I have an HP HDX18 Notebook PC with 2.66GHz Intel Core2 Duo, 6GB RAM, (2) 500GB Hard Drives, Vista Ultimate 64-bit - SP2.
I'm really tired of all the glitches and issues occuring in the Vista OS, so I recently purchased the Windows 7 Upgrade software. I know this isn't a Vista support forum, and I'm not asking for answers to the problems I'm having in Vista. My only question is whether upgrading to Windows 7 will help fix these problems, or only make things worse until everything is fixed. To be more specific, here are some examples of the issues I've been having:
These are just some of the problems I've been having. Like I said, I realize this is a Windows 7 forum and not a Vista forum. I'm not really asking how to fix the above problems (yet). What I really want to know right now is whether or not I should go ahead and upgrade to Windows 7 (as a quick-fix solution), or should I look into repairing some of the above issues first, and then upgrade.
- My computer sometimes crashes whenever I put it to sleep or hibernate. (The screen turns off, like it's about to power down, but it continues to run for about 5 minutes until finally showing the BSOD and rebooting itself. It's hard for me to recreate this problem as it seems to happen at random.
- My Power Options software has three settings: HP Recommended, Power Saver, or High Performance. Whenever I have it set to High Performance, my computer WILL overheat in about 15-30 minutes (no matter what I'm doing) unless I have the chill pad plugged in and running underneath it. If I have the Power Options set to Power Saver, my computer runs ridiculously slow. (The mouse is jumpy, and it takes about 20-30 seconds for it to respond to anything I click on). Is it possible for me to use these two modes without having those kinds of problems on my particular HP notebook?
- After rebooting from a system crash (most often caused by the above two problems), my computer will sometimes disable my Networking Drivers (wireless and LAN). I usually have to reboot again in order to re-enable them.
- A few weeks ago, I was in the middle of downloading a Windows Update. The update froze about halfway through. When I tried shutting my computer down, it brought up the screen "Please do not turn off your computer. Windows is configuring your updates." I let it run all night, but the screen never went away. In the morning I had to do a manual hard shutdown. When I rebooted, the Windows Update download progress indicator was STILL frozen at its current position. I tried uninstalling my most recent updates and even doing a system restore to a few days prior, but that one update never got unstuck. I wasn't able to shut down or restart my computer at all without the same configuration screen coming up and running all night. I ended up disabling the Windows Update service all together. I never turned it back on, and I'm sure I'm probably missing some important updates.
- My Google Toolbar randomly disappeared. There's a space for it in my browser window, but nothing is there. Maybe reinstalling it would fix it, but I haven't found the time to try that yet.
- Quite often when I close a tab or window on IE8, an error message comes up saying, "Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and must close." Sometimes it then tries to recover the tab or window that I JUST closed. I haven't been able to figure out what causes this to happen. It seems to happen at random times, no matter what website I'm on.
- My Windows Sidebar has so many glitches, I don't know where to begin. Sometimes I end up closing it, because of all the memory it takes up and processes it interferes with.
Any thoughts out there? Thank you in advance.