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Old 04-23-2009, 11:08 PM
 
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I think the first question you need to ask yourself is "Do I have a reason to justify buying Vista?". The answer to that for most people is no.

Those who might answer yes are Gamers and people with a need for the latest applications and hardware that only has Vista support.
He's talking about buying a new PC. The default OS today is Vista64 and it's pretty much impossible to buy a machine that won't run it decently. There's zero reason for an individual user to go out of their way to stick with XP when buying a new PC.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I think the first question you need to ask yourself is "Do I have a reason to justify buying Vista?". The answer to that for most people is no.
I agree.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Well for me, my older computers were beyond repair. I have 64 bit Vista and it's okay. Some of my apps will not work on 64 bit vista, though. Such as photoshop or some of the SCP utilities I used to use. I got a command line replacement for scp, but I totally refuse to pay for a new photoshop. So compatibility may be an issue. It has interesting graphical tricks, but I had an issue with the security when transferring some files. I think mine may run faster, and I suspect that the OS requires a lot of memory and CPU because of all of the cute graphical things that it does. I hate the new file explorer, but Microsoft screws with that with every iteration of windows, so windows 7 may be even worse. There may be a way to revert back to "classic," but I don't know. I would say I hated Vista on my husbands laptop, but mine has grown on me. I have a feeling that more software companies will wait to make their products compatible w/ windows 7, so if you have a lot of software that you use, check out their websites to make sure they have Vista-compatible versions before you upgrade.
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Old 04-24-2009, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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He's talking about buying a new PC. The default OS today is Vista64 and it's pretty much impossible to buy a machine that won't run it decently. There's zero reason for an individual user to go out of their way to stick with XP when buying a new PC.
I agree. Absolutely no reason to upgrade to Vista on OLD hardware, but when purchasing a new high end system I can't believe so many people still go through the trouble of downgrading to XP when their hardware will have absolutely no problem with Vista. XP is eight years old now and it's time to start looking beyond it unless you have a real reason to stick with it. If you have 4GB of RAM or more, you're stupid to downgrade to XP. Just get Vista and then download PC Decrapifier to get rid of most of the trial software, then use a good registry cleaner to get rid of it's traces and then your computer will run like a dream.
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Old 04-24-2009, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Downtown Austin
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Thanks for the feedback. Of my 3 work computers, 2 home office and two laptops, one laptop is a Vista machine that's about 2 years old now. I mainly use it when I travel and since all I really do is open a browser and check email, I haven't really had any trouble, but I had just remembered being told that for networked desktops to avoid mixing XP and Vista and that vista had problems working with printers, older software, etc.

I've emailed one of my software providers (proprietary property management software) to ask if there are still problems with Vista (there were 2 years ago). If not, I'll probably go ahead and buy a new vista machine.

Steve
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Old 04-24-2009, 03:27 PM
 
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Thanks for the feedback. Of my 3 work computers, 2 home office and two laptops, one laptop is a Vista machine that's about 2 years old now. I mainly use it when I travel and since all I really do is open a browser and check email, I haven't really had any trouble, but I had just remembered being told that for networked desktops to avoid mixing XP and Vista and that vista had problems working with printers, older software, etc.

I've emailed one of my software providers (proprietary property management software) to ask if there are still problems with Vista (there were 2 years ago). If not, I'll probably go ahead and buy a new vista machine.

Steve
I'm mixing them all across a network with little or no problems. Most I've had are minor and require a little research to resolve.

3 XP desktops (1 Pro), soon to be 4 as I'm going to reuse an old PC as a server, 1 XP laptop, 1 Vista Home Premium 64 laptop, one desktop that runs, depending on the need for clients, etc, either XP, Vista Ultimate, or Windows 7.

Everybody is happy.

Old hardware can present a problem if the vendor has not written drivers. Check on their websites to see if they do. Don't surprised if some printers, etc work with Vista even without an updated driver. I have a client that uses an HP 952c printer and it installed in Vista even though there is, supposedly, no updated driver available. I would not expect the same result, however, with a multi-function printer.
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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I'm still using XP because I have some old applications that have mega problems with running on Vista...if you don't have any old software apps you should be OK.
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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People - what you do is make a custom built computer WITH MULTIPLE HARD DRIVES AND 2 OR MORE OPERATING SYSTEMS. Get a Kingwin removable hard drive tray and use 1 HD for XP Pro and 1 HD for Vista 64 and you're all set!

Welcome to www.Kingwin.com: Mobile Rack Trays
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Old 04-25-2009, 01:28 PM
 
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People - what you do is make a custom built computer WITH MULTIPLE HARD DRIVES AND 2 OR MORE OPERATING SYSTEMS. Get a Kingwin removable hard drive tray and use 1 HD for XP Pro and 1 HD for Vista 64 and you're all set!

Welcome to www.Kingwin.com: Mobile Rack Trays

The PC I have XP, Vista Ultimate, and Win7 on has three drives in the internal bay. I just slide the side off, switch cable position and reboot.
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Old 04-25-2009, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I am not a computer whiz but I have never had a hard time learning new programs and new operating systems UNTIL NOW.

It seems like things have been changed around for change sake and not necessarily ALWAYS to make things work better.

I miss XP.
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