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Opinions On Vista

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#1 bft305


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Posted 24 September 2007 - 04:34 PM

Hey everyone, I just had my computer fail and it looks like it might not make it. Now I am thinking it might be time to buy an new laptop. Problem is I have heard nothing but bad things about vista. So those of you who actually have vista, what are your opinion? Whould I be better off trying to have some one custom build my computer and use xp instead? I don't have a copy of xp myself and don't feel like buying a computer and then reformatting and loading xp on to it. What do you think? Thanks!

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 05:54 PM

Vista is like any other new technology - it's sensitive to what you feed it. If you're expecting your old programs and your old hardware to work with it - you'd better check for Vista versions of the drivers before you upgrade.

BTW - if you buy a Vista computer and try and put XP back on it, you're in for a couple of surprises:
1) It'll likely void your warranty.
2) It's likely that the system manufacturer may not have drivers for XP on their website.

The most common thing (that I've seen) that won't work is the majority of older printers - the manufacturer's just don't want to make new drivers, they'd rather sell you a new printer.

If you use Vista compatible apps and drivers with your Vista system you generally have less issues than with XP - primarily due to the increased security and the improved troubleshooting tools.

PS - don't forget your Router, Modem, and ISP - are they Vista compatible? If not, there's a couple of tricks that help out for that (Disabling the IP Helper service, disabling IPv6, and disabling the DHCP Broadcast Flag).
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Posted 24 September 2007 - 06:47 PM

If you're not of the mind to adventure to a new OS, then have your new computer custom built with XP.

If you decide to go with Vista, you'll need to gather as much information as you can about this new OS. I love my Vista Business laptop and I'm having a custom built desktop with Vista Ultimate on it.

I think this link might have been one of the first ones I found that helped me get to where I wanted to go :huh:

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 07:17 PM

thanks for the info, I will have to research more into this. I am hoping most of my stuff will still work if I get a new computer.

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 09:15 PM

thanks for the info, I will have to research more into this. I am hoping most of my stuff will still work if I get a new computer.

A better approach than a custom XP install may be to pay
someone to tweak Vista for you. Out of the box it tends to run a lot of
background tasks many people never need. It's a chore just to get
it to leave the HD alone when the system is idle.
It does look good though. I've found it to be very stable too.
You might as well bite the bullet. I remember I didn't want to
go to XP because it was a resource hog. Now I don't know how I
put up with Win98 crashing all the time!!! :huh:

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 12:21 PM

Most Vista issues are related to the hardware requirements for it. For a "new" system you definitely need at least 1 gig of ram. Turn off Aero -- it is a useless resource hog.

Do not install whatever antivirus comes with the system -- get something less resource intensive like AVG.

Most issues with Vista will probably get resolved by an upcoming service pack update.

One way or another it is probably in your future so you should get acquainted with it.

I would recommend either the Business or the Ultimate version -- which come with a full drive backup utility.

Edited by Rollin' Rog, 29 September 2007 - 12:22 PM.

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 10:30 PM

Yeah, I agree the above said, if you're not of the mind custom with new things, you should not choose a new OS, for it's really different from Xp. They are different from installation, main interface to operate. I've now used to vista, though the first time I used, I really hated it, for I even can't find my files and seems no way to save my documents. In addition, it has many compatability problems, and there are lot of programs can't be run.

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