Put Win7 and Win8 on the same SSD and you will hardly notice any performance gain. The choice for people that are still on spinners will be to buy an SSD for Win7 or a Win8 license. I know how I would go.
My OS HDD is from 2009, so it has a lower SATA tranfer rate than my other drives (which are newer).
An SSD would probably be handy, for running all of the different VMs that my course requires.
I'd need a larger capacity than 60 GB though.
- Exit all Windows-based programs.
- Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
- Locate and then click one of the following registry subkeys: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci
- In the right pane, right-click Start in the Name column, and then click Modify.
- In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
- On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor.
If you dual boot (or more) - you should probably do this in each OS before the bios change. Once all registries are set, go to bios, change to AHCI and they all will boot in AHCI mode.
even on a humble netbook the SSD performance just about blew everything else away -- but it also got 7.7 (max 7.9) on W7 which for a tiny aspire one Netbook can't be complained at -- using a SAMSUNG SSD.
Performance of W8 just feels snappier -- but remember it's probably a bit stripped down compared to the full release when it appears.
Also as is usual in system software development updated releases are usually more optimised as developers can improve inefficient code.
I'm talking here about System or Basis type Software -- not the inevitable BLOAT that goes with a lot of APPLICATION software when a newer release appears -- classical example of that is NERO morphed from being perhaps the "Industry Standard" for CD / DVD burning but by the time it had reached Version 9 it was so riddled with all sorts of stuff hardly anybody ever uses and increased in size so much -- people just said forget it. However even Nero has seen the error of its ways and introduced a reasonable "Lite Version" which does what we all got the original Software for in the first place. - I'm not anti progress but loading products with extra useless junk is NOT a good business or Technical idea.
I think any of you installing an SSD for the OS drive (they ARE affordable now) will be very pleasantly surprised whatever OS you are using.
I've long mentioned in posts on these Forums that slow Disk speed was often a far more hindrance to most people's Computing experience rather than the lack of suitable processing power.
Your average laptop contains for more Horsepower than those mega IBM mainframes of the late 70's early 80's !!!!!.
For around 90% of people even an I5 processor is overkill to say nothing of an I7 -
If you have a decent amount of RAM (4 - 8 GB) and an SSD and almost ANY laptop will give you mega performance no matter what you are running -- note dedicated gamers etc different considerations -- I'm addressing my remarks to the typical users out there.
Well say Jimbo, mechanical hard drive have been the bottleneck of PC since years.
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No, you install the AHCI driver after editing the registry AND rebooting to bios to change AND rebooting back to Windows.
GUIDE - Enabling AHCI mode AFTER Windows 7 Installation - Guru3D.com Forums
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