Windows 7 Is Ready For Home Recording
by, 08-07-2011 at 11:42 AM (4787 Views)
I get quite a few emails every day that talk about building a new computer for home recording and choosing Windows XP as the operating system. XP has been stable for a long time, maybe too long.
I switched to Windows 7 in December of 2010. It took me about two days to get used to what was new and what was different. After that, I've never looked back.
I've found Windows 7 to be CPU efficient, reliable, and easy to work with. The search function is dramatically improved over Windows XP.
Of course, the big winner with Windows 7 is the 64-bit version. Technically, there was a 64-bit Windows XP, but it wasn't nearly as popular. 64-bit operating systems expand RAM limits to what are are, by today's standards, ridiculous limits. (I thought the same over decade ago when I saw XP had a limit of 4GB of RAM.) The RAM limit of XP does make it a hair inadequate by my standards for doing any work requiring samples. 8GB on a 64-bit system is plenty.
The only real drawback I've had with my current recording setup is a problem with the 32-bit bridge which allows me to use 32-bit plugins on my 64-bit system. It seems to take a dive about twice a week. Seeing that I use my rig quite heavily this isn't the end of the world, by any means.
If you are considering a new operating system for your recording computer, I give the thumbs up to Windows 7.