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64 bit is a good thing.

but I'd like to suggest that you consider the price difference between 
building a system that can handle the Windows XP Virtual Mode vrs simply 
upgrading the software and then buying a reasonable - and reasonably 
upgradeable - machine. the upgrade of photoshop CS4 can be found for 
$145 at amazon, and illustrator for a bit more. but to get the most out 
of 64 bit you are going to want to eventually load up on RAM etc. truth 
is I think if you are going down the 64 bit / win 7 road, you should 
make a clean break. I'd also consider the difference between the home 
version of win 7 and the pro. the home version is going to add a lot of 
the extras that we have happily seen removed from the base OS in the pro 
versions.

-frank

> Hello,
>
> I've been shopping for a new laptop without much success.  I'm trying 
> to find a new Windows 7 64 or 32 bit computer that can handle the 
> Windows XP Virtual Mode to run old software.  I'm curious if any of 
> you have upgraded to Windows 7 64 bit Home Edition and are able to run 
> Old versions of Photoshop, Illustrator.
>
> I may just end up getting a custom made laptop with Windows XP on it, 
> in order to handle the old software.  However, even this option is 
> going up in price.
>
> I would like to be able to run Macromedia Studio 8 and 
> Photoshop/Illustrator CS2.  I've checked the Microsoft Compatability 
> Sites, but it seems that these software products are 'pending' in 
> their ability to work on 64 bit Windows 7.
>
> It is expensive to buy a computer that can handle the Windows XP 
> Virtual Mode as it sounds like a processor of 8600+ and Windows 
> Ultimate or Professional is needed.
>
> Thanks, any input would be appreciated.
>
> Janet
>
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