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Old 07-14-2008, 08:13 AM   #1
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Window's Vista

I am looking at buying a laptop PC and I keep hearing 2 sides about VISTA. So, I came here to find out, how good or bad is VISTA? Just about every laptop comes with vista now. So all opinions are appreciated. Thanks...

Walmart.com : HP 15.4" Pavilion dv6809wm Laptop PC w/ AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor TL-60 : Computers

Here is a link to the one that I am looking at. Any tips on others would be great I am looking to spend about $600 to $700...
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:26 AM   #2
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Might as well go for Vista because I think Microsoft is no longer selling XP.
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Go Vista. The people complaining about it are the people that didn't have the PCs to handle it. I've been impressed with Vista and it's treated me well. Microsoft decided to do what Mac has been doing for years and not support legacy hardware. That caused a lot of folks upgrading to have issues. Now days everything is developed for Vista. I have had few to no problems with it. Just make sure you go turn off the "Are you sure" type things. They are annoying, but simple to disable.
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I have a Dell XPS 720 H2C with Vista and I can tell you Vista is a piece of shit...It's sluggish and a memory hog...Windows Media Player started crashing constantly and I tried to uninstall it but you can't!!!! I had to reinstall the entire OS to fix the issue! Oh and the constant updates, it's really annoying. numerous software have glitches too (i.e. HP's Photo Smart software).

Anyone considering switching to Vista from XP should really reconsider because there's no real value in switching. Vista offers nothing new. If you're getting a new machine you really don't have an option anymore. Every PC comes with Vista now.
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:19 AM   #5
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I'm running Windows Vista Business SP1 on a Dell Dimension C521 (AMD Athlon 64 3500+, 2GB Memory) here at work, and I have had virtually no trouble whatsoever.

If you are running XP currently, I wouldn't recommend upgrading to Vista, unless you buy all new equipment...

Redskins8588 - that machine should run Vista just fine. The only thing that I'm not a fan of is the low resolution of that laptop (1280x800). Other than that, all the specs seem to be fine, and you should have no problems with it. Happy Computering.
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:34 AM   #6
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I have an hp pavillion with 2G ram that works great with vista. I imagine it would be faster with xp, but have no probs with it. Also I've had the pavillion for over a year and been impressed with it. Far better quality than either of my in law's gateway laptops.
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I'm pretty unbiased between the two, and honestly Vista is just fine. We run and will continue to run Windows XP here where I work until support TOTALLY ends for XP OR the next OS comes out.

I have XP on my home machine and will keep it until I absolutely have to. Vista is most definitely a memory hog, but honestly much like anything, it depends on your level of computer experience. This is what I do for a career, so pretty much I never have problems with my machines at home.
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Redskins8588 - that machine should run Vista just fine. The only thing that I'm not a fan of is the low resolution of that laptop (1280x800). Other than that, all the specs seem to be fine, and you should have no problems with it. Happy Computering.
Thanks, I am using the unit as a secondary PC. I have a Desktop that I love. I want a laptop because I am starting to attend RIT on-line and as a family we tend to travel a bit too much, so I want a laptop to take with me. As for the resolution what do you recommend? Most that I have looked at has the 1280x800 res. How much worse would it be compared to my dell flat panel monitor?
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1280x800 is just a weird resolution...probably because the laptop is a 15.4 inch screen, but I guess it's because I'm not thinking in terms of screen size.

1280x800 is probably fine for a 15.4, but I know I've seen cheaper 17's that have that resolution. 1280 width is the equivalent of a 17 inch flat panel display for the most part, so it should be fine, especially if it's going to be a secondary PC.
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Old 07-14-2008, 12:21 PM   #10
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I have vista and I haven't had any problems with it. If the computer comes with vista already installed, you will be fine.
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I have a Dell XPS 720 H2C with Vista and I can tell you Vista is a piece of shit...It's sluggish and a memory hog...Windows Media Player started crashing constantly and I tried to uninstall it but you can't!!!! I had to reinstall the entire OS to fix the issue! Oh and the constant updates, it's really annoying. numerous software have glitches too (i.e. HP's Photo Smart software).

Anyone considering switching to Vista from XP should really reconsider because there's no real value in switching. Vista offers nothing new. If you're getting a new machine you really don't have an option anymore. Every PC comes with Vista now.

I've had so many WMP issues, specifically related to WMP sharing services which as you've said can only be fixed with the good ol' nuke and pave. Other than that, I've had no real issues with Vista. I'm running a home-built pc, Vista Ultimate 64, quad core proc and 8 gbs of Ram.
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Old 07-14-2008, 01:05 PM   #12
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Don't go large with your laptop screen if you're using it to travel. I have a huge monitor on my laptop and it's a real hassle to cart around. I couldn't even find a computer bag for it. Finally I found a north face backpack that I could fit it in, but wasn't a pre-made laptop bag.
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Old 07-14-2008, 02:06 PM   #13
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Re: Window's Vista

The problem with Vista is it adds little over XP but is very very resource hungry: requires tons of memory, computing power, graphics card, etc.

Fortunately for Microsoft, things are working out quite well in that all of these things have become incredibly dirt cheap. You can get an Acer X1200 for $450, and it comes with 4 GB of memory, 300+GB HD, a decent Nvidea graphics card, and a dual-core from AMD (not as good as Intel's but look at what you are paying). All this runs Vista without any problem whatsoever.

So if you are buying TODAY, you have resources to spare to "enjoy" vista. But any hardware bought before 2008 probably cost a fortune or will struggle mightily running Vista.

They are forcing you to upgrade hardware by killing XP.
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Might as well go for Vista because I think Microsoft is no longer selling XP.
Might as well get XP because they're already developing Vista's replacement since it was a dud.


Seriously, Vista is HORRIBLE, we're having a lot of issues with it at my office (forced upgrade) and compatibility issues with printers, accounting software. phones and palms aren't synching and other crap problems.
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Old 07-14-2008, 02:21 PM   #15
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I have vista and I haven't had any problems with it. If the computer comes with vista already installed, you will be fine.
If you never install anything else, connect to a network or try wireless devices...
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