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My windows 7 is being too choppy. I can either do a fresh install because startup is taking ages literally. Getting to desktop so that i can open up browser takes around 3-5 minutes (i think it has to do with my 5400 rmp hdd but still) but then i was thinking of getting windows 8.1 for my laptop.
Specs:
-i7 3610qm
- 8gb ddr 1800 mhz
- 750 HDD
- gt 630m

What do i do on my laptop:
- Mmo gaming/casual gaming
- mostly internet surfing (movies etc)
Edited by shad0wboss - 1/15/14 at 9:50am
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Originally Posted by shad0wboss View Post

My windows 7 is being too choppy. I can either do a fresh install because startup is taking ages literally. Getting to desktop so that i can open up browser takes around 3-5 minutes (i think it has to do with my 5400 rmp hdd but still) but then i was thinking of getting windows 8.1 for my laptop.
Specs:
-i7 3610qm
- 8gb ddr 1800 mhz
- 750 HDD
- gt 630m

What do i do on my laptop:
- Mmo gaming/casual gaming
- mostly internet surfing (movies etc)

It's definitely a snappier experience and just an overall faster OS. I used windows 7 a few months ago on an ssd for a few things, and it seemed choppy as heck (this was after using 8 for over a year). You'll be happy with it if you upgrade. ALTHOUGH, if i were you, I'd invest in an SSD first and foremost, and move your 750 to an external enclosure or something. That 5400 will bottleneck you in any case if you're looking for speed. Grab an SSD, and you may not need to upgrade OS'
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You should definitely go win8.1 route. It's a much better experience, and it's not a resource hog like win7. The only thing you'll miss in the latest OS is the Aero Glass which is a sweet thing to have.
post #4 of 9
The problem is not your OS but your hard drive. Get a SSD for your laptop and you will see a huge difference between it and that 5400 RPM Drive. There is no need to upgrade to Win 8.1 other than personal preference, even if you do upgrade the 5400rpm drive is still going to slow you down.
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It's definitely a snappier experience and just an overall faster OS. I used windows 7 a few months ago on an ssd for a few things, and it seemed choppy as heck (this was after using 8 for over a year). You'll be happy with it if you upgrade. ALTHOUGH, if i were you, I'd invest in an SSD first and foremost, and move your 750 to an external enclosure or something. That 5400 will bottleneck you in any case if you're looking for speed. Grab an SSD, and you may not need to upgrade OS'

I agree with this, first and foremost the slowness is probably due to your hard drive. I run Windows 8.1 myself and I have no problems with it, but in your case its almost certainly your HDD that's slowing you down.
post #6 of 9
I would make the switch to win 8.1 I'm starting to love it. Just make sure to bind a key for the power off, otherwise its a pain in the buns to go to the top right corner, then power, then shut down, then okay.

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I would make the switch to win 8.1 I'm starting to love it. Just make sure to bind a key for the power off, otherwise its a pain in the buns to go to the top right corner, then power, then shut down, then okay.

If you need a copy, check my sig
How about Win+X --> Shutdown?
post #8 of 9
That works too
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Two other questions. Do you think it would have compatibility issues with my laptop? My laptop has windows 8 drivers from manufacturer. Also would windows 7 allow me to upgrade it directly?
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