Vista 64bit or windows 7 - 64bit????

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.
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    Windows 7 would be the obvious choice over Windows Vista. Windows 7 isn't $200, either.

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $99.99
  2. If you are a student you can buy windows 7 for $30 or even join a student organization for $19 and get it free as a membership benefit.,8688.html
  3. Microsoft CLEARLY states that Windows 7 is to be compatible with Vista drivers.

    Windows 7 is based on Windows Vista. It is an upgrade.

    Even if a site lists only Vista drivers there's a good chance they will work.

    Windows 7 is very, very stable. It will in fact, be the most stable Operating System ever at the time of its release.

    There's no reason to go with Vista especially after all the tweaks made to improve Windows 7. Windows 7 will also receiver support for a few years after Vista. (XP's support has recently ended)
  4. dndhatcher said:
    If you are a student you can buy windows 7 for $30 or even join a student organization for $19 and get it free as a membership benefit.,8688.html

    I think that may just be an upgrade
  5. The Windows 7 through the school **may** be a full version. is the upgrade, so you would need vista to start. I don't actually know if you can "upgrade" from windows xp (it appears you can:

    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.
  6. reconviperone1 said:
    I think that may just be an upgrade

    It is just the upgrade, but he can upgrade from Windows XP Pro. But it is the Home version, which should be sufficient.
  7. Kylo,

    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 . 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.

    Microsoft Windows Client Team
  8. yay for Client Team! At least i feel secure in letting people know they can upgrade from XP to 7, and now I know a little more about what will happen.
  9. I am buying windows 7 64 bit since its only $99.. woooot thanks everyone.
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