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OT Computer Operating systems Visa vs XP

I know this is way off topic but there seem to be many here with computer knowledge so I thought I would ask. How bad is Vista?

My current computer is about 8 years old and has XP. It has been a great machine but is getting long in the tooth. I am looking into a new one but they all seem to have Vista these days. When Vista first came out I heard a lot of bad things. My brother got a Vista machine about 1 year ago and it uses 1Gb of ram just running vista. Also I hate the rounded looking windows and it seems slower at simple tasks then my current machine.

Is Vista really that bad? Can I do things to make it better? Or should I stick with XP even though that would be difficult. The computer will be used for gaming and internet. Also does Vista get mad when you change components I was planing to get a middle of the road system and install a better graphics card and more RAM, will Vista make a problem here?

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I'm not an expert by any stretch but for me vista hasn't been that bad. Start up/shut down seems a bit slower than it needs to be but overall it's been ok. Just like any release of windows it has its minimum memory requirements and more is generally better. If you don't care about all the visual foo-foo you can turn off most all of the glitz and it takes quite a load off. It can be tweaked to look pretty much just like XP if you wish.

With all that said, if you're happy with XP I'd just stick with it for now and wait for Windows 7. Initial reviews are much better performance wise than vista got and so far the critics are optimistic.

If you don't have a valid install of XP right now it might be tough to stick with it on a new machine though. Most of the big brick and mortars aren't going to have it on their new product. Your best bet would be a mom and pop computer shop somewhere. The only thing coming with XP these days are some of the netbooks.
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Vista is junk, just don't go there. If you want a pc < 1yr, get one at a mom and pop computer shop. Otherwise wait for windows 7, Microsoft listened on that one.

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Thanks for the advice.

I have a legit copy of XP but it came with my Current computer an HP and I don't think it would work on a new machine. Sadly the last Mom and Pop computer store in town is now closed, they said it just was not worth the time it took anymore. I may just hold out for Windows 7.

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The HP sticker will work on your next PC. Whichever PC that has the sticker, is *legal* (At least enough that it is not worth it to go after) as long as the other copy is removed off the old PC.

Best solution is to find a gamer that is looking to upgrade, you can get their old PC for a song (Show them cash, you get a better price ) which will most likely run XP, and be fast enough to survive another few years at least.

Hard-core gamers are like Muscle Car addicts, always a perfectly good piece of equipment getting upgraded, and the old one just gets set aside and forgotten.

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When my computer gets too feeble to mess with I junk it and build a new one with some old parts and some new. I've jumped one legal copy of W2K a half dozen times now, and never had a problem with it. The computers don't really care what OS they have, as long as the computer has enough resources. XP isn't going to be happy on a box built for W3.1, but it should be fine on a computer that can run Vista.

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but it should be fine on a computer that can run Vista.
* as long as you can find XP drivers for the motherboard, on-board video, audio and NIC.

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Take a look around TigerDirect.com. They still have XP systems available. I have used them as a resource for several machines that I have built. The prices are not bad and they are great to work with.

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Only problem with Tiger is that so much of their stuff has a great price, after rebate. I really hate those rebate deals. I've been real happy with 3btech.com Prices comparable to Tiger's prices without the rebates.

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I have helped a couple people having computer issues with Vista. The Vista-64 bit edition is the only one that has been reliable. So I am staying with XP for as long as I can. If you have to get something soon then I recommend waiting, if you can, for Windows 7. The requirement for lots of RAM (memory chips) has turned up results that sometimes having too much RAM actually can slow the computer down, so be careful to look at specifications about sets of memory such as 2 sticks or 3 sticks. The guy that replaced me at a former IT job is still trying to stay with Windows 2000.

How long can we hold out? Microsoft has always found a way to force us into upgrading.

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