Windows 7 and ram? downgrading to xp?

June 14, 2011 at 18:42:21
Specs: Windows 7, 1gb
Hello I recently bought a used hp compaq 6710b offline. The gentleman I bought it from installed Windows 7 on it with 1gb of ram. I see the laptop has Windows Vista Basic on it and that appears to be the original os that came with the laptop. He told me W7 runs good on it, well regular browsing yes, but I use firefox, and i often have 8 to 14 tabs open. I've noticed, on this laptop when i have 4 or 5 tabs open it starts acting buggy, it will stop responding when i click on anything, it'll take 2 or 3 minutes before i can make my next move. >:(

even if i have 4 or 5 browsers open and i try to open a picture or something it freezes up. i've ran my virus software and everything, i'm assuming this problem is could be the fact that i have windows 7 on a laptop with 1gb of ram, btw i have about 60gb free out of 80gb. Windows 7 has some nice features, but that's not a must for me, i just want a smooth running laptop, this is my first laptop. I want this laptop to be able to have 10 to 14 tabs open in firefox, i want to be able to watch a youtube video when i already have multiple tabs open, i'd like to do multiple things without it freezing up. I understand this Compaq 6710b is older, but 1gb of ram and dual core processor seems pretty good for a laptop.

My question is what will fix my problem, downgrading to xp or adding more ram? I have an xp cd from my desktop. Could i downgrade and be able to have multiple browsers without all the "not responding" and freezes? Or if i downgraded to xp would i still have this issue? I wont downgrade if it wont fix my problem. Thanks

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June 14, 2011 at 19:10:17
There are limits.....having a dual core laptop is not like having a dual core desktop. You have a ton of windows open and depending on what you have in each could drag a lot good systems down. Having said this Windows 7 gives you a little better performance in some areas over I wouldn't go to that. Windows 7/Vista require 2g of ram to run smoothly, in your case 4g seems more reasonable which your laptop takes. You would have to remove the sticks in there (2 slots only, common in laptops) and put in 2x2g sticks of 667mhz ram. Four gigs should help out lots and keep you with a current operating system. XP is the lightest of the 3 on resources and whips along pretty good with a dual core and 1 gig of ram. Since service pack 3 was added to XP, 1 gig isn't quite what it used to be, but xp still runs good on it. I suspect you would wish to add more to that even with the amount of things you run at once.....and if I was going to end up adding ram anyways...I'd keep Win 7 and keep moving may prove a wise decision in the future as new apps that are coming up with eventually not support xp. If you broke and wish to spend no money......install XP, but check the compaq site for your model and make sure they have drivers available for xp......sometimes it can be a pain finding drivers if they only supported vista basic. I did a quick check and they did not provide xp drivers for that model.....can still be done, but can be a pain. Hope that helps.

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June 14, 2011 at 19:15:25
Downgrading to XP may not help you unless you can confirm that all hardware drivers are available for your system. Your old XP disk will not help you since you will then need a new license for XP and that you will have to pay for.
Add more memory. This is your best bet. Windows 7 32bit can run on 1GB RAM but runs much better on 2GB RAM or more and Windows 7 64bit requires at least 2GB to run properly and runs good on 4GB or more. Add an additional GB or memory and you should be happy if you have the 32bit version, this is what I would recommend for you.

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June 15, 2011 at 13:14:17
Windows 7 may be the most stable choice but not every computer if built without flaws.

I'd begin to wonder if you bought a lemon.

Personally I'd do a clean install from the W7 dvd and see how it goes. May have to pre-load the original vista on it if you have an upgrade disk.

You may need more ram but it shouldn't lock. See event logs for reasons of locking or maybe start with task manager.

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June 15, 2011 at 14:39:50
"but 1gb of ram and dual core processor seems pretty good for a laptop."

But 1GB of RAM is not too great for Win7. Most machines with it have at least 2GB of RAM, so you might do a little better with XP. Drivers shouldn't be much of an issue, since Compaq/HP's drivers page states the machine was apparently designed for Win2K/XP/Vista:

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June 15, 2011 at 15:02:40
should be easier, faster to just upgrade the ram to at least 2gig if not 4

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