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    Windows Vista Opinions (Windows XP SP2)

    Hello,

    Now that Windows Vista has been out for a while, those of you that have updated, do you like it? Is it worth the upgrade? I'm currently using Windows XP Sp2 and have been thinking of going to the "Ultimate" version. Don't know why they had to make so many versions. Have read that Ultimate is the best.

    So what do you think? Happy you upgraded?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Windows Vista Opinions (Windows XP SP2)

    If you are in the market for a NEW computer and some software, I would go to Vista. BUT, if you are talking about upgrading your current machine and OS to Vista I would NOT do it.

    Depending on what and where you are using the computer, will determine if you need Ultimate of not.

    If you are using the computer at home and not connecting to a "Domain Network" then the Home Premium is all you need. Most of the added items included in the Ultimate version is for the business world and not needed at the home front.

    I would also wait until the OEM's have the upcoming SP1 already installed. SP1 looks like it will be released next month (February), then it will take some time for the new version of Vista machines to hit the shelfs.

    You need to visit ALL of the websites of your different software and hardware and check to see if there are ANY issues with the versions, make and models that you have.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows Vista Opinions (Windows XP SP2)

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the reply. I'm not planning on buying a new computer so I think I'll wait a while. I understand that XP SP3 is coming out or is already out for download so may slipstream that instead. I reformat every few years and was just thinking that it's getting to be that time so........... but I think I'll wait and just use the latest window blinds to make it look like vista. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    Thanks again,
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    Re: Windows Vista Opinions (Windows XP SP2)

    Well, I guess I'm going to disagree to some extent with DaveA. I'd recommend Vista (probably Home Premium will be fine) to anyone who has a PC that can adequately support it. I'd says that most any PC bought in the last two years can support Vista from a processor viewpoint. I'd highly recommend that you have either 2GB RAM or 1GB RAM with a USB 2.0 thumb drive to use with the ReadyBoost feature. I'd also recommend a discrete video card (i.e. not integrated on the motherboard) with at least 256 MB video RAM. Also, you MUST make sure that Vista drivers are available for all your hardware.

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    Re: Windows Vista Opinions (Windows XP SP2)

    Hi Joe,
    Thanks for the advice. I'll definitely check out the hardware first. I seem to recall that Microsoft came out with a "compatibility" checker early on. I think I downloaded it and will probably see what it advises. Thanks for reminding me.

    I guess my thought was to see what everyone thinks of Vista. Is it very different to operate or is it just "prettier"? I saw a laptop with Vista at the local Staples / Office Depot but I didn't know how to start looking around. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> I guess I'm wondering if everyone is glad they switched or sorry. I suppose everyone's experience is probably very different.

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    Re: Windows Vista Opinions (Windows XP SP2)

    See Windows Vista: Upgrade Advisor. there are some things that are different, some things in different places, etc. I did not find anything to be a major issue. It is prettier but also safer and more stable than any other Windows client release.

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    Re: Windows Vista Opinions (Windows XP SP2)

    I agree with Joe,that MOST machines that are less than 2 years old should be OK. BUT, I have seen way to many newer machines with one piece of internal hardware that there was NOT a real good Vista driver and the performance was very slow.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows Vista Opinions (Windows XP SP2)

    Thank you Gentlemen for your input and advice!

    Have a great day!
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    Re: Windows Vista Opinions (Windows XP SP2)

    I'll just add my 2-cents worth. In my office we are running 4 machines: 3 older ones with XP Pro and one new one purchased with Vista Ultimate. I like Vista very much and have found that administrating it is easier than the XP machines. It has been trouble-free. I had considered trying to install Vista on the newest of the three XP machines but decided it wasn't worth the grief. But if I were to buy a new machine, I would definitely go with Vista, although I'd probably wait until Service Pack 1 comes out, which should be fairly soon.

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    Re: Windows Vista Opinions (Windows XP SP2)

    Hi Fafner,

    Good to know. Thank you!
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    Re: Windows Vista Opinions (Windows XP SP2)

    Hello again,
    From your experience / knowledge, once Microsoft releases an update, in this case SP1, do you know if the retail stores get the updated packages right away? or not until they sell out of the original, or do you have to download it anyway?

    Im asking because I have a nice gift certificate at Staples (our local office supply store) that would go a long way towards the purchase of Vista but it expires in March. I know that SP1 is just "a few weeks" away and I'd like to buy Vista with SP1 included but I don't want to loose the opportunity to purchase it with the certificate. If I knew what is normally done, I'd wait otherwise I could just go and get it.

    Once SP1 came out, do you think it would slipstream like the others did?

    Thanks again,
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    Re: Windows Vista Opinions (Windows XP SP2)

    Normally, the retail copies are sold as is, until the new production runs are made then the SP is rolled in to the master.

    As for OEM's, it will be based on how the OEM gets their copy. If they "BUY" the DVD from MS then it will be when the NEXT production run is done. If downloaded, it will be as downloaded, providing the distributor is up to date.

    Bottom line, I have never heard of ANY copies being "PULLED" from the shelf and NOT sold.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows Vista Opinions (Windows XP SP2)

    Hi,

    Once again, thank you for the info! You guys are great!
    Louise

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    Re: Windows Vista Opinions (Windows XP SP2)

    From your experience / knowledge, once Microsoft releases an update, in this case SP1, do you know if the retail stores get the updated packages right away?

    Windows Vista SP1 will support the following delivery methods:
    Express. Requires an Internet connection but minimizes the size of the download by sending only the changes needed for a specific computer (approximately 60 MB for x86-based operating systems).
    Stand-alone. Recommended for computers with limited Internet connectivity and for applying the service pack to multiple computers. The download size is larger than the express package, but customers can apply a single package to any Windows Vista version and language combination (within a platform). Distribution tools like System Center Configuration Manager 2007 use stand-alone packages to deploy Windows Vista SP1.
    Integrated DVD. The integrated DVD version of Windows Vista SP1 is media that already contains the service pack, which companies can use to deploy the operating system to new computers or to upgrade existing computers. Availability will be limited. Microsoft will update Windows Vista retail media with Windows Vista SP1 slipstream media in the future. Slipstream media will also be available to Volume Licensing customers.
    (Overview of Windows Vista Service Pack 1)

    In other words, most likely SP-1 update will be pre-installed or Update DVD will be included.

    Once SP1 came out, do you think it would slipstream like the others did?

    Microsoft has confirmed that there will no way to directly slipstream the Service Pack
    However, it is possible to create an image of Vista SP-1 installation using, for instance, Reverse Integration.
    See Vista SP1 Reverse Integration Guide for more information.

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