Before I do so, I am wondering about operating systems, I think I'm going to stay with Windows, because I like putting myself through pain. I currently run on Windows Vista 32 bit, and was wondering if there are any major differences between 32 bit and 64 bit, or should I just completely upgrade to Windows 7? I hear a lot of games that came out in the Xp-Early Vista era are no longer supported on Windows 7 though. Advice?
The biggest practical difference between 32 and 64bit is that 64bit allows you to use more than 4gb of RAM.
As for Vista vs Win7, I used both and I don't think the difference is very big. Win7 supposedly has somewhat better loading times. Vista support will be stopped at some point, so Win7 is better if you want a secure system.
As for old games, I don't think there is much of a difference between Win7 and Vista. Some old games won't run on a 64bit OS though.
Schofield;5399378I think I'm going to stay with Windows, because I like putting myself through pain.
You're thinking of Linux. =p
Anyway, might as well go for Windows 7 64-bit, I think. More and more programs are being made for 64-bit these days, although they're still the minority. And pretty much any reasonably recent hardware will have compatible drivers. Not to mention Windows 7 is a pretty significant improvement over Vista.
Did you have any particular games that you're concerned about? I have yet to run into a single compatibility issue so far, from a huge variety of games. The only things off the top of my head that would not work are 16-bit programs, and that's old (and I mean really freaking old). Anything that old will probably work just fine through DOSBox anyway.
I haven't looked at the compatability library yet, but I believe the Battle for Middle Earth series (one of my favs) isn't supported by Windows 7. It isn't a big deal however, considering they don't even work on my current computer for some reason. Most of my games are fairly new, or are extremely popular (like ounter Strike), so I would imagine most if not all are supported by 7.
Never played BFME, but Counter-Strike (1.6 and Source) both work perfectly in 64-bit. In fact, I think Source might even have a native 64-bit version...I know Half-Life 2 definitely does, and at least one other Source engine game.
tl;dr - Counter-Strike works.
Ever played the original Descent? That works, and that was '95. =p
Go with Win7 64-bit. I myself noticed quite a big jump in general snappyness coming from Vista Ultimate 64 SP1 to Win7 Ultimate 64.
Jeff is a mean boss
28th July 2002
I haven't had a single problem (that I wasn't the cause of) with the 64bit version of Windows7
I'd go with that
Thanks for the help guys, I guess I'll be checking out Windows 7.
Zamamee;5399389You're thinking of Linux. =p
Heh, have you even tried the latest version of Ubuntu? :p It's less buggy than Windows at this point. Runs waaaaaayyy smoother. Most of the irritating glitches aren't Ubuntu's fault (bad Flash plugin is Adobe's fault, spotty video drivers are due to MS paying them off, etc).
On a side note, my first time using Windows 7 at school, I managed to crash Internet Exploder in 30 seconds and had to terminate it. And the process of doing so was just as frustrating and glitchy as it was with XP - I almost had to reboot the machine.
Heh, have you even tried the latest version of Ubuntu? It's less buggy than Windows at this point. Runs waaaaaayyy smoother. Most of the irritating glitches aren't Ubuntu's fault (bad Flash plugin is Adobe's fault, spotty video drivers are due to MS paying them off, etc).
It doesn't matter whose 'fault' it is, if it doesn't work it doesn't work. I've had no troubles at all with Windows 7 and even all the way back to when I first got XP, but when I last tried 8.04 Hardy native and then 9.10 Karmic in a VM they just had so many problems with networking and media playback. Not to mention the fact that Songbird still sucks compared to iTunes (what can I say, music is a big deal for me). There are quite a few Linux utilities that I found really useful, but they were few and far between.