XP sp3 or Windows 7?

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by esoterica, Feb 4, 2009.

Feb 4, 2009

XP sp3 or Windows 7? by esoterica at 4:56 AM (2,904 Views / 0 Likes) 34 replies

  1. esoterica
    OP

    Member esoterica GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2008
    Messages:
    222
    Location:
    Atlanta
    Country:
    United States
    I think I may be reformatting my computer soon and installing a new OS. Vista has been giving me non-stop compatibility issues since I've had this laptop, and I'm ready to switch it up. I'd just like to know, which would be the best if all I really do is play a few games and browse the internet?
     


  2. da_head

    Member da_head A dying dream..

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2008
    Messages:
    2,953
    Location:
    Toronto, Canader!
    Country:
    Canada
    i would say xp for now, given that windows 7 is only a beta, and u'd have to remove it after a few months and redo the whole process
     
  3. jumpman17

    Former Staff jumpman17 He's a semi-aquatic egg laying mammal of action!

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2003
    Messages:
    8,972
    Country:
    United States
    Just stick with XP SP2.

    SP3 killed my network when I installed it on all my home computers and even after reverting to SP2, they've never been quite the same.

    Of course, this could have been fixed in patches since release day when I installed it, but they lost my trust in SP3 thanks to their incompetence and helpful replies of "Do you have all the Windows Updates installed?" and I will never try to re-install it now.

    Windows 7 is still up in the air. It's only in beta and I'm hearing it's just Vista with a new name. You can't really compare XP and 7 though until 7 is final and out.
     
  4. GameSoul

    Member GameSoul youtube.com/variantdevil

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2008
    Messages:
    1,778
    Location:
    Illinois
    Country:
    United States
    Windows 7 has been a lot better to be then Vista has ever been but I say stick with XP since Win 7 is still in beta.
     
  5. 754boy

    Banned 754boy :D

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2002
    Messages:
    3,469
    Location:
    Mississippi
    Country:
    United States
    Well I can honestly say that not quite true. I been using Windows 7 for over 2 months now and its basically Vista that runs as smooth as XP. Lighter on resources and slick. Couple bugs here or there but overall its been pretty nice.
     
  6. Tomobobo

    Member Tomobobo Champion.

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2005
    Messages:
    985
    Country:
    United States
    I run XP sp3 and install it on every machine I come accross. I have no issues with it. Windows 7 looks like more of the same as Vista, and I was less than impressed by that operating system. It's all your preference really. A lot of the reason I stick with XP is because I know it like the back of my hand.
     
  7. da_head

    Member da_head A dying dream..

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2008
    Messages:
    2,953
    Location:
    Toronto, Canader!
    Country:
    Canada
    the only thing i've noticed about windows 7, is that it boots like 20 secs faster then vista. everything else (performance wise) i don't see any difference. then again, my comp is pretty decent so i guess vista wouldn't run slow anywayz
     
  8. nin10do

    Member nin10do GBAtemp Fan

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2007
    Messages:
    471
    Location:
    UK
    Country:
    Taiwan
    xp > win7 > vista.

    couldn't make it any easier. stick with xp.

    i am reformatting my other computer with xp (previously vista) as we speak.
     
  9. MicShadow

    Member MicShadow GBAtemp Fan

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2008
    Messages:
    457
    Country:
    Australia
    Windows 7 LOOKS like Vista at first glance, but it runs like XP. Which is awesome. And the only problem I have with Windows 7, is that I dont know where everything is, compared to XP lol

    It will be a kick ass operating system when released, but for now I would stay on XP SP3. SP3 works fine
     
  10. DarkRey

    Member DarkRey still transfoooorming.... with sum lags!

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2007
    Messages:
    983
    Location:
    Rotating around Toni
    Country:
    Croatia
    microsoft always fucks up everything when they are releasing it
    i bet the beta will still be much better than the release version. [​IMG]


    windows 7 is based on vista but with lots of tweaks and removes (anyone tried windows vista's custom edition? they are much faster and better than vista and its like windows 7)
     
  11. esoterica
    OP

    Member esoterica GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2008
    Messages:
    222
    Location:
    Atlanta
    Country:
    United States
    Is Windows 7 that whole Mojave crap I always see on commercials?
     
  12. Prime

    Member Prime GBAtemp Psycho!

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2007
    Messages:
    3,664
    Location:
    Under your bed
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Are you joking? Have you used Windows 7?

    It is a vast improvement over vista. Much faster on low spec computers, Light on resources and still looking nice.

    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
  13. sage_inferno

    Newcomer sage_inferno Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2005
    Messages:
    44
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    hold your horses ,you got a Vista laptop.

    some sata controllers dont get recognized by xp
    resulting in hardrives not found while trying to install.

    slipstream those drivers on a new installcd.

    finding xp drivers for mobile graficcards gonna be a bitc-.

    it can be done though.

    just a heads up.

    i did it once ,never again. [​IMG]
     
  14. nin10do

    Member nin10do GBAtemp Fan

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2007
    Messages:
    471
    Location:
    UK
    Country:
    Taiwan
    if you have the hard disk space you can set up a quad boot and check out each operating system and see what works and what doesn't. when you find something you like just delete the rest.
     
  15. GameSoul

    Member GameSoul youtube.com/variantdevil

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2008
    Messages:
    1,778
    Location:
    Illinois
    Country:
    United States
    That Mojave crap you talk about is what you are actually using right now. Vista. Isn't that ironic?
     
  16. War

    Member War Take it easy~

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2007
    Messages:
    5,409
    Location:
    California
    Country:
    Japan
    I would just go with XP for right now since it's awesome. Once Windows 7 is officially released, then I'd probably upgrade/dual-boot with that.
     
  17. Linkiboy

    Member Linkiboy GBAtemp Testing Area

    Joined:
    May 14, 2006
    Messages:
    4,888
    Country:
    United States
    I've used W7(actually I'm on it right now), and it is Vista with a new name. It's exactly the same under the hood, this was even said by Microsoft. It takes almost the same amount of resources, etc, but has improved usability, and it does have flexibility for older hardware (at the expensive of the things that give it the speed advantage over XP)
     
  18. Mr.Mister

    Member Mr.Mister GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2009
    Messages:
    269
    Location:
    Oregon, USA
    Country:
    United States
    Like many others here, I agree that you should go with XP until a full version of Windows 7 is released.
     
  19. notnarb

    Member notnarb Not narbing it up

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2007
    Messages:
    1,086
    Country:
    do what I did and dual boot. I install all of my stuff in the XP partition and use the windows 7 taskbar to link to the files (as navigating to the other hard drive each time can get annoying).
     
  20. Wabsta

    Member Wabsta you fight like a dairy farmer

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2008
    Messages:
    2,485
    Location:
    SCUMM Bar
    Country:
    Netherlands
    This was something I was hesitating too..
    I've tried both, but I like XP more...
     

Share This Page