XP or 7?
Posted 30 May 2011 - 10:12 PM
I'm not a gamer (though I may occasionally install an old game or venture out for a new one), nor am I obsessed with syncing smart devices and the like (I hear 7 is good for that).
The system will be used primarily for basic tasks such as internet, word proc., playing music, movies, etc.
I quite enjoy my XP installs (currently using XP Pro) - they feel very streamlined and fairly no-nonsense for a Windows install.
I'm committed to sticking with Windows for now.
Would I be missing out on performance or the maximizing of some great new hardware if I stick with XP?
Flashy looks, etc. I don't really care about (although I've seen some really nice custom desktops running 7).
Posted 30 May 2011 - 10:39 PM
Interesting. Poking around online I found that XP won't support more than 3.xx gb of RAM. That's pretty much a deal killer right there (I think).
Also, why go 7 ultimate (vs 7 Pro) when the only differences are language support and bitlocker (which I won't use)? Am I missing something?
This post has been edited by xmf: 30 May 2011 - 10:45 PM
Posted 30 May 2011 - 10:45 PM
Posted 30 May 2011 - 10:58 PM
If you want XP Mode in Windows 7, you'll need at least at least the Professional edition. Wikipedia has a general breakdown of features and target demographics.
Thanks, I can't (for me) see any reasons to go for 7 Ult. - so it's going to be either XP Pro 64 or 7 Pro 64.
Posted 31 May 2011 - 10:08 AM
And if you don't want the eye candy or Media Center then Home Basic should suffice.
Posted 01 June 2011 - 06:45 AM
Instead of installing Windows to a partition on your HDD you install it into a VHD and boot from it. This feature is only part of Enterprise/Ultimate and all Server Editions.
Posted 01 June 2011 - 07:35 AM
Posted 01 June 2011 - 10:53 AM
Sure, life is tough .
Though what would you expect from experimental things you can have for free?
As soon as vboot will work, it will become a Commercial program, anyway.
wimb's approach does work and is surprisingly stable - at least for me and using XP.
Posted 01 June 2011 - 03:36 PM
It's pretty much between 7 Pro 64 and 7 Ultimate 64 at this point. I'm just trying to figure out if you all use the VHD feature.
Thanks, Magic, for the link, but I still don't quite understand what Microsoft was aiming to accomplish with that feature. For home consumers who don't want to wipe their drives clean? Is it more for servers? Why do you all use it (if you do)?
Posted 01 June 2011 - 04:06 PM
Posted 02 June 2011 - 07:00 AM
Isn't that kind of like saying "If you've never heard of chocolate, then get vanilla"?