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July 10, 2008 3:48:39 PM

Im not an OS savy person. Ive always been stuborn when it comes to switching to a newer OS. I am an avid gamer and need to purchase an OS for my new system build but i dont know which way to go. Vista or XP? 64bit or 32bit? is Directx 10 compatible with both? Which OSs suport my 4gigs of ram? I dont care about fancy GUIs, infact i use windows classic settings. I want my OS to do what its suppose to do while useing as little resources/ram as possible. If someone can give me some answers that would rock. Thanks for you time.

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July 10, 2008 4:34:45 PM

/popcorn
July 10, 2008 4:42:02 PM

was hoping for something alittle more helpful....lol
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July 11, 2008 12:06:20 AM

Vista SP1 isn't bad, and the 64-bit will allow you to use more RAM. Good choice! Although others may "flame" for going Vista, it has a great GUI and is secure for the novice user.
July 15, 2008 9:26:08 PM

Stay away from vista 64 I'm using it now and there are no drivers for most of your programs. My main issue with 64 is my X-Fi Fatality card, vista doesnt supoprt 5.1 surround sound and Ventrilo is a headache to setup. Sometimes it works and most of the time it doesn't. As for gaming, I didn't see much of a difference with directx10 and 9. Your safe with Xp 32bit, if you choose to go with xp 64 then your pretty much buying a vista 64.

Vista is fancy, nothing more.
July 17, 2008 12:55:43 PM

ankido said:
My main issue with 64 is my X-Fi Fatality card, vista doesnt supoprt 5.1 surround sound



Really....




I would agree that your issue is with your X-Fi card. But that's because the people at Creative couldn't write a driver with their university professor holding their right hand, mommy holding their right, and a C++ book shoved up their a$$.
July 22, 2008 10:10:24 AM

stay with XP, wait for Windows 7.

Vista has ended up just like Millennium Edition, and even Microsoft has acknowledged this and extended support for XP until 2014.

Vista is rubbish, many MANY programs still dont work correctly with it.
July 22, 2008 12:01:36 PM

Intel upgrades to Windows 2000 six months after Windows XP was released:
http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2002/01/10/...

Sluggish corporate adoption of Windows XP:
http://www.computerworld.com/printthis/2002/0,4814,7427...

Microsoft offers new licensing terms and other incentives to jump-start stalled corporate XP adoption:
http://www.crn.com/it-channel/18821819

Three years after release, XP uptake still too slow:
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0,1000000121,39151481,...

Four long years after XP release, more corporate desktops still using Windows 2000:
http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Windows/XP-May-Catch-Up-to-Win...



It's the same pile of crap every time there's a new OS. And totally to the contrary of claims indicating that "nothng works": I still haven't found any recent programs/games/apps that don't run. I did have one I had to right click and specify a compatibility mode in the preferences. But besides that? Not a single app. Not a single game. Not a single utility has failed to run.

I guess if you're addicted to those great 16 bit games.... <shrug>
August 5, 2008 6:19:29 PM

Never "wait" for "the next Windows"... people who give that kind of advice will always find something to gripe about in "the next Windows"... so you'll be waiting forever.

If your building now, Vista 64-bit is the way to go. Driver support is solid and any new hardware will be guaranteed to have 64-bit drivers.

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Vista has ended up just like Millennium Edition, and even Microsoft has acknowledged this and extended support for XP until 2014.


Total and utter FUD. Microsoft made this announcement when Vista was released, not a significant amount of time later. The reason XP support was extended is because Vista was delayed... anyone telling you anything else is lying. If Vista had been on time, XP support would have ended around 2011.
August 8, 2008 8:46:57 AM

er no zoron the xp support was going to finish at 2010 then they extended it after businesses said they wouldn't move to vista, so they extended it to 2014 long after vista was released.

those articles regarding XP and the transfer are perfectly fine, but im comparing Vista to ME cause its been as big a failure, people will always complain when an OS first comes out, but it doesn't take very long for people to see the good side of an operating system, and no one has seen the good side of vista, apart from a few people that must just use basic programs since many people are still suffering compatibility problems.

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Clarity (its morning i havnt had my coffee yet)
August 8, 2008 9:10:01 AM

I would use xp and vista if you have 2 hard drives.Get the best out of both of them.I personally think they are both great.
August 8, 2008 12:58:52 PM

Flakes said:
and no one has seen the good side of vista, apart from a few people that must just use basic programs since many people are still suffering compatibility problems.


Which explains the following perfectly.... :ange: 


http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=506

http://www.dailytech.com/People+Finally+Embrace+64bit+W...


http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10004816-56.html?part...


Or why Gateway is phasing out 32 bit OSs on their desktops and going to Vista 64. Keep in mind that these are aimed at mom, pop, and millions of people who think a driver is just the person behind the steering wheel. If these 'compatibility problems' people like to fill their diapers over were really that much of an issue, no OEM would even consider it. That's a fact.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9981043-1.html


Sorry guys - I don't care what you use. I really don't. But all the BS being thrown around is same old and tired and overblown crap tossed every time there's a new OS. Give it a rest.
August 8, 2008 1:41:54 PM

Flakes said:
er no zoron the xp support was going to finish at 2010 then they extended it after businesses said they wouldn't move to vista, so they extended it to 2014 long after vista was released.


I suggest you look at the date of the first article that stated MS's intention to extend support for XP... it was back in January 2007 before Vista was launched. I know the article you're referring to, but they didn't bother to even check that a similar article was put out a year earlier.
August 8, 2008 1:55:26 PM

Quote:
REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 24, 2007

Who: Microsoft Corp.

What: Today, Microsoft is announcing the addition of an Extended Support phase for the Windows® XP Home Edition and Windows XP Media Center Edition operating systems, providing consumers with an additional phase of support.

With the addition of Extended Support, the support life cycle for Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Media Center Edition will include a total of five years of Mainstream Support (until April 2009) and five years of Extended Support, matching the support policy provided for Windows XP Professional.


Note the date. Vista was delayed, so they had to extend support for XP.

August 10, 2008 7:25:40 AM

it may not be worth upgrading from XP to Vista, but for a new system Vista64 all the way (unless you're getting a UMPC or a very limited laptop like the eee)
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