Will Windows 7 slow things down too much?

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January 4, 2011 at 05:29:02
Specs: Windows XP, 1.828 GHz / 1014 MB
I'd like to load windows 7 on my laptop but I don't want it to slow things down too much or re-load all of my software. Will is affect the speed of my computer? Is there a way to load it without re-loading all of my software? Should I purchase more hard drive space or memory before loading?

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January 4, 2011 at 07:28:08
Run the advisor and make sure you have all your printers, etc plugged in.
With windows 7 you will have to do a fresh install so save all your important files, music, pics, etc. You cannot do an upgrade from XP. From your specs I would suggest also you need more ram to run it properly.

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January 4, 2011 at 08:52:13
in general no, in fact in general win 7 seems faster, but follow the advice given before installing.

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January 4, 2011 at 09:03:29
With only 1GB RAM you will probably find it is slower than XP, although I run Windows 7 on an 8 year old IBM Thinkpad T23 with only 1GB RAM acceptably. With 2GB RAM and you will probably think it's just as fast as XP - certainly it doesn't bog down like Vista.

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January 4, 2011 at 10:17:51
I'd say don't load Windows 7. Your system is too old to benefit from any of it's features.

It would be cheaper to sell your old laptop and get a newer one that is fully supported with Windows 7 when the time comes. Maybe wait for windows 8 even.

It is not faster on any test that I have ever seen. XP is still the faster MS OS.

It may be that you could get some improvement over Vista but doubtful if you could notice it.

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