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Old 08-19-2010, 07:06 PM
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Default Windows 7 vs. Windows XP - PT 8 compatibility and performance.

Been running PT 8 LE with XP for a while, its ok but it really screws up sometimes - ridiculous errors or just runs slow and acts like its using up a ton of cpu or memory when it really shouldn't be. Thinking about switching to Windows 7. Last I checked (several months ago) Windows 7 wasn't super compatible with pro tools. Looking around now it seems like some people are running it. So whats the consensus? What's less buggy? What performs better? Let me know your opinions please.
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:45 PM
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Been running PT 8 LE with XP for a while, its ok but it really screws up sometimes - ridiculous errors or just runs slow and acts like its using up a ton of cpu or memory when it really shouldn't be. Thinking about switching to Windows 7. Last I checked (several months ago) Windows 7 wasn't super compatible with pro tools. Looking around now it seems like some people are running it. So whats the consensus? What's less buggy? What performs better? Let me know your opinions please.
Windows 7 64 bit with PT 8.0.4.

Be advised Pro Tools 8.0.4 is the LAST verison to support XP and Vista.
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:56 PM
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Default Re: Windows 7 vs. Windows XP - PT 8 compatibility and performance.

If you'd like to upgrade to Win 7 and PT 8.0.4, my advise would be to play with the new install of Win 7 for several days before you install PT. I started experiencing bluescreens, crashes, sluggishness, and reboots after installing Windows. Had I installed PT I would have blamed it all on Digi. But turns out
Windows didn't necessarily install the best drivers for my puter I went back and manually installed several myself. Since doing so I installed PT and 8.0.4 has had no incidents on this 2 1/2 year old AMD, I'd have to say the 64 bit is actually noticeably quicker.

Oh and before I forget, grab an old drive and clone your system before you do anything!
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Default Re: Windows 7 vs. Windows XP - PT 8 compatibility and performance.

I would say that if you havent purchased a new computer, then wait a little bit more. As there are still some bugs.

(Oh and btw, I have only ever had blue screen errors when using PT software and/or hardware. To be fair some of these have been BETA versions. )
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I would say that if you havent purchased a new computer, then wait a little bit more. As there are still some bugs.

(Oh and btw, I have only ever had blue screen errors when using PT software and/or hardware. To be fair some of these have been BETA versions. )
I will agree with Jay here. There should be a fix for a known issue with 8.0.4 in Windows coming soon. I would wait for the next cs or dot release.

http://duc.digidesign.com/showthread.php?t=279955
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