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Old 05-17-2008, 08:47 PM   #1
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Windows Vista

I'm not in the market for a new computer. Just thinking ahead.

I have a Dell XPS with Windows XP Professional and I am pleased with it.

I have been hearing of Vista problems. A quick google on the topic is enough to scare a non-techie guy like me.

I read about DRM restrictions and google lawsuits and all kinds of bugs.

MAC TV ads aside, what's the story with Vista?
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:54 PM   #2
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Personally, I never buy a 'First Generation' operating system. When Windows Media Center Edition came out and I got a new computer, I re-formated and installed Windows XP Professional. Now that Media Center seems to be running fine and Vista is out, my new laptop has Media Center on it.
If I do get another new laptop this year, I will roll it back to Media Center Edition if it comes with Vista.
I prefer to let others 'find' all the bugs and deal with all the problems, LOL. And I have talked to several people that have Vista, they are not pleased at all and I have been recommending they go back to Media Center. Same goes with the lawsuits and what-not, wait until they are settled or at least determined it will not effect you then feel free to upgrade.
Sometimes it doesn't pay to be on the 'cutting edge' of technology.
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:56 PM   #3
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Oh, and I forgot to mention, if you can help it all at when you do choose to upgrade to a new operating system don't do the upgrade. Get the full version and take the time to re-format and do a clean install.
Always runs better that way.
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:58 PM   #4
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I have Vista....stay AWAY. I hate it. Hate it, hate it. Am actually looking to dump a year old lap top and get a Mac. The Microsoft Office programs are available for it. The one draw back is that there are some games that can't be downloaded unless you have a Mac program called boot camp that you can run windows on the Mac. DH has a MAC and I love it and try to steal it as much as possible. When you are ready, talk to Mac users and SERIOUSLY consider staying away from Windows.
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Old 05-17-2008, 09:04 PM   #5
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And watch out for the new Windows XP SP3 update. Especially if you have an HP computer like I do. Here's the link that will tell you about it: Windows XP SP3 has problems | PC Pitstop I was having boot-up problems right after it was installed - now I've uninstalled it from my computer and DH's. I'll wait until they fix it to reinstall.
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Old 05-17-2008, 09:10 PM   #6
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I have Vista....stay AWAY. I hate it. Hate it, hate it. Am actually looking to dump a year old lap top and get a Mac. The Microsoft Office programs are available for it. The one draw back is that there are some games that can't be downloaded unless you have a Mac program called boot camp that you can run windows on the Mac. DH has a MAC and I love it and try to steal it as much as possible. When you are ready, talk to Mac users and SERIOUSLY consider staying away from Windows.

I've used apples and MAC over the years and owned a MAC from '97 - '00 so switching back would not be an issue for me.

When the time comes, I would buy a MAC if the Vista issues are serious and if I could justify the higher price of the MAC.
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Old 05-17-2008, 09:11 PM   #7
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I can't tell you what their story is, other than everyone I know hates it. And the guy who makes the software for my business told me to stay clear of it. In his words, "The more I use it, the more I hate it."
I just got a Dell laptop and paid a little extra for XP (home). I was glad it was still available. My other two computers run XP Pro and I don't like change when it comes to something proven.
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I have an HP Pavilion DV9000, anytime MS offers a new service pack or other non critical updates, I do a search to see if there are any known problems out there that people are encountering with them. Stinks that you should even have to worry about such a thing. Imagine if MS was a car and was just one of a dozen manufacturers, how many people do you think would by their product then? Considering its problems today, it would be considered the new Edsel!
I would go to a MAC, but there is way too much stuff that I would loose as it only runs in Windows, and what is the point of moving to a MAC if you are just going to run the same problem riddled OS on it that you would on a PC?
Same goes with Linux, I have a full version of Red Hat and while it is ten times better than Windows, there is still too much that would be lost by switching over to it. Think about what would happen if the OS was no longer tied to the computer and there were more choices out there. I could buy a PC and run the MAC OS on it, or vice versa, and poof there goes the MAC. The major selling point to a MAC, if you really pay attention to the commercials and specs, is its OS. Not running Windows is very appealing to many people, but other than that the MAC doesn't have any special features that you couldn't get on a PC.
So I think MAC users should all write MS and thank them for producing such a lousy product LOL.
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I've used apples and MAC over the years and owned a MAC from '97 - '00 so switching back would not be an issue for me.

When the time comes, I would buy a MAC if the Vista issues are serious and if I could justify the higher price of the MAC.
well, the way i look at it, the additional $500 is worth it for me seeing that dh has had a mac and there are no viruses so he doesn't have virus software. most viruses are made for pc's. also, i don't have to install all kinds of software for printers, cameras, etc. i bought dh a digital camera for xmas and he plugged the usb in and viola he was uploading pics in a matter of seconds. when i tried it on my dell, it took about an hour to get the software installed and every time i plug the camera in now, it has to search for the software. it's a royal pain in the $%#%$#%$.... oh, and no updates to install that are "required" and when there are security updates, they are automatic and doesn't slow the system down. on top of that, the macs don't have to be replaced every 2-3 years like PCs do. for me, that's worth the extra money
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I've had no problems with mine.
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