All my systems are happily running Windows XP. I'm finally - grudgingly - installing SP3 on all of them since Microsoft has stopped developing patches for SP2. But XP doesn't have much life left. Also, Windows 7 seems to have a lot of very cool features.
So here's the thing: using my main Windows XP PC as an example, if I upgrade it to Win7, am I going to run into difficulties running any of the software I currently use? Here's a partial list:
- Games. Lots of games. New games, old games, graphically intense games.
- XAMPP, Eclipse and other development tools.
- VMWare, VirtualBox and other emulators.
- WinIDS (Snort service, BASE, etc.)
- Tons of Windows XP utilities that make life easier. Clipboard manager, screen capture tool, file sync software, system cleanup tools, hardware monitors, network monitors and so on.
- Tools related to ripping, processing and burning media.
- Security, antivirus and other antimalware tools.
If a lot of this software is going to stop working under Win7, that will be non-optimal. What kinds of success rates are techie users having with this transition? Any advice? I'm going to install Win7 in a VM, then possible on an external drive for testing, but is there anything I should watch out for in particular?
EDIT: Thank you all for the info. It's difficult to choose one answer to accept, but I'm working on it.