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Should I install Windows Vista?

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    geeky123

    Although I have a copy of Windows Vista through my Msdn subscription and am dying to install it, I hear some pretty negative reviews on the web.

    Firstly, almost everyone says that upgrading from  xp is a bad idea and i should do a clean install.  This is not an option in my case since i have a lot of programs installed and i dont want to spend an entire week backing up and reinstalling them again.

    My laptops config is -
    Core Duo 2 ghz
    1 gb ram
    ge force go 7600 (128 vram)
    5400 rom sata hd

    The vista upgrade advisor says it will have problems with my sound card and bluetooth.

    Will this setup give a reasonable performance with Windows Vista?

    I have heard from a lot of people that Vista is super slow and that the nvidia drivers are way too buggy right now.


    So with all these comments I am a little afraid to go ahead with the upgrade.

    What is your opinion?

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    Sabot

    Simple answer is ... not yet!

    There isn't a Nvidia Geforce driver for the 7600 Go graphics card yet because I have the same problem.

    I couldn't wait and installed Vista and found out the hard way.

    ... now I've restored back to XP till there is a driver from Tosh/Nvidia.

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    tribalcactus

    Most drivers can be found at laptopvideo2go.com.  They have ported the drivers that nVidia provides so that they support the Go cards.

    As far as performance - I'd think it ought to do fine.  I'm running Vista RTM on the following setup at home, and it doesn't seem to have any problems.  I don't use it on battery because, well, the battery life already sucked.  It's an HP Pavilion ZD7000 (17" monster).

    p-4 2.66Ghz
    512mb RAM
    40gb HDD
    64mb GeForceFX 5200 Go

    I'm using the drivers from the above website to enable Aero Glass support.

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    RamblingGeek​UK

    I'm running it at on a Core2 DUO 6600, 3GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT.

    I'm loving Vista....  It's just a very nice to use. I'm not ran into any issue's with sofware as of yet....

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    Jack Poison

    geeky123 wrote:
    Although I have a copy of Windows Vista through my Msdn subscription and am dying to install it, I hear some pretty negative reviews on the web.

    Firstly, almost everyone says that upgrading from  xp is a bad idea and i should do a clean install.  This is not an option in my case since i have a lot of programs installed and i dont want to spend an entire week backing up and reinstalling them again.

    My laptops config is -
    Core Duo 2 ghz
    1 gb ram
    ge force go 7600 (128 vram)
    5400 rom sata hd

    The vista upgrade advisor says it will have problems with my sound card and bluetooth.

    Will this setup give a reasonable performance with Windows Vista?

    I have heard from a lot of people that Vista is super slow and that the nvidia drivers are way too buggy right now.


    So with all these comments I am a little afraid to go ahead with the upgrade.

    What is your opinion?


    Out of curiousity, where are the "negative reviews" from?

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    bitmask

    I'm holding out for better nVidia drivers. The current drivers don't support my LCD's native resolution. I'm also hoping the mobile device center comes out of beta soon. I need to synch a Windows mobile 5 device before I can use Vista day to day.

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    Sabot

    tribalcactus wrote:
    Most drivers can be found at laptopvideo2go.com.  They have ported the drivers that nVidia provides so that they support the Go cards.


    I've tried this option and I can happily get the desktop to work just fine but anything that uses the DirectX system will happily blue-screen my laptop.

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    geeky123

    Jack Poison wrote:
    
    geeky123 wrote:Although I have a copy of Windows Vista through my Msdn subscription and am dying to install it, I hear some pretty negative reviews on the web.

    Firstly, almost everyone says that upgrading from  xp is a bad idea and i should do a clean install.  This is not an option in my case since i have a lot of programs installed and i dont want to spend an entire week backing up and reinstalling them again.

    My laptops config is -
    Core Duo 2 ghz
    1 gb ram
    ge force go 7600 (128 vram)
    5400 rom sata hd

    The vista upgrade advisor says it will have problems with my sound card and bluetooth.

    Will this setup give a reasonable performance with Windows Vista?

    I have heard from a lot of people that Vista is super slow and that the nvidia drivers are way too buggy right now.


    So with all these comments I am a little afraid to go ahead with the upgrade.

    What is your opinion?


    Out of curiousity, where are the "negative reviews" from?


    Here are a couple of them -


    This one in channel 9 itself -
    http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=258159

    This one doesnt look too good either -
    http://arstechnica.com/guides/tweaks/vintagevista.ars

    On the other hand, I would love to see some positive reviews of Windows Vista Wink

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    SkiRacer2144

    tribalcactus wrote:
    Most drivers can be found at laptopvideo2go.com.  They have ported the drivers that nVidia provides so that they support the Go cards.

    As far as performance - I'd think it ought to do fine.  I'm running Vista RTM on the following setup at home, and it doesn't seem to have any problems.  I don't use it on battery because, well, the battery life already sucked.  It's an HP Pavilion ZD7000 (17" monster).

    p-4 2.66Ghz
    512mb RAM
    40gb HDD
    64mb GeForceFX 5200 Go

    I'm using the drivers from the above website to enable Aero Glass support.


    tribalcactus,

    I just installed Vista Business this week, and tried the drivers from LaptoVideo2Go and couldn't get any of them to work to enable Aero. I am running the same hardware as you (ZD7010us). Can you please point me to exactly what set of drivers (and modded inf) i need to get Aero working?

    Thanks in advanced.

    P.S. I know 64mb wont support Aero, but I've heard people getting it to work with the modded drivers.

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    Skriker V1.0

    Thats just lazy...do a clean install...also you should always check compat with your hardware beforehand...that way you wont run into problems Wink

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    Raghavendra_​Mudugal

    geeky123 wrote:
    
    On the other hand, I would love to see some positive reviews of Windows Vista


    See this post

    nVIDIA for desktop, I guess they are ready for Vista.

    and, on the hand...

    ATI Radeon, Yup!, they too.

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    Mikyt

    geeky123 wrote:
    Although I have a copy of Windows Vista through my Msdn subscription and am dying to install it, I hear some pretty negative reviews on the web.

    Firstly, almost everyone says that upgrading from  xp is a bad idea and i should do a clean install.  This is not an option in my case since i have a lot of programs installed and i dont want to spend an entire week backing up and reinstalling them again.

    My laptops config is -
    Core Duo 2 ghz
    1 gb ram
    ge force go 7600 (128 vram)
    5400 rom sata hd

    The vista upgrade advisor says it will have problems with my sound card and bluetooth.

    Will this setup give a reasonable performance with Windows Vista?

    I have heard from a lot of people that Vista is super slow and that the nvidia drivers are way too buggy right now.


    So with all these comments I am a little afraid to go ahead with the upgrade.

    What is your opinion?



    First , I think you should try to install it on your machine. And then you will know Windows Vista is worth of being installed or not.

    Just take a try.

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    Raghavendra_​Mudugal

    AMD and Microsoft Vista supporting. Cool Link Smiley

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