Upgrading to newer Windows OS

Gigabyte / Ga-ep45-ud3l
May 23, 2010 at 10:02:20
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Intel Pentium E5300 Wolfdale 2.6GHz
I am trying to put together a home hobby system the wife and kids can use. We have the old Windows XP Home Edition (SP3) and they don't want Linux (despite my best efforts).

I would like to upgrade to Windows XP Pro x64, Vista or Windows 7, but I am concerned about peripheral and driver support issues in the 64-bit environment, with the newer Windows. The Pro x64 has been around for a long time now. I would assume the Pro x64 drivers have had all the bugs worked out, but I read here that "it sucks."

Is there a clear choice here?

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May 23, 2010 at 10:32:22
I read around a little more and it looks Windows 7 x64 is the way to go. Tried to delete original post, but gotta go now to the Festa.

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May 23, 2010 at 10:35:32

Check the compatibility here. I would forget Vista and run Win7 32 bit. For the wife and kids hobby machine, you don't need 64 bit.

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May 23, 2010 at 14:09:52
OK, thanks grasshopper. I didn't look closely enough to see there are actually two different versions Win7. I don't really think I need the additional memory address space either.

Excellent grasshopper!

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