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Alright, so right now I've decided I want to upgrade from Windows XP to Vista. I see that it has a ton of good features, and it's finally stable enough that I won't have any problems. And, even if I do have problems, I have a backup plan: Dual-booting my computer.

I have a few small problems before I do all of this, however.

Problem 1: I'm not sure which version of Vista to choose. I'm fairly sure I want the Home Premium edition (since I'll be using it primarily for gaming -- UT3, NWN2, DDO, etc.). However, I'm not sure which version I want, 32-bit or 64-bit. I hear that 64 bit is necessary for more than 3GB of ram (I have 4GB in my rig now -- see specs in sig). But, I'm not sure if my computer will run 64 to optimal standards. So, suggestions/guidance would be much appreciated.

Problem 2: Backing up my files. I didn't think I'd be doing a dual-boot, so I formatted all of my 500GB of harddrive space onto a single partition. Which means, if I want to dual-boot with Vista, I need to backup everything and re-install. Not a problem, I have the time. Just, my version of XP is one of the original releases -- it doesn't have any of the upgrades, no WMP 11 (or even 10), no IE 7, not even SP1 installed. I heard there's a way to stream all of the updates onto a disc, but I have no idea how to do that.

Problem 3: Sheer amount of files to be backed up. Now, I have a nice 50-pack of 4GB DVD's that I can burn all my files onto. I'm only using 164GB of HD space, but I know straight copying all of my data will use up most of my DVD's. Is there any backup/compression software out there that I can use (preferably a free edition) that will help me limit the amount of DVD's I'll need to use for backups?

Now, I imagine that once I take off the space from all of my downloaded games, I'll be closer to 100GB than 164GB total space, and I know I'll have to re-install many of them to Vista anyway. So, I'm not too upset about all of that. I know I can make a local backup of my Steam games, as well, and that should only take up a DVD or two.

So, those are all of my major issues. Any and all help and suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you all in advance (hell, thanks for even reading all of that swill I posted ).
post #2 of 7
Problem 1: Go for the 64 bit version. There isn't any performance difference and 4GB of ram is future proof.

Problem 3: An external hard drive these days is extremely cheap or you could even get a 250GB SATA for $50.
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Problem 1: Get Vista 64bit, don't even bother with 32bit.
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Get 64bit, and grab an external HDD or something to back up your stuff. They're cheap. Keep in mind you can re-download Steam games and iTunes stuff, so don't worry about backing them up.
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1. home premium 64, your rig will run it fine.

2.try this tutorial
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/How...P-installation

3. im not sure about
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Like everyone says. Go for the Vista 64bit. I switch from 32 to 64 bits and it's a big difference.
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@NrGx: Pretty good advice recommending an external HD. I hadn't thought of using one. It should make moving files a lot easier that way.

@xibara: That tutorial was exactly what I was looking for! I had seen it online once before, but it had been so long ago, I had forgotten where it was at. Huge help on that one.
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