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.
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RE[4]: Wait...
by MOS6510 on Wed 28th Mar 2012 07:48 UTC 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.

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RE[5]: Wait...
by ndrw on Wed 28th Mar 2012 08:15 in reply to "RE[4]: Wait..."
ndrw Member since:
2009-06-30

Well, it just doesn't much my experience. Windows 7 indeed boots faster and is "smoother" (due to window compositing, if supported by the graphics card) but other than that there was hardly any difference on my machines.

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RE[6]: Wait...
by MOS6510 on Wed 28th Mar 2012 08:19 in reply to "RE[5]: Wait..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I would qualify "hardly any difference" also as a very positive step. It implies you can run a modern OS on less-than-modern hardware.

There was a time that a Windows upgrade almost forced the user to buy a new PC.

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RE[5]: Wait...
by bert64 on Wed 28th Mar 2012 18:13 in reply to "RE[4]: Wait..."
bert64 Member since:
2007-04-23

Installing updates to XP slows it down quite a lot, a base sp0 install runs rings around windows 7 on the same hardware...

Ofcourse, it's said this is intentional, slow down the old version to push people onto the new one...

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RE[6]: Wait...
by MOS6510 on Wed 28th Mar 2012 18:22 in reply to "RE[5]: Wait..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

For XP that didn't make much sense, SP1 and 2 were rolled out without there being an alternative to upgrade to. When SP3 was released Windows Vista already had established a bad name for itself.

I do recall that SP3 seemed to impact performance quite a bit.

It's nice to see that Microsoft seems to put in some effort to enable you to run Windows on the PC you already have.

As I'm an OS X person myself I was surprised Windows 7 was released in 2009. For some reason I never got around to giving it a spin all those years and now I have I kind of like it.

The Windows 7 release party videos are a bit creepy though. The black guy looks like a Cylon so the rest are probably too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cX4t5-YpHQ

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