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thinking of upgrading xp to vista


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#1 Guest_tylerisdabest_*

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 03:50 PM

Ok Iím really thinking hard on upgrading my system to vista premium. And I need to know a few things...

1. How much ram I need
I have 2 gigabytes of ram on my computer

2. How much hard drive space
I have a total of 225 gigabytes of room on my computer

3. Will I need a new video card?
I have an ati radion 200 itís a directX 9.0c card will I need a new model for directX 10 or 10.1?

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 05:42 PM

RAM, you should have a minimum of 2GB. Though, more is better.
Hard drive space looks good.
The video card is fine. However, if you plan on running a game that supports DirectX10 you will need a DirectX10 capable graphics card to use the game in that mode. For general usage, a Radeon 2xxx will allow for Aero and all the operating systems eye candy.

As a side note, I do suggest a dual or quad core for Vista, even though it will run fine on a single core. A multi-core system will run better with the OS.

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 02:32 AM

DJB is right, 2 gigs will run it ok, though more couldnt hurt, plenty of hard drive space, the video card will handle the OS ok but you will need a new one if you want directx 10 gaming capabilities. and if you want gaming you definitly need at the very minimum a dual core processor or better.

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 11:27 PM

Actually, I wouldn't even bother upgrading to Vista. Microsoft is coming out with Windows 7 later this year and I've heard it's a big improvement over Vista. So, save your money and sit tight! :thumbsup:
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Posted 22 February 2009 - 07:17 AM

Actually, I wouldn't even bother upgrading to Vista. Microsoft is coming out with Windows 7 later this year and I've heard it's a big improvement over Vista. So, save your money and sit tight! :thumbsup:

Makes me Cry!! I got Vista Ultimate four months ago $320.00, Down the Drain, I'll never use Windows again, I'm learning Linux Open SuSe 11.0 & Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex!! Unite against DRM !!!!
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Posted 22 February 2009 - 05:10 PM

Makes me Cry!! I got Vista Ultimate four months ago $320.00, Down the Drain, I'll never use Windows again, I'm learning Linux Open SuSe 11.0 & Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex!! Unite against DRM !!!!


No thanks, I used Ubuntu for a year and being forced to use a CLI to install drivers at release and figure out WINE is just too much hassle. Just wait for Windows 7, it will be worth it. Besides, why would you pay $320 for the Retail edition of Ultimate when you can get the OEM version for $179? What DRM are you referring to? The stuff that the multimedia consortium's forced Microsoft to include or something else.

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 05:35 PM

Besides, why would you pay $320 for the Retail edition of Ultimate when you can get the OEM version for $179?


Agreed, the only difference I can think of between the two (besides price, obviously) is a pretty box, some documentation you end up throwing away anyway, and a couple of stickers.
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Posted 01 March 2009 - 02:13 AM

Besides, why would you pay $320 for the Retail edition of Ultimate when you can get the OEM version for $179?


Agreed, the only difference I can think of between the two (besides price, obviously) is a pretty box, some documentation you end up throwing away anyway, and a couple of stickers.


MS enjoys stealing cash from you ^^
And, I suggest a Dual Core, and maybe a better GFX card.. But honestly, I'd wait 10 months and get a W7.
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Posted 01 March 2009 - 03:41 AM

Try Linux Mint !
It's based on Ubuntu but better.
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Posted 01 March 2009 - 04:53 PM

Do try Linux, it may work for you. But realize that it is not Windows and does not, in many ways, act the same way either. Do some research before diving in.
As for distros, I liked Kubuntu's interface but I just could not get into it. I like where its user interface, KDE 4, is going, it got so much better after some updates were released. I thought WINE was annoying so I constantly kept booting into Windows to run games.

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