stupid quick computer questions about operating systems
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 19
  1. #1
    Tech Guru diezdiazgiant's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    805

    Default stupid quick computer questions about operating systems

    going to get a new laptop this month, and i know as soon as i get it im going to reformat the drive and make it a dual boot. now my question is: for the boot partition thats for music i will obviously want it stripped down as much as possible, is there any reason not to install windows XP as the OS versus windows 7?

  2. #2
    Tech Guru Garygary1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Philadelphia, PA, USA
    Posts
    975

    Default what to do

    Xp will do just fine and will be faster than 7, just make sure to think carefully about the partition size.

    If your using an external hard drive, make it as small as possible (enough to fit the OS, your dj software, and possibly your DAW (making an assumption)+plugins. If no external hard drive, make it about the same size as your other partition

    By the way, for your non-dj partition, don't rule out linux. No viruses + Free= . Right now I'm dual booting linux Ubuntu and windows Xp and I love it.

  3. #3
    Tech Guru
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    714

    Default

    Look up gpart for parting your drive....you can do it through windows after you install but it won't work as well. Right now I have 2 copies of win 7 running on my comp

    1 for dj'ing and 1 for my gf to browse the web. Seems to work well for my situation.

    It may be nice to know your specs so I can recommend xp vs. win7. Win7 is more intensive but it does offer a few more features....why not just try hackintosh?...depends how computer literate you are i suppose.

  4. #4
    Tech Mentor
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Belgium
    Posts
    467

    Default

    Go for Win7, it's not slower at all than XP, on the contrary - even on older systems. Only reason to install XP would be if you had some old-ass hardware for which Win7 drivers are not or not properly available, possibly making your system unstable.

    Edit: the most important thing basically is to install as few drivers as you possibly need. Internet drivers are not one of them, removing the need for antivirus at the same time.
    Dell XPS 15 1080p -|- Kontrol X1 -|- Kontrol F1 -|- Akai LPD8 -|- Audio 6 -|- Traktor Scratch Pro 2.5 -|- 2 * Reloop RP-4000 M3Ds

  5. #5
    Tech Mentor
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    295

    Default

    in my experience win 7 64 bit is more stable and faster than xp. If your new machine has a 64 bit cpu and more than 2gb ram go for win 7 64 bit. and with the professional version you also get a compatibility mode for our ald ass xp drivers.
    Xone 42, 12x0 mk2, Adam Audio Monitors and Sub

  6. #6
    Tech Guru astromech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    West Yorkshire
    Posts
    1,696

    Default

    Is it really necessary to have two instances these days? Surely just doing regular ghosts with something similar to Apple's Time Machine, and making sure you don't fill it with crap would be more efficient and effective?
    A&H Xone:96 | Xone:K1 | 2 x 1210s | Traktor Pro 3 | Apple Macbook Pro (2015) 13" | Sennheiser HD7 DJ | Maschine Mikro Mk3
    read: http://djworx.com/author/dan-morse
    talk: http://facebook.com/bleeptechno
    listen: http://mixcloud.com/bleephudds

  7. #7
    Tech Guru exokinetic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    The best place on earth.
    Posts
    561

    Default

    After doing EXTENSIVE stress testing in Traktor, in order to decide weather I could achieve better latency on my computer with Windows XP, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, or 64-bit...

    I found I had the best results under Windows 7 64-bit.

    Thats my 2 cents.
    I'm addicted to WoW.


    Please do not bother me about being a productive member of society.

  8. #8
    Tech Guru diezdiazgiant's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    805

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Ando View Post
    in my experience win 7 64 bit is more stable and faster than xp. If your new machine has a 64 bit cpu and more than 2gb ram go for win 7 64 bit. and with the professional version you also get a compatibility mode for our ald ass xp drivers.
    On the nose info in terms of what I was looking for.
    My current lap top is a dual boot running xp, wasnt sure if xp would have a ceiling for utilizing ram/processor cores, Im going to get an i7 machine. Im familiar with xp and how to strip it down to essentials hence reluctance to even bother with 7 but if xp can't even recognize the extra muscle looks like I'll have to stick with learning 7.

  9. #9
    Tech Mentor Paka Ono's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    The middle of nowhere
    Posts
    495

    Default

    Another +1 Win7 64bit.

    I wouldn't bother with dual boot and just go Win7 64bit. 32bit operating systems have a 4GB memory limit. XP is getting pretty long in the tooth and gets less supported with each passing day.

    I have Win7 64bit on my desktop and laptop and have not had any problems with it.

  10. #10
    Tech Mentor
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Southern Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    244

    Default

    I tell my clients this all the time (I work in IT)... Why limit yourself out of the box with a 32 bit operating system? The instant you install 32 bit anything you have the "4gb ram barrier". Unless there is a specific reason against 64 bit, then consider this another

    +1 for win7/64

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •