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Old 08-06-2007, 09:11 PM
 
Location: WA State USA
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Let's start a latest tips section for PCs.

My first thought is this-

Vista or XP? Personally, I will not switch for another year and would suggest serious users do same. Why?

First off all it's new. Operating Systems (O/S) are ALWAYS buggy until they start offering service packs (SP)

Second of all, Drivers.

Manufacturers take time to provide drivers for their hardware and some will not do so for ages. In addition some older hardware that works fine on your current ssytem will never work on new O/S.

Rule of thumb is check ALL your hardware AND software to see if there is support for it with Vista.
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Old 08-06-2007, 09:34 PM
 
Location: New Zealand
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Run a firewall, anti-virus, and spyware software all the time (although don't use McAfee -- it's a huge resource hog).

Defrag your hard disk every now and then.

Never skimp on RAM.

Delete/uninstall unused/unnecessary files and programs.

Keep your drivers updated (especially video).
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:22 PM
 
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I work for a larger company which is currently switching to Vista, and lucky me I am on the team responsible for the switch. My advice: stay as far away from Vista as you would from a dog who has rabies. To simulate solving of of the countless problems Vista has, take a hammer with the word Microsoft written on it and smash yourself over the head repeatedly.

Maybe I would feel differently if Vista didn't have anything to do with my job, but that is the most constructive advice I can think of...
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Old 08-08-2007, 11:32 PM
 
Location: WA State USA
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If possible have 2 computers.

One for the internet and the second one JUST for office, Games, Photos and important files and NEVER go online with this one.
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Old 08-10-2007, 01:51 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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Its impossible not to go online if you have a good game

Use 3rd party firewall, spyware and Virus scan, never use Microsoft tools for this, disable them all.

Ive finall got Vista Ultimate working about 80% to my satisfaction. I would definately NOT recoomend any average, or below average user buying, at least not for a year. And dont buy the stock PC they offer you, looked in walmart and best buy, and they all had a single gig of RAM, it should be illegal to sell inadequate PC's like that. You need a bare minimum of two gig, and if you use the PC for anything other than just browsing or documents, youll need 4 gig.
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