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I'm rebuilding one of my old notebooks to give away. It's a Dell Inspiron 1520. It came with XP Pro. It's got an Intel T2310 CPU, Nvidia 8400 M GS graphics and 2 GB of RAM. I could either reinstall XP or upgrade it to Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit. What do you guys think? It's kind of low end for Win 7, but it would be replacing a Vista notebook even older than this, with 1 GB of RAM and integrated graphics. The Vista notebook really performs poorly.
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post #2 of 10
Could always go back to Windows XP. I did that on my mom's old laptop than rather having Win7. Faster for it. You could also give Ubuntu a try. Linux always seems to make new life out of old hardware.
post #3 of 10
It should run Windows 7 just fine.
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250GB Samsung P120S, 1TB Samsung F1 Window 7 64bit/Arch Linux Samsung 204B 20"/Dell 1701FP IBM Model F and others 
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post #4 of 10
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Thanks you guys. It's definitely going to be between XP and 7. It needs to run Windows specific apps. I think I'm going to try 7.
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3 X 7200 RPM / 1 TB Win 7 Ultimate 64 2 x ASUS 23" VH232H 1080P SeaSonic X-650 
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post #5 of 10
id go with xp because putting windows 7 on it will make it seem nice and slow i often daul boot xp and 7 with my laptop because xp makes it work a bit faster and i have a asus G60VX gaming laptop so xp will always make it faster cause it uses less resources for itself

if its full xp supported to me that means there is no windows better suited for it
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AMD FX-4100@4.6ghz ASUS M5A97 EVO @2.6ghz NB 2.4ghz HT sapphire R9 290x asus 7970 directcu II 
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WD 3TB green external DVD burner CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 Liquid Cooler windows 7 x64 
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24in asus vh238h 42in plasma razer lycosa CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W 
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rosewill challenger logitech 5.1 channel 
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core 2 duo p7450 g60vx GTX 260M 1GB ✞R.I.P.✞ 4GB DDR2 
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HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT30N windows 7 64BIT 16" 1366x768  19.5V 6.3A laptop power supply 
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G60VX-RBBX05 
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core 2 duo t8300 4GB ddr2  Samsung 640gb Backtrack 5 r1 KDE 
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AMD 16GB DDR3 1333 (4x4gb)@1866 10-11-10-32 OCZ RevoDrive 110GB PCI-E x4 WD 1.5tb WD 2tb 
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WD 2tb WD 3TB green WD 3TB red WD 3TB red 
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WD 3TB green external DVD burner CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 Liquid Cooler windows 7 x64 
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24in asus vh238h 42in plasma razer lycosa CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W 
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rosewill challenger logitech 5.1 channel 
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core 2 duo p7450 g60vx GTX 260M 1GB ✞R.I.P.✞ 4GB DDR2 
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G60VX-RBBX05 
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post #6 of 10
Why not give linux a try? Ubuntu or Mint are extremly simple to use, install, and very very fast compared to XP.
    
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post #7 of 10
I once upgraded a neighbour's P4 machine to Windows 7, and beforehand I stuck in 2GB of RAM. It was definitely not as fast as my quad core Phenom II with 4GB of RAM, but it was definitely usable, especially given that it was only going to be used for the internet, music and such.

If you haven't used a Linux distro before, it might be a good idea to try one out and see what it's like. Ubuntu is a good one for starting off.
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250GB Samsung P120S, 1TB Samsung F1 Window 7 64bit/Arch Linux Samsung 204B 20"/Dell 1701FP IBM Model F and others 
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post #8 of 10
Windows 7 runs much better than Vista in my experience.

I've found the only problems you get in Windows Vista/7 are RAM related.
I ran a gaming PC with 2GB of RAM until maybe 4 months ago, you will be fine with 2GB.
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post #9 of 10
I would stick with XP.
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G.Skill Sniper 32GB F3-2400C11Q-32GSR ADATA Premier SP550 120GB 2 x WD Blue WD10JPVX 1TB 4 x WD Green WD40EZRX 4TB 
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Transcend TS8XDVDS-K USB External DVD Writer Noctua NT-DH14 SE2011 7 x Silverstone FM121B Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ FP951 1280 x 1024 @ 75hz Lenovo KB1021 Antec HCG-620M Rosewill Blackhawk 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Logitech G400s Razer Goliathus Control Large Amazon Exclusive Sennheiser HD 598 SE 7-Port HooToo HT-UH010 USB Hub 
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White LED strip 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Pentium G3258 @ 4.4Ghz 1.271vcore MSI H81M-P33 EVGA GTX 750 Ti G.SKILL Sniper 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 2400 #F3-240... 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
WD Blue WD10JPVX 1TB WD Green WD40EZRX 4TB Intel Stock  Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
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BenQ FP951 1280 x 1024 @ 75hz Lenovo KB1021 Antec HCG-620M Amazon Cardboard Box 
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post #10 of 10
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Installed Win 7 HP/32-en bit. Seems to be working great, even with Aero on.
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Phenom II X6 1090T MSI 890FXA-GD70 XFX Radeon 5850 16 GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333 
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3 X 7200 RPM / 1 TB Win 7 Ultimate 64 2 x ASUS 23" VH232H 1080P SeaSonic X-650 
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Corsair 600T 
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