Originally Posted by blinkstar
I have an external wireless router that is plugged into my PC, so I'm guessing that would mean my PC is using a wired network adapter, which would be using a "realtek rtl8169/8111 PCI-E driver." I haven't done anything to that adapter, haven't changed the driver, etc .... But every time I load up a webpage, I see the readings spike and turn red ...
I've actually been pretty happy with XP Pro. I know I'll have to switch eventually but I also know that there are Win 7 users out there with latency issues as well ... Why do you think I should switch?
For latency purposes alone, the only relevant section of your home network is what's between your computer and the next device in line, so a gigabit ethernet adapter. While recommending an updated driver is the logical option, do try drivers other than the latest currently available for your device, as you're bound to find one that will give better performance in terms of latency.
Any Windows version can suffer from latency, it's all about how poorly or not a system is configured.
Ok, reasons to upgrade from legacy XP? Well, considering we are in an audio related forum, bypassing the awful KMixer that forces a very poor resampling algorithm on all audio would be a good starting point. Then you have proper memory management, an improved hardware scheduler, more reliable drivers that can lead to a stable, high performing and low latency environment far more easily than the outdated XP can do, just to name a few.
Now, it should be said that Windows 8 is due in around half a year, so it might be worth considering it, especially since it is expected to have a return of the proper audio HAL, as well as several under the hood improvements that benefit users with machines from all tiers. Not that Windows 7 is bad in any way, it is still the recommended Windows version to use above all other Windows versions (talking strictly about consumers). Even Vista is an adequate upgrade from XP, despite all the misconceptions around it, Vista is far from the OS it was at launch, due to both massive fixes made available individually and starting from SP1, as well as 3rd party manufacturers getting their act together and actually releasing stable drivers. In case some people don't know, stability issues that plagued Vista in its first months was mainly due to 3rd party drivers that were still being made on the outdated and BSOD-prone XPDM.
EDIT: Ah, and System Restore is much more reliable on Windows 7.