Hi all, I really wasn't sure where to put this thread, as it relates to Windows XP, Windows 98SE, and Windows 7/8!
As XP is "piggy in the middle" here though this is where I'm starting it, mods please feel free to move it if you need to.
I'm after advice on an upgrade to my system.
This has been prompted by the fact that a piece of software I use all the time has just (without any warning) gone 64 bit only.
My motherboard (a Supermicro X5DAE) is now over ten years old (2003) but it was very expensive so I have stuck with it.
It's a dual processor Xeon server board, and has served me very well for many years now dual booting Windows 98SE and Windows XP.
I'm now looking at a 64bit upgrade, and I'm wondering if what I am considering is at all possible (or sane!)
Supermicro sell a 64bit equivalent of the board I have, and as I've been very pleased with my current board I'm thinking that would be the obvious route to take.
What I want to do, in an ideal scenario, is to have a triple boot machine, with the Windows 98 and Windows XP that I've got, with the addition of a 64bit installation of Windows 7 or 8.1.
I of course realise that driver availability will be a severe and very probably insurmountable problem with this setup.
I'll probably be lucky to find any XP drivers for the new motherboard, and there certainly won't be any 98SE ones!
It is an Intel based motherboard though, and I was wondering how successful I might be with generic drivers, even if there is some loss of functionality. Drivers for the graphics card will be a big problem of course, as will interfacing the rest of my hardware, which includes four devices which use IDE interfaces.
Fundamentally, will my 32bit Windows XP work on a 64bit motherboard anyway? My researches seem to indicate that it will, as there is backwards compatibility, but what about Windows 98SE? Will that run (driver problems apart) on a 64bit processor and motherboard anyway? I know I can run it in a virtual machine, but I'd rather run it natively if it's at all possible.
So, am I speaking of the impossible here?
Of course being a computer hobbyist I really just want to do this to prove that I can, not for any practical reason!
If I was being completely realistic I'd just upgrade to 64bit Windows 8.1 only and be done with it, but where would be the fun in that!
Any thoughts gratefully received.
Edited by Dave-H, 05 July 2014 - 12:58 PM.