateway / D865glc
November 12, 2010 at 07:57:05
Specs: Windows XP, 2.793 GHz / 1006 MB
Hi,
I have an Intel Pentium 4 (2.80 GHz) processor and 1 GB of RAM, and an 80 GB hard drive. I want to install Windows 7 on it, so, can you give me some advice that whether installing windows 7 could reduce performance of my PC.
Is Windows 7 good for my PC or not?

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#1
November 12, 2010 at 12:27:31
I am running Intel P4 3 Ghz with 1Gb RAM with 80 Gb Hard. The hard drive is split into two smaller partions with Win 7 Ultimate running nicely on 40 Gb of it.

On the same PC I am also running Win XP SP3 on another 80 Gb drive. They both run just fine.

I do have ATI PCIE 128 Mb Video which is not that much but serves my needs just fine. Does AERO and is it's weakest link in Win 7 Rating of 2.8.

HTH
Bryan


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#2
November 12, 2010 at 14:01:25
Use Windows 7 upgrade adviser on MS website to be sure. The main problem with installing Windows 7 on older systems is the availability (or lack) of hardware drivers for windows 7. Aside from that very important fact, windows 7 32bit does really run better on 2GB or more of RAM. I generally would not recommend it, but if upgrade adviser gives you the OK, make sure you download Windows 7 compatible drivers for all of your hardware first and save them to a flash drive for installing later. Know that if/when you upgrade from XP to Windows 7, you need to do it as a clean install, not an upgrade install so save all of your files to separate drive because you will be formatting the drive.

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#3
November 12, 2010 at 16:37:17
Depends on a few things but I'd say you will in most cases reduce the speed if even only on technical paper.

Most people still believe that xp is or can be faster. Many gamers still use xp.

For an average user Windows 7 on a fully supported system may or may not appear to go slower. I can assure you that your windows 7 experience score will be very low.

Personally I'd consider leaving xp. When you get more money then simply upgrade the whole computer and have windows 7 or later pre-loaded.

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