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Default Windows 7 vs. XP on 1010 - 04-19-2010, 03:29 PM

Longtime happy XP user here, just curious what advantages Windows 7 has over the XP on the Mini 10. I'm debating whether to switch or not before I buy.

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Cool 04-19-2010, 03:40 PM

most say that Win 7 is faster, Windows 7 utilizes the 1gb of memory more efficiently than XP (you can search on here for a more technical explanation) and in my personal experience I think that Win 7 is nicer to look at than XP, I have both running on my 1010, I have most of my 640gb dedicated to Win 7 and just keep XP on there just in case, for some capatability issues that might come up, so far none have, I think eventually I will delete the XP partition and give the left over space over to the Win 7 partition....just my 0.02..


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Default 04-19-2010, 03:45 PM

Thanks again man.

Does the XP have any advantages over Windows 7? For example, I think I saw when ordering that GPS or something only comes with XP..
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Default 04-19-2010, 03:57 PM

that I am not sure about...sorry..I think that there was some issues with the drivers, not sure if it has been overcome or not, GPS came out before I got my Mini, like 2 weeks after but I probably wouldnt have gotten it anyway because I wanted the TV Tuner and I dont think you can get both and even if you could I cant picture myself driving around with my mini on the front seat all the time..suppose you stop short?.....my TomTom works fine on the windshield..and it doesnt budge


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Default 04-19-2010, 06:00 PM

You can use the Win XP driver within Win7.
But better case is to use UMTS 5330 *my opinion*

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Default 04-20-2010, 08:45 AM

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Thanks again man.

Does the XP have any advantages over Windows 7? For example, I think I saw when ordering that GPS or something only comes with XP..

I ve read somewhere that seven was not as good for battery as xp is.
having xp and seven on a 10v, I ve not noticed any significant difference

my 0.02 too : go for seven
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Default 04-20-2010, 02:56 PM

I have read the opposite and my own experience is that Win7 is better - especially if you enable the "power saver" profile. Win7 has made changes to enable the CPU to stay in a low-power state longer.


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Default 04-20-2010, 09:20 PM

I found that option but realised it changes the 'colors' of the areo theme and did not like it... it was brighter, which is wierd no? dark pixels seem less bright so less greedy no?

as i didn t like the look of it, I haven t really tried it
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Default 04-23-2010, 03:50 PM

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I found that option but realised it changes the 'colors' of the areo theme and did not like it... it was brighter, which is wierd no? dark pixels seem less bright so less greedy no?
I thought that too but it isn't actually the case. LCD panels are natively transparent(white) it takes power to block the light.

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Default 04-23-2010, 11:56 PM

It makes little difference whether all the pixels are white or black. The power needed to change pixels to light or dark is much less than what is needed to power the backlight. That's why the dimmer you make the backlight, the longer the battery lasts, regardless of which OS you run. Windows 7 adds an additional "Dim display after" option in the power profiles that XP lacks. Compared to XP, this can significantly prolong battery life under normal circumstances. Most people don't mind if the screen dims after a couple minutes of inactivity, but don't want it to turn off completely. A Windows 7 user might have the display dim after 2 minutes, then turn off after 30 minutes, where an XP user would only have it turn off after 30 minutes.

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I thought that too but it isn't actually the case. LCD panels are natively transparent(white) it takes power to block the light.
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