Thinking about getting Vista-Advice?

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  1. Saluki

    Saluki New Member

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    I'm looking for a little advice. I'm thinking about getting Vista. Not sure which one I should get...I'm considering Home Premium and Ultimate and not sure whether to go with 32 bit or 64 bit. This computer is my personal do everything computer...gaming though nothing extreme like Crysis, but I do play some games that have a lot going on in them from time to time, also a HTPC playing 1080p movies to my TV.

    Then it comes to this...Do I need to do a brand new install or can I just "upgrade" from my XP Pro SP3? I have quite a bit of acquired software that would be a real pain in the ass to re-install.

    I've used Vista, I sort of like it, it seems like one of those things that I'd get use to once I get it to stop babysitting me. Then I was thinking that Windows7 might be coming out sometimes soon...I had read 2009 somewhere but that seems too soon, so is it even worth it to upgrade to the newer OS yet, at some point I'm going to have to...right?

    Oh yeah...I was thinking about dual-booting or whatever it's called with Ubuntu...is that something I can still do with Vista?
     
  2. trouphaz

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    i've got home premium. i didn't care enough about the additional features of ultimate to pay extra for it. home premium has all you'll need.

    as far as 32 vs 64-bit, if you're going to use > 3.5Gb of memory, then it is a no brainer. you have you use 64-bit to be able to use that much memory and not on a per app basis. i think vista 32-bit still only shows 3.5Gb.
    as far as anything else, it sounds like people who are using 64-bit aren't seeing most of the problems that existed with other 64-bit windows OSs with lack of drivers and software compatibility.
     
  3. Limp_Brisket

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    i have vista ultimate 64bit and it works great. i'm not sure about home premium vista but in home edition of XP it lacked many of the file system features that fell under the security tab such as changing file permissions and owners and all that jazz. i'd go with at least business edition, personally.
     
  4. Hate Crime

    Hate Crime Don't Hate OT Supporter

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    Also with business and ultimate, shadow copies is available... always nice to be able to restore files without doing a system restore.
     
  5. trouphaz

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    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/compare-editions/default.aspx

    compare the different versions. see what matters. for a home user i'd recommend home premium or ultimate if you really want the backup utility and fax capabilities. encryption seems more business focused. the fact that business leaves out media center and the DVD pieces makes it less useful to a home user in my eyes.
     
  6. Saluki

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    Ok I'm liking the sound of this. But can I just upgrade straight from 32 bit XP Pro to 32 bit Vista without having to re-format or losing all my shit that I've installed? I already have all my music, porn, pics, movies, etc on a different hdd so no worries there.
     
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    no
     
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    Yes, and unlike previous versions of Windows, Vista actually upgrades relatively cleanly. I did it on a machine at work, with much trepidation, but everything went just fine -- and the machine I installed it on isn't even remotely built to run Vista.
     
  10. Limp_Brisket

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    if you can upgrade, i would recommend against it. anytime i've done an upgrade from one OS to another it always runs like shit compared to a freshly installed OS.

    not to mention some programs will just be fubared after the upgrade and you'll have to reinstall them anyways.
     
  11. deusexaethera

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    Honestly, the Vista upgrade impressed me. I'm not a fan of Vista on the whole because it doesn't have any features that compel me to want to spend hundreds of dollars on it, but since I got a copy of it for free at work and I needed to test it anyway, I had a chance to test the upgrade (because an upgrade copy is what I got) and it worked very well.

    As best I can tell, it bulldozes all Windows Registry keys and DLLs (making copies of user settings as it needs them) and replaces XP wholesale with Vista, instead of overwriting bits and pieces. There were a couple of programs that didn't work with Vista, but to the installer's credit this was because the programs couldn't work with Vista.
     
  12. Saluki

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    Ok thanks everyone! I'll probably be doing this shortly after x-mas...thanks again
     
  13. Hate Crime

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    indeed upgrading to vista wipes the entire drive..
     
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    (sigh) No, the Vista Upgrade doesn't wipe the whole drive. I installed the Vista Upgrade on a machine that was already in-use and everything was still there when the upgrade finished.

    What it does wipe is every last trace of Windows XP, which is a big change from older Windows upgrades. So the Vista Upgrade is the first Windows upgrade I feel comfortable saying is an acceptable alternative to a wipe-and-full-install.
     
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    Ok that sounds good...probably gonna go with the Ultimate then.
     
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    Last I heard the Upgrade (not OEM or full retail version) makes your XP key invalid afterwards. Is that true?
     
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    I guess I should say that it basically wipes out anything kind of like you said before.. although most shit won't work.
     
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    Just did an upgrade on a new machine from Vista Home Premuim to Ultimate. ZERO issues...
     

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