Using new Core i5 chips with windows XP

Bedrock9

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I am looking at buying a new core i5 system for a music studio PC however, I want to use XP because the drivers for all my legacy kit will be for XP and I know they work on this, and I can't see the benefit of all the extra code (lets face it every time they release a new version of windows it seems to just soak up any new performance gains)

Is there any valid reason that would be a bad idea? Does the new chip architecture have features and performance which would be limited by XP?

Your response would be useful people. Thanks

 

NathanSuite

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If your running a 32-bit version of XP you will not be able to install as much RAM because the system will only recognize 4GB max. Plus XP might not handle a multi- core cpu as well as it's successors. But if you don't plan on gaming or video editing you should be fine. But I'd recommend not resisting the change and just upgrade the system, because support for XP has a time limit.
 

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Windows 7 is very good in managing the Turbo mode and therefore there is a rumor that it was made for Intel's Lynnfield(LGA1156) CPU.

In addition, Windows XP doesn't support the virtualization technology of the i5.
 

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That's what I just said! :lol:
 

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Yeah, get either Professional or Ultimate, Home Premium doesn't have this option.
 
Windows-7 has drivers for lots of legacy hardware. To check this out, download and run the windows 7 upgrade advisor:
http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/windows-7/get/upgrade-advisor.aspx

It will identify hardware and software that might not run on windows-7.

If you will be upgrading from a 32 bit os to a 64 bit os, most things will run, excepting 16 bit programs.

XP compatibility comes with home premium, but will not help in most cases. With windows-7 professional or ultimate, you can run XP applications in a virtual machine, but I found the performance degradation to be unacceptable for civ2 2.42.

Windows-7, particularly the 64 bit version is faster, and more secure. It takes advantage of the cheaper ram we now have. Use it if you can. XP conserves ram, at the expense of i/o to the page devices.

 

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I built a system and ran XP on it till i could get win7. now i got win7 pro 64 bit. it out preforms XP 10fold.
 

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Bedrock9,

You might want to consider installing Windows 7 and then using XP Mode and Virtual PC as a temporary solution for your music studio. To learn more about XP Mode and Virtual PC please refer to the following link: http://bit.ly/lvAjC

Jessica
Microsoft Windows Client Team