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Upgrading from XP to 7

This isn’t really an Oly matter but I’m sure I’m not alone in having wondered whether to switch from XP to 7. Vista users will have no difficulty in deciding! After four years my XP was getting sluggish and needed to be revitalised. I toyed with reloading it then took a deep breath and bought an upgrade to 7. To my amazement it went remarkably smoothly. There’s a utility to copy key files to another drive before installing 7. The actual installation was quicker than XP and problem free. I copied all the key files back to the C: drive and then reinstalled Office and various other programs. To console myself in case it all went wrong I bought Paintshop X3 to replace my ancient version. The reinstalled programs inherited all the personal settings they’d formerly had and picked up the file locations automatically.

My previous experience of such upgrades is that they take ages and result in a lot of frustration and bad language. Her Indoors couldn’t believe I’d done the upgrade ‘cos there’d been no ranting or raving. I’m now tempted to splash out and do the same for my laptop. Absolutely painless apart from the price. All I’ve got to do now is to get to grips with X3.
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Re: Upgrading from XP to 7

Actually I had got Vista into a stable state before I upgraded to 7, and when I did I found a couple of glitches, including a syntax error in 7's registry! However, it's now running fast, smooth and reliable.
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Re: Upgrading from XP to 7

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Her Indoors couldn’t believe I’d done the upgrade ‘cos there’d been no ranting or raving.
Haha! And I thought I was unique

Win 7 is a huge step forward don't you think? You will find memory management is much better, so you can have lots of big apps open and everything won't grind to a halt compared to XP.

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Win 7 is a huge step forward don't you think? You will find memory management is much better, so you can have lots of big apps open and everything won't grind to a halt compared to XP.

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I'll second that Ian everything is better, the only downside for me is that my spyder monitor calibrator no longer works correctly as it does on my Vista machine.
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Re: Upgrading from XP to 7

I have found it to quite stable eventually but have you noticed that there are upgrades loaded every day when you log off.
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Re: Upgrading from XP to 7

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You will find memory management is much better, so you can have lots of big apps open and everything won't grind to a halt compared to XP.

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So,

Speaking of that does Windows 7 use less RAM to run and it would it be £70 faster than Vista on my 2 Ghz processor with 2GB RAM?

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Re: Upgrading from XP to 7

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The actual installation was quicker than XP and problem free. I copied all the key files back to the C: drive and then reinstalled Office and various other programs.
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Was there any issue with Office activation?
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Speaking of that does Windows 7 use less RAM to run and it would it be £70 faster than Vista on my 2 Ghz processor with 2GB RAM?

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2GB RAM should be OK. We have two Windows 7 laptops here and we run 3GB RAM.

Windows 7 menus and such are more responsive, but it doesn't run applications any faster.

It all depends what kind of CPU your computer has to make sense of how powerful a 2GHz CPU is. My daughter has a 3GHz Intel Celeron laptop from 6-7 years ago and it's much much slower than my 2GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 laptop. I think some of the newer 1.4GHz Intel laptop CPUs are probably of similar performance to my 2GHz AMD, and so on.

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Was there any issue with Office activation?
I migrated Office 2007 and had no problems. As you aren't changing the hardware, the Activation system is unlikely to have a problem with an OS upgrade.

It's advisable to use the deactivation option on some Adobe packages (like CS4, for example) as a precaution, before installing the new OS.

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Re: Upgrading from XP to 7

I also installed 7 on my Netbook, with an Atom processor and 2Gb ram. This previously limped along on XP. Now it can run Elements 8 quite easily (apart from screen size issues!).

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Was there any issue with Office activation?
The activation of Office 2003 seemed to go OK but I kept getting the EULA window coming up. I found a fix for it on the web. Also Word didn't open the inherited ten most recently used files but they opened from Explorer. There was no problem with recently used Excel files. All is fine now.
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Re: Upgrading from XP to 7

I have found 7 much better than XP but agree there seems to be a lot of updates; two more last night!
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Re: Upgrading from XP to 7

Has anyone upgraded to 64-bit? If so any issues here?
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I have found 7 much better than XP but agree there seems to be a lot of updates; two more last night!
I'm seeing the same updates on our XP machines as well.

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Has anyone upgraded to 64-bit? If so any issues here?
I installed 64-bit after trying 32-bit Win 7 first, but went back to the 32-bit version again after a few weeks - had too many issues with plugins not working in Photoshop, and running two versions of both CS4 and Lightroom was just a total pain.

I also had a few problems with small apps that I always use and found they weren't compatible with 64-bit - I never really found it any quicker, although it did use the full 4Gb of memory rather than the 3.5Gb that the 32-bit version uses... I doubt I'd go back to 64-bit in a hurry.....
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