Originally Posted by JimP
For the guys over at Spectracal.
I'm looking at upgrading my calibration computer's OS from Vista.
Would I be better off going with Windows 7 or Windows 8. 32 bit either way.
For that matter, would I be as well off staying with Vista.
Main interest is in running cube calibrations and thought that upgrading OS might make a significant speed improvement. If not, I'd rather not bother.
Most people who dumped Vista did it because it has a tendency to crash without warning, sometimes causing serious loss of data or even a corrupted hard disk. If you have been using it this long are NOT having trouble with it, there's no real reason to change as long as the software you are using is compatible with Vista.
The operating system (so far) won't affect the quality or speed of calibration.
If you do decide to dump Vista, at this point, you may as well go to Windows 8. If you hate the crappy new startup interface (jewels or charms or whatever the hell cute name they put on those fairly worthless boxes), there are ways to make it go away so that your computer always looks like a Windows 7 or Vista desktop (with a few enhancements that are OK).
Microsoft doesn't support Vista any more. Dropping Windows 7 support is next, but nobody knows when that might happen... a year, 2 years, more? Only MS can say. At this point, pretty much all software that's worth having is compatible with Windows 8 so there's not really a reason to not go from Vista to 8 if that's what you want to do. But there may be no upgrade path... I've never tried a Vista to 8 update. If you can't do that because MS isn't supporting it, your only option might be to start with a fresh 8 installation and that will wipe out all the software on your hard disk and you'd then have to install and update each application you use (a huge problem for some users, minor issue for others). Either way, you'll want to backup any data on the hard disk that you don't want to lose.
If your computer seems slow by today's standards, it's not Vista that's slowing you down... your computer is just slower than "new" computers. In 2007 "dual core" processors were state of the art for personal computers. Today quad core processors are available and the computer hardware runs faster in a number of ways (faster CPU processing, faster hard disk transfer rates, faster Ethernet and Wi-Fi options, better/faster caching, faster memory, faster USB ports... lots and lots of differences from 2006 and 2007 when Vista was installed in new computers. The BIGGEST single factor in the speed of doing color cube calibrations is how fast your meter make readings... there's NOTHING you can do to the computer that will make your meter read faster. Oh, except for a pattern generator. the faster the pattern generator and meter, the faster the color cube calibration will go.