The proof is in the pudding

July 28th, 2009 | Tags:

This evening, before I left work and joined rush hour traffic I decided to show a couple of tech-savvy Vista haters (you know who you are!) how un-hardware resource hogging Windows 7 really is. I headed for the office laptop museum and pulled out an old HP nc4010, I ran the install off a 32GB USB key because this notebook does not have an integrated CD or DVD-ROM drive.

The install completed in under half an hour and picked up practically all drivers (wireless and sound were picked up via Windows Update), the performance was as good as XP if not better! The bottom line is that as a corporate customer we could not consider a mass Vista deployment without a comprehensive hardware upgrade program (not happening in this economic climate!), but with Windows 7 we could stay as is – dinosaurs and all!

Laptop Specifications:

  • Intel Celeron Processor 715 – 1.5GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 400 MHz Front Side Bus (FSB)
  • ATI Radeon IGP 350M with 400 MHz processor side bus
  • 12.1-inch XGA TFT display
  • 512-MB DDR SDRAM
  • 80-GB 5400rpm