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Re: st: choosing Vista versus XP for Stata MP/SE on a 64-bit machine


From   James Muller <james.s.muller@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: choosing Vista versus XP for Stata MP/SE on a 64-bit machine
Date   Tue, 05 Aug 2008 23:18:56 -0400

Ah, to be clear, this is a general thread, nothing specific for me :) Personally, I'm a Unix person, when the choice is available, though it usually isn't except for my home system.

Note this point is specific to 32-bit operating systems. See http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/win/winmemory.html. With a 64-bit OS this stops being an issue, unless you're working with more than 16777216 terrabytes of RAM...

I guess the thing I'm hoping this thread gets at is:

- Is Vista better than XP for Stata 64-bit MP/SE, and why/why not?

Cheers

James





Tiago V. Pereira wrote:

James,

I am not an expert in computers, but do know enough to solve my problems
in terms of research. If you have medium-size data work, as you have
mentioned, and do not want to use unix-based operating systems, Vista is
by far the best choice over XP.

Recently I run a number of large-scale data analysis from genetic studies
with Stata, and only using Vista I could perform the tasks, since 2-3 GBs
of ram were needed. Under XP I think that the maximum of memory loaded by
Stata is around 940 MB.

Therefore, if you have to choose between XP and Vista, my advice is to
consider having Vista in your PCs.

All the best,


Tiago



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