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What do you think of Vista?

post #1 of 226
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Well I am thinking it is time to move to vista. I think it would be easier to troubleshoot other peoples pc if i am using the same os. I guess vista ultimate would be my next step.
post #2 of 226
If it would help me in my work, I'd change to Vista. It's not the case, so I don't. XP is doing fine -- that is, if I used it.

Maybe next year. Vista still has some incredible problems with file handling and slow transfers.
post #3 of 226
Personally, I love Vista. Make sure you have at least 2gb of ram though.

I too moved up because I needed to be able to troubleshoot for Vista. My brother bought a machine with Vista on it, I was very impressed with the GUI. I then realized if he ever needed help, I could only offer help if I actually used Vista myself.
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Well I am thinking it is time to move to vista. I think it would be easier to troubleshoot other peoples pc if i am using the same os. I guess vista ultimate would be my next step.
I just got a desktop with Vista last month and a laptop with Vista last week. I'm not 100% sure about it yet because I'm so familiar with XP (which I'm still using on my old laptop).

I definitely like the appearance, it IS very very eye-catching - but there are a few things I'm not so sure about. You could monitor defrag in XP but in Vista you have no idea what's going on. If you want to see any progress, you have to run a command to do it. It also sets up a weekly defrag by default which I think is totally unnecessary.

I had to turn the user account off as it asks you for authorisation every time you want to do something. . . as in "Continue if you made this request". Well of course I made the request!!

The live thumbnails and 3D flip windows I find very very useful, as I tend to have loads of things open at the same time and it used to take ages to find the window I wanted - it's a lot easier now.

I'm still getting used to it, so I can't give it a fair hearing until I've used it more. It is pretty though

And like redo said: try and get at least 2GB of ram, it's very power hungry
post #5 of 226
Unless you troubleshoot other people's PCs as part of your job, that doesn't really seem like a reason to get Vista. I'd install it in a virtual machine and see if you like it first before jumping in.
post #6 of 226
Once I got Vista up and running (after a second install), I have had almost zero problems with it.

I don't know if it is worth the upgrade from XP. It just looks cooler.

But I am satisfied with Vista and it runs very smoothly, and fast on my notebook.
post #7 of 226
Thread Starter 
I do computer work on the side , so yes I do need it for troubleshooting and familiarization purposes.
post #8 of 226
once I get a nice set of 2x2gb ram kit I will upgrade to vista 64 bit from xp pro. I see no reason to upgrade to vista from xp if I don't go 64 bit.
post #9 of 226
I like Vista from the half-year of use I've had with my laptop. I probably wouldn't upgrade an older computer from XP, but if I was getting a new computer then I would get Vista again.
post #10 of 226
I'm running Vista 64 Ultimate. I'm not having any problems with it, and it even seems to handle drivers very well. It even found and installed an esoteric dongle driver for one of my 3D programs.

The only gripe I have about it is that when I first was using it, I found I would have to re-install and try going to different restore points. Wound up being some updates that windows was downloading. So my suggestion would be to dissable automatic updates when you first install. You'll also have to go into the registry if you want to disable the automatic driver detection/install too.
post #11 of 226
personally, i hate it. apparently i'm not alone.

Anything but Speechless: 100 Things People Are Really Saying About Windows Vista | MICROSPLOT

quite an interesting read. =)

cheers...
post #12 of 226
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Originally Posted by tennisplyr3 View Post
personally, i hate it. apparently i'm not alone.

Anything but Speechless: 100 Things People Are Really Saying About Windows Vista | MICROSPLOT

quite an interesting read. =)

cheers...

Honestly, there's nothing interesting about that article. Same old crap that I've been reading since Vista's release. In fact, taking the leap and actually using Vista for the past few months is much more reliving than listening to all the BS floating around on the net to feel good about using a 5 year old OS.
post #13 of 226
^I agree.

I installed windows xp SP3RC and that messes things up a bit. I really needed 1:1 pixel mapping with my samsung monitor that could only work with Nvidia's Vista driver. This would be my third time installing vista, but I split my harddrive so there is a partition for vista and keeping xp, so I could always switch between. After every OS install I spent a couple hours tuning every aspect of the OS so in the end it feels pretty similar to XP anyway. Ofcourse it has a much better compatability for hardwares so rarely I have to pull out the driver disc to install things. Some people dislike windows defender, but I thought it was working before I installed Avast. Didn't get any spyware. There were backward steps, but overall it seem really stable, I'm enjoying using it now as a simple desktop user.

Here are some of the smallest details that annoy the crap out of me though:
-'I use 'Details' view to browse through the HDD because I am an organize freek, and it nevers stay on details, it always, always switch to a different icon arrangement base on the folder's content.
-Windows Photo Gallery - it doesn't smooth out the image, so I installed FastStone image viewer.
-Defragment: Had to purchase Diskeeper which is a much more advance defragmenter.
-No more "Stereo Mix", I can't use Frap to record game sound.
-No more "sound/video codec" adjustment, if I install Lame ACM, then Fraunhoffer has higher priority, so I can't adjust it's settings for the software that relies on it.
-They learned how to design the "personalize" menu by copying Nvidia's control panal, I'm not that fond of neither.
-after some updates, 15gb in the OS partition.
-slower framerate performance vs XP: fact. but then I barely play games these day.
-Very freeking slow cross harddrive/cross memory drives file transfer. Just try moving 100gb of files from one HDD to another.
-windows media player 11, enough said, i don't use it.

My sister labtop came with vista and had trouble logging into her company via the VPN, so I installed Microsoft Virtual PC with XP for her.
post #14 of 226
My hard drive crashed last weekend and I installed Vista on my replacement drive. It is prettier and more fun to use, though I can't say it has any features that really warrant running out and purchasing it. I think it's faster overall in the way it manage multiple apps too. Most everyone has now had time to create drivers for Vista, so lots of the old problems aren't around now.

Service Pack 1 is due out early this year (release candidate already available). When that's available, that would be an obvious time to upgrade. I was waiting for that, but then my drive crashed.
post #15 of 226
I dont understand the need for vista. It does nothing that I would ever want. And i dont believe that it does anything consumers want. If i want security and stability (more so than XP,) i'd get linux. Wait i am on linux.. not the point. XP is definitely more stable more secure i'm not sure but people turn off all the annoying safety features anyways.

The only thing where I think Microsoft made a genuine mistake, (and i mean a big one), was to not make Vista a 64bit only OS. That would have forced manufacturers to write good 64bit drivers (sorry but they dont exist atm), make sure applications where compatible with it too. We are at an age where 4gb is quikcly becoming the norm in high end desktops, and its not gonna stop just cause Microsoft says so.



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I think it's faster overall in the way it manage multiple apps too.
thats been proven wrong many times. Vista is slower on every front. If you think vista is faster than XP then you had a load of ***** on your pc.

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Service Pack 1 is due out early this year (release candidate already available). When that's available, that would be an obvious time to upgrade.
Because?? ok so microsoft are gonna release a big patch cause their OS is so buggy, that doesnt mean you should believe that their SP will not be buggy either. people are so gullible. Its marketing.
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