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Windows XP Pro 32 bit 7 18.92%
Windows 7 32 bit 3 8.11%
Windows 7 64 bit 27 72.97%
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Old June 29, 2009, 11:05 AM
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So I can just use Vista 64 bit drivers on Windows 7 64 bit?

I don't mind getting more RAM, but I might see how 2GB runs in Windows 7 first. I'm like a casual gamer, playing games like CoD4 every once in a while so that shouldn't be a huge problem. However if I get more RAM, I'll have to figure out what to do with my current 2GB kit.

@Chilly. What were you trying to do in Windows 7 that you can't do on XP?

@Nodscene. What's wrong with the quick launch?
Its just the little things you get used to like the breadcrumb address bar, the "window snapping", start menu, instead of searching through menus for what I want, I just type the program name in and hit enter. Its just a lot of little things that make working in Windows 7(and most of them were in Vista as well) so much faster, more efficient, and better. Its things you get used to without realizing.

It doesn't really hit you unless you go back to XP and go "why the hell can't I do this the quick, fast and easy way! Now I gotta do it the long way".

Yes, you can use Vista x64 drivers in Windows 7 x64, since they are based off the same code base(think how Windows 2000 is to XP). As for the quick launch, well, its redundant(thanks to superbar) so they got rid of it(not completely ofc, but). If you dislike the superbar, and want to have the quickbar back you can, its just hidden by default.
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Old June 29, 2009, 11:12 AM
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I've found some places actually have Windows 7 drivers out, however if they don't, i just use the Vista drivers and don't seem to have any issues with them, though that's of course knock on wood
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I strongly recommend dual boot - Simple tasks are a few clicks in Windows XP whereas you go through many hoops in Windows 7 - you can't revert to classic on everything now - For gaming I'd stick to Windows XP SP3 where DX9 is concerned, because of the new architecture of VISTA and the emulated nature of DX9, games somehow run faster in XP. However for DX10 games I use VISTA - so it's always good to dualboot. For Windows 7 I'd wait until it matures and drivers mature with it, much like I did with XP.
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Old June 29, 2009, 12:34 PM
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I strongly recommend dual boot - Simple tasks are a few clicks in Windows XP whereas you go through many hoops in Windows 7 - you can't revert to classic on everything now - For gaming I'd stick to Windows XP SP3 where DX9 is concerned, because of the new architecture of VISTA and the emulated nature of DX9, games somehow run faster in XP. However for DX10 games I use VISTA - so it's always good to dualboot. For Windows 7 I'd wait until it matures and drivers mature with it, much like I did with XP.
I see you're a Windows XP fan, and only use Vista for DX10. XP is dead, and it's going to disappear eventually.

The OP should have no problem running DX9 games on his computer in Vista/7. You'll maybe experience one, maybe two fps lower in Vista should it ever happen in rare circumstances? STAY AWAY FROM XP!
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I strongly recommend dual boot - Simple tasks are a few clicks in Windows XP whereas you go through many hoops in Windows 7 - you can't revert to classic on everything now - For gaming I'd stick to Windows XP SP3 where DX9 is concerned, because of the new architecture of VISTA and the emulated nature of DX9, games somehow run faster in XP. However for DX10 games I use VISTA - so it's always good to dualboot. For Windows 7 I'd wait until it matures and drivers mature with it, much like I did with XP.
Well I don't really do much on my computer. Just surf the web, occasional games, play music, watch things. I'm not too good with dual boot and I admit I'm lazy to setup dual boot. I'll probably boot into Windows 7 99% of the time even if I dual boot because for the lag that GPU folding is very frustrating. Only turning on Aero can make the lag stop.

As what bojangles said, I can live with a couple FPS drops in my games.

@bojangles. I wouldn't say XP is dead since it's going to be supported by Microsoft till around 2012. I love Windows XP and it's the reason why I didn't want to upgrade to Vista. Vista got lots of criticism and I personally hate how it works. All the things that I know how to do in Windows XP, I barely know how to do in Vista.
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I agree geokilla. I hated Vista too, but the noticeable slipstreaming in Windows 7 really improves on Vista. I've found it one hell of a lot easier to log onto a network because the network options appear as a popup on the taskbar, and settings are all in one window, windows can be maxed/min'd by dragging them to the side or two can be brought up of equal area by dragging to the write. It's really much simpler to use than Vista and I'm happy that Microsoft listened to the consumer base for ideas.
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Windows 7 doesn't have Quick Start anymore, you need to edit the registry to get it back. It's a different system now with the task bar which some people actually like better.
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I'm thinking of going 32 bit since there will be less compatibility problems and I'm probably going to stuck with just 2GB RAM. Are there any advantages in going 64 bit? I believe there will be little to no programs that I use which requires 64 bit. But then I already have the 64 bit version and don't really want to waste my bandwidth on the 32 bit =P

Oh also what's with the different RC versions? I downloaded Windows 7 64 bit from Microsoft's Windows 7 site and I renamed my file so it's shorter. I can't remember which RC version it is, but I believe it's 7000 or 7100. It's definitely not 7264 that can be found on torrents.
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I'm thinking of going 32 bit since there will be less compatibility problems and I'm probably going to stuck with just 2GB RAM. Are there any advantages in going 64 bit? I believe there will be little to no programs that I use which requires 64 bit. But then I already have the 64 bit version and don't really want to waste my bandwidth on the 32 bit =P

Oh also what's with the different RC versions? I downloaded Windows 7 64 bit from Microsoft's Windows 7 site and I renamed my file so it's shorter. I can't remember which RC version it is, but I believe it's 7000 or 7100. It's definitely not 7264 that can be found on torrents.
7100 is the RC build.

Anything after is RTM-escrow builds. And anything past 7264, RC keys no longer work. The final RTM is set to get signed off on July 13, so it should leak shortly after, though you'd be limited to 30 days until you get a key or find alternatives
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