XP to Vista

  [email protected]© 14:28 11 Nov 2008

I am thinking of upgrading from XP to Vista. How do I know which will be the best version for my PC for ultimate performance, (x32, x64, x86) etc...? Thanks.

  The Brigadier 14:30 11 Nov 2008
  [email protected]© 14:43 11 Nov 2008

It tells me Business Edition is recommended but not whether I need x32, x64 or x86.

  [email protected]© 15:25 11 Nov 2008


  MAJ 16:25 11 Nov 2008

You only have two Versions (as far as I know), Vista 32-bit or Vista 64-bit. The 64-bit is okay so long as all your applications support it. Stick to the 32-bit version. Personally, I would stick with XP, but that's just me.

  MAJ 16:47 11 Nov 2008

If you're going to go for the 64-bit vwesion, make sure you have drivers for all your hardware, including peripherals. Also, some software, those with 16-bit installers, wont install on the 64-bit version of Vista.

  woodchip 16:54 11 Nov 2008

You've got to be joking, XP to VIST!!!!!

  ton 20:09 11 Nov 2008

XP to Vista - you really want your PC to slow down?

  bremner 20:14 11 Nov 2008

I am no lover of Vista but if that is to be your decision then you are best going for a clean install rather than an upgrade - this results in far fewer issues.

To be clear there is no such thing as x86 Vista - Intel based computers are known as the x86 family (386, 486, 586)

  bremner 20:15 11 Nov 2008

..and you really should have a minimum of 2GB of RAM.

  stlucia 20:27 11 Nov 2008

I've just bought a new PC with Vista installed, but I reformatted the disks and installed my old XP because the first half dozen hardware and software I tried to install from my old PC came up with "known compatibility issues" messages.

So, if you plan to continue using your old software and hardware (broadband modem was my problem), best to check that it's Vista compatible (or vice versa) before you take the plunge.

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