- Windows 7 or 8 for a netbook? Help please
Hi, we currently have 2 netbooks and an old laptop that will require updating with XP not being supported in the future, can any of you advise which of the newer operating systems will be most compatable with them.
From memory the netbooks are 1.6 GHz intel atom processors and the older laptop is a 1.6GHz pentium celeron m (though i would guess it is not functioning on all 1.6 of them).
Windows 8 is currently about £45 a licence where 7 is closer to £75, is the cheaper one just going to bog the older computers down a lot?
What say the mighty IT gurus of STW? which one is my best bet?Posted 5 years ago
c p I read similar on the PCWorld web site but did not know how accurate it was. Or if it was jut markating bumf.
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Minimum system requirements
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
I guess i’ll be ok if i Stick to 32-bit version. But have no idea about the grapics qualities of the devices.Posted 5 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
I guess i’ll be ok if i Stick to 32-bit version.
Which Atom? might only be 32-bit anyway (mine is).
No clue if Win7 or Win8 ship as 32 or 64 bit separately, or if they bundle both or if they are clever.
edit: I lie – one of my atom machines is definitely 32bit, the other is 64bit dualcore+HT.Posted 5 years ago
I do not expect the netbooks to be 64 bit pretty sure they are only 32 bit as you suggest. I was more meaning the rest of the system requirements will be more easily achievable if I stick to 32bit.
I may have to upgrade the RAM in the better half’s netbook as I think she may only have 512Mb at the moment.Posted 5 years agoMSPSubscriber
No vista was buggy, the problems with 8 is its basic functionality, the two interfaces aren’t properly integrated, it like using virtual machines, they just haven’t got it right on a functional level.
It may be sorted out at sp1, the microsoft president in charge of 8’s development was sacked days after its release when the full failure was realised, and they are desperately trying to sort the mess out. But whether it can be sorted with a service pack or whether it will take another windows release waits to be seen.Posted 5 years agoleffeboySubscriber
Why bother upgrading?
Best advice so far. On a netbook I just don’t think it is worth it.
If you are going to do it then Win 8 is much better than 7 imho. I use machines with vista/7 & 8 regularly and I much prefer being on 8 now. It does take some learning though but it’s worth it.
If you are going down that route then I think it is only 25 gbp up until the end of january? take a look here to see if your machine will run it http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-to-windows-8Posted 5 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
Still on Win2000 here, on mine, even if it is in a VM. Very simple to wipe and install a clean image if need be. Performance is actually not that bad tbh although I dare say XP/7/8 may be faster.
So what if it’s not supported? It doesn’t stop working on that date. Personally I might give the system a clean up or reinstall, but even on a desktop I wouldn’t upgrade unless there really were features missing, or if it was necessary to run newer software.Posted 5 years ago
Cougar, I did that on the laptop 512MB to 2GB (crucial said this was the max for the laptop) and it seems to have made no difference hence the comment in the first post.Posted 5 years ago
The netbooks seem fine for what we do if not updating them is not going to give us grief then I’m happy enough to use them till they die and then get new at that point just sisn’t want to unwhittingly leave us open to scrotes looking for my bank details etc.
If going from 512Mb to 2Gb made “no difference” I’d suspect there’s something going on. Mind you, it’s a Pantium so it’s never going to be lightning fast. A rebuild might help, but if it’s always been slow then YMMV.
XP is currently in what MS call “Extended Support”, which is due to run out some time in 2014 (I forget when exactly). When that phase runs out XP won’t suddenly stop working, it just means no more security patches etc will be released. Whether you should upgrade is a fairly complex question. Or rather, it’s a simple question with a complex answer. (-: It’s worth considering though, support aside, when the curtain does fall XP will be a twelve year old operating system.
I don’t know if it’s still available, but Windows 7 used have a “family pack” bundle which gave you three licences (for three machines) at a fairly hefty price reduction. Might be worth a google.
Windows 8 I’ve not used in anger, but I’m not impressed with what I’ve seen so far. I’ll leave it for others to comment.
Either should be a worthy upgrade from XP, assuming your machines support it. There’s an Upgrade Advisor tool on MS’s site, I’d grab that and run it before spending any money.Posted 5 years agocpSubscriber
the netbooks work fine for what we use them for, – surfing the internet, typing the odd email, chatting to friends and family in foreign countries over Skype etc not much of a gamer so never needed anything very powerful
Have you thought about Linux? Ubuntu is pretty slick these days. For a light install on a netbook, use Lubuntu.
EDIT – assuming you don’t have an external CD drive, install using a USB stickPosted 5 years ago
It really didn’t do anything, think you at right on the rebuild however the laptop comes with restore disks from pre service pac 2 and they have a heap of Sony Oem software that it crap. There is no easy way to do a clean install of XP then the current software in use on the computer.
Will look into the upgrade advisor for the net books.Posted 5 years ago
Molly from the back up disks?
I’m thinking half the problem is after the last rebuild I installed everything on the back up disks then uninstalled the crap through add/remove program’s then put on what I wanted. But I guess this is not much different to how it would have been before the re-build.Posted 5 years ago
TBH, it shouldn’t really matter.
Installing from the recovery (and Windows Updating to death) will give you a clean install plus whatever foisterware is on the bundle. You should be able to readily uninstall this. Sure, it won’t be as ‘virgin’ as an absolutely clean install, but for all practical purposes it should be as close as makes no odds.
What kills Windows performance over time isn’t some sort of natural decay, it’s all the memory-resident crap that gets installed along the way. “Would you like an anti-virus trial with your media player?” Do me a quaver. Cleaning up after a Recovery Disc install is usually fairly straight forward; after fourteen search toolbars, three smiley stationery packs and a friendly neighbourhood rootkit have all found their way on there it’s a different story.
An actual clean install from an actual Windows disc will be, er, actually clean. But then you’ve got the fun of playing ‘guess the driver’ to get all your hardware supported and working. This can be straight forward, or can be a right pain in the whosits. Old laptops can be… idiosyncratic.
There’s pros and cons to both methods.Posted 5 years ago
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