Best OS for HP workstation (a.k.a. laptop)

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November 25, 2011 at 11:26:07
Specs: Windows XP, Dual Core T7600
I just bought a HP NW9440 17" workstation with 1920x1200 screen. I know it is a bit old but I am looking to do CAD work only and it is (or was) a bit of a beast for that sort of stuff.
Anyway, it is shipping to me with Win XP but I am used to working in Win7 64 bit but there seems to be some problems getting reliable Win7 64 bit drivers. Nvidia offer their own drivers but the list has FX 1700M but not 1500M . Equally it has FX1500 (no M) drivers.
What would be the best OS to run on this? Would XP be the best to keep on or would Windows 7 make better use of the machine. I just want it to run fast and crash free. Reliability is a bit of a must as I use it for commercial work.
Oh, and would I be better off with 32 bit or 64 bit OS....it has dual core T7600, 4GB Ram, 100GB Smart HD (Seagate Momentus anti drop) and that high res screen.

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#1
November 25, 2011 at 11:40:52
Given that you say the machine is "old", then XP may be a better choice (newer OS's virtually always have more requirements). Also, there's little to be gained with a 64-bit OS if your CAD software is 32-bit (you don't mention what CAD software you're planning to use), not even considering the problem you state you're having with drivers.

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#2
November 25, 2011 at 11:49:47
Sorry about that. I am running caligari's trueSpace 7.6, Photoshop CS2, SketchUp 8, InDesign CS4, Flash CS3, Frontpage, Bryce 7, Poser Debut, Adobe Audition to name a few...obviously Office as well. I realise most of these are not strictly CAD programs that would need a workstation I just wanted a more 'dedicated' work machine. Oh, and I would plug in a wacom bamboo, Inkling and Space Navigator. I can use my iPad for web surfing etc. and PS3 for gaming.
Isn't XP a but outdated nowadays though? and can it make decent use of the 4Gb Ram?

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#3
November 25, 2011 at 14:09:37
You can't just mix and match. To make it simple (sort of) you have to use either all xp era software and hardware or move to all Windows 7 hardware and software.

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#4
November 25, 2011 at 14:43:24
Not sure what you mean...some of that software I originally ran on XP then vista and now Win 7. The HP Workstation was configured for XP Pro but a later model with the same spec came with Vista. Based on this, and user feedback it can run Win 7 ok and my software will run on XP or Win 7. I just wondered what OS would get the best from the spec and the fact that it is a mobile workstation (CAD optimized).

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#5
November 25, 2011 at 16:21:11
Stay with XP and stay with 32bit. While Photoshop could benefit from 64bit if you were running W7, the difference would be minimal with 4GB RAM, the advantage of 64bit would be that you could run 8GB or more memory and the driver issue is always a problem running W7 on older hardware.
Consider a clean install of XP and run it lean for speed (just an antivirus like Avast and your essential programs and updates on manual to avoid interruptions).
Note that later or end of year versions may have updated or later versions of hardware and may not have the driver issue. While some drivers from Vista may work on Windows 7, other may not and some may work initially, but not after some security updates. HP notoriously does not offer drivers for later versions of windows on older machines (they make more money selling you a new machine for less effort) or even drivers for older versions of windows for newer machines (MS would not like that too much either).

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#6
November 25, 2011 at 16:27:31
Thanks for that, I am going to run 32bit XP Pro and keep it real clean and simple like you suggest. This will simply be a work machine for me...no games or media other than itunes for my iPad.
Cheers.

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#7
November 25, 2011 at 16:46:27
"Isn't XP a but outdated nowadays though? and can it make decent use of the 4Gb Ram?"

Outdated? Maybe a little. But still had a lead on Win7 until July of this year (if you can believe web statistics-see quotes at bottom of the page):

http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/b...

Microsoft can claim end-of-support, but given the install-base on industrial machines, I'd be surprised not to see the "Extended Support" dates stretched-out a little---given that businesses don't have near as much money to upgrade than just a few years ago:

http://support.microsoft.com/lifecy...

As far as using the "full" 4GB of RAM:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...

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#8
November 25, 2011 at 17:44:59
It also may be possible to use both at the same time.

If you have a full copy of xp and a modern windows 7 computer, you might be able to run a virtual machine.

XP pro (versus home) has almost no features a home or soho user needs. The only thing maybe is better file permissions.

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