I am considering (and dreading) upgrading to Windows 7 (can't even think about version 8 yet) from XP. My music workstation (which cost a fortune when I bought and which I can't afford to replace now) is a dual core with 2 GB of RAM and a video card with 512 MB of RAM. I bought another 2 GB, but Win XP and my current version of Sonar Producer (ver 6) choke on the extra RAM and crash all the time when more than 2 GB is installed.
I am toying with upgrading Sonar to the current version and Kontakt to version 5 (from Kontakt 2, which I have now). I am also running several sample packages designed for the Kontakt 2 player, NI Akoustic Piano, and Real Guitar 2. My audio interface is a Roland FA-66. I am wondering whether these will all work acceptably if I upgrade to 4 GB of RAM and Windows 7. The whole purpose of this exercise would be to upgrade to a platform that will allow me to run the current versions of Kontakt and Sonar without rendering everything else useless.
And then, there is the question of whether to run Windows 7 32 bit or 64 bit.
I recently purchased a new pc with Windows 7, a quad core processor, and 6 GB of RAM, but I have had a lot of problems making existing hardware run with this OS (64 bit) and most of my apps were not compatible. I simply can't afford to upgrade every aspect of my music production machine at this time.
Any thoughts on this appreciated. Thanks.