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#1 Galvatron

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Posted 29 August 2007 - 08:38 AM

Sup all,
This is my first post, seems like you have a really nice lookin site here. So heres my question I have Xp right now and I think I am ready to switch to Vista. My questions are: Which version of Vista should I Get? I have 2 PC's (other is the wifes) we use them to Surf the net check email pay bills Etc. but mostly to play WOW, I would also like to be able to hook my Xbox 360 to my PC.
My other Question is I see New Egg sells OEM Versions of Vista which seem to be less Expensive What am I missing out on by buying an OEM version Verses a Retail Version? If I buy an OEM Version can I use it on both of my PC's?
My last Question is I have seen those Speed Booster Flash drive things for Vista that Supposeldy add like 1gb of ram. do they work? are they worth it? will I need them?

Hope my Questions are'nt so noobish that they make laugh :huh:
Thanks in advance for the help
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Posted 29 August 2007 - 09:44 AM

I use Home Premium, and it suits my purposes fine - that is, surf the net, pay bills, etc. It also has a proprietary email program, calendar, and a few other whizzbangs. It uses Windows Media Center, which as far as I can remember interfaces with XBox (I could be wrong about this - you could confirm with the XBox website).

I would recommend at least 1 gig RAM minimum for Vista, just to run the OS, although you could employ some memory conservation strategies. For memory intensive stuff, you'll of course need more. Sorry, but I cant comment on speed booster flash.

This online article discusses Vista OEM:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2087792,00.asp
Also, here is a general background behind OEM:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_equipment_manufacturer (look for the section on "software")

Will other versions of Vista serve your needs better? I cant say from experience, but I think Home Premium might do the trick for you.

And its never noobish to ask questions. :huh:

Hope this helps a little.

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I forgot to add that its a good idea to confirm that all of the software you intend to use will work on Vista. Although it has been released for a while, many software programs are still trying to "catch up":
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/933305

Edited by jhsmurray, 29 August 2007 - 09:51 AM.


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Posted 29 August 2007 - 05:17 PM

Also, don't forget to check to see if your system has Vista drivers available for all of your hardware (to include the stuff inside the case along with printers, cameras, etc).
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Posted 29 August 2007 - 05:32 PM

Just check Microsoft's Windows Vista Hardware Compatibility List. This is only works in internet Explorer 6 or later.
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Posted 29 August 2007 - 09:44 PM

sweet thanks for info
oh btw I forgot to post

each of the PC's Have 2gbs of ram core 2duo processors
my pc has ATI x1600 256mb
hers has Geforce 7800 256mb
thanks again guys

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 04:43 AM

Your specs will be fine.
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Posted 30 August 2007 - 05:47 AM

Vista is very cooperative when it comes to tweaking settings to improve performance. Since there's a lot of eye candy in the OS, adjusting your video settings lower will generally result in an increase in performance. I run Vista Ultimate on an M45-S169 Toshiba laptop (specs here: http://www.mobilewhack.com/reviews/toshiba...169_laptop.html ) with 1 gB of RAM (and the performance tweaks) without any significant issues.
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