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XP user..Windows 7 or 8?

  1. #11


    Posts : 92
    Windows 10 Pro (x64)


    I recommend you go for Windows 8 and just have a week to settle in then customize the menu to what you use and slowly check out the Metro apps for quick weather or mini-info of the world.

    For your older Programs, Maybe try
    DOSBox, an x86 emulator with DOS

    Also if you get Windows 8 Pro, Hyper-V is really good. And you can probably install Windows XP if you have a Key in a VM in Hyper-V.

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  2. #12


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    If money is not an issue, get both dual boot your system and you can use one or the other for your needs..

    Software is cheap, your time, labor, and headaches cost a lot...
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  3. #13


    At this point, I'd say why bother with Windows 7. Just get used to 8. If you don't like 8 natively, there are quite a few things that you can do to make it work better for you. Many of us here who don't use 8 natively can give you advice.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 74
    s: XP, Win7, Win8, Ubuntu


    Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise have Windows XP Mode available. XP Mode if you don't know is an actual copy of XP- downloadable. Found that it crawls in Win7 32Bit with 3G Ram... works but it's not quick. With a pc w/8G Ram and Win7 64Bit, it's pretty snappy.

    Windows 8 from what I understand has Hyper-V virtualization available. If you want to run XP there, I'm pretty sure that you will have to have an XP CD available to install. If you don't have one, good luck in purchasing it.

    Both have different hw requirements for them to work.

    If you're upgrading on a pc, make note of the current drivers you are using- so you can use them later w/XP. SmartDriverBackup is one such tool for this.

    -Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor- Download Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from Official Microsoft Download Center

    -Windows7 XP Mode overview- Install and use Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

    -Now, you can run XP Mode without Hardware-Assisted Virtualization, but it's probably better if your PC CPU supports it. Microsoft checker for Hardware Assisted Virtualization capability: Download Microsoft® Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool from Official Microsoft Download Center

    -Windows 8 has a newer style GUI, which isn't too bad. Win8 is a bit faster.

    -Microsoft site Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant- Upgrade to Windows 8 - Microsoft Windows It will scan your PC to see if it can run Win8 OK.

    -Dual boot is the way to go. If you could, then the dilemma is over. It's also important for development to see if the programs run ok in both.
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  5. #15


    Hi all, thanks for your comments. I have been playing with VMware Player and running my legacy software under Windows 7. From comments on here I will probably go with Windows 8. I note that there is a version update coming soon so may wait until that arrives.
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by dperecky View Post
    -Dual boot is the way to go. If you could, then the dilemma is over. It's also important for development to see if the programs run ok in both.
    That adds a fair amount of complexity and doubles your license costs. Unless you need to game under a second OS, I don't recommend dual boots anymore. Run a virtual machine instead.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 74
    s: XP, Win7, Win8, Ubuntu


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dperecky View Post
    -Dual boot is the way to go. If you could, then the dilemma is over. It's also important for development to see if the programs run ok in both.
    That adds a fair amount of complexity and doubles your license costs. Unless you need to game under a second OS, I don't recommend dual boots anymore. Run a virtual machine instead.
    That would probably work for a lot of users. It's a good idea.

    For me, I needed XP Mode to run a legacy program. Instead of springing for a new version of said program, I sprung for Win7 Professional, using XP Mode. Overall it's a less expensive route. AFAIK, a Virtual Machine requires an XP CD, which I don't have available. So ended up using XP provided for in Win7 XP Mode instead.
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