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I've just upgraded my computer without realising 32bit systems won't take full advantage of my 4 gigs of ram, so I've decided to check out Windows XP Professional X64, over Windows XP Home that I'm currently using.

Now I know most people would just tell me to get Windows 7, but I don't like Windows 7 and it doesn't seem like you can make it look and act like XP, I'm very picky.

I'd just like to know if Windows XP Professional X64 has many differences from XP Home visually, and if there might be some annoying 'features' that I might want to disable/uninstall.

I've read that there were some major driver compatibility issues when it first came out in 2005, I can't really find anything more recent, I don't really want to try this OS just to find out a load of my stuff won't work.
post #2 of 18
Visually, no, there should be no difference at all. The only real problems you might encounter is that drivers might be a bit sketchy. Features wise, it should be the same as 32bit XP Pro.
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It's visually the same.

But I'm very picky too. I was in the exact same boat that you are back in late June or early July of 2009 (no later than July 5th, actually). I still had 32-bit XP, and I wanted to get the 64-bit version because I was growing tired of having 4GB of memory and only seeing "2.75 GB". But I loved XP too much to get Vista or Windows 7 (there was an official Release Candidate which was working beautifully for everyone).

I don't remember the answers, but I remember that I ended up seeing that it was a waste of my time and money to find the 64-bit version of XP. Eventually, I began considering getting the official Release Candidate of Windows 7 x64 since it was free and since many were using it as their only operating system!

So, I downloaded it but I still didn't want to install it. I decided that I would first learn everything I could about Windows 7 just so that I could get to know it before I might install it (that is, if I ever did - I hadn't even burned the image of the ISO onto a DVD yet).

After learning about Windows 7 straight from Microsoft's website (I literally read every single thing they had on their site), I ended up being enthusiastically interested in trying it out. So, I burned the image of the ISO to a DVD and installed it onto a fresh hard drive. I wasn't 100% convinced, y'know?

But then after using that official Release Candidate of Win7 x64 for a few days, I had decided that I was absolutely done with Windows XP. I had even pre-ordered a copy of Home Premium just a couple of days after installing that Release Candidate (which you can see I'm using right now).

I previously thought that I knew I was going to stick with XP even through all of 2010 and 2011. I even said so several times here on OCN. I made it sound like I wasn't going to upgrade to something newer than XP until I basically had no choice (like when not even the latest version of Firefox worked in XP anymore hehe. I really think that this might happen some day).

But within 2-3 days after installing that Release Candidate, I had made a final decision to stop using XP altogether (which is what happened). From that moment forward until I received my pre-ordered copy in the mail, the official Release Candidate of Windows 7 was my main and only operating system. Although, I still had XP on my other drive and it was still connected and I could still boot from it if I wanted to, but I never did. At least, I never did it for any personal reasons. Instead, the only times I booted into XP was to help another OCN member do something in it. I mean, I would boot into XP in order to create my list of instructions, complete with screenshots. Then I'd boot back into Windows 7 and post those screenshots and post my instructions.

Furthermore, once I had been using that Release Candidate for a couple of days, I was already unable to withstand using XP for more than a few seconds. It is so inferior to Windows 7 that it's not even funny.

Today, using XP is like using an operating system that a friend of mine made in his mom's basement. It would be like going back to Windows 3.1 while still using XP.

Now, I know you think you don't like Windows 7. I was the same way. I "knew" that I wasn't going to like Windows 7. But here I am 1½ years later saying that I was dead wrong. I may not need Windows 7, but it is still a significantly superior operating system to Windows XP.

And if you don't like the look of Vista/7, then it's very easy to make it look like Windows 2000/XP (that is, XP with the Windows 2000 theme).
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The only hardware/drivers you have to worry about is the wifi (if you are using it). Every other type of hardware is well supported.

But really, you should just skip it and go to win7. It really is superior to everything else on the market. I can't see how anyone would pick the visuals of xp versus 7. It looks much cleaner and the layout is better IMO.

But XP64 works well, I ran it for about a year or so with no issues (other than unsupported wifi drivers).
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Windows 7 also feels a little bit faster and snappier than XP.
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Your retelling of how you switched to 7 is interesting, but I'll remain stubborn for now.. especially since there's no XP theme as such, just 'Classic'. Plus I have a copy of XP Pro x64 ready to try out.

No wifi-card in this machine, well.. hopefully everything I want will work, I'm going to install it tomorrow and spend all day making sure every single program and piece of hardware I own works properly.. should be fun.

If I had another case and enough leftover components from my old computer, I might have considered putting 7 on it just to mess around with it, but alas, only one computer.. and I really want it back to normal right now.

Cheers for the input though.
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Your retelling of how you switched to 7 is interesting, but I'll remain stubborn for now.. especially since there's no XP theme as such, just 'Classic'. Plus I have a copy of XP Pro x64 ready to try out.

No wifi-card in this machine, well.. hopefully everything I want will work, I'm going to install it tomorrow and spend all day making sure every single program and piece of hardware I own works properly.. should be fun.

If I had another case and enough leftover components from my old computer, I might have considered putting 7 on it just to mess around with it, but alas, only one computer.. and I really want it back to normal right now.

Cheers for the input though.
At least you already have a copy. So, since you do, I say go for it.

But I didn't want to let go of the XP theme either. I was using the Silver one and I absolutely loved it. But for me, Windows Aero Glass is dramatically superior (I was sure that I would hate it). Even the Taskbar uses Aero Glass.

Speaking of the Taskbar, this has to be my favorite feature. I mean, I can pin anything I want to the Taskbar. And then after that, I can access it with a simple keyboard shortcut like this: starting from the left, WinKey+1 opens the first pinned item, WinKey+2 opens the 2nd one, WinKey+3 for the 3rd one, etc. This goes all the way up to WinKey+0 for the 10th item. That alone made the switch very worth it.

But never fear: the Quick Launch toolbar is still in Windows 7. It's just that there's no longer a built-in menu option to access it. So, here's how to add it to the Taskbar:

http://www.overclock.net/windows/536...get-quick.html

But then there's the superior file navigation features that I think was introduced in Vista. For example: I can access any part of a path in the address bar by just a single left-click on that part of the path. This is because each folder is a button in the path in the address bar. But there's also a little arrow next to each one where I can click that arrow and a menu drops down that includes all of the folders contained in the folder I have my mouse over. That feature alone has made hundreds of moments on my computer much easier.

Then there are also these wonderful keyboard shortcuts:
  • WinKey+Up Arrow = Maximize a window
  • WinKey+Down Arrow = Restore a maximized window, or minimize a normal window
  • WinKey+Left Arrow = "Snap" a window to the left half of your monitor (exactly 50%).
  • WinKey+Right Arrow = "Snap" a window to the right-half
  • WinKey+Left/Right arrow on an already-snapped window: restore previous window size and position (except when maximized because it just issues the Restore command instead of making it go back to being maximized, in which case you'd just press WinKey+Up instead of WinKey+Left/Right arrow)
  • WinKey+Home: minimize every window except for the active window. It's provides the same result as Aero Shake. Press WinKey+Home again to restore everything

There are more keyboard shortcuts that are exclusive to Windows 7.

Anyway, I could probably go on and on about why I like Windows 7 more than XP, but you already have a copy of 64-bit XP, so meh...

But, if you have any problems with 64-bit XP due to it being the 64-bit version of XP, then you know what the next logical step is. hehe
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What hardware are we talking about here?


Pentium dual core, or i7's...?
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Driver issues on XP x64 are all but a thing of the past for the most part.
I think I may have encountered 1 or 2 issues in the years that I used it.

It's the best OS next to Win7 x64 as far as I'm concerned.
That being said, it doesn't compare. Win7 is where it's at.
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Using an i5 actually, I'll let you guys now how I get on, and sure.. if there's some kind of crippling bad factor in XP 64 I might try 7 since it would involve the effort of reinstalling again anyway.

Nice to know that the driver stuff is more or less fixed though.
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