XP better than Windows 7

I managed to resurrect a 4-year old laptop (Acer Aspire 5580) to full-bodied life by doing couple of things recently:

1. It had a RAM of 1 GB. I purchased 2 GB additional, but had to throw out an existing 512 MB RAM module, because there were only two memory slots. So, I finally could have only 2.5 GB, but wow, that made a huge difference to the performance of this old laptop, running on Intel Core2 CPU T 5300 @ 1.73 GHZ, which is an ancient processor compared to intel i5 or i7 ;

2. Secondly, I had the Windows Vista on this laptop, which kept bothering me to update every time I booted up, and was giving other system troubles. So I managed to kick the Vista out and replace it with Windows XP Professional ;


3. Thirdly, while using the combination of enhanced RAM on Windows XP, which was just doing fine, I got an intimation from the omnipresent Windows Update to download and install the Professional SP3 pack on Windows XP, which I promptly did.

Well, with the above 3 steps, I almost have a new laptop ! The speed is very good, Windows XP starts up fairly quickly, the applications work well, and it appears to me that this combination is even better than the Windows 7 on our latest laptop that we purchased late last year. I am publishing this blog post using this resurrected laptop, and it feels just fine.

So, you do not really need to buy a new laptop. Find more memory and use either Windows 7 or Windows XP Professional SP3 ! It is as simple as that. May be increase the RAM to 4 GB on the old laptop if you can, that would be the best option.


Vijay Srinivasan
25th June 2011



  1. Axel

    Right on the money. XP is the best desktop OS Microsoft ever released, concerning both the technology (soft- and hardware compatibility) and the functionality, i.e. ease of use both for IT professionals as well as average users.

    I will stick to XP as long as I can.

    Microsoft would be well-advised to prepare temporary updates (Service Packs) for XP, which would provide support for the latest soft- and hardware developments such as USB 3.0, DirectX 10/11, SSDs, large HDDs above 3TB, etc.

    I and millions of other content XP users would PAY for such Service Packs. I would be willing to pay some 20 – 40 dollars (US) for such a XP Service Pack, if it was published every five years or so.

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