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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Revolution of Windows

    Posted
    clind

    Well, after using Windows Vista on an ancient machine by today's standards (Pentium 4 2.4 GHz) with some more current items (1.5 GB DDR Ram, GeForce 7600GS) for one year, the experience overall has had both ups and downs. Starting out, one of the primary things anyone who is upgrading an older machine needs to keep in mind is that both your memory and graphics card are extremely vital to day to day operations. The OS itself takes more memory than past versions, and the whole OS is powered via the GPU alike to Mac OS X, so it wants a more demanding graphics card. The original card that I had upgraded to, from a GeForce 4 MX 420 to a GeForce FX 5500, was rather low on the scale and made the Vista experience limited. Now, upgrading to the 7600GS I have now changed that, overall making the UI really responsive and the overall experience otherwise plain better. Also, CPU wise, I probably wouldn't go any lower than a 2.4 GHZ P4, but even for that matter, probably not below 3.0 GHz really. Though I am personally a rather simple user, I do usually watch a lot of TV with this machine plus listening to music and watching movies, and overall the experience there works well. On the TV side, I recently upgraded my tv card from a non-supported ATI TV Wonder Pro to a Hauppauge WinTV HVR 1600 and on either I am limited to how much I can do on my computer due to my limited power, though I can usually still go on the web and so simple tasks. Personally, I haven't really had any compatibility issues, though I guess in that respect I'm pretty lucky. The main rule there is that if your using anything somewhat old (probably 3+ years, maybe 2+ years, something like that), you might want to look into if any support for your device still exists. Overall, I would suggest this upgrade to anyone out there with a decent machine, I mean, the experience overall in the OS is just tenfold of XP and just makes some things easier to do. Some of the simple things, like the new Explorer (not IE, the OS one) form and the items in the control panel, just makes the experience on a PC better. Anyway, don't believe all the hype against the OS, it honestly works pretty well and is definitely ready for most out there willing to take a few minutes to get used to the new way of doing some things.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Product But Not For Everybody

    Posted
    Homeboy

    Like another reviewer I feel compelled to do this review because of the emotional responses from other reviewers. This is definitely not a product for everybody. If you are buying a new desktop/laptop, you will get Vista whether you like it or not. I have tried several systems with various process speeds and RAM. Almost without exception, most of them are minimums for running the edition installed on the system. Most computer manufacturers customize a Vista image for what they sell. Most of them add their branded versions of some products. Some of these images are better than others and most of them will get better with time. It is difficult in a store setting to tell whether that edition's image is buggy or not. That may account for some of the bad experiences other reviewers have had. I have done 2 clean installs, Home Premium and Ultimate, after wiping the hard drive. After applying all available updates from Windows Update, I had absolutely no problems with Vista. Vista is definitely more stable than XP was at the same stage. Vista is definitely a more fun experience than anything Microsoft has ever done. Home Premium is especially good if you have a lot of digital music and pictures you want to manage and is definitely the edition of choice for laptop users. Personally, I love the Aero look. Open window management is also super. RAM management is also vastly improved over XP. I am a very savvy Windows user and I have absolutely no objections to being asked if I really want to do something. User Account Control is intended to keep hackers and viruses out of your system and is also very helpful if you have unsavvy users of the system that wander off into areas they should not. Administrative users are not nagged as much as Standard users.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Mostly Disappointing

    Posted
    GMac

    Why Microsoft is so obsessed with releasing products before they are ready I'll never understand. It seems like every OS they've ever released was sent to market when Apple's new OS (which has always been proprietary until recently) is ready. Apple, however, puts out a good product. I don't own an Apple computer anymore, they're too expensive, but the new computer I just bought is about to receive and XP upgrade from Vista. Even though I just bought the computer, I am willing to spend $200 on XP just to get rid of Vista, it's that bad. It takes forever to load EVERYTHING. Every time you try to do anything, even something as mundane as printing a Word document, it pops up a security advisory and asks you if you're sure. My new computer has Vista Home Premium on it, with a 2.4 GB dual core chip, 2GB of RAM, a 320 GB hard drive, dual optical drives, and all the bells and whistles you can throw at it. My laptop is nearly 3 years old, has a 1.6 GB Pentium M chip in it, 768 MB of RAM, a wi-fi card, and is running XP SP2, and it kicks the living poo out of my brand new desktop. That's not right. I would wait at least a year or two before even considering a Vista upgrade so Microsoft can make it at least as functional as XP. By the time it even starts to get close, they'll probably have another not ready for prime time OS on ledge getting ready to drop on the market. I remember when Windows ME hit the market and was almost immediately replaced (like a year or two after initial release) with XP. XP is the far better product of the two. If you buy a computer that comes with Vista, upgrade to XP even if you have to pay extra!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Reliable, Safe and a lot of FUN!

    Posted
    DryMetal

    I read the last review and I was kind of surprised and it made me feel compelled to write a review as well. First things first….Vista isn’t a bad operating system at all. While it is true that Windows will ask you if you started a program or started to install a program…this can be changed without ever even turning that option off. And it really isn’t a big deal. It is there for a clear reason. To protect us (the users) from viruses, hackers, spyware, identity theft, etc. It is very clear that Identity Theft is becoming a huge problem now…and this is a very intuitive feature that Microsoft has implemented with Windows to help keep US that much more safe. So, while that 2 second lapse of answering “yes” or “no” might be a 2 second delay…it is certainly much better than the other inconvenience: Identity gets stolen, bank accounts go under, etc. And I only have 512mb of system memory (RAM) and Vista Premium runs just fine for me. Lastly – I really, really, really was impressed with the overall look of this new version of Windows. It is actually pretty cool and I am pleased with the direction Microsoft has taken with it. Even the sidebar is pretty useful. You can customize it to have just about anything you want in it. And if you aren’t in need of it….well….it isn’t very complicated….just turn it off. So overall – I am VERY pleased with what Microsoft has done here. It is about time Windows becomes a system that is reliable, safe and a lot more fun!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not impressed

    Posted
    reddwarf

    I was expecting more than this. It is buggy and annoying!!!! Thats right, I said annoying, I have never in my life been so annoyed by any program.... EVER!!! anytime you do anything windows ask you if you really want to do that, well gee let me see here.... YES YES if i didn't want to do that specific task i wouldn't have given you the command to do it in the first place!!!! it's silly to ask me if i want to install a program TWICE! I know you can turn user account control off but then there is the matter of aero and sidebar, Useless, worthless wastes of memory. oh yeah if you want those options AND your machine to run without making you want to pull your hair out then you need at least 2gb memory. and a decent processor. the only reason it gets three stars is because i feel sorry for it and hopefully like XP it will get better over time. as for now, if you are happy with your machine and don't want to run vista only games, and don't want to play with a new toy (thats what lured me) then just stick with what you have. this OS takes almost complete control of your PC if it keeps up soon it will start telling you when to eat, sleep, and when to go to the restroom.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Can't get anything done

    Posted
    MichealsWifey

    I bought a new computer since I needed it for school. My new computer has the "recommended" 2GB needed for Vista, but my computer will still freeze in the middle of, well, just about everything I try to do. (Please don't try to have multiple programs open and trying to run at the same time.) And, I can't use any of the software that comes with any of my textbooks because Vista can't load them. Any papers or documents that I create at home are never formatted or print out the same when using the computers at school (they use XP). If all you care about is having the latest and newest pretty thing on your computer, then Vistas is the choice for you. All I can say good about it is that it's nice to look at the security features are good. (But you can always get a good, inexpensive security package and install it on your computer.) If you want to actually be productive and get some work done, be able to install most software, and not constantly waste time due to afrozen computer, then DO NOT BUY Windows Vista! Otherwise, you'll wind up like me, going back to the store to purchase XP and have Vista wiped off my computer, just so I can get some work done.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't bother

    Posted
    laFromGA

    We bought a brand new machine recently for business purposes, and like a previous reviewer our drivers weren't compatible. It gets better, brand new applications that say use for Vista didn't work, only certain componets... the 'fixes' they suggest didn't work or they simply couldn't find a fix. On one occasion so far we purchased a completely different application to see if it would work and it didn't. Had to start new projects from scratch many times for it not to work. It has been more trouble than it is worth. We are seriously considering downgrading the machine to XP knowing that our applications will work. Like them, we cannot wait for the fixes in order to continue making business because customers will not wait and neither can we. Trust me, it will be worth the money just to have XP rather than dealing with the issues that Vista will bring you especially if time is of the essence.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Vista Huh

    Posted
    M13a

    I got Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit with my HP Pavilion a6200n and it runs smooth. Very similar to XP, Aero eliminates the hassle of trying to find the window you want. Security features are good too with administrator and standard accounts. Good for preventing unwanted downloads, upgrades and such. Has a back-up feature in case you have serious error and need to recover your computer. Been working with this OS for several months and I find it east to use. Only cons though is some software and hardware may not work with Vista. Usually Vista finds the drivers and such you need to make the hardware/software to work but sometimes that's not the case. Though overall I say Vista Home Premium is a good reliable OS and I'd recommend it to anyone. And lately it seems to be the favorite of computer manufacturers as it is becoming the mainstay OS for most computers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decient

    Posted
    DisneyDude1996

    This is a really great operating system it is really easy to use and can easilly be understood. The only problem I came across is some compatibility issues. If you have a file sharing network, you will spend hours figuring out what settings and other stuff you must change, to get it to share files. If have a wireless printer that you print to through file sharing you may come across some difficulty. I have not had a chance to play games using this operating system but I think it will work fine. If you do intend on purchasing this OS I think you should make sure you have at least 2 GB of RAM installed on your computer. Me being a computer nerd I was able to menuver around all of the issues. All in All This has turned out to be an good upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best ever compared to MAC

    Posted
    danny456

    I had always had problems with MAC OS including the new edition. Windows is very solid dispite from some of the bugs. By the way the OS does not suck, the computers that contain vista sucks. How in the world vista could run on a celeron CPU with 512mb of ram, dude at least 2 gigs and at least a high end pentium d processor. My computer has Intel core 2 duo E6700 running at 2.6GHZ top rated to 8.66GHZ, I have 3GB of ram (2gb would be fine since vista had never run over 2GB even when using video editing). I have to admit Vista Home premium is at least 1000 times more reliable than MAC OS X/tiger and at least 100 times more reliable than Windows XP Home Premium. Please people buy a fast computer for vista! do your own research!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Vista works.

    Posted
    Winds1010

    Alright, now of that Mac garbage about how Vista doesn't work. I'm on it right now, playing Perfect World Online, and there's none of that pop-up garbage, none of that RAM eater stuff, it's just not happening. I was 100% sure that it would at first, but it's not, it's really not. I LOVE Vista more than any O.S before. It's great forgaming, everything is VERY easily accessible, it's just awesome. If you don't have Vista yet, GET IT! It's the O.S of the future, the Mac commercials are garbage, and I can say that because I'm on it right now. I didn't even have to disable AERO, but that's just me. In all seriousness, get Vista if you haven't already, you will be SO glad that you did. It's 10 times better than XP!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not Impressed

    Posted
    onecoollatin

    I bought this software "only" because it was required for a college computer course. I really wasn't surprised or impressed with it. Make note that Windows Vista will make other software already installed on your computer imcompatible which you will end up having to either remove that software or download some additional components to make it over all compatible Window Vista. I just wish that computer course would stop requiring Vista because it's bad enough that you have pay for the class and books. At least you can return the books for something.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worst Purchase Ever

    Posted
    Danial

    I had purchased a computer at "Best Buy". They Don't Sell Windows XP, So if you want to buy a computer, you are getting a MAC or windows vista. I bought a desktop and having no choice of getting XP. It doesnt matter how much memory you put into this, it will run the same, unless you don't have enough it will run slower (of course). This computer has ALL of its memory slots filled and is very slow. another computer in my house has XP and only has 1G of memory in it and is faster than any other coputer I have used. I would buy a MAC. Thank You.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY/TIME!

    Posted
    JustJF

    What a waste of two days! After getting my new PC home with Vista Home Premium, I found out the hard way that NONE of my printers, scanners, external hard drives, video capture utilities, or wireless router would work with Vista. Each of these product vendors (HP, DLink, WD, Lexmark, Brother) expressed their (not very) sincere apologies, and offered to take my credit card to buy new products!! That takes nerve... I'm downgrading to XP Pro immediately.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    BIGGEST JOKE

    Posted
    Peach

    I too, had Vista on my brand new 1500.00 computer and now I can not even use it for school. Although, I am getting things worked out and hopefully all will end well. Anyway, I am not able to use this at the University I attend because none of there systems are VIsta Compatiable. Also, Vista has not had all the kinks worked out in it and no one will tell you that. DO NOT BUY AT ALL...ANY VISTA...NO MATTER WHat!!!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome program

    Posted
    moviepro

    I purchased this program just to have the new thing. I only have a 1.25 GB ram and Vista works just fine with that. It runs better, faster, and stronger than XP did for me. The sidebar is pretty cool. It is nice to have those gadgets sitting there where you don't have to click on them to view them. I think this product is a great new edition to the Windows family and I would highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Drops network connections

    Posted
    Austin78703

    I got Vista Home Premium preinstalled on a new notebook. The graphical interface is nice, but the software drops network connections for no apparent reason and can not reconnect. I don't think the software is yet ready for prime time. I use my computer for work and little problems like having to reconnect are just too much of a hazzle. Too bad I can't switch to XP.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    Posted
    Moodyman

    I recieved Vista Home Premium with my new HP laptop back in February of this year. I have had no problems with the product. It's has worked great for me on my laptop without slowing down. It probably helps that I have 2GB of RAM though. I would recommend this product highly. The new features are really cool and bring a new dynamic to the Windows OS experience. Great product!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    nice setup

    Posted
    lostinmist4u

    i really like the way vista is...its really differnt from xp...at first i kinda has a hard time dealing with all the new stuff thats added in vista...buh now that i been using it for almost a year...i love it...its just great and all the good stuff it has...iand after using......i would never go back to XP!!!.... ts a must have for computer geeks.....:)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrible!

    Posted
    us10402

    I miss XP! There are constant error messages popping up, system spontaneously shutting down, and software that is incompatibile (even with patches), among others. This is by far the worst OP that Windows has developed, in reference to the numerous errors. If you have XP, stick with it!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend