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Hello all!

I have this q8200 2,3ghz for a time now, and it has never let me down. I've been using XP though.

Now I got interested in upgrading to win7, but I've seen that I still need many windows xp apps, so im definitively going to need that windows 7 XP mode.

I run that win7 upgrade advisor from ms and it told me that my q8200 couldnt run xp mode due to its lack of virtualization support.

Luckily my moms pc had a e7500 2,9ghz which supports that VT thing needed for xp mode!

Now I ask you guys, should I get the e7500 to use windows 7 and my so wanted xp mode? Or a core 2 duo wont handle windows 7?

I dont mind sticking with the quad core and XP for more 6 months till I get a new CPU. but I would like to upgrade now, if possible.

I do multitask, so thats hitting me hard on my mind. People say dual cores are completely outperformed by quad cores..

So mainly I game (mmos, racers and FPS) and multitask!

What do you think?
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I have a Q9300 and Im pretty sure it supports it (shows VT-x on cpuz too) so I imagine your Q8200 should. I would stick the the Q8200.
    
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I have a Q9300 and Im pretty sure it supports it (shows VT-x on cpuz too) so I imagine your Q8200 should. I would stick the the Q8200.
No my q8200 doesnt support.

Please someone enlighten me!
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Why do you need XP mode? What programs do you want to run?
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well i dont have a specific program but since im with xp for a very long time, im assuming that some of them might not work with 7, right?

it would be grate if i could make that distinction.
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Why do you need XP mode? What programs do you want to run?
Yes, be sure that you really need XP mode. I haven't run across anything at home which I used in Windows XP that does not work in Windows 7. About the only thing I've seen so far that would not work under Windows 7 was an older corporate version of Symantec AV.

Also, Windows XP mode is just a local VM and remote desktop session to Windows XP, so you won't get things like 3D acceleration in Windows XP mode. So it's usefulness is limited.
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well i dont have a specific program but since im with xp for a very long time, im assuming that some of them might not work with 7, right?

it would be grate if i could make that distinction.
That's not necessarily how it works. I have Command & Conquer from 1995 on both my Win 7 machines. Works like a charm. It is extremely doubtful that you have a program that won't run.

I'd go through all the programs you suspect and Google "[Name of program] compatible windows 7". If there are no results, they probably work with W7.
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I figured since they made this xp mode thing, it would be useful for lots of stuff. But if you guys say so, i might keep the quad core.

Wait, is the quad core really better? Cause it has 2,3ghz cores, while the duo has 2,9ghz cores.

What do you say?
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I figured since they made this xp mode thing, it would be useful for lots of stuff. But if you guys say so, i might keep the quad core.

Wait, is the quad core really better? Cause it has 2,3ghz cores, while the duo has 2,9ghz cores.

What do you say?
Well, the XP mode is only available on Win 7 Professional and up, not Home versions. It's meant to ensure that companies can use their not-yet-updated software and is of little use to us consumers.

And well, the Q8200 is one of the worst quads you can get (no offence, it's just entry level), so it's not THAT good, but it will beat a not-so-highly clocked dual. Keep the Q8200 if you use a quad optimized program regularly.
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Well, the XP mode is only available on Win 7 Professional and up, not Home versions. It's meant to ensure that companies can use their not-yet-updated software and is of little use to us consumers.

And well, the Q8200 is one of the worst quads you can get (no offence, it's just entry level), so it's not THAT good, but it will beat a not-so-highly clocked dual. Keep the Q8200 if you use a quad optimized program regularly.
I dont know if I use a quad optimized program :/

But thinking on the overall situations, an average, would the q8200 best the e7500 in most aspects?
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