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Old 09-27-2007, 09:45 AM   #1
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Default Vista or XP

I'm getting my new CPU in the mail today... and I was planning on doing a fresh install of XP when I finally get it but I have been unable to locate my copy of the OS. So now I have the option to install either one... its just a matter of going to my university bookstore and picking up a copy of either for $10.

I have used XP since it came out and I have been quite content. I don't use my computer for much besides listening/downloading MP3s and movies, using Publisher every now and again to update my really BLAND website, playing CS 1.6/Source, play poker online, chat, check email, view pr0n, etc.

Nothing that really requires me to have DX10. Like I said I've been content with XP and I'm not sure if I'd need Vista for anything else...

Given all of that information, and as you can see my hardware from my signature (CPU will be changing over to an Opteron), which direction would you head? I might reinstall Stalker again, but for now my 360 occupies most of my gaming needs.

Just wondering...
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Old 09-27-2007, 02:54 PM   #2
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I don't see a signature with specs... Once they are added, I'll voice my oppinion.
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Old 09-28-2007, 10:17 PM   #3
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I love Vista but as celegorm noted....advice cant be given until you put your specs up.

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Old 09-29-2007, 04:09 PM   #4
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I like Vista. It takes a bit more resources than XP but it's worth it... in my opinion anyway. Plus, you'll be future proof for after Microsoft ends support for XP.
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As the others have said it depends on the specs of your computer. I wouldn't recommend Vista on a computer with anything less then 1GB of RAM. But for best performance I (and others) would recommend at least 2GB of RAM when using Vista.

Also if you want the 3D effects which is a major part of Vista you'll also need quite a powerful GPU (Graphics Card) and vista works best with Dual and Qaud Processors.

I use Vista on my laptop (see specs in sig) and on idle at desktop with the gadgets it uses about 34% of the 2GB memory in it.
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Old 09-29-2007, 06:45 PM   #6
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i agree, except the part about gpu's. it will still run aero on low end cards, but obviously the better the gpu, and higher specs, the better it will run overall
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Get XP for now, wait a while, get Vista in a couple months. You got an advantage by being in college you can buy it for 10 bucks. When my sister gets into college i'm gona use her to buy all my softwares!
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Old 09-30-2007, 08:05 AM   #8
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yea. if actually buy software for that price lol.
i know this is naughty, but why not download vista and give it a trial run, no need to crack it or anything
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Old 09-30-2007, 04:47 PM   #9
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Choosing Vista is the best choice if your new computer meets all the system requirements. Don't go backwards with XP. Big mistake, of course, you have legacy software that you use tons in which Vista has no support for yet....

But the next Windows OS will be more enhanced. Only two more years, and we have a new successor to Vista. I'm so excited.

"The next version of Windows will be a transition from where Microsoft is to where it needs to be. Vista is our last operating system that looks backward." --Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's new chief software architect.

It will also be less "bloated" too.
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...So now I have the option to install either one... its just a matter of going to my university bookstore and picking up a copy of either for $10...
Wow! Now I feel ripped off after paying full price for Vista... especially since I'm a freshman in college. Anyway, either OS will be fine for your activities. But, just as everyone else said... I need to see your specs.
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Old 10-04-2007, 06:43 PM   #11
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I'd install vista. Once i started using it on a daily basis I didn't even like working on an XP computer anymore. If the option is there go vista the benefits outweight the negatives.
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im my thought and everone i talk to vista sucks take to much to run and everthing is moved around.the networking on vista is a lot harder to figure out.and i ant even going to start on the defrag screen.i hear more people saying that they hate vista then anything.xp for life.

no matter what your stats are man i am better it will win xp.

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The minimum hardware requirements for Windows XP Home Edition are: Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) processor or faster (300 MHz is recommended)
At least 64 megabytes (MB) of RAM (128 MB is recommended)
At least 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available space on the hard disk
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
Keyboard and a Microsoft Mouse or some other compatible pointing device
Video adapter and monitor with Super VGA (800 x 600)or higher resolution
Sound card
Speakers or headphones


and for vista home basic

1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
512 MB of system memory min 1 gig reccomended
20 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space
Support for DirectX 9 graphics and 32 MB of graphics memory
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mircosoft lost a lot of money when they came out with windows vista stupid edition
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im my thought and everone i talk to vista sucks take to much to run and everthing is moved around.the networking on vista is a lot harder to figure out.and i ant even going to start on the defrag screen.i hear more people saying that they hate vista then anything.xp for life.
Networking is so much easier. Vista finds everything for you, and is lot faster about it. Eh The defrag screen isn't so much missed here. It's nice to actually have a built in schedular for it.
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I went back to XP, if I had a 32 bit version of Vista lying around I would've installed it, but no such luck. Finding drivers for all my stuff in 64 bit was terrible.
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i want to be able to see how much of my hdd need to be defraged and i spent over an hour trying to network two computers. xp i would have had it done in 10 min.
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