I recently did a thread similar to this. I wanted to ask a couple more questions. First of all I meet all hardware requirements for all versions of Vista. I want Vista Home Premium but the advisor recommends Home Basic, do I need to worry about my computer not running Home Premium if I get it instead of Home Basic? I've heard that Vista has a big problem with Printer compatibility. Not a big list of printers are compatible with Vista. Does anyone know any printers that are compatible with Vista?
Chances are if your printer is less than three years old, and it's from a major manufacturor (Dell, HP, Epson, etc...), then you'll be fine. But I believe that the upgrade advisor should tell you if your printer is currently supported.
As for what level of Vista you should get....
As long as you buy a retail copy of Vista, the CD that you get will have all versions of Vista on it. You can install and use any of these versions of Vista for thirty days, before Vista will require you to activate it.
So what you can do is buy home basic, but install Home Premium (or ultimate) and see how it/they run. If they don't run well, no big loss, you can just go back and reinstall basic, and use it.
I use a Lexmark printer that's probably a couple years old. It's the Z611 printer. Thanks for the suggestions.
Here's the Lexmark drivers page for your printer: http://downloads.lexmark.com/cgi-perl/downloads.cgi?ccs=229:1:0:525:0:0&emeaframe=&target=http://downloads.lexmark.com/cgi-perl/downloads.cgi&target=http://downloads.lexmark.com/cgi-perl/downloads.cgi&&req=:::::
I don't see any Vista support for it.
However, Lexmark does claim that there will be a driver comming soon for the Z611: http://www.lexmark.com/lexmark/sequentialem/home/0,6959,204816596_924205346_920387567_en,00.html
Thanks again marvin. Wow didn't know my printer was 4 years old. That's really gonna makes things a lot easier if they make it Vista compatible. That's why I'm waiting 6 months to a year for Vista. That and I'd like to get it at cheaper prices which it should eventually drop to.
I used the Vista Test Drive at http://www.windowsvistatestdrive.com/ and when I tried to do Aero it said that I have no Hardware Acceleration. I use a 256mb Nvidia 6600. Does it have Hardware Acceleration and if it does how do I turn it on? Here's my other specs. Are there any parts that I should consider upgrading? Intel Celeron D 2.8ghz 2gb DDR333 80gb HDD Nvidia 6600 256mb Is it the test drive or is it my computer? I'd really like to know.
Yes, the 6600 should have hardware acceleration.
And your Celeron D isn't exactly the greatest processor on the block, but I don't know what you to improve that.
I was thinking of getting this CPU. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819116027 It's not the best but it's better than what I got. I was also thinking of getting this GFX card. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814143046 It's a big step up from what I got.
I can't see any reason why that system won't run Aero. Chances are that hardware acceleration is disabled somewhere in Windows, but I have no idea how to turn it on in Vista.