Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Mar 2012 22:17 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems For years and years now (since the first G4 iBooks), whenever someone asked me for advice about what laptop to buy, my standard answer was simple: get an Apple laptop. Doesn't matter which one. Apple was so far ahead of the competition it just wasn't funny anymore. This past weekend, though, marked the end of an era for me: for the first time, I advised someone to get an Asus ZenBook instead.
Thread beginning with comment 512098
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: Wait...
by MOS6510 on Wed 28th Mar 2012 06:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Wait..."
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

I got my hands on an old Thinkpad running Windows XP. It was very slow, adding memory didn't help that much. When I wanted to install Vista it didn't reach the requirements.

But then I installed Windows 7 and now, well, it doesn't fly, but it's much (really much) faster than it was and very useable.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[3]: Wait...
by ndrw on Wed 28th Mar 2012 07:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Wait..."
ndrw Member since:
2009-06-30

You have likely hit the "clogging" issue. Windows systems (not sure about v.7 - haven't used it long enough) gradually get slower over years of use, mostly because of garbage accumulated in the registry and fragmentation. I'm pretty sure that reinstalling XP would solve your problems just as well as installing Windows 7.

Your choice is of course good. Windows 7 is better in almost every respect. But XP isn't rubbish either - quite the opposite - it is both "good enough" and "already there". That's a tough competition even for Microsoft.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[4]: Wait...
by MOS6510 on Wed 28th Mar 2012 07:48 in reply to "RE[3]: Wait..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

When I got it it was unbelievably slow and after some cleaning up it was much faster, but still annoyingly slow. But you could be right, because judging from its specs (1.6 Ghz Pentium M, 1.5 GB RAM) it should have been faster than it was. It does seem SP3 for XP makes XP need more specs to keep it running at a acceptable speed.

Still, Windows 7 seems faster and of course is a mayor positive step up for Microsoft.

Not sure about Windows 8. My work phone is a WP and even there Metro seems like nothing more that a fancy launcher, that isn't even that fancy. On the desktop I don't think it will really work.

Reply Parent Score: 2