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#1 10 years ago

I am sitting here looking at a Windows Vista Ultimate installation. I'm debating on whether or not to activate it. Our local CompUSA is having a going out of business sale, and their software is going cheap.

I'm debating on just going ahead an activating this copy, and buying a new computer with Windows Vista on it, or rebuilding this PC, and then re-installing Windows Vista.

I may be able to grab a copy of Vista Basic, for pocket change (If it is still there,...). That should be able to do what I need it to do. That would also save my copy of Ultimate for the new computer.

I'm mostly doing this for educational purposes. In order to better understand the changes in Windows, between Windows XP, and Windows Vista. Or actually, the changes since Windows 2000, which I am currently using.

I debating on purchasing an additional copy of Vista, for later use. I'm also debating on which version to purchase. There a few options remaining.

Vista Basic Upgrade (Pocket Change) Vista Ultimate Upgrade, Bill Gates Edition Vista Business Full Version

I currently have these specs for Vista,...

Pentium 4 1.6ghz, 512mb DDR 20gb ATA100 DVD+/-RW Geforce 6800 128mb AGP 17" Apple CRT

It looks like this,...

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I will not be buying a new computer anytime soon. So I am seriously debating on whether or not to activate Windows Vista. I don't really have a great demand for it. I don't know. I've got six days to decide about purchasing another copy, but I have 100 days to decide to activate it...




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#2 10 years ago

Vista blows... Get Linux and XP and rune a dual boot system like I do. And what is up with those colors?!




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#3 10 years ago

Windows Vista is just another version of Windows. It offers a few little things here and there that are neat and useful but all in all it's just a small step above XP. It's also pretty much just as stable on an appropriate computer.

That said, you do not have an appropriate computer. You need ATLEAST a gig of ram to run Vista well, and 2 gigs is much better. I wouldn't use it on your the specs you listed. However if and when you upgrade or buy a new computer then I would go ahead and get Vista on it.




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#4 10 years ago

I wouldn't activate it until you get a better computer


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#5 10 years ago

Yeah, to be honest that PC simply isn't going to run Vista well. I wouldn't even put Basic on it, simply because how slow it is will drive you nuts.




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#6 10 years ago

Vista is ok provided you have good specs, but there are still some issue with it and gaming. You really do need at least 2GB ram. I have 2GB and just sitting on the desktop with IE open Vista is using about 800MB. I have a couple games that randomly crash under Vista, and some that refuse to run at all because they tell me that 'DirectX 9.0" is not installed, even though Vista includes DX10. I've been serious considering going to back to XP, and throwing a nice looking theme on it, at least until a service pack or two for Vista is released.




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#7 10 years ago
Apollo75;4220997Vista is ok provided you have good specs, but there are still some issue with it and gaming. You really do need at least 2GB ram. I have 2GB and just sitting on the desktop with IE open Vista is using about 800MB. I have a couple games that randomly crash under Vista, and some that refuse to run at all because they tell me that 'DirectX 9.0" is not installed, even though Vista includes DX10. I've been serious considering going to back to XP, and throwing a nice looking theme on it, at least until a service pack or two for Vista is released.

i read on cnet that sp1 for vista is coming out in a few months and will be on your automatic updates doesnt add new features just fixes mostly back end code




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#8 10 years ago

rookiebombtech;4221285i read on cnet that sp1 for vista is coming out in a few months and will be on your automatic updates doesnt add new features just fixes mostly back end code[/QUOTE]

SP1 Beta is crap, it worsen'ed performance, and copy speeds, I would uninstall it, if I wanted to format the computer

[QUOTE=Apollo75;4220997]Vista is ok provided you have good specs, but there are still some issue with it and gaming. You really do need at least 2GB ram. I have 2GB and just sitting on the desktop with IE open Vista is using about 800MB. I have a couple games that randomly crash under Vista, and some that refuse to run at all because they tell me that 'DirectX 9.0" is not installed, even though Vista includes DX10. I've been serious considering going to back to XP, and throwing a nice looking theme on it, at least until a service pack or two for Vista is released.

DX10 yes, not DX9....You answered your problem yourself... DX10 = DX10 DLL Files... DX9 = DX9 DLL Files DX10 + DX9 = 9 and 10 DLL Files.... Install DX9 and it will install the D3D9_##.dll files that are missing, (They are the DX9 files btw)




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#9 10 years ago

privategomez;4220949Vista blows... Get Linux and XP and rune a dual boot system like I do. And what is up with those colors?![/QUOTE] 640x480@8-bit color.

It was a joke. I actually prefer to use a Mac OS X theme.

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BTW, I'm running a Quad Boot system, and a Mac on the side.

Win2K Kubuntu 7.10 Xandros 3 Windows Vista Ultimate

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Afterburner;4220953Windows Vista is just another version of Windows. It offers a few little things here and there that are neat and useful but all in all it's just a small step above XP. It's also pretty much just as stable on an appropriate computer.

That is the thing. It is just a small step above XP, but it is a noticable step above Windows 2000, which I have now. Win2K is starting to get a little dated.

[QUOTE=Afterburner;4220953]That said, you do not have an appropriate computer. You need ATLEAST a gig of ram to run Vista well, and 2 gigs is much better. I wouldn't use it on your the specs you listed. However if and when you upgrade or buy a new computer then I would go ahead and get Vista on it.

I'm seriously considering purchasing a gig of DDR at this point.

I'm not really getting it for practical use. More to figure out where the menus are, etc...

I think I'm going to buy Vista Basic, and throw it on there. With all of the Ultimate Extras disabled, Vista only uses 400mb of RAM. It runs pretty smooth. I was able to drop that down to 300mb, by disabling a few more uneeded services.

Especially after seeing "Dream Scene" crawl on this system, when I try to do anything...




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#10 10 years ago
I think I'm going to buy Vista Basic, and throw it on there. With all of the Ultimate Extras disabled, Vista only uses 400mb of RAM. It runs pretty smooth. I was able to drop that down to 300mb, by disabling a few more uneeded services.

What makes you think that? *Checks Desktop* hmm, nope, a nice 967MB Ram usage in Ultimate with no dreamsence, or extras enabled (Sidebar and that rubbish off) system up time is 6 hours 43 minutes. I think you live in fantasy land....sorry :( No offence either, but I don't think 1GB ram is going to cut it as an update for Vista, I would get another 1.5GB to give you a total of 2GB, and thats JUST so that you can still use the system without lag