If your existing OS is OK, why worry about changing. I have Vista myself and don't really understand all the hostility towards it. Spend some time on maintenance (defrag etc) and tweaking settings and it should be fine.
I think it would be pointless going backwards to XP. Wait until 7 sp_1 if you must upgrade.
I hear that Vista is a memory hog... and it came with my new computer, I do like how it performs and I dont have any particular problem with it. However since i've added some hardware upgrades to my pc I was curious about maybe an OS change to get better performance from this machine now that its been upgraded.
This is my first post and i'm not totally n00b, but probably not as experienced as most.
My computer is as follows:
Motherboard Manufacturer: Asus
Motherboard Name: M2N68-LA
HP/Compaq motherboard name: Narra3-GL8E
AMD Phenom? 8400 Triple-Core Processor
? 2.10 GHz, 1.5MB L2 Cache + 2MB shared L3 Cache, 3600 MHz HT3 Front Side Bus
PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM
3072 MB (2 x 1024 MB; 2 x 512 MB)
*upgraded* I removed the 2 x 512 MB of ram and put in OCZ SLI-Ready Dual Channel 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2x2048MB)
NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE
*upgraded* Installed ATI Radeon? HD 4850 256-bit GDDR3/4/5 memory interface, 800 stream processing units running DVI-to-HDMI to my....
Acer P244W bii
Maximum Resolution & Refresh Rate: 1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz
Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
This is powered by a new 750 watt power supply I cant remember the make on that... Also got a D-Link Wireless N PCI adapter...
Now to my question about possible change of OS, I was wondering if I sould wait for Windows 7 64-bit, Upgrade to Vista 64-Bit, or downgrade or dualboot XP 64-Bit
I want to be able to have my computer recognize all the RAM I have in it and so i know I need 64 bit OS, I use the computer mainly for downloading, web browsing, social networking, downloadin. And watching movies, video streams and playing World Of Warcraft (tho I intend on buying some more new games as I find ones that catch my intrest. Soon I will buy a BluRay drive in this so i can watch those on my nice monitor thru the HDMI connection. I just want this computer to get the most out of what I give it... I believe the max ram it will take is 8. I just upgraded to 6 thought I know its only recognizing 3 at the current point in time. So what do you think I should do to help me get this machine performing to the best of its potential?
Thanks for your attention.