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T61 -- Vista to Windows 7 -- worth it?

2011-06-18, 10:06 AM

I have a T61 with Vista Professional 64bit -- and while the T61 is great, Vista is slow.

 

Start up times are slow, and the time to and from hibernation is slow (maybe a minute).

 

If this T61 is upgraded to Windows 7 Pro 64bit, is the time for Start Up (cold boot) and hibernation decreased?

 

Does the T61 become quicker to start and hibernate?

 

Is it worth the upgrade?

 

Also, does the upgrade go smoothly? So that I don't have to reinstall all my applications?

 

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Re: T61 -- Vista to Windows 7 -- worth it?

2011-06-19, 12:21 PM

The biggest change are the times to enter and exit Stand-By (Vista compared to 7).

Boot and hibernatation I don't really know and - despite some subjective faster system reaction - the system performance doesn't change at all, if measured with benchmarks.

 

But due to the cleaner kernel layout you don't neet do reboot that often after windows updates. The regrouping of the control panel, system and so on are in my opinion not that impractical like the changes from 9x to XP.

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Re: T61 -- Vista to Windows 7 -- worth it?

2011-06-18, 19:18 PM

Hi jspark,

 

What is the 7 character product number of your T61? It looks like 2668-KHU and can be looked up from the back sticker. Also, have you added anything to your original specs like more RAM or bigger HDD etc?

 

Let us know.

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Re: T61 -- Vista to Windows 7 -- worth it?

2011-06-19, 0:19 AM
clean install of the windows 7 will be a better option.
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Re: T61 -- Vista to Windows 7 -- worth it?

2011-06-19, 7:49 AM

Hello,


I have run both Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7 (Ultimate Edition, x64) on my ThinkPad T61p (MT: 6459-CTO, upgraded to 8GB RAM) and found Windows 7 to be superior in terms of startup, shut down and application launch time, epsecially if booting from an SSD.  I thought that Windows Vista ran well on my T61p, but it was never "crisp" with an instant response like on my desktop.  With Windows 7, application response seems much improved.

 

I never performed an upgrade, so have no idea how well the process works.  I did a clean install of the operating system, updated it, loaded my applications and then restored my data.  That seemed to work fine for me.

 

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Re: T61 -- Vista to Windows 7 -- worth it?

2011-06-19, 12:21 PM

The biggest change are the times to enter and exit Stand-By (Vista compared to 7).

Boot and hibernatation I don't really know and - despite some subjective faster system reaction - the system performance doesn't change at all, if measured with benchmarks.

 

But due to the cleaner kernel layout you don't neet do reboot that often after windows updates. The regrouping of the control panel, system and so on are in my opinion not that impractical like the changes from 9x to XP.

ThinkPad T61 (7663-13G) T7500 2.2GHz/4GiB/120GB SSD/Sierra MC8775 HSPA/Win7 Pro x64/(3rd Fan, 3rd NVS 140M), 2x 39T4587

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Re: T61 -- Vista to Windows 7 -- worth it?

2011-06-19, 12:45 PM

Hi, the product number is 6459-CTO.

With 4 gigs of ram, and a 7200 rpm HD, hibernation and resume from hibernation is actually pretty slow.

 

SSDs are out of the question, since high capacity SSDs are too expensive to consider as an upgrade.

 

I did note long ago that Vista, by default is very inefficient in terms of start up when it comes to a non-SSD configuration:

DiskKeeper, Windows Defender, Superfetch, Indexing, Windows Update (and then add the anti-virus start up scan to the mix), makes it an exercise in frustration to start up Windows -- since they all want to move the hard drive spindle to a different direction on mechanically spinning disk.

 

 

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Re: T61 -- Vista to Windows 7 -- worth it?

2011-06-19, 16:43 PM

Win 7 runs great on my T60 with 2Ghz CPU, 2 gig RAM and 160 gig 7200rpm drive and ATI Radeon graphics. In Win 7 there are many changes on the software level that you'd prefer, for instance better UAC, fine tuned notifications and security messages, previews etc, but most importantly the simplicity of ways through which Win 7 works, everything is easy and simple compared to Vista.

 

As far as installation is concerned, I think clean install is better because upgrade is messy and often breaks things.

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