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Recent I've head a lot said about Vista - none of it good either !

As someone who is contemplating buying a new laptop I'm concerned & would prefer to get one with XP Professional instead (I understand that Dell now give you that option), especially as my own small nextwork of three PC's & one laptop (admittedly running win Win98) runs fine with all the PC's on XP.

Also, some of our programme apparently will not run unless we update those too - these are programmes that we are more than happy with as they are.

Anybody have any experience with Vista that would care to comment please ?
 

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I think you may have the wrong forum, but anyway...


Why not try Linux? Do you really need Windows? Do you have any special Windows programs or do you mainly use browsers, email and office? If the latter, you can get Dell laptops blank or installed with something like Ubuntu.

Faster, leaner, cheaper and morally better than Windows (says me using Windows).

If I had to buy a Windows machine tomorrow, I'd get XP, but in a year, perhaps not.
 

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Get Xp Sp2 is a trusted developed product. As i hear it Vista will not be truly any advance until Vista Sp2 arrives. Consequently one of the companies i contract with were part of the reason Dell went back to offering Xp.
 

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I am a happy user of vista on my dell laptop. I am an engineer by profession but i am one of the few engineers that dosent like to fiddle with things too much if they are working nicely.

The only problem i had with vista is that it really dosent like solidworks. and autocad 2006 needs to be run through the compatibility wizard.

If i were to by a laptop i would go for vista again. i was a bit concerned when people started to trash vista after i had just sent £400 on a vista machine!! but many of their concerns i think are unfounded. it is a bit slower but the machines you buy with it on are very fast these days anyway so i dont think you will notice it.

compatability can be a problem so check your software and check on the net first. there may be some patches you need to download FIRST.

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I have been using Vista at work for about nine months, and at home for the last week on this shiny new PC which I built myself. I elected to go with the 64 bit version of Vista since it will allow me to expand beyond 2G Bytes of memory once memory prices fall again which they inevitably will. The installation of Vista was easier than I remember for XP but then this was a clean install, not an upgrade.

The most visible change I have noticed with Vista is a feature called "User Account Control / UAC". This assigns all programs a priviledge level for performing different tasks. If something potentially "life changing" comes along, the UAC dialog pops up asking you if you started it and do you want it to continue. Some older programs may have to be run in the elevated "Administrator" mode so that they can achieve 100% operation. The downside of this is that the UAC will pop up every time you start that program.

Another result of increased security in Vista is that you can't just share printers "willy nilly". I haven't worked my way round this one yet, but I believe the solution is creating a "guest account" for other PCs to use when they log in on the local network.

The impression I have had of reviews of Vista is that it needs more memory to do the same job as XP and that it takes longer to do that job. The speed issue should not be surprising in some ways because it takes a while to optimise software to run at its fastest reliable speed.

I would strongly urge anyone thinking of upgrading their PC to be sure to get a 64 bit CPU and 64 bit OS. My experience at work where we are writing software and timing it, is that 64 bit code always runs faster, sometimes by a large margin. It just depends on what is being done at the time.

The one thing to be wary of if you are changing to a new machine and want to keep your old devices or software programs is to be sure that you have the original installation disks so that you can do a "clean" install. I discovered I have at least 3 BT broadband boxes with disks but I think I should have a fourth which is the one I really needed. Fortunately, as my broadband connection is via a hub, all I actually needed to do was plug in the ethernet cable. Since I have been putting off buying new software for a couple of years, that hasn't been a problem.

So I chose Vista 64, but I was upgrading from a PC I built 8 years ago.

David
 

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QUOTE (Doug @ 7 May 2008, 13:24) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Why not try Linux? Do you really need Windows? Do you have any special Windows programs.

There lies the problem - we run some specialised electrical testing software which is just not available to run on Linux.

It looks like we will have to stay with XP as one of the PC's is too old & only just copes with XP.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed with advise & experiences.
 

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You can buy the laptop with Vista and downgrade to XP with Microsoft's blessing, but be aware that XP will only be on sale officially until June 2008 - that's next month!

I am typing this on a Vista laptop (Dell) which I bought two months ago.

Vista Service Pack 1 is now available, as is XP Service Pack 3, which I have deployed on my other three computers.

I teach IT and am currently in a support role in a local High School. Not all that you read or hear about Vista is true and, while I am definitely not a huge fan of Microsoft, I will defend them on this issue because it is very often the third party software and hardware suppliers who are at fault for not having Vista-compatible drivers and applications.

Another possibilty for older software is to try the compatibility mode built in to Windows XP Pro and Vista,where you can get the program to run as if it is in, say, Windows 98, for example.
 
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