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    VistaFlash (Vista)

    I have read that Vista performance can be enhanced by adding external memory, such as a flash drive that is at least 1/2 Gb in size. Is this true, and can anyone provide details?

    Even a modest gain might be handy for resource-intensive applications, and since removable memory wouldn't be a dedicated component it could be used for data storage after the high-demand computing was finished. Such memory is getting cheaper and faster all the time, and it might actually reduce the demands (such as battery drain) and overall cost of a system, or let you postpone buying a new computer.

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    Re: VistaFlash (Vista)

    Yes, when inserting a USB "Thumb drive" one of the options is to use it for additional memory. All one will need to do is select the option.

    But it is still BEST that you have 2 Gigs or more in the machine.

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    Re: VistaFlash (Vista)

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    Re: VistaFlash (Vista)

    Let's try to answer your questions.

    Q. Do you know when the next generation is due?
    A. The CPU vendors (essentially Intel & AMD) have no set cycle(s) any more. They are constantly trying to outdo each other. So, you'll see new processors and graphics chips released regularly.

    Q. What are the pros and cons of 64-bit processing?
    A. Pro - will be able to address much more memory. Windows Vista will be more secure because of kernel protection. Cons - currently not much software support. Drivers need to be updated also.

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    Re: VistaFlash (Vista)

    Joe,
    You answered those question in the best way anyone could.

    As for the different versions of Vista, you missed the 5th version, it is listed below the chart on your first link. Some countries will ONLY be able to get the "Starter Version".
    The following is a copy and paste from that page.

    Windows Vista Starter
    Windows Vista Starter is the most affordable way to enjoy the basic Windows Vista experience. Windows Vista Starter is exclusively* available in emerging markets, and is designed for a beginning PC user with additional tools and tutorials to make it easier to use. Read more.

    *Note: Windows Vista Starter is not currently scheduled to be available in the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, or other high income markets as defined by the World Bank.

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    Re: VistaFlash (Vista)

    Thank you for the excellent answers. That is the sort of information I had hoped for.

    When it comes to Vista Editions, something we all overlooked is that the 64-bit versions effectively doubles the total (Doesn't it?). Even Microsoft missed that in its publicity, and if someone puts the wrong version on a computer on which Vista is not pre-installed, they may not be a happy customer.

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    Re: VistaFlash (Vista)

    Sorry to butt in here, but I didn't want peterg to confuse "64-bit processors" vs. "Vista 64-bit version". These are two totally different animals. The new 64-bit processors, one of which I have (AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+) are the new generation chips which afford many advantages, especially when mated to a dual core processor. You can install ANY version of an operating system with these processors. However, the 64-bit versions of Operating Systems, e.g., XP or Vista, although touted to be the next generation to come offer very little advantages for the typical user. As has already been pointed out, compatible software is sparse and generally more expensive. So to iterate... you can have a 64-bit PROCESSOR/CHIP and run Vista 32-bit and thus run any compatible 32-bit software, which pretty well gives you an open door to what's currently available. The only issue will be, of course, is whether or not the application is Vista compatible, which is something else to consider.

    Personally, as far as versions go, IMHO there are only two to consider... Home Premium or Ultimate. Why settle for less? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: VistaFlash (Vista)

    Thanks Jeff. I did know that 64-bit processors and software were different creatures, but I rashly assumed that if I had a 64-bit processor I would have to run the 64-bit Vista, so your post is welcome.

    As for Vista Ultimate, if the newfangled security feature is any good, it is the one thing everyone is going to want, and I don't know whether it was a marketing decision or one based on its resource requirements that made them force you to go that far to get it.

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    Re: VistaFlash (Vista)

    Why settle for less?

    One concern with all of these high-powered devices and software is battery drain. Sure, I'd like everything (and most of all the know-how to run it), but I can't help wondering if a laptop's battery will be flat in fifteen minutes. That's just one of the many trade-offs to consider.

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