Yazoo
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Installing Windows Vista As You Main OS

Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:12 pm

Hey folks!

I just downloaded the new Windows Vista through the Microsoft website (a whooping 2.5 GB but managed to download it in about 30 Minutes, damn thos MS Servers are fast!)

anyways, since I only have one PC. I was wondering if it is safe enough to install Vista as my main OS, anyone tried it out? is it working perfectly and working with most of the hardware or do I definetly need to keep my current version of XP on ?

Thanks a bunch!
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afrikaskyes
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RE: Installing Windows Vista As You Main OS

Sat Sep 30, 2006 3:07 am

I used Vista RC1 as my main OS for a breif time. I admit RC1 is far better and more effecient than Beta2. I had real no siginificant problems with software compatability, either. However, be preapred for a lot of headaches when it comes to drivers! Good luck getting them all! You might experience some hardware issues, as well. I had a tough time getting my iPod to recognize with Vista. Overall, the new OS is fine. My only real complaint about Vista is that it's a direct ripoff of Mac OSX. I would go ahead and try it as your primary OS. See what you think, but I hope you realize it WILL expire.

http://www.iexbeta.com/wiki/index.ph..._Vista_Software_Compatibility_List

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RE: Installing Windows Vista As You Main OS

Sat Sep 30, 2006 3:15 am

Quoting Yazoo (Thread starter):
I was wondering if it is safe enough to install Vista as my main OS, anyone tried it out?

No.

Buy another hard drive then use it as the primary OS on that drive, but getting married to a non-release OS is as foolish as going to Tailand with a bumper sticker supportive of the old prime minister, and without a box of condoms.
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RE: Installing Windows Vista As You Main OS

Sun Oct 01, 2006 12:38 am

Windows Vista is absolutely appaling from what I have used
Gloopy and slow and basically is windows XP + GUI'd up, worse quality features (which were unique of OS X), which they have ripped off.
You need RAM and lots of it to run all the glassy graphicy nonsense :P
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RE: Installing Windows Vista As You Main OS

Mon Oct 02, 2006 5:55 am

Some of you may be noticing now that this thread is considerably smaller - there's a reason for that, namely that the thread was dragged rather far off topic. Let me make it clear that this will not be tolerated. The purpose of the thread isn't a Gates vs. Jobs or Mac vs. PC or OS X vs. Vista debate. As the opening poster asks:

Quoting Yazoo (Thread starter):
I was wondering if it is safe enough to install Vista as my main OS, anyone tried it out? is it working perfectly and working with most of the hardware or do I definetly need to keep my current version of XP on ?

If you cannot provide an answer for this question, then please, don't post and drag the topic back off track again.
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RE: Installing Windows Vista As You Main OS

Mon Oct 02, 2006 6:31 am

I use FreeBSD, but have Vista RC1 installed on a secondary computer, and my girlfriend is using it as her main OS. We have not had problems, but we haven't tested the 64-bit version. My short review is that the UI is more pleasant to use than XP. There are also changes to the kernel, etc, but they are probably not relevant to you.

Using it as your only OS should be reasonably safe. But back up your data, of course. If you haven't, the state of your hard drive should be of more concern to you than Vista...

Quoting ThePRGuy (Reply 3):
Windows Vista is absolutely appaling from what I have used
Gloopy and slow and basically is windows XP + GUI'd up, worse quality features (which were unique of OS X), which they have ripped off.
You need RAM and lots of it to run all the glassy graphicy nonsense :P

The best part about Vista is that it's actually *more* responsive than XP. The desktop is now accelerated in hardware by your 3D card - something that normal applications don't use anyway. Eye candy in such an environment is not a resource hog.

I have 1 GB of RAM, and it's quite enough. On a modern computer even 2 GB wouldn't be expensive, so I don't really see a problem.

The "worse" features are too subjective. I actually like a lot about the Vista UI, and I use OS X frequently. KDE (after customization, of course) is my overall favorite. "Ripping stuff off" is a red herring, imho. I, for one, *want* them to use each others' ideas. Why let your UI stagnate just because someone else came up with something first?

As for processor speed, rather than worrying about Vista, I'd be more interested in if my computer is able to play back MPEG-4 AVC at 1080p, because that's going to make much more of a difference  Wink .

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