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    Windows Vista

    I would be interested in hearing other views, but from what I have read in various magazines, it appears the general consensus is to give Vista two or three years to shake out the bugs before purchasing. In addition, I am having a problem seeing just what Microsoft has added to this system that makes it worth going through the grief of getting use to a new system. I am sure that over the next few years, software manufacturers will be taking advantage of it's additional capabilities as they design new products and then it might be worth buying it.
    mike

    #2
    That's true of any software. Let others sort of iron out the bugs before implementing business critical applications/systems. The "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality is appropriate in most cases. That said, it is the direction Microsoft is headed so if you're planning to upgrade or purchase a new system, you might as well go with Vista.
    Daniel

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      #3
      The "stuff" that makes Vista good, you'll never really notice. There's serious security features behind the scene added. One of the big changes is you ared no long admin by default, like *nix and Mac Os's. This will keep ALOT of pests from installing.

      Like Dan said, 1st gen anything has it's bugs...

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        #4
        Originally posted by Patonb
        The "stuff" that makes Vista good, you'll never really notice. There's serious security features behind the scene added. One of the big changes is you ared no long admin by default, like *nix and Mac Os's. This will keep ALOT of pests from installing.

        Like Dan said, 1st gen anything has it's bugs...
        am I right in assuming that all the software I use with XP would need to be updated for Vista? it sounds like you need to buy office 2007 just to have word and excel. I wonder if Dragon will charge for a Vista version?

        I was so glad to get rid of Windows ME. But, I think I'm going to hang on to XP for at least a year or two.

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          #5
          I use the new programs at work.

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            #6
            Vista

            My proffesor has an early edition of it. She does not like it. They have changed a lot of stuff, and not for the better. Access and Excel are completly different and the menus are not at all like previous editions.

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              #7
              Here is a comprehensive list of all of the new features included in Windows Vista.

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feature..._Windows_Vista
              c6/7 complete

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                #8
                Originally posted by Patonb
                The "stuff" that makes Vista good, you'll never really notice. There's serious security features behind the scene added. One of the big changes is you ared no long admin by default, like *nix and Mac Os's. This will keep ALOT of pests from installing.

                Like Dan said, 1st gen anything has it's bugs...
                i disagree. vista should be more stable. not that xp is not stable, but try xp with more than 1 3d program. vista will handle memory better and will almost never ever blue screen or freeze. and if you are a gamer or do movie style graphics, dx10 will blow out dx9. so if you're an average user;data crunching, e-mail, most internet surfing, etc...stay with xp. gamers, artist, musicians, new net, move to vista.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Wesley
                  am I right in assuming that all the software I use with XP would need to be updated for Vista? it sounds like you need to buy office 2007 just to have word and excel. I wonder if Dragon will charge for a Vista version?

                  I was so glad to get rid of Windows ME. But, I think I'm going to hang on to XP for at least a year or two.
                  I don't know about others, but I have been using the same version of excel and Office since 2000. I think that Microsoft will design new versions of their present software to incorporate new features that will run better on Vista, but I doubt that the present versions of those programs won't work on Vista.
                  mike

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by DA
                    i disagree. vista should be more stable. not that xp is not stable, but try xp with more than 1 3d program. vista will handle memory better and will almost never ever blue screen or freeze. and if you are a gamer or do movie style graphics, dx10 will blow out dx9. so if you're an average user;data crunching, e-mail, most internet surfing, etc...stay with xp. gamers, artist, musicians, new net, move to vista.

                    You can't disagree... cause we both basically said the same thing.

                    If anyone is bored... do a search for release opinions of XP... Things will scarely sound exactly alike.

                    It could be a great add-on to a Windows OS, to have say Vista "look" like 95, or XP. Kind of like Linux, where you can run Flux, or KDE or Gnome..

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                      #11
                      I'll maybe wait for Vista SP1 to come out . I figure by then the DX10 games will be out in force, and maybe any bugs will get shaken out. I'm curious what sort of performance gains if any will Vista give, or will the going from Windows 9x to XP performance hit take effect? Remember when 128MB RAM was just peachy? XP put an end to that. Not that memory is expensive anymore, but you get what I'm saying. What's next, needing a dual core CPU? LOL

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                        #12
                        my main pc was having problems. so instead of trying to figure out the problem, i went ahead with a major upgrade. 3.8 ghz dual core 2 gig ram and a dx10 8800 gtx. i'm ready for vista.

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                          #13
                          8800 GTX? Oh man you got the bomb there dude! That card is nutty. I'm thinking of pulling the trigger on a 8800 GTS tommorrow along with another gig of memory for my HDTV computer. I'd do the GTX, but my PS is a little small for that (just doing an upgrade on my 2 yr old 'bleeding edge' desktop machine). The GTS will be a much better fit for what I'm doing with it. What sort of monitor you getting? Hey, why dont you get a pair of SLI'ed 8800 GTX's, and one of those Dell 30 inch monitors running that 2500x1600 or thereabouts, now that would really rock! Enjoy your new machine, I think you have top dog status around here now .

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                            #14
                            There are seven versions of Vista, and Microsoft may have muddied the waters but if you are a sophisticated user or enthusiast, then you will probably want Vista Ultimate, which will have all the new features. If you are buying a laptop or a computer today, then you need to know the difference between Windows Vista Capable and Windows Vista Premium Ready. Windows Vista Capable means that the computer can run Windows Vista, but it may not work very well or be very fast. I have been asked by a friend to help him purchase a new laptop, and I am only looking at Windows Vista Premium Ready. I think that it is better to wait until January 30, 2007 to purchase a new PC or laptop, rather than do the coupon upgrade that is being offered now. It might be wise to wait until April or May of 2007 before you purchase Vista because this will allow for it to really be banged on! I would also expect the hybrid drives, which will make for longer battery life on laptops, to be out in early 2007 (source).

                            I think that it is still unknown if Vista will be more reliable and secure than Windows XP. Windows Vista will offer full disk encryption that will be great for laptops because sometimes they get stolen. Windows Vista 32-bit version will allow third party applications to modify the kernel. This will enable most of the standard software programs to install without any problems because the drivers will not have to be signed or authorized. With Windows Vista 64-bit, Microsoft has drawn a line in the sand and has stated that the kernel cannot be modified, and all drivers will have to be signed (source). I don't think that Windows Vista 64-bit is ready at this time but it may be in a year from now. Perhaps Windows 64-bit is really the OS of the future.
                            The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom
                            --General George Patton

                            Complex problems need to be solved collectively.
                            ––Paul Nussbaum
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by PN
                              , and all drivers will have to be signed (source).
                              That's just peachy, especially for those that dont feel like waiting for a manufacturer to validate drivers to get the latest updates/fixes and just install hacked .inf drivers. The OS of the future? I dunno

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