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Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7. What should I know about hardware compatibility?

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I am considering upgrading my pc from XP Pro, Pentium 4 dual core at 3 GHz, 2GB DDR RAM to WIndows 7 64Bit.
If I do this, I will be replacing the mobo by Asus M58A78L, processor by AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition and 8GB DDR3 RAM and buying Win7 Pro for the XP mode.
How does XP mode on Win7 compare with an actual XP pc ? Will it pick up and use my hardware, eg. graphics card (GeForce 7950GT), Epson PX720WD.
I assume that I would have to install separate drivers in 7 and XP mode.
I capture video from a VCR through a Conextant cx2388x internal video capture card using Ulead VideoStudio 9. I have not yet found a Win 7 driver for this card, but am prepared to change the card if necessary. Given that I can find the drivers or replace the card, would this card be picked up and be able to be used in XP mode ? If I have to replace it, would the new card be picked up ? I may have to run the video capture in XP mode and save the files to Win7 to manipulate with Sony Vegas.  Could this be done ?  Would I still need a Win7 driver ?
Can running programs in XP mode affect Win7 ?, ie. I use 3 programs that as far as I know will only run on 32bit systems to convert graphic files (programs from pdf-diff-tools) and Ulead Photoshow 3 to create slideshows, also afaik VS9 will not run on Win7 64bit. Could these programs be run from within XP mode to convert the files and create the slideshow on Win 7 ?
What level of performance hit would I be likely to see ?



XP mode is NOT the same as a full standalone XP installation. Graphics is limited in XP Mode to S3 Trio and there is no workaround.

For more on what XP mode can and can't do..

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/support/faq.aspx

Windows 10 Pro - Start10 - part of a local network which is a '3rd party optimizer-free' zone..

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Thanks for the reply.
Rereading my post I realise that the mention of the graphics card was a bit of a red herring, in that I am not concerned about XP mode actually using the card as long as I can get a decent screen resolution etc for the video capture.
The main things that concern me lie in the rest of the post, ie. running programs in XP mode to create slideshows, convert images and capture video through either my existing card or through another one (or possibly usb ?), these then being available within Win7 for manipulation.





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An observation, from info I may have missunderstood;

You say 8gb ram also mention programs not runing on 64bit, If you install win7 32bit only 4gb will be used

From reading other posts on using Virtual winxp it appears that not all installed programs function as intended, it apears to be a case of 'suck it and see'.

If you have a retail version of winxp you may find it better to dual boot, or use a Virtual Machine

 

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Now that is something that I had not considered if my essential programs will not run on Win7 64bit.
If I do move to Windows 7 it will only be to move to 64bit because of the greater memory availability and extra speed.
At present I dual boot between XP and Linux, so I could set up to triple boot on the new machine between XP, Win7 and Linux, possibly fitting a new hdd for Win7. Do the things on XP that will not work in Win7, switch to Win7 and process.
Good idea. If I decide that my bank balance will allow, then that is what I will do.


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You will not get any increase performance for 64bit over 32bit, other than for installed programs that have the ability to utalise more memory

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So any improvement in 32bit programs would only be due to the faster processor.
Oh dear, undecided again :-(

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