Love it & can't live without it
Wish I never Installed
Do not have Windows 7
Originally Posted by PCWORLD.com
- 1GHz processor
- 1GB RAM for 32-bit OS, 2GB RAM for 64-bit OS
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
- 16 GB HDD free space for 32-bit, 20GB HDD free space for 64-bit
I found a suitable replacement for the CPU, an AMD Athlon Neo X2 6850e, 1.8GHz, which is compatible with my MB, the wattage is the same (22W), and it's HT capable, whereas mine isn't. It should make a 15 to 20% difference in power alone. Not counting what it's HT capabilities can deliver. That would give it 2 cores & 2 threads. Probably won't set the woods on fire, but a potential 20% difference is just that. Mabye the CPU won't peg as much.
AMD Athlon Neo X2 6850e - ADJ6850IAA5DO
But I'll have to wait until November to replace it, as the desktop is under warranty until then. I'll be on the lookout for a new one by summer.
My System Specs, as reported by Speecy:
8 will run (nicely) on (much) less than the specifications state.
It is ok as an operating system, although it does take up alot of memory and is a drag on performance. Is is, of course, far better than Vista. Like all offerings from Microsoft, it has extras I can live without but cannot remove or change. I expect Windows 8 will be alot more of the same.
I have been using Windows 7 on between 1 and 4 computers since the Windows 7 Beta first went public. I currently have 3 windows 7 computers. Windows 7, while considerably more stable than Vista, is basically nothing more than Vista under a thick layer of cheap make-up. I still maintain a Windows 2000 computer for certain operations due to its stability, and maintain 2 Windows XP computers for my important work. Windows 7 has some decent capabilities, but in the end, is only fit for play. Windows 8 (I have downloaded a copy of both Developer Preview and Consumer Preview, but have not installed 8 on any computer yet) is looking to be a return of a Vista level OS. One OS just cannot be optimized for everything from a telephone to a corporate desktop client computer.
Windows 7 is a great OS, the best one that MS has released to date. Has many more features than prior versions, more secure than XP/Vista. On low-spec computers, it can be a drag, but for the time being, I'll deal with it. Windows 8 will improve performance on these computers.
I purchased this desktop with Windows 7 x64 installed, to upgrade from XP. Had Windows 7 been a Vista copycat, I would've been a full time Linux user. It is better than Vista, but that just my opinion, some feels the opposite.
For those who don't want to install a lot of extra software, Windows 7 has most everything that the basic user needs. It's own image burner, Windows Defender for spyware protection, MSE as virus protection (this will disable Defender) through Microsoft Update, plenty of Windows Live options, a great Media player, so much for the money.
What I really like is the option to upgrade from Home Premium to Pro by simply entering a key that can be bought through the Microsoft Store (link to Windows Anytime Upgrade is in the Start Menu), or the user can buy the key elsewhere, such as Newegg at a discount, then entering that key. A 5 to 15 minute upgrade, depending upon the speed of your ISP & whatever additional updates needed. No format is required, and all of your settings remain intact.
Which will then allow for Windows Virtual PC with XP Mode to be downloaded & installed, after successful validation. It's best to use IE for this.
There is no such thing as a "perfect" OS, but Windows 7 is far closer than the ones that preceded it. I have 5 installs of it.
My System Specs, as reported by Speecy:
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Two things I hate about windows 7 are 1:No classic menus (solved this by installing the Free CLASSIC SHELL). 2:No Mail Client. (MS gives us Live Mail which does not allow copy paste of photos in e-mails, and it does not forward the pictures in e-mails that contain pictures. Outlook Express was so much better). Basically when Win7 support stops I will go to Linux as Win 8 is the worst ever OS to hit the market.
Maybe this is just a matter of IT Pros grow to have a different take on things than others do...
For myself & my colleagues (& interestingly enough, even the manufacture) Outlook Express came to be viewed as a piece of junk and not @ all the greatest thing since sliced bread. There's a (good) reason Outlook Express no longer exists.
And, also, from the perspective of IT Pros... there have, indeed, been some Operating Systems that better or worse than others. And admittedly, Win8 is a departure, in some aspects, from what people have become accustomed but, one would be hard pressed to find an IT Pro (myself included) who would ever say Windows8 is or will be the worst OS ever. From an IT Pro standpoint, many are saying good things about Windows8. For & from an IT Pro, Windows8 is too impressive to be the worst OS ever.
Like many things in life Windows8 is different things to different people.