Thanks AZ & Sazar
I opted out of Windows 7 64 bit / XP dual boot as I regularly got into a reboot loop situation when trying to access the XP partition.
So from that view point at least XP mode is much better.
The games used are quite basic from a rendering angle , and tend to be dated from...
I have a problem that Windows 7 XP Mode runs in "maximised " window mode for the desktop screen and browsers , but not for any games that are set for this function.
They loaded correctly in XP itself when in separate dual boot mode.
Video card is Radeon HIS 5770 1 GB.
XP mode is set for 512 mb...
A friend has gone on holiday and asked me to install above on dual boot with Vista.
No problem , but they did not have reg key (s) on receiving box of subscription DVDs, including Office & Windows 7 etc.
Previously they has Partner discs from Microsoft for Vista, and reg keys in the box.
For some reasons received Windows 7 Home Premium full version yesterday rather than after 22/10.
After loading 64 bit on dual boot with XP noticed 2 problems not seen in RC1.
Kaspersky security 2009 does not work ( update to 2010 resolved this) and problems with loading very recent HP scanner...
As far as the "OEM" version of Vista is concerned, I have reinstalled more than 10 times and changed the hardware .......... no problem with new activation code via Microsoft.
Hopefully Windows 7 OEM will be the same .
I managed to order Windows 7 full version @ £44.99 so should receive 32 / 64...
I have an Abit IP Pro motherboard that does not recognise an E Sata externally connected H/D in Windows 7 64 bit at all, works in other versions of Windows @ max speed with no problems.
May be work in progess issue ?