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Windows XP Pro vs Windows 7 Pro for gaming PC

would i notice a difference in performance if i used windows xp for my computer build vs windows 7?

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  1. Considering you are going to want a 64-bit os get 7, while there is a 64-bit version of XP drivers and software support for it are slim to none. In fact AMD is no longer making graphic drivers for XP.
  2. bignastyid said:
    Considering you are going to want a 64-bit os get 7, while there is a 64-bit version of XP drivers and software support for it are slim to none. In fact AMD is no longer making graphic drivers for XP.


    alright

    whats the system builder of windows 7 what is the difference between that and the full version?
  3. your also be better using the win 7 since the xp is on the end of life support .
  4. Best answer
    For gaming: Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium is all you need. Pro is more for corporate networks.

    System builder aka OEM = Tied to the motherboard. Cannot be transferred, and no support from Microsoft.
    Full = Not tied to the motherboard, but only can be used once a time. Can be reinstalled, and Microsoft offers support.
  5. Keep in mind that Windows XP 32-bit will not be able to use more than 4 GB of RAM, out of the 8 GB you're buying. Also, that 4 GB address space is shared with the graphics card, which in your case has 3 GB. I think you'd have a big problem there.

    As for Windows XP 64-bit, I don't think game companies spend too much effort testing their products on it. They prefer to focus on Windows 7 because it's more popular.

    Stick with Windows 7 64-bit.

    By the way, maybe get Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (OEM) System Builder DVD 1 Pack instead of Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit (OEM) System Builder DVD 1 Pack. It's $30 less and just as good for gaming. You can see a comparison here:
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows7/products/compare#T1=tab01
  6. runswindows95 said:
    For gaming: Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium is all you need. Pro is more for corporate networks.

    System builder aka OEM = Tied to the motherboard. Cannot be transferred, and no support from Microsoft.
    Full = Not tied to the motherboard, but only can be used once a time. Can be reinstalled, and Microsoft offers support.


    so it would probably be better in the long run to buy the full version of windows 7 so it will work on any computer i build, or if i plan to upgrade the motherboard?
  7. use of the full version that is the best option .
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