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Old 11-27-2009, 10:53 PM   #46
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So you really need 4GB RAM to run the thing?
I'm running it on 2 and a 32-bit processor/OS. My computer is 3 years old, 2GB RAM is the max.

I just bought a desktop for my mom and it will also have 2GB but has a better processor. She can upgrade later if she wants. I'm debating whether to install Windows 7 x64 or x86. I wanted to try the 64-bit to capitalize on the processor, but I'm not sure if there will be complications with drivers and software....
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I'd at least give x64 a try.
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Old 12-06-2009, 02:42 PM   #48
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I like how computers always seem so fast when you first get them. Then a few years roll around and they seem really slow.
Which is why I re-install all three operating systems on my Mac every six months or so.
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I now got Windows 7 Prof for free through my university. Just need to find the time to install it. Chose the x64 version, but if that doesn't work properly I will download the x86 version.
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:49 PM   #50
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I like how computers always seem so fast when you first get them. Then a few years roll around and they seem really slow.
I am definitely NOT a believer in the Mac/Apple hype, but I have to admit that my MacBook seems to run just as fast as it did when I bought it in March 2006.
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Can I just say that Windows 7 is great; probably my favourite Windows version since Windows 2000. I was running Vista 64-bit on my computer prior to installing 7 on it, and I had no real problems since SP1.

(I should point out that Vista RTM was so bad that it blue-screened during installation, due to a bug related to its driver for my motherboard; the only way around that was to remove enough RAM so that it was below 4GB during installation, to manually install the patch and then put the RAM back in!)

Windows 7, though, is so much faster than Vista 64 that it's just amazing to me.
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I like how computers always seem so fast when you first get them. Then a few years roll around and they seem really slow.
I'm very late to the game here, but my thoughts are that the real reason for this is that the stock heatsink and fan for CPUs are generally only enough to prevent the CPU from melting, while still so hot that it slowly degrades, thus slowing down substantially after a few years.

My current computer is going on three years old, and I put on a very large "overkill" heatsink and fan that keeps the CPU very cool by my standards, and my computer feels as fast as it was when I first bought it.

Just to note, looks are deceiving; it's extremely quiet running.
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