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Old 03-16-2009, 01:36 PM   #11
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Default Re: Windows Vista vs. Windows XP

Use XP on the desktop and Vista on the laptop.

No problems with either.

XP, I'm pretty sure, will be supported through 2012.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:42 PM   #12
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Yeah, I had a Mac at work once. It sucked so bad I never used another Mac again. I think that's what you meant.

I'm not sure how long ago "once" was, but I'm guessing you haven't used a Mac in quite a while. The Mac is soooooo much easier to use, it's not even a contest. I am forced to use a Vista at work and there is just no comparison IMO. I don't want to get into a Windows/MacIntosh debate because both platforms have their proponents, but my preference is definitely Mac
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it was all the stupid ass security prompts that drove me nuts with vista. everytime you tried to do something a damn window popped up....that and the time it took to boot up.

Turn off UAC.

Anyway...I have a system that triple boots to Vista Ultimate x64, XP Home (SP3) and Ubuntu Linux 8.10.

I have to say, that I like Vista the most. It is pretty darn stable and the performance is the same as XP if you disable the Aero graphical interface...then, it sort of looks like XP.

People have to understand that you need a bit more ram to really make it fly. I run with 4gb and Vista runs rock solid.
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:08 PM   #14
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I'm not sure how long ago "once" was, but I'm guessing you haven't used a Mac in quite a while. The Mac is soooooo much easier to use, it's not even a contest. I am forced to use a Vista at work and there is just no comparison IMO. I don't want to get into a Windows/MacIntosh debate because both platforms have their proponents, but my preference is definitely Mac
Now that's just perception. Mac OS has it's issues as well, it's just it has a much smaller user base and less people to find problems and less press about them. My cousin's Mac Book running the latest Mac OS X, couldn't find my Linksys wireless router...we had to fidget with it for a few hours before it would even see the wireless network I was broadcasting. In the end, he ended up plugging in to an ethernet port. Vista found it at startup without issue. Just an example.

The things we are hearing about Vista are the things we heard about XP in 2001 and 2002, and are the things we heard about Windows 98 in 1998, etc, etc.

People fear change, and ignore the fact that a computer from 2000 may be able to run XP, but that same computer is not going to be able to run a 2007 OS (Vista).

Technology changes, folks. And you have to take emotions out of it...it's just an OS for pete's sake.
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:30 PM   #15
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Default Re: Windows Vista vs. Windows XP

the opinions vary. But yeah a lot of people have several issues with vista. lots of them have been fixed through the years though

what exactly are you having trouble with?

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Keep in mind, there are rumors floating around that Microsoft is talking about going to a new program (Windows 7...or something like that).

When they do, Windows XP will no longer be supported by their tech support.
yep, and it's supposed to be a better transition from vista to 7 this time

I'm not believing the hype yet though. I do know that if it's actually good it may keep me fro buying a mac next year
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There is a Beta version of 7 that can be downloaded from ms to try out.
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I'm not sure how long ago "once" was, but I'm guessing you haven't used a Mac in quite a while. The Mac is soooooo much easier to use, it's not even a contest. I am forced to use a Vista at work and there is just no comparison IMO. I don't want to get into a Windows/MacIntosh debate because both platforms have their proponents, but my preference is definitely Mac
I don't really understand how one can be any easier to use than the other. Since Windows first came out, every version of it and Mac OS have been basically the same, except the Mac isn't compatible with anything. Maybe that's changed in the past year or two, but I don't see the advantage of being "easy to use" when there's really not much you can do with it in the first place.

Pretty much every Mac owner that I know just uses it for the Internet and iTunes. As far as I can tell, they're giving up compatibility with 90% of the programs out there in an attempt to make a statement that their lifestyle is oh-so-edgy and counterculture.
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Vista has it's pluses and minuses just like any other OS. It's great for making movies (even better if you have Home Premium or Ultimate), working with pictures and setting up a home network. It's also much faster than any XP machine I've ever used. The Ultimate edition has extra features such as full-motion backgrounds that are pretty cool, but it can be a load on your CPU. It sucks when installing programs or doing anything that requires direct access to memory or sensitive areas of the OS (User Account Control - blah), uses quite a bit of memory (which is why you have to have at least 2GB of the fastest RAM your motherboard can handle along with a good and fast dual-core processor for it to run nice and smooth) and I'm not a huge fan of the Windows Sidebar. Windows 7, though, is going to be pretty nice when it comes out. I've used it on my laptop and it's great. It should satisfy the people who have complained about Vista.
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The thing that kind of makes me chuckle is all the negative vibe over Vista...I mean, it wasn't THAT bad. Bad was Windows ME. If anyone remembers that piece of garbage, they pulled if from the shelves and released XP but a year later.

Vista has been stable from the beginning...I think the problem at first was that people tried to upgrade to it without paying attention to the requirements or reviews. If you had 1gb of RAM and XP was just flying, Vista was not going to be a good upgrade. And, of course drivers took a bit to catch up much like when XP was released.

As for the Mac, it has it's uses, for sure, but much of the hype is just that "edgy and different" feel that Steelreserve alluded to. In fact, there is a reason that Apple moved to the PC hardware architecture (read Intel)...

Windows 7 will be the same...people will groan and Apple will continue to make those cute, if inaccurate, commercials bashing it.
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Old 03-16-2009, 07:14 PM   #20
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Default Re: Windows Vista vs. Windows XP

Even though I own and love my iPhone, I have to agree with you...Apple is anal about their pricing and proprietary parts. And, the iPhone had, and still has, major bugs and design decisions/issues.
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