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Windows 7 and XP Pro works on the same computer
on November 8, 2009
I had Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit only for a few days, but it performs flawlessly. Installation was simpler, than that of any other Windows operating system. W7 and a lot of software takes up only 35GB on my hard disk. I use an i7 Nehalem processor running at 2.92 GHz per core. The main disk is a Samsung solid state, with 256 GB capacity. It is split into two equal sections. One has Windows XP Pro SP 3, with all software installed clean on same segment. The other partition has Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit with all software installed again clean. I use mostly newly purchased software, but there were no conflicts during installation with any of them. I've noticed, that there are two program files set up by W7, one for 32-bit and another for 64-bit software.
Microsoft has learned a lot from the Vista critics. This time they got it right. W7 is friendly, and one can get used to it fast. The one area which needs some patience and understanding, is the new LIBRARY system. I never did like an operating system forcefully helping, when no help was asked for, but this time the situation is not bad at all. If you don't want your thousands of photos re-listed by dates, you can get out of the library business. One good thing, the photo files stay at their original location.
Now I have the choice to run XP Pro or W7 on the same computer. The second hard disk contains data only, and accessible by both operating systems. I can't comment on upgrades, but if you want to have a clean install, I'm sure you will be happy with W7.