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Building new PC--Which OS?

which flavor of windows, specifically?

Starting from scratch. I havent upgraded since xp so im not sure what if any newer version is recommended.
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

I'd stick with Windows 7 personally. Specifically, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows...mparison_chart

Home Premium 64-bit works well enough for most.

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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit has been working well for me so far. I guess it ultimately depends on whether there are drivers for the devices you want to attach and the software you're using.
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

Windows 7 is fantastic. No reason to choose any other Windows OS right now unless buying a copy is an issue and you want to re-use something you already have handy.
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

Really--the newest windows? Arent there always driver issues? Backwards compatability issues?

Ill be using mid/top end video card
Adobe CS4
3D rendering software (maya)

Guess I dont trust windows after trying to switch to vista once and lost a few days of my life recovering everything.
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

I'd say Windows 7. imo, a great OS. has some differences, but once you get used to it, it's nice.

CS4 is fine.

http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/faq/

Maya older version is not officially supported at this time.

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet...&siteID=123112

driver wise, just make sure your hardware supports windows 7, though, since it's a new pc, just make sure to buy hardware that's windows 7 compatible and it shouldn't be an issue, though i'd imagine most newer hardware would be fine in windows 7.

do you still have xp? if so, you can set up a dual boot too.
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

Awesome, thanks for the help!
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

Was looking into it, supposedly Win7 has a 'windows xp mode' for older software.

Anyone use this?
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

Win 7 64-bit, as has already been said.

Most normal users won't need the extra things in 'ultimate'.
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

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Was looking into it, supposedly Win7 has a 'windows xp mode' for older software.

Anyone use this?
I've played around with it. It's pretty much just running the program in a Windows XP VM.
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

If you want ultimate than get a technet subscription
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

Originally Posted by Save Ferris View Post
Was looking into it, supposedly Win7 has a 'windows xp mode' for older software.

Anyone use this?
if you go that route, don't get win7 starter (which is only bundled with netbooks) or home premium, as you cannot use xp mode in either of these.

you can read more and download it here:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vir...c/default.aspx
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

It might be the best option for my one winXP application since I would be using it with CS4 apps on win 7 at the same time
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

Are you positive that your "one winXP application" wouldn't work in Win7? I haven't had too many problems with backwards compatibility and those that I have had, have almost always been solved by running in XP Compatibility mode.
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

Originally Posted by D.Pham00 View Post

Maya older version is not officially supported at this time.

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet...&siteID=123112
Im still using 8.5, official website says its not supported
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

7

and yea, Ive used xp mode for a couple apps.. but very minimal issue with win7 compat support
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

Just as an alternative thought, why not stick with XP? You know it'll work for all the software you have. You already have a copy of it. What's to be gained by upgrading to Windows 7?
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

http://lifehacker.com/5473814/run-xp...virtualization
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

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Just as an alternative thought, why not stick with XP? You know it'll work for all the software you have. You already have a copy of it. What's to be gained by upgrading to Windows 7?
his stuff probably works on 98 too
probably even 95

maybe he should go back to one of those
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

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his stuff probably works on 98 too
probably even 95

maybe he should go back to one of those
oh damn, i just threw out my DOS disks.
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

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Im still using 8.5, official website says its not supported
since you already have XP, my suggestion would be to install XP and 7 on two different partitions. that way, just in case 7 goes haywire, then you can still use XP. that's what i did.
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

Or, since it'd be a new system, the OP can install the trial version of Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit (100% working, 90 day) and test everything out before fully committing.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/e...?ITPID=wtcfeed

Just be sure you get it before March 31st.

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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

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Or, since it'd be a new system, the OP can install the trial version of Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit (100% working, 90 day) and test everything out before fully committing.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/e...?ITPID=wtcfeed

Just be sure you get it before March 31st.
i thought every version of Windows 7 runs as "trial" version for 30 days after installation, and then you have to activate (or it'll shut down often?)

btw, you can extend the trial to 120 days with this method:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...0-to-120-days/
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Yeah they do, but it's a "legal" way to get the software and use the trial - for an extended period.

It doesn't seem to shut down after the 30 day "activation period" on the other versions, the desktop just goes black from what I can tell -- but I haven't used one for more than 45 days w/o activation.
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Re: Building new PC--Which OS?

Originally Posted by RichC2 View Post
Yeah they do, but it's a "legal" way to get the software and use the trial - for an extended period.

It doesn't seem to shut down after the 30 day "activation period" on the other versions, the desktop just goes black from what I can tell -- but I haven't used one for more than 45 days w/o activation.
It goes black and you get frequent notifications that your version of Windows is not verified as genuine and you need to register.

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