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This review is from: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Upgrade
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.READ FULL REVIEW