2014-03-05 09:53:19 UTC
Windows XP machines telling customers that support is ending for XP as of
April 8, 2014.
Some people will want continued XP support, which is fine with me given that
XP is fairly bulletproof these days.
HOWEVER, rather than get new computers some people (probably many) are going
to want upgrades from XP to Windows 7 or 8. Microsoft is going to make a
2-jump upgrade wizard available (XP directly to 7 or 8, bypassing Vista),
which is unusual because they're known for only issuing 1-jump wizards.
It's also unusual in that in the past the hardware requirements changed so
much over 2 jumps that a 2-jump simply wasn't practical.
My question to the knowing folks here is how much oomph does Windows 7 or 8
really need? Is a P4 dual processor good enough? I have a machine running
Vista with a P4 and it hums along just fine. I also have a Vista laptop
with single P4 processor and it is also fairly fast. My Windows 7 machine
uses an AMD chip and I don't know enough about those to figure out how they
compare in speed to Intel.