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January 30, 2010 10:14:13 PM

I am looking at buying a new core i5 system for a music studio PC however, I want to use XP because the drivers for all my legacy kit will be for XP and I know they work on this, and I can't see the benefit of all the extra code (lets face it every time they release a new version of windows it seems to just soak up any new performance gains)

Is there any valid reason that would be a bad idea? Does the new chip architecture have features and performance which would be limited by XP?

Your response would be useful people. Thanks

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January 30, 2010 10:23:40 PM

If your running a 32-bit version of XP you will not be able to install as much RAM because the system will only recognize 4GB max. Plus XP might not handle a multi- core cpu as well as it's successors. But if you don't plan on gaming or video editing you should be fine. But I'd recommend not resisting the change and just upgrade the system, because support for XP has a time limit.
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January 30, 2010 10:29:38 PM

I suggest Windows 7.

The biggest reason is because Windows 7 was made with multiple cores in mind while XP was not so in the end, XP wont perform as well with a Core i5 as Windows 7.
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January 30, 2010 10:46:58 PM

Get windows XP pro or ultimate with XP mode.
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January 30, 2010 11:07:48 PM

Windows 7 is very good in managing the Turbo mode and therefore there is a rumor that it was made for Intel's Lynnfield(LGA1156) CPU.

In addition, Windows XP doesn't support the virtualization technology of the i5.
January 31, 2010 7:25:59 AM

jimmysmitty said:
I suggest Windows 7.

The biggest reason is because Windows 7 was made with multiple cores in mind while XP was not so in the end, XP wont perform as well with a Core i5 as Windows 7.


That's what I just said! :lol: 
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January 31, 2010 7:42:26 AM

plus you could always use XP mode in windows7, just make sure you get ultimate or whatever other versions has xp mode :) 
January 31, 2010 7:45:42 AM

p1n3apqlexpr3ss said:
plus you could always use XP mode in windows7, just make sure you get ultimate or whatever other versions has xp mode :) 


Yeah, get either Professional or Ultimate, Home Premium doesn't have this option.
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January 31, 2010 3:21:08 PM

Windows-7 has drivers for lots of legacy hardware. To check this out, download and run the windows 7 upgrade advisor:
http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/windows-7/get/upgrade-...

It will identify hardware and software that might not run on windows-7.

If you will be upgrading from a 32 bit os to a 64 bit os, most things will run, excepting 16 bit programs.

XP compatibility comes with home premium, but will not help in most cases. With windows-7 professional or ultimate, you can run XP applications in a virtual machine, but I found the performance degradation to be unacceptable for civ2 2.42.

Windows-7, particularly the 64 bit version is faster, and more secure. It takes advantage of the cheaper ram we now have. Use it if you can. XP conserves ram, at the expense of i/o to the page devices.

January 31, 2010 3:42:17 PM

Bedrock9 said:
I am looking at buying a new core i5 system for a music studio PC however, I want to use XP because the drivers for all my legacy kit will be for XP and I know they work on this, and I can't see the benefit of all the extra code (lets face it every time they release a new version of windows it seems to just soak up any new performance gains)

Is there any valid reason that would be a bad idea? Does the new chip architecture have features and performance which would be limited by XP?

Your response would be useful people. Thanks


I built a system and ran XP on it till i could get win7. now i got win7 pro 64 bit. it out preforms XP 10fold.
February 1, 2010 1:14:49 PM

Bedrock9,

You might want to consider installing Windows 7 and then using XP Mode and Virtual PC as a temporary solution for your music studio. To learn more about XP Mode and Virtual PC please refer to the following link: http://bit.ly/lvAjC

Jessica
Microsoft Windows Client Team

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