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NomDeKeyz

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Hiya Geeks! :wub:

I am in the midst of building my first computer...
Thanks to the Geeks who have gotten me this far!
(rshaffer61, phillpower2, Digerati, Troy & Artellos)

On my current computer, I am using XP 32 SP3.
I am very happy with it, and was initially reluctant
to consider any other OS. However, phillpower2
pointed out that a 64bit OS could use more RAM.

It seems that XP Pro is no longer sold by Microsoft?
And perhaps not to be supported for much longer?
I'm not interested in Vista or Win7, Just XP Pro 64.
Where should I buy a legitimate copy of XP Pro 64?

(I once bought a word processing program that turned
out to be an illegitimate copy; I really do not want to
go thru that fiasco again, especially with a new OS.)

Thanks in advance for any direction/advice... ~Nom

Edited by NomDeKeyz, 18 December 2011 - 08:53 PM.

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Amazon $89.99

This was the only one I found out there anymore.
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ThAnX!

I found one for a bit less on another site, but since I am unfamiliar with that site, I am reluctant to order with them...

$70 download copy @ SOFTSUPREME http://softstore-sal..._mit_oem_1_8080

I've ordered thru Amazon before, with no issue; but rarely thru a company selling via Amazon. I expect it'll be a safe bet.

Besides, I think I'd prefer a boxed copy delivered to me in the physical, not just a Download. YipeeE! Thanks a Bundle!
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Do NOT give the link you found a second thought

See this
http://www.mywot.com...store-sales.net


Also, I realise you say that you are not interested in Vista or Windows7.
HOWEVER, and you mention the support cycle for XP.
Do you need to bear this in mind
Support cycle for Vista
http://support.micro...spx?alpha=Vista

Support cycle for XP
http://support.micro...n=en-gb&c2=1173

and additionally to ALL of that YOU must ensure that you can find XP drivers for that system you are building.
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Thanks for that heads up!!!
Amazon it is. PheW! :rockon:

Also, thanks for the lifecycle info.

I think I already have the drivers
I'll need, but I'll double check...
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I am a regular purchaser on Amazon.
I thought it was simply a marketplace - like ebay

Where sellers market their goods, albeit they arrive in Amazon packaging.

However there are still some less than satisfactory experiences on there.
My advice is to look at the sellers history of satisfaction from his previous customers.
Especially if there are those who have bought the item you are planning to buy.
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So, it's on the way... in theory. I'll let y'all know if it's any good as soon as I know...

The one bad review didn't make the place out to be scammsih, so I tried it; we shall see.

Thanks rshaffer61 and Macboatmaster for the direction on where to shop (& where not to).
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Heya Macboatmaster!!! Thank you for the PMs, sorry
I haven't been in to check them or my email in ages.
I did get them, and I did see your posts in time.

The copy I got turned out to be just fine, however,
I am now leaning towards Win7x64 anyhow, lol...
XP64 doesn't work with Silverlight, which is one
of the reason I got a new rig in the first place;
My last rig wouldn't run Silverlight either. >.<

I am still computing on my old rig, as it hasn't
died yet. I am taking my sweet time getting the
new one up and running. I'm clearly not in a rush.

btw, funny thing... it was only just this morning
that we were talking about taking a trip to Wales.
Then I visit here and see your Welsh Dragon PMs...
I look forward to seeing the land of good advice
sometime next year, in autumn perhaps. CheerS!
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NomDeKeyz

Well I will stand corrected but I thought that as it is really only a browser plug-in and as I understand it is Microsofts version of Adobe AIR etc. it works on 64 bit Windows just as it works on 32 bit Windows.

The fact that you have 64 bit XP, as I see the situation does not mean that Silverlight will not install.
Indeed my opinion seems to be confirmed

http://www.microsoft...ll/Default.aspx


Most of the reports that it would not work without windows crashing, generally appear to be attributable to another plug-in
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Intriguing! Thank You! I'll look into it soon.

I have not yet bought a copy of Win7 for myself,
so this could save me some cash, which is always
appreciated, and some other hiccups too. CooL!

I was going to load my stuff onto a Win7 system
to see if it was all compatible before buying it.
Instead I'll give reloading XP another try. ThankS!
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If you really want to get in to everything Microsoft a bit better, grab yourself a Technet subscription. I have licenses for XP Pro x64 in mine so chances are if you buy a new one now it will still be there. (Yes I know you've already bought).

Perfect for the budding enthusiast who wants to try out heaps of different stuff. Build a new computer - great, how does XP Pro x64 run? How does Vista x64 run? How does Win 7 x64 run? Why not install a copy of server and see what that does? And Office licenses galore. Plus other stuff I don't even know what it is.

I learnt so much using my subscription.
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NomDeKeyz

Instead I'll give reloading XP another try. ThankS!


So did you then and how did it go please.
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Still working on it, lol. Call me a procrastination professional, jk. Anyhow... here's my update...

*GrUmBlE* (I know, any update that starts this way doesn't sound good, eh?)
I really got confused when my mobo said I needed a USB Floppy to install the AHCI driver in Windows XP.
I asked my techish housemate for help. His idea of helping me is usually to do it for me. *GrUmBlE*
He went ahead and installed it w/o AHCI (I'm not really sure what that means), but in IDE mode instead.
I realize that this means that if I want to run in AHCI mode, that I'll have to do a clean install...

On to the next issue:
I have everything arranged as I like it, I haven't installed anything on it but avast! and firefox...
Then, when poking around in control panel, I found that some drivers needed updating. I tried to do so.
All drivers updated fine except three. One would have, but I wasn't sure which listed driver to select.
The other two were unable to update. I wonder if this has something to do with the HDMI vs IDE modes?

The attachment shows a picture of the driver question marks as seen in device manager.
My mouse is pointing to the one I am in the midst of installing: PCI device.
The two wizard windows show the three driver options I have for my PCI device
(one w/ scroll@left, and other w/ scroll@right).
I tried googling which one to choose for about an hour before I gave up and came here.
I sure hope you Geeks can point me in the right direction? *Confuzzled* ~Nom

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They are all different copies of the same driver. Look at the descriptions, version numbers, and file names. Only the directories are different.

For all it matters you could roll a die to choose. Select the driver of your choice and update. If I haven't made it clear, let me know.

Troy

Edit: by the way what is your hardware please?
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Cool, thanx Troy! I like easy answers! :cool:

My hardware is on another thread... This project has been ongoing for a while now. :whistling:

http://www.geekstogo...ld/page__st__15

here is an excerpt of the current relevant specs...

* Power Supply - Antec EarthWatts 650w Extra Quiet ATX Power Supply
* Motherboard - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Z68, Onboard Video http://uk.asus.com/M...155/P8Z68V_PRO/
* CPU (Processor) - Intel Core i7-2700K 3.5 GHz Quad Core 8000K
*and Heatsink/Fan - Stock Heatsink/Fan that comes with the CPU
* RAM (Memory) - Samsung M378B1G73AH0-CH9 8GB DS K4B4G0846A-HCH9
* Hard Drive - Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black HD 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6G
* Optical Drive (e.g. DVD Burner) - Samsung Super Writemaster lightscribe speedplus TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S222L
* Video Card (may be integrated into Motherboard) - Onboard for now (a schnazzy XFX Radeon at a later time)
* Sound Card (may be integrated into Motherboard) - Onboard
* Networking Card (may be integrated into Motherboard) - Onboard
* Any extra add-on cards you may have for the build (eg. TV Tuner Card) - TrendNet 54bps Wireless G USB Adapter
* OS Installation Disc - It looks like I will be buying a 64 bit version of XP afterall...

Edited by NomDeKeyz, 30 March 2012 - 06:01 PM.

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