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So, how about Microsoft Windows Vista?

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Has anyone here installed Vista yet?

Personally, I don't see myself installing it in the near future. I don't think I would have, even without all those reports about various shortcomings we are seeing: Déjà vue, anyone? XP gave me a number of headaches and total reinstalls when it was new, so I think I'll let somebody else be the guinea pig this time...

/Claes
 
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Re: So, how about Vista?

Has anyone here installed Vista yet?

Personally, I don't see myself installing it in the near future. I don't think I would have, even without all those reports about various shortcomings we are seeing: Déjà vue, anyone? XP gave me a number of headaches and total reinstalls whan it was new, so I think I'll let somebody else be the guinea pig this time...

/Claes
I'm with you. No Vista in my immediate future. Have a gander here for some good reasons to avoid it. Microsoft has never, to my knowledge, released a 32-bit OS that was ready for market. XP is reasonably stable, and there isn't much in Vista that seems worth all of the inevitable heartburn.
 
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JHagani

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Re: So, how about Vista?

I have had the Beta version for the past 6 months on one of my un-needed computes. I do not see myself installing it on any other computers.

If your system is more than 6 months old, don't even try it. You actaually need about 2 Gig Ram to get a decent speed.

Then there is Driver issues. From your video cards, printers, scanners..... to every other device you use, you are at the mercy of the manufacturers. My scanner is a year old, and they already declared it at the end of its life, so there will not be a driver for Vista.

I will stick to XP for the time being.
By the way, anyone remember the good old crashless times of Windows 3.1?
All you needed was a 386 system with 256K ram?
 

ScottK

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Re: So, how about Vista?

I will stick to XP for the time being.
By the way, anyone remember the good old crashless times of Windows 3.1?
All you needed was a 386 system with 256K ram?

Crashless 3.1?
Doesn't the BSOD date back to 3.1?
 

Jim Wynne

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Re: So, how about Vista?

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By the way, anyone remember the good old crashless times of Windows 3.1?
All you needed was a 386 system with 256K ram?
I don't believe that there were ever any 386 computers sold with only 256K of RAM, and there's no way that Win 3.1 would run with only 256K. Microsoft advertised 3.1 as needing 1MB minimum, with 4MB or more recommended. On a 386 with only 1MB, 3.1 was pitifully slow. As for "crashless," I don't think so, although most of the problems were due to applications that conflicted with 3.1's memory management. In Win 3.0, a crash due to such conflicts was called a "GPF," or General Protection Fault. One of the selling points of 3.1 was the alleged elimination of the Blue Screen of Death due to GPFs. In actuality, they simply gave the GPF a new name--"UAE," or Unrecoverable Application Error. Same problem, new name, only in 3.1, the UAE would normally not require a reboot--just restarting the misbehaving application.
 

Wesley Richardson

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Re: So, how about Vista?

From what I have seen on feedback on Vista, the recommendation seems to be to wait until you buy a new computer with it already installed. Make sure you get 2 GB memory as a minimum.

There are 5 different "Editions"

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/default.mspx

as compared to the two primary versions in XP, (Home and Professional). Although XP has a few other flavors such as Tablet.

Wes R.
 
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