I just built a new computer system and i'm running windows xp pro -32bit on it. It's about 2 weeks old and works great. I've been using xp for a long long time and I want to upgrade the operating system to either vista 64bit or windows 7 -64bit. The issue I have is that all my hardware, drIvers, and games are desigened for xp/vista. Also vista home premium 64 bit is $100 and windows 7 is $200+. So any tips or reasons on which os will be the best for me would be great.
This means you should be able to pick up the Win 7 Home Upgrade package, and just upgrade from your XP-pro setup.
Also, if you go to a university, you may be able to Windows 7 Professional at a discount. My brother-in-law goes to a University and he was able to pick up a full DVD of Windows Professional for $10.00.
There are a few things to know when migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7. When migrating from Windows Xp to Windows 7 you will have no "in place upgrade" option. You will however have the option to select "custom" install when prompted. The Windows 7 install process will then copy all of your data in "My Documents" over to a Windows.old folder within Windows 7 itself. All applications and documents stored in other locations will have to be reinstalled / transfered manually.
For additional assistance with the migration of Windows XP to Windows 7. Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Support Forum located here http://tinyurl.com/9fhdl5 . It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams. You are welcome to check the threads there and receive additional assistance and feedback.