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How to know if you should get Windows Vista
Slace 
10/10/07 1:56:26 PM
Titan

How do I know if I should upgrade?
So Vista has been out for a good 8 months or there abouts, hardware manufacturers are catching up with driver support and so are software developers.
So there's all the rage about Vista, but is it right for you?

The first thing you need to look at when deciding to move to Vista is to look at what you currently have, and what you need in terms of a computer.

Once of the best reasons to upgrade is your current OS no longer meets your needs.
There's no point in getting Vista just because it's there, you should get it if you have a need or a desire.
Don't be a sheep.

That said, curiosity can be a good reason to upgrade.
I said can because no one likes a whiny bitch who's upgraded and then done nothing but complain. If you think this might happen to you then you don't really want to upgrade and you aren't really interested in putting in the effort to be curious about the OS.

Hardware
The biggest hurdle in upgrading any OS is the hardware. It is also one of the primary reasons for upgrading an OS.

One of the big improvements of Vista was around the CPU scheduling. Like XP Pro, Vista has support for multiple-core CPU's.
That said, Vista is a vast step up in the multi-core department.
XP Pro left a lot to be desired, and Vista (all be it not perfect) does a much better job at shifting threads between cores.
It may not be perfect but show me a CPU schedular that is...

This means that a computer running a Core2Duo or an AMD multi-core will perform better (CPU wise) under Vista than XP, and be miles a head of Windows 2k.

The other major change in Vista is the graphics engine. You'll either love it or hate it, but for those who do hate it you can turn it off (ZOMG who would have thought...).
That said, Vista has changes the way that the OS GUI operates.
No longer is it primarily CPU bound (as with previous Windows versions), it uses your graphics card. This takes the strain off your CPU. You don't need a top of the line graphics card to see the benefits of Areo, it requires anything DirectX 9.0 capable and above.

The last point is RAM. Before someone shouts at you "Vista is a memory hog and it will destroy your system!" you need to understand how memory managment works within Vista.
Preious versions of Windows used RAM as sparingly as possible. This was good when people were only using 1 application at a time and memory was limited.
Today with the average computer having 2gb of RAM and a person using a browser, email client, media player, chat program, etc all at once the memory management needed to use the available space better.
Vista attempts to allocate as much memory as it can to running applications. It also attempts to guess what applications you will also want to open and pre-cache them for faster loading.
This will result in your computer appearing to have more of its RAM used than an "equivilant" XP install.
Personally I bought 2gb of RAM to use, not so I could brag that I had 1.5gb of RAM free...


Vista Home, Vista Premium, Vista King of all versions
Everyone knows that Vista has a crazy number of versions, but which is the right one for you?
The vast majority of the time the answer is Vista Home Premium.
But if you're still not sure which version you should get Microsoft has a product comparison page here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/choose.mspx
Google will return you plenty of others as well.
Make sure you look at the features carefully and make sure you're buying the version you really want.


Will program X work?
Like I mentioned at the beginning Vista has been around long enough that most large software firms have migrated their product into Vista. The best way to find out if the software w

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Fat_Bodybuilder 
10/10/07 3:44:11 PM
Guru

Great Post. I personally am sick of the gagillion threads about moving to Vista. Great Info there, very useful =)

Quote by Slace
Like XP Pro Vista has support for multiple-core CPU's.

Edited by Slace: 10/10/2007 01:56:59 PM



I think you need to add the word and between XP Pro and Vista, or is it something else?

Cheers


Edited by Fat_Bodybuilder: 10/10/2007 03:46:12 PM

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Slace 
10/10/07 5:21:44 PM
Titan

Actually it should have had a comma, fixed now ;)

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Why can't a programmer tell the difference between Halloween and Christmas? 
Because OCT31 = DEC25


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Mac Dude 
10/10/07 8:52:34 PM
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Nice one dude!

I'm happy to stick it up for a bit if you're happy to add any new pearls other may have to the OP :)

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Slace 
11/10/07 7:11:11 PM
Titan

Self promotion of another thread I wrote ;)

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Why can't a programmer tell the difference between Halloween and Christmas? 
Because OCT31 = DEC25


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the_13th 
24/10/07 12:55:24 AM
Master

Wow... great thread, Home Premium has more features than I realised

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lg9142 
24/10/07 5:51:52 PM
Journeyman

This is excellent. Though getting Vista was a no-brainer for me, with my PC before the new one running ME. [Shudders]

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Takoma 
25/11/07 3:33:52 AM
Hero
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Good post.

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stuub27 
30/11/07 5:09:47 PM
Overlord

Great post- I was getting nervous about firing up my friend's new PC this weekend- it will be my first real experience with Vista, and her ONLY experience with Vista. I had been starting to believe all the negative stuff about it, thinking OMG, what did I get my mate into??? But this has made me feel more confident again.
Cheers! :)

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nikolaz 
1/12/07 12:07:29 AM
Master

thanks for the heads up :)

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Shiga 
1/12/07 9:21:47 PM
Serf
Don't they say when the Banks start using it you know you can trust it because Banks need a OS that is secure.

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Slace 
3/12/07 2:28:53 PM
Titan

Quote by stuub27
Great post- I was getting nervous about firing up my friend's new PC this weekend- it will be my first real experience with Vista, and her ONLY experience with Vista. I had been starting to believe all the negative stuff about it, thinking OMG, what did I get my mate into??? But this has made me feel more confident again.
Cheers! :)


No problems, that's what I'm here for.

Quote by Shiga
Don't they say when the Banks start using it you know you can trust it because Banks need a OS that is secure.


Unless they are running their front facing machines on Vista I think it's irrelivent. Any bank with common sense (PUN!) will have a high-quality internal and external firewall (and probably multiple levels).

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Why can't a programmer tell the difference between Halloween and Christmas? 
Because OCT31 = DEC25


What's playing? http://www.last.fm/user/slace/

knowlesy 
10/12/07 9:44:43 PM
Serf

hi all. vista has it's ups and downs but that was a good post Slace. very informative thank it opened a few windows for me :-)

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Fat_Bodybuilder 
11/12/07 7:34:35 PM
Guru

Quote by knowlesy
hi all. vista has it's ups and downs but that was a good post Slace. very informative thank it opened a few windows for me :-)



Lol, nice pun ;-)

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Slace 
12/12/07 10:48:10 AM
Titan

Quote by Fat_Bodybuilder
Quote by knowlesy
hi all. vista has it's ups and downs but that was a good post Slace. very informative thank it opened a few windows for me :-)



Lol, nice pun ;-)



Damn, you beat me to it! :P

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Why can't a programmer tell the difference between Halloween and Christmas? 
Because OCT31 = DEC25


What's playing? http://www.last.fm/user/slace/

Chewhacca 
18/12/07 10:28:56 PM
Serf

I've heard people bitch and moan about how Vista doesn't do this and how Vista doesn't do that but I haven't actually noticed any serious problems with it. Just don't get Vista and a Creative Labs sound card.

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Splash 
20/1/08 11:02:27 PM
Overlord

Excellent advice and information here
nice one Slace
I help run a PC users group which is mostly for older users with last gen PCs. Win XP was a revelation for them.
I tell them to get Vista on their next new PC and stick with what they know for now.
Personally I am disappointed in the responsiveness of Vista, it feels slow, but the actual software and features are good

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billyzype 
7/3/08 6:06:31 AM
Serf
Good piece of advice for everyone out there. I will recommend this article to my friends right now.


Thanks for sharing it.

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makaveli 
15/3/08 2:13:34 PM
Overlord
great post slace.
there is a real good comparison of the different versions here: http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/winvista_02.asp

also,
about the time taken for vista file copy, this is what i've heard:
file copy in vista is done differently than XP but a result introduced its own problems.....not sure on the exacts though.

anyways,
just thought i'd say a great post again.

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.:Cyb3rGlitch:. 
15/3/08 7:32:31 PM
Titan

Quote by makaveli
great post slace.
there is a real good comparison of the different versions here: http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/winvista_02.asp

also,
about the time taken for vista file copy, this is what i've heard:
file copy in vista is done differently than XP but a result introduced its own problems.....not sure on the exacts though.

anyways,
just thought i'd say a great post again.


Yeah, I think is has something to do with Vista not caching the data (which is supposed to fix some issue). But SP1 has reverted it back to the XP method to make people happy.

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