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HELP ME DECIDE!!!! please?

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    HELP ME DECIDE!!!! please?


    Okay, I have a "thing" against using pirated software, even if MS deserves it. So, my hard drive has three partitions: Windows 7 64 bit, Windows XP 32 bit, and the Windows 8 Preview. I am DEFINITELY upgrading to 8, so do I get rid of 7 or XP?

    XP runs a few old games that I can't run on 7, but does nothing else that I need. 7 runs some old games that don't run well on the 8 Preview. I intend for 8 to be my primary operating system, so I would only be using one of the old OSes for old games.

    Who has to go? XP or 7?

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    Redmond
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    "Deserves" how? Glad to see your conscience still prevails over your pocketbook . If the games on Win7 will also run on XP, that might make your choice for you, but revisiting getting those games running on Win7 or Win8 might be a good idea. I don't know what they are (DOS based, or 16 bit perhaps?), so I can't give any more guidance than that, but it is probably worth revisiting consolidating those.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro, iOS 7.1, Elementary OS


    Get EasyBCD and just hide the others. They could then be restored if you need them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    Okay, I have a "thing" against using pirated software, even if MS deserves it.
    I'm glad to hear that you have a thing against pirated software. I've worked for commercial software companies my entire life and I gave up on piracy many years ago. There is so much free software out there these days, that if i find that a freebie doesn't meet my needs, than it's worth me paying for it.

    I don't understand your commend that Microsoft "deserves" piracy. Nobody is forcing you to run Windows on your computer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    So, my hard drive has three partitions: Windows 7 64 bit, Windows XP 32 bit, and the Windows 8 Preview. I am DEFINITELY upgrading to 8, so do I get rid of 7 or XP?
    Well, if you are upgrading to Windows 8, technically you need to stop using Windows 7...according to the upgrade license agreement.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro, iOS 7.1, Elementary OS


    I don't believe in piracy and if it comes to it, I would need to use Linux. I thought I was alone.
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    You aren't alone TheGrantFitz. I'm happy to see that others feel the same way.
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    I have not been able to play any of my 16 bit games since I put XP 32 bit on another computer. I now have it on my 64 bit computer, and it still won't play any 16 bit software.
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    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    I have not been able to play any of my 16 bit games since I put XP 32 bit on another computer. I now have it on my 64 bit computer, and it still won't play any 16 bit software.
    I run all mine in DOS-Box.

    Seems to do the job, for me.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    A suggestion.

    If your puter's processor is decent enough, virtualize. You can rid of your two extra partitions and gain extra hard drive space. Using VirtualBox (decent freeware ) you can have Windows 8 as your primary OS and can have 32 bit xp in a small Virtual Machine that is just dedicated to running certain games. Maybe cut if off from the internet if you don't need updates (but you probably should update to the latest updates, then disconnect it from the internet so you don't have any risks or nonsense). Give Windows 8 Enterprise 90 day trial a kick and see if it runs the games Windows 7 does, I've found it does. Install and run them in Windows 7 compatibility mode--or test without compatibility mode--and see if you still need Windows 7. If you do, virtualize.

    The benefit here is that when and if you upgrade to Windows 9 or buy a new hard drive, you can plop the VM files onto the new system or drive and not have to reconfigure another OS and keep the older ones consistent. Then, if you're done with xp or 7, simply delete it and that's that.
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    Windows 8 RTM (Retinas taking damage...)


    If you're going to virtualize using win8, then there's hyper-v. No need for any third party software.
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