Should I stay with XP?

April 15, 2011 at 18:36:50
Specs: Windows XP
So I'm about to do a new build, and although I haven't picked any parts yet I am thinking I want to go with at least a quad-core if not a six-core processor, 500gb-1 TB HDD with at least 8 gigs of ram and a decent video card. My only question is should I stick with XP or should I go with vista or windows 7? I mean I really like XP, I'm used to it, and as a person who likes to customize things I've pretty much learned how to customize my computer to my liking since with XP it's easy to do so and I also hate how vista and windows 7 are more in ones privacy and not a lot of programs I currently use on XP are applicable to vista or 7. Also I like how XP isn't a resource hog, although I know I'm going with high-end stuff I would prefer to keep as much of it in 'play' as possible instead of wasting it on the O/S. So would it be a smart idea to stay with XP or should I upgrade to Vista or windows 7? If I did stay with XP I would go XP Pro 64-bit, so I don't think I would have any problems with using my new hardware under the 'old' O/S. Any comments are welcome and I appreciate you taking your time to read this and reply.

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April 15, 2011 at 18:39:18
depends if you like an old beater or a new vehicle...xp will be phased out soon

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April 15, 2011 at 19:35:51
There would be no reason to stay with xp 64 bit.

Problem is that xp is having trouble keeping up with modern hardware.

If you could get W7 cheap then you may be able to build a system. I'd suggest that you consider some bare setup that has W7 on it. Then add in ram or better video or such to suite what you want.

If your hardware is working then you may be able to stay with xp for a few more years. I have a 10 year old dell that still works fine for internet use.

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April 15, 2011 at 19:46:12
You will likely have some issues with 64 bit XP. It was never very popular and driver availability was not good. It is highly questionable if you will be able to obtain drivers for new hardware. Remember that a 64 bit OS MUST use 64 bit drivers, no exceptions. XP will not be able to take full advantage of modern hardware. Compatibility with modern software will also be a problem.

To use 8 GB RAM you must use a 64 bit OS. With 32 bits you will be limited to 4 GB, of which about 3.25 (maybe less) will be usable. On a system with adequate resources Windows 7 will perform better than XP. XP is only faster on a system with limited resources.

I would recommend that unless you have a compelling reason to do otherwise go with Windows 7. You haven't mentioned one.

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April 16, 2011 at 08:16:43
I'm giving everyone a Thumbs Up for their response but LMiller7 stated it best. There is another option that wasn't menitoned though - dual boot.

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