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I know this has been asked and answered a thousand times, yet I believe there is an area to this question that has not been explored yet. Specifically in terms of minimum recommended available memory. I’ve reached quite the predicament recently, especially for something that should be a simple matter… You see, I am torn between two operating systems and can not come to any reasonable conclusion as to which better suites my needs both now, and in the future.

XP SP3 or Vista x64 SP1?

My system specs clearly favor a 64 bit operating environment, however my laptop’s main board possesses an inherent memory limitation of 4GB. Not a problem since there is exactly 4 gigs of RAM installed… but when you factor in the additional gig of video memory that it sees first, it cuts available RAM down to 3. On top of that, Vista and XP decide to ignore another 512MB leaving me with 2.5 gigs useable RAM. Aside from removing my graphics cards, there is nothing I can do short of replacing the mother board to fix this.

So, two and a half gigs… once you take away Vista’s memory advantage, is it still desirable? Is it really the next big step or just Me II? Is Windows 7 really that far off or should I just stick with XP?

I will be utilizing many potential 64 bit CAD applications in the future, as well as my daily regiment of audio/video and image editing software. But don’t forget the games!

At this point I am very confused and full of more questions than I dare ask at once. The answer I am really looking for is just a good insight to the future of Windows. Am I better off with a 64 bit OS now (even with the memory reduction) or should I wait for bigger and better things to come?
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I didnt notice whether you are running 64 bit xp or not.... but anyways


Personally i would stick with xp if your computer is getting limited to 2.5 gigs. Running vista alone eats up about 1 gig. You said that you are going to be running extensive CAD programs, with those vista will be even slower. I think XP will be faster with the hardware that you have.

EDIT: You do have a potential of solving the memory issues that you are having by switching to a 64 bit OS.
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Well 2.5gb is good for XP, I would just stick with it for now.
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EDIT: You do have a potential of solving the memory issues that you are having by switching to a 64 bit OS.
Even with Vista x64 it can only use 2.5 gigs. The problem is the main board itself not allowing more than 4GB max memory transfer at any one time.

Just a note to everyone, I have both of these operating systems and can easily obtain any other. My question is not how to spend my money but rather how to spend my time.
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Get XP x64.
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