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Specifications needed to run Vista

By jardinier ·
I am in the processing of purchasing a low cost laptop. Below are the specifications for the model I am considering.

What I would like to know is will this machine run Vista at a satisfactory speed? For $100 less I can buy a machine with XP preinstalled. Do you think it is a bad idea to buy a new machine with XP which OS will, sooner or later, become obsolete.

COMPAQ Presario Dual Core - Laptop

Processor: Intel Dual Core T2310 1.46 GHz

Memory: 1GB DDR2 RAM (Upgrade to 2GB $49)

Storage: 80GB HDD

Optical Drive: DVD-Burner (Dual Layer)

Screen: 15.4inch WXGA (ColourShine)

Video: Intel Graphics

Connectivity: Wireless G, 56K Modem, 100 LAN

Built in Devices: Card Reader, 3 x USB,
S-Video, Inbuilt Mic

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic

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I would

by cmiller5400 In reply to Specifications needed to ...

I would upgrade to 2GB of memory. Then Vista may be happy.

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I was planning to.

by jardinier In reply to I would

I have ordered the machine but not yet paid for it or arranged for delivery. I was planning to ask for the extra 1 GB of memory before finalising the deal.

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Do you know which

by Dumphrey In reply to Specifications needed to ...

version of Intel Graphics? For home basic/buisness, or with all the eye candy turned off this lap top will be fine with the Ram upgrade. The older intel graphics are unable to run Aero with any degree of performance, but the latest generations should do well enough to not cause complaint.
It all depends on whatyou will be doing with the laptop, web browsing, email, office.... most if not all video playback you should be good with Vista. Games, no, it will ****.
Personally I would get XP. A "downgrade" is a good way to go, tends to add $99 to the price, but you get XP pro installed, and have a Vista business COA on the achine, so if you do ever need Vista, you run the upgrade from the included disk.

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I have already found one with XP Pro preinstalled

by jardinier In reply to Do you know which

and it is $100 cheaper. I would prefer XP if I can be confident it won't become obsolete (unsupported) for several years.

I have heaps of software that will run on XP but which may not run on Vista.

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FWIW...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to I have already found one ...

I am still happily running Win2K, even though it is on the way out. I requested the last Service Pack on CD so that should the 2k machine need rebuilding I have easy access to the service packs, if not all the updates. Sitting behind a NAT enabled router, using a good software firewall in conjunction with the usual antivirus and malware control agents, this machine hums along nicely and will until the hardware shoots craps.

I have done the same thing for XP. I have SP2 on disc (no plans to install SP3) and should the XP machine need rebuilding I have what I need and want to run it, too, until the hardware shoots craps.

I have little software that will run on Vista. I'm not made of the money it would require to update all that software to Vista compatible. Were it not for work requirements, I would skip Vista entirely. If you can get XP, get XP. As you say, you have the software for it. It will be around awhile, no matter how hard MS is pushing us to Vista.

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I have found a much better machine

by jardinier In reply to FWIW...

Thank you everyone and especially for the recommendation to stay with XP.

From the same supplier I can get an ASUS brand with much better specs. It is $100 more expensive than the Compaq but comes with two years warranty. That is worth $100 in itself. For $AU 189 I can extend the warranty to four years.

Here it is:

Processor: Intel Dual Core T2370 (1.73 GHz)

Memory: 2 GB DDR2 RAM

Storage: 250GB SATA HDD

Optical Drive: DVD-Burner (Dual Layer)

Screen: 15.4inch WXGA (ColourShine)

Video: Intel Express graphics

Connectivity: Wireless, 56K Modem, 10/100 LAN

Built in Devices: Inbuilt Webcam, Bluetooth, Card Reader, Mic, USB, Firewire

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Warranty: 24 Months International Pickup

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by omegafire In reply to I have already found one ...

Check out this link for the recommended specs for Windows Vista. Keep in mind that in order to get the full effects of Aero you will need a decent video card.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/systemrequirements.mspx

I would have to suggest that you go with the XP installed system. You would be safe with Microsoft supporting XP until 2014.

http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?LN=en-gb&x=16&y=12&C2=1173

In addition, all of your software will still be supported. Granted Microsoft is still working on that problem with Vista. who knows how long that will take to get Vista compatible with all your software.

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I have seen double posts

by jdclyde In reply to Specifications needed to ...

but double questions?

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=101&threadID=268226

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Odd...

by omegafire In reply to I have seen double posts

I feel a little used =(

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odd

by jdclyde In reply to Odd...

only "a little" ?

B-)

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