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MagicalHome 04-15-2010 10:44 AM

Win Vista or 7?
 
I have 2 PCs, 1 uses Vista, another uses XP, and the former with vista has a better configurations than the latter. But after only a short time, the PC with Win Vista is now almost full of its hard driver because of updating, while the one with Win 7 is not. So now I wanna change it back to win xp or up to win 7.
But I'm confused that which choice is better? Does anyone have experience?

fabrk8r 04-15-2010 11:19 AM

Do you like Vista? If you do, and the only problem is lack of disk space, I would either install a larger hard drive or add an external drive...both cheap options over buying a new OS.

mahjohn 04-16-2010 08:11 PM

Windows Vista has been a dog for quite some time, Microsoft couldn't get Windows 7 finished fast enough to pull Vista from the shelves. I like XP, lots of drivers, compatible with virtually all Win software, but it does bog down after awhile. Windows 7 is also nice, however, there are some software incompatibilities which can usually be resolved fairly quickly and easily. Of the two, I prefer Windows 7. Also, note that Windows XP is rapidly approaching end of life support from Microsoft.

Another option which I've found quite handy. Install Windows 7. Install Sun Virtual Box and create a WinXP PC. Once you have your software installed and configured, take a snapshot. Setup a shared folder between 7 and XP so when working in XP you have somehwere to save files. Once a month, revert back to the original snapshot, run Windows update, take a new snapshot. If you ever get a virus/malware, revert back to the clean snapshot

MagicalHome 04-17-2010 01:50 AM

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Do you like Vista? If you do, and the only problem is lack of disk space, I would either install a larger hard drive or add an external drive...both cheap options over buying a new OS.
In fact, I dun like Vista, and I prefer to Win 7 more than Vista :D and obtaining a new OS isn't a problem with me, I have a free key for Win 7 Pro when I was a Computer Science student, and there's MSDNAA program of Microsoft that provides us a free key :D

Quote:

Windows Vista has been a dog for quite some time, Microsoft couldn't get Windows 7 finished fast enough to pull Vista from the shelves. I like XP, lots of drivers, compatible with virtually all Win software, but it does bog down after awhile. Windows 7 is also nice, however, there are some software incompatibilities which can usually be resolved fairly quickly and easily. Of the two, I prefer Windows 7. Also, note that Windows XP is rapidly approaching end of life support from Microsoft.

Another option which I've found quite handy. Install Windows 7. Install Sun Virtual Box and create a WinXP PC. Once you have your software installed and configured, take a snapshot. Setup a shared folder between 7 and XP so when working in XP you have somehwere to save files. Once a month, revert back to the original snapshot, run Windows update, take a new snapshot. If you ever get a virus/malware, revert back to the clean snapshot
Yah, you're rite. There are lots of problem with compatibility when running a software on Win 7. Your suggestion sounds great. Hehe, I'll try using virtual PC :D Thanks!

GGConn88 05-10-2010 06:55 PM

WIN 7:thumbsup:

PortlandRemodel 05-10-2010 08:35 PM

Win 7. Vista is a Bust

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bigcaddy 05-12-2010 11:33 AM

7 is from heaven

SirGSS 01-05-2011 12:09 PM

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/windows_7.png

I know, it's not really terribly helpful for which to choose, but this particular post just reminded me of the image. I couldn't help myself.

Rustedbird 01-08-2011 01:40 PM

Vista made Windows ME look good. I'm running Windows 7 Pro. Built a new (mostly) machine at the time so I got a builder's deal. My two years with a Vista powered laptop were enough to put me off. Also really dislike anything configured by the factory.

The old saying, "If you want it done right, you got to do it yourself." has never been any truer.

poppameth 01-09-2011 11:44 AM

http://www.tweakguides.com
Download the free version of the Tweaking Companion for the version of Windows you use. This guide has hundreds of pages on how to optimized your computer for much better performance than the default configuration.

lendosky 01-26-2011 06:01 PM

Updates shouldn't eat up all of your hard drive space so you might want to analyze your hd first by looking at your installed programs and removing what you do not use. 7 is much better than vista unless you need drivers to old hardware or use older software. xp is awesome but it is not going to have much support in a short while so quickly switch. if the computer is a tower/pc you should be able to install another hd. don't buy a hd greater than 1 tb, they tend to fail. 1 tb hitachis are like $80 usd or so so it's won't break the bank either.

6stringmason 01-28-2011 06:59 AM

adding an extra harddrive is cheap, but then you need to know how to configure your parameters, and can be confusing to some folks.

Also, you can get an OEM version, or a 'builders' version of WIN7 for around $100.

RedHelix 01-28-2011 10:06 AM

I think it's generally accepted that Win7 is a superior product over Vista, but hotly debated over whether Vista is a superior product over XP.

A few years ago, my big draw to upgrading to Vista was DirectX10, better x64 exposure (I ran XP Pro x64, and... bleh,) and the massive improvements to memory management.

Some will say "oooh, Vista uses a ton of memory even when it's idling," but the important thing to understand is that's what an OS should be doing, so jobs are rapidly cleared out of CPU time. Ideally, an OS should always be using memory.

99% of the flak pointed in Vista's direction is poor driver support at launch time. Hardware vendors have caught up over the years in driver support, and that has basically become a non-issue. The rest of the issues are just garden-variety user complaints, which you'll run into with any Windows operating system. "Boo, Windows updates broke my Vista box." Yeah, welcome to Microsoft land. If you haven't seen a Windows operating system killed by vendor updates, you haven't been using computers long enough.

Finally, any comparison between Vista and ME is stupid. When you're running ME, you're living a life where you reboot your PC with no real confidence that you'll ever see your desktop again. Even seasoned IT guys - who can rebuild their OS from the recovery console - are afraid to run ME. There is no comparison.

Anyways.

Win7 is basically everything I like about Vista and more, and the performance on equivalent hardware is better, supposedly. (I haven't tried this firsthand and have only used 7 for building VDI at work.) If you can afford it, buy it. If not, no big deal. Vista is pretty swell too.

Wildie 02-04-2011 05:03 PM

Here's my 2 cents worth!

On my desktop, I was running XP-SP3 with an ATI Radian 9200 video card.
I decided to clean install Win7 and when I did, I found that the Win7 driver wasn't compatible to the ATI video card. All circles were egg shaped.
ATI never offered a Win7 driver as the the card was a couple of years old.
I down-loaded the Vista driver for this card and forced Win7 to accepy it.
I was lucky that this solution worked for me.
I retrospect, I wouldn't advise a Win7 up-grade for a computer designed for XP.

rusty baker 02-05-2011 11:14 PM

I like Vista. Once you turn off the annoying stuff, it's fine. I have thought of upgrading to 7 simply because it's newer, but I don't know that it's worth it.


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