Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Dec 2010 22:06 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Windows While Microsoft's Security Essentials has been very well received because of its small footprint and unobtrusive nature, it didn't always rank among the very top when it came to its detection rates. Overall, I'd still say it's one of the best antivirus tools. Now, with version 2.0, Microsoft has improved the detection mechanisms, but of course, it'll take some tests before we can see how effective they are.
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RE[3]: XP not excrement just yet
by bassbeast on Sun 19th Dec 2010 22:26 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: XP not excrement just yet"
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I wouldn't say that, I'd say that just like XP before it you have to turn off the crap they leave on to lower support costs (like Homegroup). My oldest has Windows 7 HP X64 on his early Pentium D 805, and before that it was a 3.6GHz P4. On both it had a grand total of 2GB of RAM and ran quite well, although he still prefers his WinXP X64 system builders I gave him last year as it plays his MMOs a little faster.

I myself have run both XP X64 and Win 7 X64 on a 3.06GHz P4 with 1.5GB of RAM and it ran smooth as butter. I have found on certain math problems (such as WinRAR parity encoding) that having 64bit pipelines does help speed things up somewhat. That said if the machine is more than 5 years old there really isn't a point in running Windows 7, as the old 478 P4s and early Athlons just are too slow, especially if they have the standard craptastic IGP.

On the other hand if your machine is newer than 4 years old, or has a Pentium D or better, it really seems kind of silly to risk your machine by running a decade old XP. Windows 7 has UAC, ASLR, Low Rights mode for both IE and Chromium based browsers, you can even add Structured Exception Handling Overwrite Protection with a simple patch. Not only is the security better but the whole OS just handles better with Readyboost, Superfetch, bread crumbs, the libraries, etc. Why anyone would want to go back is beyond me.

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