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Old 31. Jul 2014, 12:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i have an express upgrade to windows vista package of software i purchased new from a well known store. i intend to replace xp with vista on a desktop e machine that has vista capabilities.
i have never done or seen this done, if anyone has any do,s or dont,s i would appreciate any and all input, thank you in advance
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Old 31. Jul 2014, 09:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have only one don't and that is don't do it! Although XP is not supported any more it is a much more stable and useable system than Vista. If possible I would upgrade to Windows 7 or just stick with XP until you can do something better. I am willing to be shot down in flames but others more expert than me but I think you will find most agree with me.
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Old 31. Jul 2014, 10:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm prepared to be shot down too, but I'm with Jim. Vista is certainly no "upgrade" from XP. If your machine is not W7 compatible, why are you not considering Linux since there are a stack of systems, all free, covering every possible need in terms of look and function?
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why are you not considering Linux since there are a stack of systems, all free, covering every possible need in terms of look and function?
... expecially since some of them look like XP?
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I prefer clean installs but I often try the upgrade from the old version first and see how it works out. If it doesn't work I then go back to a clean install: I backup all my data, format the disks, install windows and then reinstall my software.

If your upgrade is only to Vista Home basic then I would avoid it. It doesn't have a lot of the new multimedia stuff which is one area that Vista clearly improved over XP.

Your PC might be Vista-capable but it might not be Vista-suitable. My current laptop originally had Vista on it and ran fine but it did have 2GB RAM and a dedicated graphics card which makes a big difference to performance because Cleartype is now enabled by default and the aero look also consumes too many CPU cycles.

Vista is definitely an upgrade from XP in terms of functionality and security even though some of that security will probably bother you. It also tests as more reliable than XP because of better integration of new technologies and some new features. But unless it is tweaked then it runs at least 5% slower than XP.

There was an explosion of speed tests just before and after Windows 7 had a production release. Vista is consistently behind 7 in every test and behind XP in most:
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Vista rates with ME in the popularity stakes with support personnel.

If it will run Vista, it will run Win7 a hell of a lot better. I have several machines running Win 7 that officially are incapable of doing so.
You may need to look for drivers for the components rather than manufacturer support for the machine as a whole.
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i believe i will study up on the linux, i like that idea im just not familiar with it, but i read here alot and i cant recall seeing anything bad said about it. thank alot for your input one and all.
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i believe i will study up on the linux, i like that idea im just not familiar with it, but i read here alot and i cant recall seeing anything bad said about it. thank alot for your input one and all.
In my experience, most folks thinking of migrating from Windows are happier with a Linux that "looks" how they want it to be. This can be confusing because many of them don't have a great look out of the box. Customization however is everything with Linux and a completely different look is easily achieved with just a few minutes work.

Try starting here at the last page in the thread and working backwards until you find something appealing. Having done so, let us know the result. We can then advise about the Linux distro(s) appearing in the screenshots you like best and how easy/suitable they might be for your needs.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...tml#post101910
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will do, thank you very much.
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