Should I Switch To Vista???

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jsup

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I'm a sold out Microsoft guy. I've played around with Linux and Macs, but my heart is in Windows. I just finished getting all the parts for a new desktop PC I'm building, but I'm not too sure about Vista. I've used nearly all the Windows OS but Vista. Are there any cons to Vista? I REALLY love XP, but I've heard differing opinions about Vista. Any thoughts or experiences?
 

Dagmire

Puritan Board Freshman
No, you shouldn't. It's just not worth it yet and it poses more potential threat than it does gain. Microsoft's operating systems are never actually done when they're released. Vista will need a ton of security updates and service packs. And the hardware support that it enables isn't even mainstream yet.

Stick with XP for now.
 

etexas

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I am a Mac guy using a Vista Home Supreme, I will go back to Mac.......BUT, there is much I like about Vista, it is very user friendly. I have a good PC friend who still likes XP, M,Soft spent way too much money on Vista, therefore it will become the PC standard.:book2:
 
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jsup

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I've read in magazines that XP will be phased out in a year so I was planning on using Vista Ultimate. My hardware will be able to handle Vista easily, but it's security flaws make me worry.
 

etexas

Puritan Board Doctor
I have Trend Anti Virus and a good Spy Sweep, both of which do security patches, I have 'em set at 3:00 am, to do there thing and pick up anything from Microsoft they need for security.:book2:
 

SpiritAndTruth

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I was told early on to stay away from Vista, as it was purported to be riddled with problems. Since I already had XP, I figured, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

I just bought a new computer for my assistant last week, and it of course had Vista on it. It seems to work just fine (maybe they needed a few months to get the kinks worked out of it). Having said that, the word on the street is that it is not very network-friendly-- but, again, my assistant's computer is on a network here at work, and, so far, no problems...

I was impressed enough by seeing it on my assistant's computer to go ahead and install it over XP on my home computer. I like the look and feel of it, but I noticed my Outlook email client is now bogging down considerably-- it even crashes on me from time to time. I can think of no other reason as to why Outlook would not perform the way it usually has, other than some glitches in Vista, since it worked fine over XP. I imagine they'll set up patches for that as Vista matures in the marketplace.

:2cents:
 

etexas

Puritan Board Doctor
I was told early on to stay away from Vista, as it was purported to be riddled with problems. Since I already had XP, I figured, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

I just bought a new computer for my assistant last week, and it of course had Vista on it. It seems to work just fine (maybe they needed a few months to get the kinks worked out of it). Having said that, the word on the street is that it is not very network-friendly-- but, again, my assistant's computer is on a network here at work, and, so far, no problems...

I was impressed enough by seeing it on my assistant's computer to go ahead and install it over XP on my home computer. I like the look and feel of it, but I noticed my Outlook email client is now bogging down considerably-- it even crashes on me from time to time. I can think of no other reason as to why Outlook would not perform the way it usually has, other than some glitches in Vista, since it worked fine over XP. I imagine they'll set up patches for that as Vista matures in the marketplace.

:2cents:

Good point, remember all the patches for Windows 95 and then XP..........they turned out OK....I guess.:D
 

Tirian

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I just installed it yesterday onto my Dell Dimension 9150 which I spec'd up to the maximum spec you could get when I bought it 6 months ago. First impressions: nice interface, user friendly, nearly everthing auto detected (device wise) and installed current drivers etc - but 20-40% slower in operation than XP.

If you are going to install it, make sure you have a really good graphics card as I understand it's graphically intensive and that contributes to the overall slow performance if you dont have a good card in it.

Matt
 
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SpiritAndTruth

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Good point, remember all the patches for Windows 95 and then XP..........they turned out OK....I guess.:D

Exactly. How quickly we forget that everyone said that XP was a "disaster" when it first came out, too. Eventually, they worked out most of the bugs...

I just installed it yesterday onto my Dell Dimension 9150 which I spec'd up to the maximum spec you could get when I bought it 6 months ago. First impressions: nice interface, user friendly, nearly everthing auto detected (device wise) and installed current drivers etc - but 20-40% slower in operation than XP.

If you are going to install it, make sure you have a really good graphics card as I understand it's graphically intensive and that contributes to the overall slow performance if you dont have a good card in it.

Matt

Yep, it is slower, due to more graphics. Most people I've talked to said the graphics-to-processing-speed ratio is unacceptable. To each his own-- depends on your hardware, I guess.

One other unwelcome note on Vista that I forgot to mention: once installed, my Opera and Internet Explorer browsers were both rendered incapable of connecting to the internet. Mozilla Firefox works just fine. Ironic, isn't it? You'd think they would have ensured that Explorer would work, but not the others.

You want MORE irony? I was able to get Opera to connect, but not MICROSOFT Internet Explorer!!!!! :banghead:

Has this happened to anyone else?

Why would the installation of a new OS change the existing settings on ANY browser?!?!?!
 

Semper Fidelis

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I got it for free as I had just gotten two new Computers late last year. I'm very happy with it generally. Some of the tighter security features were causing some issues so I turned them off until the programs catch up to it.

I've become a bit addicted to the Windows Explorer that comes with it.
 

Greg

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If you are going to install it, make sure you have a really good graphics card as I understand it's graphically intensive and that contributes to the overall slow performance if you dont have a good card in it.

What about Vista Basic? I've heard that it isn't as graphics intensive as the Premium addition of Vista.
 

etexas

Puritan Board Doctor
Hi Max,

Besides the graphics, what other advantages does premium have over basic?
To be REALLY honest! It is the graphics that I know to be an issue, I just started using PC a few weeks ago, I have been a Mac-Head, there are other PB people who might point out reasons for the Premium over this..........in any event my Toshiba Laptop cam with the Premium. :2cents:
 

jbergsing

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Absolutely install Vista on that machine. It is a far superior OS than XP is/was in every way. Drawbacks? Make sure you have plenty of memory. For Premium, 1GB minimum. I'm running 2GB with a Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7200 and it runs beautifully.

Can I take a moment to say "Bravo" to MS for finally releasing an upgrade to Office97 that's worth purchasing? Office '07 is finally what MS has been promising Office should be. After 10 years, I will finally plop down the money for an upgrade after the trial time is up.
 
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jsup

Puritan Board Freshman
That's good to hear about Office 07. I've heard mixed feelings regarding it, but I'm ready for the change. I think I will install Vista and give it a whirl. Thanks for the tips.
 

jawyman

Puritan Board Junior
Let me just say that I have the upgrade disc for Vista when I bought my new laptop and that disc is still unopened in a drawer. When MS no longer supports XP I'll move on.
 

jbergsing

Puritan Board Sophomore
Let me just say that I have the upgrade disc for Vista when I bought my new laptop and that disc is still unopened in a drawer. When MS no longer supports XP I'll move on.
I've heard some nightmares about upgrading. I knew my old machine wouldn't run Vista so bought mine preinstalled.
 

etexas

Puritan Board Doctor
I've heard some nightmares about upgrading. I knew my old machine wouldn't run Vista so bought mine preinstalled.
As an old Mac-Head, when OS 10 came out most who were running OS 9 bought new machines built "around" the new operating system, same with Vista, it may sound brutal but.....technology is moving fast and sometimes hardware becomes (for all practical purposes) obsolete due to software.:2cents:
 

etexas

Puritan Board Doctor
The more I mess around with Vista the more I like it.....it is easy to use. Never having used XP, what is it you guys don't like about Vista?
 

Scott

Puritan Board Graduate
The more I mess around with Vista the more I like it.....it is easy to use. Never having used XP, what is it you guys don't like about Vista?
It has all sorts of weird problems. For example, a lot of people have experienced problems when they try to write an email. When they check the spelling it says it does not recognize that language. :)

Anyway, you just have to be willing to accept a lot of weird problems.
 

etexas

Puritan Board Doctor
It has all sorts of weird problems. For example, a lot of people have experienced problems when they try to write an email. When they check the spelling it says it does not recognize that language. :)

Anyway, you just have to be willing to accept a lot of weird problems.
Chuckle....been there done it however the solution was easy and painless!
 

ReformedWretch

Puritan Board Doctor
I've been holding off, but some of you may have convinced me to try it. My machine top of the line -

3Ghz processor
3 gig RAM
400gig hard drive

so I wouldn't think up grading should be an issue...
 

x.spasitel

Puritan Board Freshman
I run Vista, but cosmetically modified. For instance, I do not run the Aero theme - it's a resource hog and it's ugly and I don't need it. I've also turned off User Account Control (UAC) which is an enormous pain to go through each time you want to do a trivial task. Much simpler is the way I've set up my computer: I always access from a limited account, and have an administrator account in reserve if I should ever need to do administrator tasks. I don't use the Mail program, sticking instead to my trusty Gmail. I use Firefox instead of IE. I do have the new Office programs - they're a pain to get used to, but overall more sensibly set out than the old Office. And of course, they're still working out the bugs -- but as long as I have my computer set to download all updates at 3 in the morning every day, that doesn't affect me at all. Still, it's not an absolute necessity. I only got Vista because I was getting a new computer and that was what's on offer. XP should work perfectly fine for the next 5+ years.
 

Tirian

Puritan Board Sophomore
Well, I'm 5 days into my Vista/Office 97 upgrade now and I have to say I love it. Despite my initial feelings around it being slower, in practial every day use I have not found that to be a real problem, it even seems faster sometimes.

My machine is an OK spec - 3.2ghz due core, 300gig, 2G ram and radeon 1900 graphics. Modest I guess by todays standard though the machine is only 6 months old.

Matt
 
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