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Pentium 4: 7 or XP?

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I've got a relatively old PC running a P4 520J (2.8GHz, HT), 2GB of PC4200 and an 8600GT. My question is, which OS would be better for some general use, such as image/web editing and some light-ish gaming (COD4, Source games), XP or Windows 7?

Thanks in advances smile.gif
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I run W7 on my netbook with a CPU less than half as powerful as yours.....
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I'd say stick with XP. You could probably run Windows 7 Starter nicely on a P4, but it's not available to buy in the UK. I think it's only shipped on some netbooks and low-spec laptops. I can't help but think you won't be as satisfied with the whole experience in Windows 7.
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I work at a school district and we put 7 32 bit on our p4's. They run fine really. Probably about the same as XP but with all the benefits of 7
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post #5 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo;11986489 
I run W7 on my netbook with a CPU less than half as powerful as yours.....

Windows 7 Starter I take it? If not, then I'm very impressed.
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post #6 of 16
you can run win7. heck i have had win7 on a 2.0 cpu w/512mb. ram.
post #7 of 16
I have a similar machine with a 1.60ghz pentium 4, about a gig of ram and 120gb of storage space. A friend gave it to me for free.

I currently have Ubuntu dual booted with win xp running on it and its great, I use it for banking and web browsing mostly.

The only reason I don't have Win 7 on this is because I'm not entirly sure of the motherboard so I don't know if I would be able to find the right drivers for it in win 7. (if anyone thinks they can help me out please do pm me, I would love to get win 7 running on this machine)
However I would say if you can get the drivers for it then Win 7 would be the way to go, Windows 7 works great on my N450 netbook with 1gig of ram.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jazznaz;11986503 
Windows 7 Starter I take it? If not, then I'm very impressed.
Win 7 Pro.

Why would you be impressed?
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post #9 of 16
I have W7 Enterprise running flawlessly on a single core Atom netbook, you'll be just fine with W7 on that P4.
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post #10 of 16
I put windows 7 on a PIII and it was good.


Hell I put my s478 machine on windows 7 with an SSD... It was faster than my HTPC at booting lol, granted the HDD came into effect with that, but STILL smile.gif
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