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October 28, 2010 12:20:13 AM

Hello,
I am shopping for a new computer. I own lots of 32bit programs. I need Windows 7 Professional with XP Mode..what processor should I purchase?
October 28, 2010 1:31:56 AM

Firstly, if you have a license of XP, I suggest that you use Virtual Box or VMware Player and install XP in that. They have better performance than XP Mode. The setup is also likely just as easy.

If you do choose to use XP Mode, you can use it with any processor. Microsoft updated XP Mode to not require it a few months back, although it will perform better with it. All 3 desktop virtualization software packages do not require virtualization extensions for the processor to run 32-bit OS'es.

One thing to note is that almost all 32-bit programs run fine in 64-bit Windows.

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October 28, 2010 2:04:57 AM
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^+1 on Virtual Box. Anyways, OP you need to provide more info, for example, what motherboard, budget,etc.
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October 28, 2010 3:08:33 AM

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October 28, 2010 4:13:19 AM

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October 28, 2010 4:20:09 AM

Shadow703793 said:
^+1 on Virtual Box. Anyways, OP you need to provide more info, for example, what motherboard, budget,etc.

Shadow,
I plan on purchasing a Dell Alienware Aurora ( $2000.00 ), Intel Core i7 Quad Core Processor ( 2.8 GHz, 8MB Cache), Windows 7 Professional, Memory: 6 GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz, Hardrive: 1 TB SATA-II, 3GB/s,32MB Cache HDD

Will I have problems running in XP mode?

I did a search on Windows 7 for compatibility. It says that several of my 32bit programs are not compatible. Does that mean that they are not compatible in XP mode too?

I don't know what type of Mother Board.

Thanks a lot.
October 28, 2010 4:46:41 AM

You will not have problems running XP mode.

I work in the industrial automation field and I run a lot of specialized software. None of them have really added any official support past XP SP2. If you call their support, they say that they are not compatible. All of them are running just fine for me in W7 64bit.

You mind giving me an example of a piece of software that is not supposed to be compatible. If possible, I'll try and install it on my PC.
October 28, 2010 2:19:51 PM

dmroeder said:
You will not have problems running XP mode.

I work in the industrial automation field and I run a lot of specialized software. None of them have really added any official support past XP SP2. If you call their support, they say that they are not compatible. All of them are running just fine for me in W7 64bit.

You mind giving me an example of a piece of software that is not supposed to be compatible. If possible, I'll try and install it on my PC.


This sounds very promising. I want to run Adobe Creative Suite CS2. Adobe doesn't offer an upgrade for this either and Windows 7 doesn't indicate whether it's compatible. The cost to replace this is over $1000.00...ouch. Thanks so much for your reply.
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October 28, 2010 6:31:17 PM

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I plan on purchasing a Dell Alienware Aurora ( $2000.00 ), Intel Core i7 Quad Core Processor ( 2.8 GHz, 8MB Cache), Windows 7 Professional, Memory: 6 GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz, Hardrive: 1 TB SATA-II, 3GB/s,32MB Cache HDD

Yes, it will run. HOWEVER PLEASE try and go DIY. You can build the same PC for about $1200 or so, perhaps even with an SSD. If you are interested, I can spec together a DIY build.

This way, you can actually save some money and grab CS5. Unless you NEED every thing in the Master collection, Design/Web Premium should work for you. The Premium is ~$1400 (Master, ~$2k+ IIRC) for new and ~$780 for upgrade. I have no idea how the upgrade version works, but there are upgrade versions from CS2/3/4 to CS5.
See: http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-Creative-Design-Premium-Upg...
October 29, 2010 2:24:53 AM

Sniper,
The $2000.00 is the Canadian price. And, now I get to show my ignorance. What is an SSD?
You are a great help. I am located in a large valley in Northern Canada.....Yukon. Run on satellite. The system has to be mailed and I need support. These are some of the reasons why I chose DELL....my son, {mighty-gamer} told me to build it myself- but, I don't want to get into that....I don't fix or build them; I just want to fly them. I appreciate your response.
Thanks for the information on upgrades too!
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October 29, 2010 2:33:34 AM

^ SSD: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive

Basically, in almost all cases, the main bottle neck now in a system is the HDD. They are painfully slow. A quality SSD is ~30x or more faster than HDDs in random (4K) access, write, and read speeds. For an OS drive, 4K random reads are the one of the most important factors.

If you want to learn more about SSDs start here: http://www.anandtech.com/show/2738
http://www.anandtech.com/show/2829
They are a bit old now, but the content is still relevant and the main ideas/points haven't changed. Both of these are a pretty long read, grab a coffee before reading.
October 29, 2010 2:57:29 AM

Shadow703793 said:
^ SSD: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive

Basically, in almost all cases, the main bottle neck now in a system is the HDD. They are painfully slow. A quality SSD is ~30x or more faster than HDDs in random (4K) access, write, and read speeds. For an OS drive, 4K random reads are the one of the most important factors.

If you want to learn more about SSDs start here: http://www.anandtech.com/show/2738
http://www.anandtech.com/show/2829
They are a bit old now, but the content is still relevant and the main ideas/points haven't changed. Both of these are a pretty long read, grab a coffee before reading.


Thanks again for the info. I will check out SSDs....sound very clear to me since my main concern in dealing with "vector" files is RAM.
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