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Can anyone tell me the drawbacks of XP versus Vista in terms of sheer performance speed? All I really know is that XP only supports 3 GB of RAM, does that mean that it doesn't use the forth gig if I were to put 4 GB in the system, or that it just doesn't see it? Or both??

What's the deal with XP support, how much longer before Microsoft abandons it? And what does that mean, no software updates?? I'm kinda confused there.

If there are any links to this info since I'm sure it has been asked already, could you let me know.

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1. Change your title - its absurdly lengthy
2. XP Support will continue for about 1 year.
3. 3+ RAM Limits are only due to 32 bit OS.
4. Difference of XP to Vista: XP = more FPS, Vista = eyecandy
    
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its not really xp vs vista when it comes to the ram issue. it has to do with the 32bit OS vs the 64bit OS. vista and xp both have 32bit and 64bit. the 64bit will optimize the the ram, and your limited in the 32bit. for example the vista basic home version is a 32bit, while the vista premium and up are 64bit.

edit: man your pretty fast with the typing, xfreerollerx, lol beat me to the punch!
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1. Change your title - its absurdly lengthy
That's hilarious

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2. XP Support will continue for about 1 year.
3. 3+ RAM Limits are only due to 32 bit OS.
4. Difference of XP to Vista: XP = more FPS, Vista = eyecandy
2. OK, then when the support ceases, that means what exactly?? Viruses will be easier to install on my system?

3. That makes sense, and the 64 bit XP basically stinks mainly due to compatibility issues?

4. That was what I seen as well.
    
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In my opinion Vista is pretty great if you get the Ultimate 64 bit version and you have a verrry good pc. As far as memory goes its like the others said, the 3gb is limited to 32 bits OS and and you wouldnt be able to utilize 4gb inless you had a 64 bit OS. Also I try'd XP 64 bit and seemed to have a lot of trouble... seems easier to find 64 bit drivers for vista. Vista has a lot of eye candy, and some pretty cool small new features. As well as a great updating system, that for the first time I like and use. I will say though that its a serious memory hog, on boot up after I got everrrry thing I wanted installed I was using about 1.5gb of memory, but I also have a lottt of startup programs like temp loggers, avast anti virus, etc. With less programs and some tweaking though you can get it down to about half of that probably though. I thought vista was gonna suck... but so far i pretty much love it! Although I still wouldn't recommend it to anyone that didn't have a GREAT computer. And if you get it, try to get the Ultimate 64 version.
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while the vista premium and up are 64bit.
I'm a little confused there, they have premium 32 bit for sale on Newegg. I'm assuming you just meant to say that they have Premium and up for 64 bit?? Or am I missing something?

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In my opinion Vista is pretty great if you get the Ultimate 64 bit version and you have a verrry good pc. As far as memory goes its like the others said, the 3gb is limited to 32 bits OS and and you wouldnt be able to utilize 4gb inless you had a 64 bit OS. Also I try'd XP 64 bit and seemed to have a lot of trouble... seems easier to find 64 bit drivers for vista. Vista has a lot of eye candy, and some pretty cool small new features. As well as a great updating system, that for the first time I like and use. I will say though that its a serious memory hog, on boot up after I got everrrry thing I wanted installed I was using about 1.5gb of memory, but I also have a lottt of startup programs like temp loggers, avast anti virus, etc. With less programs and some tweaking though you can get it down to about half of that probably though. I thought vista was gonna suck... but so far i pretty much love it! Although I still wouldn't recommend it to anyone that didn't have a GREAT computer. And if you get it, try to get the Ultimate 64 version.
I have Vista Home Premium installed on my friends PC that I have built for him. I have played with it for a few days now, and at first glance, I absolutely loved it. Then I noticed how much of a resource hog it really is. Then I started installing a game on it and after being asked more than once if I really wanted to install the game, I got it installed only to find out that I needed to download another file just to be able to play it. No real big deal, aside from the amount of time it took me to find the file and get it installed (again, got asked more than once whether I really wanted to Install the file) For people of less expertise than me (not that I'm that bright in the software department), I can see why so many people really don't like it. I'm just trying to gather info for reasons to upgrade my current setup. So far, the pro's and con's are pretty well balanced, slightly leaning towards keeping XP for now.
    
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I'm a little confused there, they have premium 32 bit for sale on Newegg. I'm assuming you just meant to say that they have Premium and up for 64 bit?? Or am I missing something?



I have Vista Home Premium installed on my friends PC that I have built for him. I have played with it for a few days now, and at first glance, I absolutely loved it. Then I noticed how much of a resource hog it really is. Then I started installing a game on it and after being asked more than once if I really wanted to install the game, I got it installed only to find out that I needed to download another file just to be able to play it. No real big deal, aside from the amount of time it took me to find the file and get it installed (again, got asked more than once whether I really wanted to Install the file) For people of less expertise than me (not that I'm that bright in the software department), I can see why so many people really don't like it. I'm just trying to gather info for reasons to upgrade my current setup. So far, the pro's and con's are pretty well balanced, slightly leaning towards keeping XP for now.
Sounds like you haven't disable a feature called UAC (User Account Control). This feature is the box that always come up when you open a program and such.

To turn it off:

Start > Control Panel > User Accounts > Turn User Account Control on or off > Uncheck box > Ok > Restart
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I'm a little confused there, they have premium 32 bit for sale on Newegg. I'm assuming you just meant to say that they have Premium and up for 64 bit?? Or am I missing something?



I have Vista Home Premium installed on my friends PC that I have built for him. I have played with it for a few days now, and at first glance, I absolutely loved it. Then I noticed how much of a resource hog it really is. Then I started installing a game on it and after being asked more than once if I really wanted to install the game, I got it installed only to find out that I needed to download another file just to be able to play it. No real big deal, aside from the amount of time it took me to find the file and get it installed (again, got asked more than once whether I really wanted to Install the file) For people of less expertise than me (not that I'm that bright in the software department), I can see why so many people really don't like it. I'm just trying to gather info for reasons to upgrade my current setup. So far, the pro's and con's are pretty well balanced, slightly leaning towards keeping XP for now.

yeah, your right, sorry for the confusion.
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It's personal preference really. XP is generally faster, Vista is generally more stable. Each person's experience will be different nd each person will have reasons for choosing one over the other.

You will need a 64bit OS to use 4 gigs of RAM...XP 64 or Vista 64 will do it.

The end of XP's support cycle means just that...MS will no longer officially support it. They may release a security update in extreme circumstances but they will no longer code software to support the OS (this is the reason you can not run IE7 or WMP11 on Win98).

You do not need a massive rig to run Vista. I am running Ultimate x64 with no issues whatsoever on my sig rig. It is all modern hardware but far from top of the line.
 
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I don't think theres anything bad about Vista.

Who cares if you loose 10 FPS from 200. The human eye can only see like 60FPS and anything above that looks the same.
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