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VISTA - what do you experts think?

By VAR1016 ·
When I bought my new computer in October, I thought i had got something pretty up to date. It has 2 x 2.1GHz processor 300GB hard drive and 2GB of Ram. It also has Vista. Reading some of the comments here, I suspect that really my computer would be much happier with XP.

SO what does one need to run Vista properly?

Thanks

Paul

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Re SO what does one need to run Vista properly?

by OH Smeg In reply to VISTA - what do you exper ...

Answer Basically what you have now and maybe some more RAM.

As for Vista it's OK for Home Users maybe but I personally hate being a Paying Beta Tester which is what the current Home Users are.

When it comes to business systems it's currently not suitable as there are still numerous Applications that are not supported issues with drivers suitable for Vista and problems with HDD formatted on different OS that are unreadable. All of that currently makes the Vista Offerings unsuitable for Business currently.

Not to mention problems with Networking that require radical different procedures to allow them to work nearly as well as XP currently is doing.

Personally I'll leave the Home Users to test it and work the bugs out before I even consider rolling it out in a Business environment. It's really great to have such a vast pool of Beta Testers out there to fix the problems that have been created by the coding.

BTW I've had the production version of Vista Ultimate since November 2006 and I'm still to permanently install any of the licenses that I have. Maybe when the Quad Cores become more common in Desktops.

Col

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re: SO what does one need to run Vista properly?

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to VISTA - what do you exper ...

As Smeg said, for a home user, it's probably ok, although you may want to add more RAM at some point. SP1 is due out soon, so the business community will be anxiously awaiting response from the home users to see how it's working.

The main problem all users will face is trying to put older software on it. The computer is built for it, but the software? So, before you load up any software, be sure to check the programs compatibility with Vista. Software manufacturer's web sites usually have some sort of claim/disclaimer about what OS their software is compatible with.

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Depends

by TheChas In reply to VISTA - what do you exper ...

For personal use as long as you don't need to run legacy applications or use legacy hardware, the only problem I have with Vista is the learning curve.

The laptop I bought this fall had a significant performance jump when I maxed out the installed RAM.

Even so, it is not as useful as I had hoped because I cannot access some of the remote applications that my company has set up for road warriors.

Many business web based and security applications don't work with IE 7, let alone Vista.

We are considering getting laptops for my mother and the family farm. Both of those will get XP just so there is less I will need to train the user on.

Chas

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Thanks

by VAR1016 In reply to Depends

Thank you all for your opinions; I shall, in due course look into additional RAM.

I was basically an idiot: I bought my computer here in France, and was obliged to have Vista.

All I had to do is cross over into Geneva about 30 kms away and I could have had XP. I would install XP like a shot, but I simply cannot afford to buy it - and indeed resent having to buy it! I am hoping that there will be an upgrade for dissatisfied Vista users to convert them UP to XP!

Paul

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Don't believe everything you read.....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Vista-Service pack 1 :^0 ...

LOL..... Really now? I sure hope everyone reads the bottom line on that page! I ALMOST fell for it! Wishfull thinking, I suppose!

"BBspot is a satire news and comedy source and meant to be funny. If you are easily offended, gullible or don't have a sense of humor we suggest you go elsewhere."

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I liked this from the same page

by VAR1016 In reply to Don't believe everything ...

http://www.bbspot.com/News/2000/4/MS_Buys_Evil.html

Mind you, threatening the return of ME was definitely a nasty one. Which reminds me: Bill Gates owes me ?80 - that I poured down the drain on an ME "upgrade"...

Paul

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Well I found it believable

by OH Smeg In reply to Don't believe everything ...

M$ charging for the Service Pack for the Vista upgrade which is XP that you originally upgraded from sure sounds like M$ to me.

I actually twigged at about the third line when reading that spoof.

Col

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I almost fell for it too.

by OnTheRopes In reply to Don't believe everything ...

I'm waiting to see someone quote it as fact somewhere down the line. At least we'll know where it came from. <br>

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Tough question

by Tig2 In reply to VISTA - what do you exper ...

Vista should be running well on that hardware platform. The question really is, "What OS do YOU want to run?"

XP will also run very happily in the scenario you describe. So will virtually any Linux. So you have a lot of choice.

My personal decision, when I purchased new hardware, was to go Mac. My reasoning was that I would have to learn something new, no matter what I did and I wanted the ability to step away from Microsoft. The Mac gives me fabulous hardware that is wholly OS agnostic. I can run anything- including Vista- on this platform.

Consider what your expectations of the machine are. Consider what you want to do. Then select an OS that will facilitate those things.

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