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Hardware Concerns Before Upgrading To Vista


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#1 Venek

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Posted 06 July 2008 - 12:12 PM

Hope this is the right forum as it concerns hardware issues and upgrading to Vista.

I am definitely planning to buy Vista Home Premium (64-bit, naturally) at some point. I have two concerns with this. I've read numerous reports of the OS not recognizing SLI, thus not allowing SLI to be enabled. Is this still a problem with Vista SP1 or has it been resolved? Was it a motherboard or video card driver issue? Either way, I have the latest versions of all drivers and BIOS.

Secondly, and I suspect this to NOT be a problem, I'll be overclocking my CPU once my new cooler arrives. Installing a new OS shouldn't affect the overclocked CPU (or be affected by it), right? It's a BIOS issue and nothing to do with the OS, right? Assuming that's so, my CPU should still be set to whatever overclocked settings I use regardless of the OS?

I'll be buying the OEM version of the full Vista OS. I can simply use it to upgrade my existing system, right? Or would it better to wipe the HD clean and do a complete clean install? I'd rather not do that as it takes a while to get everything installed and just the way I like it.

I've also read reports of how not every app (read: games) plays well in Vista. I want to get Vista because of its 64-bit support and DirectX 10. Maybe I should wait a while?

On a side note, are there any good overclocking tutorials? I looked at tomshardware and their article is outdated unless they have a newer one I missed.
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Posted 06 July 2008 - 04:37 PM

Installing a new OS shouldn't affect the overclocked CPU (or be affected by it), right? It's a BIOS issue and nothing to do with the OS, right

Correct

Or would it better to wipe the HD clean and do a complete clean install?

It's a pain, but you're always better to start off fresh

On a side note, are there any good overclocking tutorials?

http://www.extremetech.com/
http://www.overclockers.com/
http://www.overclockersclub.com/
http://www.overclockersonline.net/
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/

Edited by garmanma, 06 July 2008 - 04:50 PM.

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Posted 06 July 2008 - 09:58 PM

I'll be buying the OEM version of the full Vista OS. I can simply use it to upgrade my existing system, right? Or would it better to wipe the HD clean and do a complete clean install? I'd rather not do that as it takes a while to get everything installed and just the way I like it.


You can only get the OEM version I think if you bought the motherboard and CPU, because I heard you've got to have those receipts to be able to get the code for installing it.

I've also read reports of how not every app (read: games) plays well in Vista. I want to get Vista because of its 64-bit support and DirectX 10. Maybe I should wait a while?


Well, any major program will support 64 bit now I think, but beware things that are available freely. I can't get PSP video 9 to work on my vista 64 bit... which annoys me to little end.

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Posted 06 July 2008 - 10:55 PM

I'll be buying the OEM version of the full Vista OS. I can simply use it to upgrade my existing system, right? Or would it better to wipe the HD clean and do a complete clean install? I'd rather not do that as it takes a while to get everything installed and just the way I like it.


You can only get the OEM version I think if you bought the motherboard and CPU, because I heard you've got to have those receipts to be able to get the code for installing it.

I've also read reports of how not every app (read: games) plays well in Vista. I want to get Vista because of its 64-bit support and DirectX 10. Maybe I should wait a while?


Well, any major program will support 64 bit now I think, but beware things that are available freely. I can't get PSP video 9 to work on my vista 64 bit... which annoys me to little end.


Nah, you can get the OEM version of Vista on Newegg. At least it's available on there or am I missing something?

As for programs running in Vista, well, so long as I can get my freeware stuff running, I'm not going to worry about it. I'm reasonably certain that the free edition of AVG will run fine, as will Comodo. I guess this means some of my older games might not run? Dang it. Don't suppose 64-bit Vista has an option for backwards compatibility to run programs in 32-bit mode?
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