Vista, XP x64 Pro or XP Pro... that is the question.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Maff, Aug 9, 2006.

  1. Maff

    Maff Guest


    I'm a web and graphic deisgner who's been "getting by" with XP Home now for
    a long time but as I already have a 64-bit laptop, I'm thinking I made the
    leap to something more powerful... especially as I've just set up a server
    with domain control that XP Home can't log-in to!

    Thing is, I'm wondering what to go for... get an OEM XP x64 Pro, wait for
    Vista x64 (when is vista due for general release by the way? and why is it
    taking so long for XP x64 Pro to go retail?) or just upgrade to XP Pro.

    If someone could let me know the advantages.disadvantages, costs, wait
    times, reliability etc. I'd be very grateful. Thanks

    My laptop is:

    Compaq R3479ea
    AMD Athlon 64 3400+ 2.2Ghz Processor
    80GB HDD
    512Mb Ram (soon to be 1GB)
    NVIDIA GeForce4 440 Go 64M
    Maff, Aug 9, 2006
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    deebs Guest

    My personal views are (and much in the same situation as you describe in
    gist if not by specifics)

    Q: 64 bit OS
    A: Vista

    What development is there on the cards for XP 64 bit drivers if Vista 64
    bit should command attention of the public?

    Q: application software
    A: I think this will be a natural consequence after Vista 64 bit becomes

    Q: why 64 bit OS
    A: it has to happen sooner or later and my guess is that it will take 64
    bit OSs into an even faster evolutionary cycle as external devices
    become more complex (in function if not in user interface)

    Q: what about the future
    A: interesting! (I'm glad you asked that question :) )
    If the next Mac OS lives up to some of the rumours on an intel platform
    it looks as if it will become a bit of a major challenge and appealing
    to computer savvy people

    Q: what next
    A: possibly a stronger separation of "home" users and "savvy" users
    where the discriminant is: I don't mind getting in there and sorting it out?
    deebs, Aug 9, 2006
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  3. Maff

    deebs Guest


    I think it is one reason why I'd rather "hire" an OS than "buy" an OS.

    For example I'd rather the OS informed me something along the lines of:
    Your usage patterns suggest the following components are advisable

    Rather than a finished retail product I think an OS should be
    evolutionary without undue consequence (gone are the days when all one
    wants is a stable platform for an office suite?)
    deebs, Aug 9, 2006
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    display name Guest

    There's just one little problem with that. You can't start a computer
    without an OS. So what is the first OS you hire?
    display name, Aug 9, 2006
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    deebs Guest

    A good question!

    I think the days of a one-size fits all OS are gone, dead, expired and

    User patterns require different ranges of functionality and packing 100%
    of that into a DVD seems a waste of time (to me).

    The OS has to be operationable or it isn't an OS?
    deebs, Aug 9, 2006
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