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  • Jason F.
  • 4/14/2008 6:38:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Buy

Pros: 32/64 bit flavors for half the price of the full disk. Very very easy to install fresh (without previous xp install), like most things on the net, it's a simple google search away.

Cons: still more expensive than linux ;P

Other Thoughts: DO NOT listen to the other reviewers, the workaround for a full install takes a matter of 2 extra minutes. Google is your friend. This is the real deal for half the price, Microsoft is well aware of this workaround, yet continued to leave it in after the SP1 update, nothing like a more affordable version of vista ultimate :)

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  • Bernhard R.
  • 2/10/2008 12:43:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDon't buy it

Pros: Vista looks nice

Cons: The migration from XP to Vista just does not work properly. Microsoft help service not very competent

Other Thoughts: I upgraded from XP to Vista. I had an error list of about 250 issues. Most of them were solvable. It took me about two solid days of work. Now I stuck with the hard ones. My advice for anyone folish enough to install Vista is to deinstall everything that you can either download for free from the web or that you don't really need. Strip your software to the bare minimum before migrating. You might not need many of the little programs that you had under XP under Vista. Those little programs are huge sources of trouble. Make sure you deinstall your Virus protection and Firewall before running the upgrade. Reinstall them after the upgrade, but they are sources of trouble too. If you are smart, stay away from Vista. The Microsoft help service is somewhere in China and they are really nice, but they have a problem admitting if they can't help you and directing you to someone who can. Too bad Microsoft is the only commercial OS out there - aside from Apple's OS. Wish I would switch.

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  • Randall K.
  • 2/1/2008 8:02:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUhh - Okay

Pros: Security
Look and feel
No driver problems when installing.
64bit is fast

Cons: Security
Pain in the backside to install on a clean disk. (Micro$oft wants you to install your old OS first, but there are (time-consuming) ways around it.

Other Thoughts: Probably not worth the hype, but wouldn't put an older OS on a new machine.

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  • Jack S.
  • 1/1/2008 10:01:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsStick with Xp

Pros: It looks amazing, and i like the effects whenever you minimize.

Cons: It is a memory hog, big time. You have to have a pretty good setup to get your moneys worth out of this product. Not all drivers are compatible with Vista, and some older software isnt compatible either. The user account control is very annoying, disable it if you buy this.

Other Thoughts: After about 6 months, i just went back to XP Professional. I would recommend sticking with XP Pro until Vista SP1 comes out in a few months.

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  • Theodore L.
  • 12/16/2007 4:09:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad Experience

Pros: Nice container

Cons: Too many drivers needed at this point that have not been produced or developed. Seems like manufacturers are dragging their feet - Creative hasn't upgraded their Vista driver for Audigy cards since early 2007.

Other Thoughts: I ended up going back to XP after I re-formatted my hard drive. In the process, I now am having problems opening my checking/savings account data due to Microsoft Money not being able to open backup data from Money 2007. My next machine just may be a Mac.

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  • James F.
  • 12/10/2007 8:12:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsSatisified

Pros: I like the clean new Aero look of Vista, It has some new security and backup software (havent gotten any spyware, adware, or viruses since I got Vista), New Start Menu is excellent just type in what you want and its there, Havent had a problem running any of my games, overall pleasant experience. Networking is FAR easier and more responsive (Everything on the network shows up right when you connect)

Cons: I had to disable UAC (User Access Control) It got on my nerves. FPS are lower in some games (3-7 frames)which I can live with. Ultimate extras are lacking and not worth the costs, only got Ultimate cause I have 2 CPU sockets.

Other Thoughts: I dont know why everyone is making such a big fuss over this OS. I can't tell you how many times i've heard the quote "I'll wait till they get all the bugs out of it" or when an error comes up "It must be Vista" Honestly, I havent seen any bugs and it runs as smoothly as XP on my PC granted its a high end PC. Thats not to say there aren't any errors but I get about as many as I did in XP and its usually 3rd party software thats responsible and has nothing to do with OS. Honestly Im not fanboy of Microsoft and I wouldnt mind a Mac because of their GUI but the reason I choose windows is because i'm a huge PC gamer and there just arent that many games for a Mac, that and i'm just used to a PC and have no reason to switch considering i'm perfectly contempt with it.

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  • Nathan W.
  • 12/6/2007 8:14:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVista is Great

Pros: I guess I don't understand peoples frustration with Vista, especially ultimate. I have Ultimate and it runs beautifully. Aero is awesome, gadgets nice, amazingly quick in loading everything but file copy. Overall better than XP, most people just don't take the time to realize it.

Cons: Copy times. This is my one complaint with Vista. You copy a 5mb file and it has to think for a few seconds first. Stupid! Should be able to copy 100mb file in no time at all.

Other Thoughts: For everyone who complains about the questions Vista asks after everything, it is easy to turn off. Just google disable UAC. It is also a friendly way to try to help people think before installing junk, and this is a good thing. I run a q6600, 4gb 800mhz OCZ, ATI HD2900 Pro, 10k raptor drive and have zero issues with anything. Yes, Vista takes better hardware to run properly, but this OS is well done and hardware is cheap. And despite what people think, the cost is low. MAC re-releases OSX every year for $100 upgrade, and they are on OSX 10.5, which is nearly $500 to upgrade each version. Stop complaining, do your research when Vista does something you don't like and learn the OS. XP has different issues, but you go and figure those out, it is no different with Vista, and most issues have resolutions already.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/27/2007 6:33:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsGetting Better

Pros: The look of Aero is awesome, 64bit runs stable and have not had any driver issues at all

Cons: Could use a little fine tuning but other than that nothing

Other Thoughts: I think the main problem people are having with vista is that they have old or generic hardware. if you want to run vista you will need to have fairly new/updated hardware or it most likely wont have support (for the 64bit version at least). you guys need to give vista a chance and it will grow on you. It really is powerful, but i guess some hate change.

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  • Michael M.
  • 11/24/2007 7:59:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsWhat a waste

Pros: The only good thing about it is that it has a fast search engine but that is it.

Cons: Everything. I tried to use a flash drive that I had bought earlier this year and VISTA couldn't recognize it. I also tried to adjust tings in the C drive and every time I tried to adjust a setting it would ask me if I was sure I wanted to do that. If I click on something I mean to do it on purpose nothing could change my mind. It is one of the worst OS's that has ever been produced by Microsoft. It runs an average of 60 to 70 processes.

Other Thoughts: I have a laptop with an AMD Turion 2.0Ghz. with 2gigs of ram and a 120gig hard drive with a 128mb video card with VISTA and it ran slower than the same laptop using XP PRO. What's the deal??

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  • Allen S.
  • 11/21/2007 2:02:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsResponse to dx 10 on xp

Pros: This review is actually a response to the blurb that stated it was possible to get dx10 for XP. This is false. dx10 is only available on Vista with dx10 compatible video cards. The highest direct x version available to XP users is dx9.0c. For those of you who don't know what direct x (dx) is, it is a graphics language that is relevant to playing games on windows pc's. If you want to play some of the few new games like "Crysis" with direct x 10 support, you must have windows vista with a dx10 capable video card. Some of the new games are only available on vista, but others are available on XP and Vista with the direct x 10 option only available to the vista owners. Do not plan to buy just a direct x 10 capable video card for your XP system and expect to get direct x 10 results. Your system will be fast and very capable, but will never be able to utilize the direct x 10 standard on XP.

Cons: Vista chews up a lot of resources, and a fast system running XP now will probably run vista slowly. Upgrade if you have to, but unless you spend the money on the hardware to support the functionality of the OS, you better be prepared for a slow experience.

Other Thoughts: The hardware available to run vista successfully is a slim part of the market, and the hardware that is available is quite expensive. As we continue going along with vista, we will probably see advances that will make a quality system more financially reasonable.

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