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m g Jan 14, 2008, 08:43am EST Report Abuse
I've got a copy of Vista Ultimate and I was wondering if it would be worth installing? Some technicians my Dad knows say that Vista is rubbish, but didn't people say that about XP? Won't it be better than XP when it has some service packs out?

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2GB RAM
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Some NVidia GeForce graphics card (Can't be botherd to find out what one lol)


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Sean Costello Jan 14, 2008, 09:41am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I install Vista?
I think its better than XP as it is now, the only thing thats worse is that it uses a fairly large amount of RAM compared to XP but it runs faster than XP for me.

So to answer your question, Yes.

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Rooin Jan 14, 2008, 10:17am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I install Vista?
My personal experience with Vista, Id say no, but only time I've used it really has been to fix it for customers.

It will be just like XP, buggy on release, an grow better with age. It took awhile for XP to be worth installing (IMO) Vista will go through the same process an then be a great operating system. All in due time.

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Liquid Shadow Jan 14, 2008, 10:55am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I install Vista?
Frankly, Vista is not like XP. When XP was first released, I remember it was so buggy it was almost unusable. Upon the initial release, Vista was way more solid. I have been running Vista for almost a year now, I say go for it.



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john albrich Jan 14, 2008, 11:22am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I install Vista?
You could try a dual-boot setup. Give Vista a try without losing the ability to use XP if you run into problems, don't like the performance under Vista on your system, or simply prefer the XP look-and-feel.

Or, buy a relatively cheap hard disk large enough to separately install Vista Ultimate. (Having previously removed the XP OS disk and safely stored it away)

By using a separate drive, no matter how badly something screws up (if something screws up at all) the other OS drive isn't affected.

Also, you can test/install applications and drivers one at a time and see if you run into problems under Vista, without having any possible cross-contamination.


edit to add-My personal take on this, is if your current install of XP is currently doing everything you need it to do, then don't bother with changing the OS unless you're just curious. If there's some specific feature of Vista (other than DirectX10) that you "must" have, there is probably an XP freeware or shareware equivalent function available.

Rooin Jan 14, 2008, 12:08pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I install Vista?
Liquid Shadow said:
Frankly, Vista is not like XP. When XP was first released, I remember it was so buggy it was almost unusable. Upon the initial release, Vista was way more solid. I have been running Vista for almost a year now, I say go for it.


I will agree that Vista is more solid then XP was at release, but that doesn't mean Vista doesn't have new bugs of its own.

Also as I stated I've primarily experienced Vista for end user support. Meaning someone not knowing fully what they are doing, has clicked around and tried fixing/changing things all on there own, and probably made the problem worse. haha

I had tried the Beta release (32bit) of Vista, as a dual boot. I was happy with the visual look and had no real issues with finding drivers for my devices. Only thing I disliked about is, is basic things seem to take more time to find/change.

Its harder in my opinion to direct someone in Vista, on how to setup a connection, then it is XP, for example. But anyone who has worked with Vista from a Tech Support standpoint knows that. PEBKAC - FTMFL :/

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m g Jan 14, 2008, 01:54pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I install Vista?
Thanks everyone for your opinions! I have decided to go and install Vista this weekend (As I will not be working on any assignments and will have more time to mess around with it)

I'm currently doing a BTEC ND in IT and Business, and I would like to get a part time job in a computer shop for experience, so I think it would be best if I start learning about Vista now.

Well I remember when I first used XP, which was beofre SP1 came out, and from what I can remember, I never had any problems with it and I'm patient so it shouldn't bother me too much.

I heard about the new windows (Vienna?) coming out in a few years. Can't wait to see what that's like!

Adam Kolak Jan 14, 2008, 03:24pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I install Vista?
m g said:

I heard about the new windows (Vienna?) coming out in a few years. Can't wait to see what that's like!

Yes, it was formally code named Windows Vienna but the code name was recently changed to Windows 7. There's not much known about it yet, but I have heard that Microsoft is working hard to cut down the core of Windows and make it smaller and more optimized.

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john albrich Jan 14, 2008, 04:30pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I install Vista?
Adam Kolak said:
...the code name was recently changed to Windows 7. There's not much known about it yet, but I have heard that Microsoft is working hard to cut down the core of Windows and make it smaller and more optimized.

Maybe Microsoft is going back to the simpler and smaller "core" of MS DOS 7.0

After all, that's what you got with Win95/98/ME, and this way, all MS has to do is change "DOS" to "Windows" They'll save a fortune in development costs! :)

Adam Kolak Jan 14, 2008, 04:40pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I install Vista?
john albrich said:
Adam Kolak said:
...the code name was recently changed to Windows 7. There's not much known about it yet, but I have heard that Microsoft is working hard to cut down the core of Windows and make it smaller and more optimized.

Maybe Microsoft is going back to the simpler and smaller "core" of MS DOS 7.0

After all, that's what you got with Win95/98/ME, and this way, all MS has to do is change "DOS" to "Windows" They'll save a fortune in development costs! :)

http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=842

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lzee great Jan 25, 2008, 08:39pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I install Vista?
All of my friends who run vista ultimate and media or whatever use 2 gb of ram and it seems to run fine. Although I wouldn't run it on anything less than 2

Adam Kolak Jan 25, 2008, 08:57pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I install Vista?
lzee great said:
All of my friends who run vista ultimate and media or whatever use 2 gb of ram and it seems to run fine. Although I wouldn't run it on anything less than 2

Yes, 2GB is more than enough for Vista for most users.

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Nazar del Rosario Jan 26, 2008, 01:01am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I install Vista?
Vista 64 runs faster then Vista 32, vista is really good with memory addressing the more you got the better. Support is just as good for Vista 64 and companies have been releasing drivers and updates in parallel of Vista 32, unless you're trying to run 16 bit programs then you're out of luck.

Minimum 2 GB on vista is not bad, but if you want to do some serious gaming 4 GB, plus ram is cheap right now

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Reason Jan 26, 2008, 01:18am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I install Vista?
My experience with V64 Ultimate: couldn't get the sound to work. I have both onboard Realtek AC97 and a Diamond PCI card, don't know the chip on it. Diamond's site said their card didn't work with Vista and to try the built in drivers. I tried several drivers for the onboard sound but no luck. As XP has sound, and Vista currently has nothing that I need, I have gone back to XP.

I took Albrich's advice and installed it on an entirely separate hard drive, and it was a 60-second matter of reconnecting SATA cables to restore my XP computer. Highly recommended if possible.

I intend to use Vista in the future, but right now, it's not right for me. The issue might be compounded by using the 64 bit version, but I think RAM needs are going to exceed the 4GB 32-bit limit fairly soon so I see no reason to make another 32 bit OS my main one.

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BoT Jan 26, 2008, 01:46am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Should I install Vista?
Liquid Shadow said:
Frankly, Vista is not like XP. When XP was first released, I remember it was so buggy it was almost unusable. Upon the initial release, Vista was way more solid. I have been running Vista for almost a year now, I say go for it.


wow, time is flying. it's been a year already. :O man

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