Post by *NastySlowhand* on Jan 18, 2009 14:28:54 GMT -5
If a PC is used for things like web surfing ,gaming, listening to music, and a little photoshop as a creative outlet, would their be any benefit to upgrading your OS to 64 bit or for that matter upgrading from xp pro to resource hungry vista or windows 7?
Post by *NastyJeff* on Jan 18, 2009 20:21:27 GMT -5
OK...I have studied this A TON. XP 64 bit is a joke in my opinion. Microsoft never supported it properly and they have no plans to in the future since they are behind their new flag ship Vista. For what you are describing, XP Pro 32 bit with 4 gigs of ram is more than enough. 64 bit systems are pretty much for developers, or fools like me that want to access more than 8 gigs of ram. 64 bit systems can have issues with updates or making things work properly; whether it is software or hardware. IF you wanted to have more than 4 gigs of ram because you are a pig like me, I would push you towards Vista. I have experienced zero issues, and I knew coming in that I would not be able to use certain things and I was OK with that. Missy machine is an XP Pro 32 bit system, so all printers and such are hooked up through hers. Vista is currently supported fully, unlike XP's. BUT, again, for what you described, XP 32 bit system with up to 4 gigs would be plenty and totally stable. You will only see 3.5 gigs in "my Computer"....the rest is allocated for XP and it won't let you have it, lol. Just my 3 cents.