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    Default Windows 7 or XP Emulation?

    Brand new to the forum and have a question for everyone:

    I am currently using an XP machine to emulate most consoles I want...except my Saturn

    Doing some reading I found a good emulator to use, but only with a much faster PC.

    I have the much faster PC and am going to set it up and move everything over (games and emulators) to it to play what I have now as well as the Saturn games as good as I can..

    My question is, what OS do you recommend or does it matter?

    I am using Windows XP SP3, but can also use Win 7 (32-Bit) or Win 7 (64-Bit) but want my emulators and games to run as smooth as they do now....wasnt sure if emulators were still made well for the newer OS's or if I was missing something..

    Thanks!

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    Yes is matters and its like everything else. In a time win7 was a no go for emulation and now its the preferred. XP is also great but consider....

    1) XP 64 bit is junk. Never was any good. So any emulator like dolphin that uses 64 bit architecture is going to suffer in XP.
    2) TB limits... I dont know the exact number but a 3 tb will not work on xp without some messing around.
    3) drivers. XP is legacy now, drivers will soon be gone for it.

    I here OK things about win 8 with emulation but you would not catch me using it. I also feel win 8 is still an experiment and will be a dude. Either way it needs time yet to prove its self. So my vote is win 7.
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    Default Re: Windows 7 or XP Emulation?

    Thanks for that so far...

    I have had no issues with the following so far in emulation in XP...would WIn 7 64 still be better?

    NES
    SNES
    Sega Master
    Sega Genesis
    Sega CD
    Turbo Grafx 16
    Sega 32X
    Nintendo 64
    Atari 2600 / 5200 / 7800
    Colecovision
    INtellivision
    Playstation 1
    Gameboy
    GBA
    Gamegear


    Amiga
    Apple II / IIgs
    ZX Spectrum
    Amistrad

    A few small others as well..

    Finally, you mentioned drivers, what new drivers would I need for those systems if using already working emulators?

    Will most likely go the Win 7 64-Bit route, but want to verify all teh systems I listed above will work great..

    Then I will add teh Sega Saturn (SFF), the whole reason for the machine upgrade...
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    Default Re: Windows 7 or XP Emulation?

    You won't go wrong with W7 x64. Where emulators offer a 64bit version it will always be faster; and of course it will run 32bit apps just fine.

    In all honesty, unless you're running higan as your principle SNES emulator, you likely will not notice much difference on the systems listed. However, driver support on W7 is a non-issue and it just feels like a solid OS (a bit like XP and unlike Vista and W8 which I cannot get on with).

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    Default Re: Windows 7 or XP Emulation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hectic View Post
    You won't go wrong with W7 x64. Where emulators offer a 64bit version it will always be faster; and of course it will run 32bit apps just fine.

    In all honesty, unless you're running higan as your principle SNES emulator, you likely will not notice much difference on the systems listed. However, driver support on W7 is a non-issue and it just feels like a solid OS (a bit like XP and unlike Vista and W8 which I cannot get on with).
    Thanks a bunch...I will go that route and see how things go...

    Appreciate it!

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    Default Re: Windows 7 or XP Emulation?

    What would you all consider the best emulator's to run on Win 7 64-Bit for:

    NES
    SNES
    Nintendo 64
    Sega Master System
    Sega Genesis
    Sega CD
    Sega 32X
    Turbo Grafx 16 / CD
    Atari 2600 / 5200 / 7800
    Colecovision
    INtellivision
    Playstation 1
    Gameboy
    GBA
    Gamegear
    DS

    Amiga
    Apple II / IIgs
    ZX Spectrum
    Amistrad


    Thanks again!!

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    Default Re: Windows 7 or XP Emulation?

    Im running emulation on windows 8.1 with out any problems.

    I do find with windows 7 64bit and windows 6.1 64bit you do need to run some emu's as full admin rights.

    Apart from that most fine and a lot have been updated for windows 7 and 8

    cheers s4real

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    I also use Windows 8.1 64-bit. The emulators I have used seem to work perfectly, even on my laptop lol.

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    You should always run it at the latest version possible to get the best results, in this case go with 7. If you have to do stuff that might be a pain to do (like run under compatibility mode) then run under win xp.

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    Na, there is more to it then that. Things like drivers and SDK's(dx) you need to have the latest of. Emulators dont really take advantage of OS features. There really only are two things to ever be concerned of. One, CPU and Two, video. Most all emulators depend on the core CPU speed. It's best to get the fastest chip you can and most are written to take advantage of Intel chips. Video is not really important you just dont want to bottleneck the emulation is all.

    As some point when the OS reached its limits like DX version or HD size there becomes a need to upgrade.

    XP: will not see 3TB. I think there are fixes and work-arounds but yeah...
    Never really had a good 64 bit OS.
    No longer supported by latest hardware
    DX 10 and plus does not take a real advantage of the system.

    7: fixes all the above, so in that case its a perfect choice.

    8: its 7, just a really bad version of 7, with a horrible interface. 8 has been rewritten twice now and more people still hack it to get the 7 interface back. 8 will die, and I hope soon. The main goal of 8 was to merge the mobile and desktop world. Mobile devices are not desktop devices, this idea was "stupid" for the lack of a better word. They know it, the users said it, and many of us warred them. M$ just likes to try stuff, so in that I give them merit but not everything you put together turns out like a REESE'S peanut butter cup. Vista was an experiment also, and it was crap, the CEO admitted it. (Sorry for the rant.)
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