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Finally got my hands on a copy of Vista. For my POS computer it runs decent. The 1.4 GHz and 2 GB memory do work almost overtime when I have all the visual settings on. If you turn them all off, though, it looks very generic and worse then XP. A delimma if you ask me. Since I do not have any games or anything like that and I am just trying it out I have kept the settings all on. Even with the onboard 64MB video it looks impressive.

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Anyone still having problems with Vista? Have all/most of the compatibility issues been worked out? Or, is it still a little too soon to be upgrading to Vista as my full-time OS?
 

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Bought a new laptop with Vista on it....First Mod. Removed Vista and installed XP PRO. My advice to you go back to XP Pro. It's a tank.


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I have it dual-booting right now. I am kind of behind right now in the tech because this mind-numbing job of mine!!
So the answer is --- Yes there are still bugs. I figured, but since I have you guys to give info I would ask.
It might be somewhere between 3-5 months before I do get enough to upgrade the
computer. Until then I will just stick with XP. Like I said, the computer is not anywhere near ready to run Vista. Its a lot better then the Dell GX110 that I use here at work but it isn't much better.
 

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I got a new computer at work last spring. It has Vista. I haven't had any problems with it so far. The only compatibility issue I had was with some crappy mainframe terminal emulation software.

If I had it to do over again I'd do the same. I'll have that computer at work for 4yrs. I don't want to be stuck with an old OS for that long. But I wouldn't upgrade my home computer. I tried a beta last year and it was slow as ****.
 

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I tried the beta on my laptop, and I had to remove it within a week (I only have 1.26GB of ram) and it ran slow :(
 

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As far as vista goes my recomendation is that if you get a new desktop that has good specs (Core 2 Duo or Athlon 64X2, at least 2gb ram [3gb is better], and dedicated video) you should be fine but if you have a less powerfull older/lower spec desktop or all but the mostpowerfull laptop I would recomend against it; especially if you do gameing or video editing.
 

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I've put together an HTPC with Vista Premium and it's been running quite well for the last few weeks. It's a dual core [email protected] with 2gig of RAM. A couple of SATA hard drives and an 8500GT video card on a Gigabyte MATX motherboard. Records/plays HDTV just fine. Great display on my Philips 50" plasma with the Component output. Using AnyDVD and Nero 7 on it for ripping/recoding with no problems. All drivers were found and downloaded automatically even for my D-Link wireless USB adaptor. No crashes or weird things going so far. Aero looks great. Just have to get used to finding things in different places than XP! It won't be a gaming machine so I can't vouch for any of that. For this application it works fine for me.

Lowest score on the Vista experience is 4.8 for the Desktop graphics. All others are 5.3 or higher.
 

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The change in Vista over the last couple of months has been great with the updates and the release of SP1 coming mid-January.

Vista is miles, miles, miles better than XP was when it first came out. I'd argue even after the release of SP1 on XP.

Aero looks great. The ability of that OS to find drivers for you is fantastic; something that was near laughable on XP. The integration of Media Center on Premium is a added benefit as well. It's more stable, and more safe than XP is.

That being said, it requires more computer. People can cry me a river - the PC market stagnated at 1GB of ram being the standard for over a year before Vista came out. The market needed a change. Vista will actually run quicker than XP ever did, but that of course relies on a good rig.
 

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Ive had Vista for 7 months, works great, no complaints, just a couple issues with installing hardware, you have to go to the internet and download all the software to install a new printer, etc, because the manufacturer CDs dont have the software on them for Vista yet. Im running 2gb memory with a Centrino duo-- the recommended set up for Vista...
 

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I am getting a new mobo that will run at least the 2.0 GHz AMD2 and going from there in upgrading. The only gaming I do is RTS really, I play a little of FPS also. I have FEAR and will play that and I think I might try Oblivion on the PC also. The only other game I will buy is Star Craft 2 when it comes out Other then that, it will strictly be for surfing the net and listening to music.
I got a copy of Business and while it lacks a little of the Home features like the extension for media center, I can live with because I don't even own a HTPC right now. When I get up to that point then I might need that but I doubt it.
 

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Running XP x64 Edition on the desktop and Vista Ultimate on the laptop.... no issues to report.

It should be noted that the laptop (an HP DV9030US) seems to work BETTER with Vista than it did with XP MCE.... how's that for weird!
 

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You don't need the fancy case and other bells and whistles for an HTPC. Just pop in a PCI slot TV Tuner card and buy an appropriate remote and/or keyboard and you have an HTPC.

I've also been running Dual boot XP/Vista Ultimate on a Shuttle PC with an older 3.0ghz P4 with 1gig RAM and an FX5900XT video card with 128mb pf RAM. It chugs along OK in Vista but really should have 2gb RAM. Even runs Aero fine with those modest components. Lowest score is 3.4 for the video. Does OK for video recording.recoding. So as stated by others...you should get a dual core processor and 2gb of RAM along with at least an 8000 series Nvidea card or a 1900/2600 series ATI to make it worthwhile. Depends on how much money you want to spend!
 

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I'm running vista ultimate on my new box..you need Vista for DX10, and you need a 64bit OS to recognized anything over ~3.1gb of ram. My new setup is running a quad core Q6600, 4gb ram, and an 8800gtx, so 64 bit vista was pretty much my only choice. There's a few quirky things...I hate how the interface is so dumbed down, and how they moved EVERYTHING in the control panel. There's a lot more steps involved in getting to anything...for example if you wanted to get to your network properties window to set a static ip or something, you have to go through about 4-5 clicks in vista, compared to 2 in XP.

Other than that, I havent had issues with it really. You need a good system to back it up though...if you're not running at least 2gb of ram, it's gonna be sluggish. Multi core CPUs definitely help too.
 

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Picked up new mb off craigslist, asus p5b delux (with tt big typhoon cooler) found it had E6600 CPU also so did build up. Vista Home Premium (64). First couple days really thought I was goinng to do complete reformat and go back to XP but finally got updated drivers and have 0 problems, in fact I'm really kind of liking it.

p5b dlx, tt big typhoon, E6600, 4x1 G Skill 800, 500GB Seagate sata, samsung SH183 sata burner, nvidia 7900gs (scored 2 off craigslist with SLI bridge but board not SLI)
 

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I bought a brand new Dell Inspiron 6400 Laptop (1.83 Intel duo core, 2GB RAM, 120GB HDD) last year around this time...It came with Windows XP Pro with a free upgrade to Vista Premium - The laptop ran decent with XP but when I installed Vista it seems like I could only get 3hrs in on a single charge whereas with XP I got up to 5hrs/5.5hrs

I still have Vista installed and am seriously thinking of reinstalling XP (Only reason I havent done it yet, is I have alot of stuff I need to back up on DVD-RW's
 

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I do see where Vista is bad for Laptops. However, right now I see nothing wrong with Vista on my desktop how it is.
OH, I found the manual and found out that I had been running the FSB lower then I could. I put it up and now I am running at the speed the CPU is suppose to be 2.0GHz AMD 3000+.
I think the reason I did that was because of the heat that it was putting out. I have a better case now so it is stable as of right now running in the 60s C range. The other one I had was in the upper 90s C if I remember right. Big difference when I have a fan pulling air in and a fan on top pulling hot air out.
 

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Loved it when I got it, I only got Home Basic, but it ran nice on my computer, had to download all new drivers for EVERYTHING, only reason I got rid of it is because I had a US Robotics modem that didn't even have drivers yet. Finaly found some a month or two ago, but I am being lazy about reinstalling vista. Really hated the fact that Nero 7 didn't work right with it. And I hate how dumbed down it is, wish there was an option to make it a bit more like XP, but we have to get used to it, that or go unix/linux, or umm... windows 3.1 anyone? lmao Seriously, every new OS will be totaly different from the last, if not then it will become a failure, remember Windows ME??? IMHO Windows 2000 Pro was one of the BEST operating systems, to bad it doesn't like windows media player 10...
 

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I have Windows Vista Home Premium and I put it on my Comp. I hated it. My Call of Duty 2 wouldn't play right, Battlefield 2142 was slow and forget about QuakeIV even playing at all. Don't get me wrong it's pretty to look at, but it's still got it's share of issues. I've got an AMD 3800 X2 Dual Core CPU, An ASUS A8n-e MOBO, 4 gigs of DDr 400, A Pny Geforce 8800 640mb Graphics Card, etc. and Vista just wouldn't work right, so I'm back to using XP Pro until Microsoft gets some kind of Service Pack out.
 
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