I'm going to buy a new 64-bit desktop computer with at least 4GB RAM but am unclear about which operating system(s) to use.
I'd still like to use my XP programs :
* Adobe programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere Pro
* Reason (music program)
* Ableton (music program)
* Games (as old as "Thief 2: The Metal Age" dating back to 2000)
I'm not sure which operating system to buy with my new computer for my old XP programs to work :
(1) Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
(2) Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit OEM
(3) Windows Vista Home Ultimate (32-bit and 64-bit versions)
(4) Windows Vista Home Ultimate (32-bit and 64-bit versions) OEM
(5) Buy Windows XP aswell as one of the 4 above options and go for dual-boot (a process which I don't know much about at the moment).
I don't mind paying extra for Windows Vista Ultimate if the new computer has 8GB of RAM and I install the 64-bit version of Vista at a later date to improve system performance and prolong the computer's lifespan. Is it worth it?
I've considered the OEM versions because I haven't yet chosen which computer manufacturer to buy from and some companies only include OEM versions of Windows Vista with the computer. If I opt for Windows Vista Ultimate OEM (including both 32-bit and 64-bit), and install the 32-bit version first, can I format the hard drive and install the 64-bit version on the same computer at a later date?
Thanks for reading my inquiry and I appreciate any help that you can offer.