Advice on XP Pro vs. Win 7 Pro

By skipro_98
Oct 15, 2010
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  1. I need to purchase a new laptop for my company as a mobile satellite sales point. Our clients run XP Pro SP3 and server is Win Serv 2003 with SQL Serv 2000. I can get a machine with Vista downgraded to XP Pro SP3 or Win 7 Pro that has XP Pro already in it. The money is the same. I am leaning towards a Lenovo. Any thoughts?

  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    With Win 7 Pro, you can communicate with XP, (or Vista) without any special concessions. However, you can't form certain aspects of a home network with mixed OSes, they all have to be Win 7.

    With Win 7 Pro, you are entitled to download a copy of "XP Mode", and Windows "Virtual PC". This is a virtual machine program, that for all intents and purposes, is a valid copy of Win XP Pro, 32 bit. And it's free!

    So, you don't have to downgrade anything, if you have 7 Pro, you've already got the makings of XP Pro SP-3

    All the info you need is on this M$ Download Center search page....

    I should add, the memory requirements to run the system in a virtual machine are high. I suppose that a 64 bit laptop would, or should come, with 4GB of RAM installed, but if not, opt for that amount of memory.

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