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I'm looking to purchase a value priced computer to do some recording. However, most of the pc's and laptops that are reasonably priced are now equiped with Windows Vista as opposed to XP. What is the difference and can I use Vista with most recording software where it calls out of XP? Any advice on this would be greatly helpful! Thanks!!!!
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xp
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#3
Vista needs more resources. And this is the wrong forum
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Neither apple mac so much better for what your looking at and so many other apps too!
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if your getting a value priced computer, then you definately want xp. Vista is much more resource intensive !!
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Neither apple mac so much better for what your looking at and so many other apps too!
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#7
This isn't the wrong forum at all. I personally find some good things about Vista, but generally prefer XP. XP is more compatible with hardware as well as software. There can be some driver issues with Vista.

If you get the computer from a private dealership who build their own computers, or from www.pcspecialist.com, you can get XP on your machine as standard.
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xp is more stable currently, but you'll end up behind the curve once vista gets straightened out and fixed. in the long run its better to get vista, but right now its a load of crap
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#9
It's easy to downgrade to XP even with major manufacturers (just select the option)...it's more stable and more audio equipment works on it. That said, Vista isn't a death sentence, and it's only a matter of time before manufacturers support it and Windows 7.
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#10
the program that you will use on the vista has an option under properties. somewhere in there you can customize it to do a program under windows 98, 99, or XP which is what you needed. Hopefully this helps you very much.
#11
Look for Virtual PC or VM-Ware

You can start up ISO Images of Mac, Linux & the majority of all Operating Systems out there and use the best you can find.

Mac's are much better, but get a PC/Laptop with Vista and run it Virtually to get XP going and decide yourself.
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Vista 64 bit, it crashes less than any mac I've been on.
But make sure you have AT LEAST 2GB of RAM.
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#13
definatly go with XP, its been well documented that Vista cannot possibly match the performance of XP, especially for Audio and Video.

i ran a few tests on my studio machine, (Quad Core, 4Gb RAM), with XP the system latency was about 12 micro seconds, perfectly acceptable, on the vista installation, same machine, it was in the region of 5000 micro seconds. i did run Ableton Live and Reaper on the vista installation for a while though, performance generally wasn't as good as XP, crashed more often, longer load times,

overall, XP is the one to go for.
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people choose apple for this, I never knew why until I tried to record using one sound driver and playback though another. Apple allows this, windows doesnt.
but out of vista and xp choose xp, you can change primary sound device with a few clicks. this seems to be disabled in vista.
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Windows does allow this. If anything it's more of a problem with a Mac, because I don't think Logic is fond of doing that.
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#18
Mac is a better computer for many other reasons...make the switch!
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I notice you didn't go into any detail on what those reasons are.
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I notice you didn't go into any detail on what those reasons are.


because they are FAR too numerous.
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I'm looking to purchase a value priced computer to do some recording. However, most of the pc's and laptops that are reasonably priced are now equiped with Windows Vista as opposed to XP. What is the difference and can I use Vista with most recording software where it calls out of XP? Any advice on this would be greatly helpful! Thanks!!!!


Vista works just fine these days...
you just ned to pick hardware and some software that works with it.

Products like the Mackie Onyx Satellite are great but they only work on XP...(something I wish worked on vista...)

M-Audio has great driver support for Vista. I have been running their 2496PCI interface for almost a year now on vista and have only had about 1 problem when an update came out for something on my motherboard...
I had it fixed in a day though.

Vista is also a big graphics fan. You can turn it down to basic mode but I like the look in "fancy mode" lol so if you want that too be sure to get a fair Video card. The internal one on the MB wont do much. Also 2GB of RAM is nice to have. 1 will work but runs a little slow.


I say stick with Vista. Most computers will be switching over soon enough anyways. People only complain because they hate change IMO.


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#23
If you need to keep the price down and it's only for basic/amateur recording of demos and the like, I'd suggest either XP or Linux. Even then I'd only suggest Linux if you're slightly better working with computers.

Seeing as you're even asking this question in the first place, I'm gonna guess you're not.

Ergo; XP.
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XP. Vista is shit.
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If you need to keep the price down and it's only for basic/amateur recording of demos and the like.... Linux.
Ergo; XP.


NO!!!!!

absolutly not, i've been there before
Linux is simply not a viable option for recording. i spent months trying to make it work, desperatly wishing it to work, i learned a lot and now i use Linux as my Office/Internet machine, but trust me on this, you dont want to go down that road
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^ This. Someone posted a list of compatible recording software with Linux a week or so ago. It was not pleasant.
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NO!!!!!

absolutly not, i've been there before
Linux is simply not a viable option for recording. i spent months trying to make it work, desperatly wishing it to work, i learned a lot and now i use Linux as my Office/Internet machine, but trust me on this, you dont want to go down that road

Which is why I mentioned that he'd need to be better at using computers to be using Linux for recording, hence finally recommending XP.

It took me about half a day to get my Linux going for recording and it works exactly how I want it to.
#28
I personally use Vista, but my PC is pretty good so I guess that's a factor. I had a few issues with drivers, but once that was resolved Vista has been great, both in general use and for recording.
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Quote by ChrisN
Which is why I mentioned that he'd need to be better at using computers to be using Linux for recording, hence finally recommending XP.

It took me about half a day to get my Linux going for recording and it works exactly how I want it to.


lucky you!

the problem with linux audio is it's so hit and miss, there's so many issues with hardware compatabilitly,
some people get lucky and it works painlessly,