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Is Vista Worth It?

Discussion in 'Windows - General discussion' started by jazo132, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. jazo132

    jazo132 Guest

    Well, It looks like I can get a copy of Vista from work for free, but I just have one question.

    Is it possible to run Vista and XP Home with an HP dv6000 Laptop with only a 1.6 GHz Processor but 2GB RAM?


  2. Slippster

    Slippster Member

    Mar 5, 2004
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    "it works on paper" "your milage may vary"

    MY SYSTEM SCORES A 4.3 by the way. (for those who care.)

    2 gigs ram youre good-
    cpu youre good-

    BUY vista? mmmmm you gotta make THAT choice for yourself ;)

    new? not much. for me its like theres LESS.

    BUGS? - i wouldnt say bugs- just no driver support.

    its not buggy per se,

    before it can BE BUGGY.

    edit- ok i have had a few BSOD's yes- BLUE SCREENS!
    gives me cold chills.... remembering WinME days.
    lets not go down that path PLEASE!
    im hoping all this will work itself out REAL FAST.

    having said all of the above-

    I AM currently playing EVE ONLINE in vista,
    and the experience is flawless. WOW
    ( about the only wow so far-
    is the gamers experience in UT2004 and EVE,
    and also Tachyon the Fringe. all games play flawlessly.(S0 FAR)
    purely glitch free.

    my system specs:
    since i have not reported them this far-

    cpu: AMD 64 3000 running @ 2.5 ghz (OC'd from 1.8)
    ram:(512 x 2) 1 gig mushkin ddr400 running @ 228 mhz
    mobo: Abit AV8 bios 27 Via K8T800 Pro Chipset
    3D: Nvidia 7800GS AGP / Nvidia 100.65 Vista drivers
    dvd: HP dvd840i super multi/double layer/lightscribe

    so NO lightscribe in vista...YET. grrrrrrr

    oh wait- the big qiestion IS IT WORTH IT?


    stay with xp.

    if you like to tinker, then yeah-
    but if you want stuff to work without any hassles,
    then stick with xp. ;)

    I have offered my user experience here-
    in the hopes that others may read-
    and learn from my personal exp.

    im not connected in any way with m$-
    or any of its affiliates- or anyone- for that matter.

    im a user.
    just. like. you.


    edit:fix spelling, add thoughts
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2007
  3. jazo132

    jazo132 Guest

    Is it worth it if I can get a copy for free? And how easy is it to run both XP and Vista on the same computer?


  4. Slippster

    Slippster Member

    Mar 5, 2004
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    ok lets back up a step-

    this is for a laptop right?

    ive never owned a laptop, so i dont know-

    desktop, id say go for it.
    but only if youre the geeky type.

    the avg user should steer clear of vista for now.
    unless you buy a pc with it already on it then it should be fine because hopefully they configged the machine to the os.

    lol aint that bass ackwards!

  5. subpopz

    subpopz Member

    Mar 4, 2007
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    Lets just bash it coz we can, shall we?

    I had XP for years, and even on my newest machine (P4 3.4Ghz, 1GB RAM, 256MB GeForce FX 6600) and it still sucked. I ended up making an nLite slipstream disc to try and fix the problems with XP.

    Having enough, I upgraded to Vista Home Premium and it does everything better on this machine than XP ever dreamed of. I find everything faster and more efficient.

    Sure, there's a lot of annoyances, but they are easily turned off (UAC, Aero, Security Center, etc...)

    I haven't experienced any DRM problems, except with HD-DVD because my audio card is not hooked up digital out. All other HD/media content I have tried works fine.
    The DRM doesn't even seem to check for HDCP compliance because I get video out of HD-DVD's and my video card is not HDCP compliant.

    I'm not a Microsoft enthusiast, or even a mild fan of Microsoft, and Vista is still far from the perfect OS, but its still better than XP, IMO.
    And, lets face it, if you want mainstream support software for a PC (especially for HD-DVD & Blu-Ray) you will have to have a Microsoft OS.

    And to answer a question someone had about how easy it is to run both one hard drive, its very easy. I first dual-booted off one hard drive (XP & Vista) and it was fine, as long as you have a decently sized drive to accomodate both.

    And as someone who has tried 2 different versions of Vista (Ultimate & Home Premium), I'd recommend Home Premium. I found Ulitamte to be bogged down with too much Business crap - so unless you want all the extra business features, Home Premium is the way to go.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2007

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