That doesn't really help
by Jimmy Greystone - 1/30/10 8:15 PM
In Reply to: Best of Both by Incognito60
That doesn't really help if there are no XP drivers for the system's hardware. At the very least, you're going to need a SATA hard drive driver just to INSTALL XP.
Also, maybe a bit of a nitpick, but it's "dual" as in two. Duel is a ritualistic fight. So you might have a duel at dawn with dual pistols.
And dual booting is largely a relic of a bygone era now that we have hardware level virtualization. There's virtually no performance hit anymore, not to mention none of the headaches associated with dual booting.
The system you're dual booting with is much older than a recently purchased Studio XPS, so there might still be XP drivers for the hardware.
It really is time we let XP die. People hated it when it first came out, then they accepted the fact that it was here to stay. Vista wasn't really a bad OS all in all. It was just over promised and under delivered when it came to whiz-bang new features. No one cares about a lot of the under the hood improvements that did make it in, because they aren't readily visible. Win7 is now so well received because Microsoft learned its lesson with Vista. They made very few promises about 7, so it's easy to create the impression they are delivering more.
To the OP. You might just want to stick with an older system that came with XP originally. Then when it's time to update your apps to newer versions that will work with 7, you've got a new system all ready to go. But I also don't believe anyone has asked, or you have answered, whether or not you've actually TRIED installing the apps you need on 7, and to see if they will actually work. A lot of people just seem to assume some app or another won't work, but they never actually TRY it to see. The way I see it, you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying. If you try and fail, you're no worse off, but if you try and succeed, then you are considerably better off.
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