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Old 01-23-2009, 07:06 PM
 
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This question has probably been asked before, but I am going to ask again. Bluntly, Windows Vista vs. Windows XP.

Recently, I lost my hardrive. Went and bought a new machine, which had Windows Vista already installed. Yeah, it could (and quite likely is) me...but it has given me nothing but grief. For one, the "Windows Mail" is continually being corrupted...whereas the old Outlook Express never gave such problems. But that is just one thing...

I guess my sophomoric question is, how many of y'all have switched back to Windows XP from Vista? Is it even advisable no matter how much one dislikes it? And if so, is it something one should attempt to do themselves (if not really all that astute about it all)?

Hell, ANY advise would be appreciated!
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Old 01-23-2009, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I'm a "basic" computer person - from all I've read: XP far outweighs Vista. I am keeping fingers and toes crossed that this computer hangs in there - you can't buy a computer w/XP anymore (unless maybe a resale from a used computer store?). Good luck. Whichever you use, I highly advise using Mozilla Firefox as a browser instead of I.E.
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Old 01-23-2009, 07:55 PM
 
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Given good hardware and lack of OEM crap, Vista runs just fine. You either have a hardware problem (bad memory, bad motherboard, bad hard drive, etc) or some crap your OEM installed, such as security software, is causing trouble. I have never seen Windows Mail randomly corrupt itself so its not a common issue.
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Old 01-23-2009, 08:13 PM
 
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OP, how much RAM is in the computer?

Same here for corruption of Windows Mail - not seen any with corruption.

What specifically is the problem? Need more specifics to maybe trouble shoot the error for you.
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:34 PM
 
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Vista runs well on my laptop with 2 gigs of memory. Less than that and you might have some issues, I think. Even with two gigs I disable Aero (those translucent window effects). Other than memory use Vista is as good as XP was for me. I didn't use the built-in mail program though. If you want an alternative try Thunderbird, which is a free open source download.
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Burlington VT
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I bought a Dell with XP recently, (wanting to avoid Vista) and it's ok. Vista has driven friends nuts with it's constant notifications... David Pogue in the NYTimes just gave Windows 7 a favorable review, but it's not out yet.

I use Outlook - and my only complaint is that the entire new MS office suite (including Outlook) is slow. Some of the new features are good...but it's slow even with the 4 gigs of Ram I have.

Isn't your Vista machine under warrantee? I'd say a clean reinstallation of your Vista operating system should fix things for you...
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:42 AM
 
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I bought a Dell with XP recently, (wanting to avoid Vista) and it's ok. Vista has driven friends nuts with it's constant notifications... David Pogue in the NYTimes just gave Windows 7 a favorable review, but it's not out yet.

I use Outlook - and my only complaint is that the entire new MS office suite (including Outlook) is slow. Some of the new features are good...but it's slow even with the 4 gigs of Ram I have.

Isn't your Vista machine under warrantee? I'd say a clean reinstallation of your Vista operating system should fix things for you...
That is easily turned off.
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Old 01-24-2009, 12:38 PM
 
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OP, how much RAM is in the computer?

Same here for corruption of Windows Mail - not seen any with corruption.

What specifically is the problem? Need more specifics to maybe trouble shoot the error for you.
Thanks to all who have replied! A idiot like me needs all the help he can get! LOL


TF? It has 2GB of RAM. What keeps coming up with the Windows Mail program is "corrupted by an external something or other". And "recovered mail" appears.

I have a cousin who is a "computer geek" and he LOVES Vista. Tells me the obvious in that I do not know what I am talking about when I have these problems! That's ok...he has lost most of his hair and I haven't...

Seriously though, thanks to all for giving some good advise.

ALSO...what is the BEST virus removal software to buy? I have Max Sewcure Spyware Detector now...but it doesn't seem to be getting all of it. I have heard a lot lately about SpyBot Search and Destroy...?
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Old 01-24-2009, 02:15 PM
 
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I've never heard of Max Sewcure Spyware Detector. Where did you get it? I use AVG Free 8.0 Antivirus. MalwareBytes Anti-Malware is good and free but nothing will keep the user from screwing up their own computer. Spybot S&D was good about 6 years ago. Today, not so much.
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Old 01-25-2009, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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I've found that the free antivirus and antispyware/malware programs are far better than the need-to-pay-for ones.

I echo EscapeCalifornia -- AVG and MalwareBytes are great. I also use Ad-Aware.
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