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vista or xp for battery life?

post #1 of 12
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i have a choice of either putting xp on my laptop or vista, but i want which ever is better for battery life. I know vista uses more memory than xp, so does it make the cpu work a bit harder therefore, using a bit more battery power?
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post #2 of 12
Using memory adds about .5w to 1w load increase. Also, the system must work slightly harder to render Aero. Not sure about numbers but XP is more energy conserving.
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post #3 of 12
Vista has one more sin, it access the hdd non-stop for the indexing service. And it uses more memory... and more CPU...and more VID power (aero)...

All of these don't actually count for much by themselves, but together they may have a significant impact(20-25mn loss or so for a 2.30 hours XP time - tested on my lappy). Count that you need at least 2 GB to run Vista properly, so in the case you only have 1GB you may need to get another GB to add more consumption. XP works on 1GB pretty well.

If you don't specifically need vista, don't bother, that's all I can say. Laptops run fine on XP imho, there's no need for more.
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post #4 of 12
There's also always Linux!
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post #5 of 12
On my old lappy, even XP was too taxing. It would just stall out (i.e. click on Firefox, and it opens...2 mins later). I installed Kubuntu and things now open within seconds. It also looks similar to XP, or nicer.

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yea i was actually thinking installing linux would be the best for battery life. problem is ive only installed it like once and ive never really used it. Which flavor would you guys recommend for me? i hear the ubuntu's are nice.
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post #7 of 12
Lappy? XP only XP
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post #8 of 12
XP would be your best bet. Next would be Vista.

Linux tends to not be so hot on battery life for some laptops, it also isn't really the easiest to work on for laptop stuff (battery meter, ACPI, and a few other things can be a bit uncooperative).
    
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post #9 of 12
If you don't have high end specs, go for XP. it is simple, fast, works great (atleast for me it does!)
post #10 of 12
What do you need XP for? Just use windows for workgroups 3.11.
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