EGBJ
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Windows Vista Question.

Sat Feb 10, 2007 7:09 pm

Hey all,

I am thinking of upgrading my laptop to Windows Vista Basic. The problem is I only have 512mb RAM. What will the "Basic" version run like on a 512mb machine. Is anyone here running it with this spec.

Thanks for any info,
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RE: Windows Vista Question.

Sat Feb 10, 2007 7:41 pm

Quoting EGBJ (Thread starter):
I am thinking of upgrading my laptop to Windows Vista Basic. The problem is I only have 512mb RAM. What will the "Basic" version run like on a 512mb machine. Is anyone here running it with this spec.

It should run fine, I ran Vista Home Premium on a system with 512mb ram and it was OK.
 
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RE: Windows Vista Question.

Sat Feb 10, 2007 8:11 pm

Why would you want the basic version, you should by Home Premium.  Wink

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RE: Windows Vista Question.

Sat Feb 10, 2007 8:21 pm

Thanks guys Smile

Quoting AirbusA346 (Reply 2):

Windows website says you need 1gig of RAM for Premium unfortunately.

Im currently running XP Home....do you think an upgrade to Vista Basic would be worthwile??

Thanks
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RE: Windows Vista Question.

Sat Feb 10, 2007 10:56 pm

Its really not worth getting the basic version. Most reviews mention that, as it lacks many of the features that make vista vista.
Get yourself a cheap ram upgrade (try www.ebuyer.com), and you'll be able to get Vista Home Premium instead (which I have and its great)

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RE: Windows Vista Question.

Sat Feb 10, 2007 11:25 pm

Quoting FlyKev (Reply 4):

Thanks....any idea how I find out what sort of RAM I need??

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RE: Windows Vista Question.

Sat Feb 10, 2007 11:31 pm

Quoting EGBJ (Reply 5):
Thanks....any idea how I find out what sort of RAM I need??

As systems vary, Its best to do a free system scan.

http://www.crucial.com/uk/systemscanner/

Crucial offer this one free, and will then tell you what ram they recommend for your system.

You can then buy it from them, or of course, shop around.


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RE: Windows Vista Question.

Sun Feb 11, 2007 12:05 am

Quoting FlyKev (Reply 6):

Thanks a lot Kev...have just ordered a new stick of RAM from eBuyer Big grin
 
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RE: Windows Vista Question.

Sun Feb 11, 2007 12:25 am

To me, the fundamental change in Vista is the ability to run 64-bit programs, there was/is an earlier version of XP called XP Professional x64 that inaugurated the 64-bit Windows era. The distribution, save the very basic edition, has either both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions for installation, or the 64-bit version CD can be ordered for a small fee.

In order to run the 64-bit Vista you neeed to have a recent 64-bit CPU in your machine, and in order to have a working sound, network, and similar you need to have hardware in your machine that has 64-bit drivers written for them. If the distribution does not supply them for you, these are appearing fast for most of the recent hardware on the respective websites of the hardware manufacturers, luckily.

When you have your new shining 64-bit environment ready, what to run in it to make the transition worthwhile? If you are an ardent user of Photoshop, for instance, you'll be wanting to buy a 64-bit Photoshop for a noticeable performance improvement, but there's none available for the Vista platform. Many of the older programs will show compatibility problems, even in the 32-bit version; see here for a list and a patch program. Another extensive list is maintained here.

There are some new security features that'll make life a lot harder for the "rootkit" type of viruses that insert themselves into the core services of the operating system. Also Vista being picky with privileges may be irritating, but enhances security. (The facility is suspendable.)
Gamers who are interested in the new DirectX 10 interface will have to transition to Vista as an XP version will not be available. Improvements of some of the 3D sound interfaces have been incorporated.

The versioning of the and the respective cutting down of the functions of Vista is very bizarre, see here .
Buying a 64-bit Vista upgrade for your standard 32-bit XP is not possible, only a 32-bit Vista version can be installed "on top" of a 32-bit XP installation . I think this is a bad marketing decision. A review of the upgrade policy is available here and also here

To sum it up: if you're interested in a better protection and security services, Vista is your choice, but only in its "best" version. This version also supports multiple OS interface languages for multiple users. For others, I feel the overall situation is such that an upgrade is not a good decision. Your next PC will have Vista installed anyway, but you'll need to make sure exactly what version you'll be getting.

Vista is a major rewrite of XP, and has a very sophisticated memory management, major security improvements, and a structure that lends itself easily to virtualisation, or running on other platforms than the PC such as the Mac (only in the "better versions", again).

[Edited 2007-02-10 16:29:49]
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