What you really should know about Microsoft Windows Vista

United States
January 31, 2008 9:50pm CST
I've been reading so many topics on here regarding Windows Vista. Most of the time are those that complain due to hardware incompability problems, older software not working, new systems like laptops or desktops they bought is running slow - you name it you name it. And more people are wanting to downgrade Vista - I don't blame you because I would downgrade it also. Since the debut of Vista - not a lot of people were surprise about it - It was not a high seller for one, not many companies aren't recommending Vista for business - that's why to this day more people are using Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Microsoft Windows XP Professional. The structure and layout of Vista is not so different from XP - they added some new features, less more on themes, but focused more on Security which some features aren't on XP - but that's no big wow or woohoo! IT Techs said you must have a least a minimum of 512MB of RAM or better performance with 1GB of RAM - think again because I've tested systems with this amount of RAM on Vista and still runs sluggish. I have dealt with systems like this, repaired you name it - rip offs that companies sale computers like laptops with low end processors and small amount of RAM. I remember I bought me a Acer Laptop at Walmart that had Windows Vista pre-installed - It had 512MB DDR2 RAM - but that did no good. So I thought I'll put another 512MB DDR2 RAM to make it 1GB - and the performance was a slight change. The more programs I used and added on - it just wasn't doing good - then figured I was using a low end processor the Intel Celeron M - made me not want to think twice now. Now here's what you really need to know about Vista - for one you're going to need to buy a high end machine - AMD X2 +6000, or an Intel Core 2 Duo or an Intel Core 2 Quad processor - use your own video card at least 512MB GDDR3 and don't even try 256MB DDR for a video card. At least 2GB DDR2 RAM will do. Better performance if you have a motherboard with an FSB of 1Ghz. This seems a lot to you don't it? So yeah you'll be spending some bucks. So then to say if you want performance and less of problems, stick to Windows XP for now. Around 2009 or 2010 Microsoft is going to come out with a new version of Windows which codename now is Vienna a.k.a Windows 7. From what I read it will be much reliable, faster and more sufficient than Vista and XP.
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@Britelite (149)
• Singapore
4 Feb 08
I'm using Vista Home Premium, with Core 2 duo, and 512MB but still find the speed performance slower than XP. You got it right! Those are really good information for anyone switching to Vista or thinking of switching. On the other hand I dun think I want to go back to that "old OS feel"...hope the regular updates will mend the bugginess.
• United States
4 Feb 08
Well I'm going to tell you this - the 512MB DDR2 RAM you got in that system won't do any good. Honestly Microsoft has got their system requirements not measured correctly about what the minimum requirements are. That's why I say the minimum requirements should be and is 1GB of DDR2 RAM but of course awesome sufficient performance should be 2GB of DDR2 RAM. You're better off doing an upgrade to your RAM if you want better performance. Because imagine you're an everyday user on the computer such as your internet and other programs. Vista for one has sources using up memory also with your applications via the internet. This is why your system performance is slow - known the fact that Vista asks for high amount of RAM. Then again if you were running XP with 512MB of RAM with your Core 2 Duo processor - you would know that it would be running better.
• Singapore
11 Feb 08
Thanks! I totally agree with you!
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
1 Feb 08
I am currently using Vista... and i have never experienced any of the problems you mentioned here... maybe because my acer laptop has this dual core... the technician of the store where we bought this said that in order to install windows xp... they need to like use a floppy disc or something... but when i said that we will be using vista... then intalling it wouldn't create any hassles or problems... I the only problem i have with my vista is the compatibility of some softwares... other than that... i'm okay with it...
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• United States
1 Feb 08
As I have said before Vista systems with a Dual Core, Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad with sufficient RAM won't come across issues. I was referring about systems with low end processors and less RAM - of course Vista will run smooth and not experience much problems like the system you have now.
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
1 Feb 08
Okay, so i guess... their complain stemmed out from not knowing that a vista is not really compatible with their laptop of pc features...
@shakeroo (3991)
• Malaysia
1 Feb 08
I am quite happy with my Vista Ultimate running on my notebook that is equipped with Centrino Core 2 Duo processors and 2 Gb RAM... I was hoping to upgrade to 4 Gb and that would be awesome....
• United States
1 Feb 08
Well of course you are - that's why I said systems that run an Intel Core 2 Duo with 2GB of RAM - Vista will not come with problems. But be cautious I kid you not about using Nero 7 or 8 - corrupts the registry of video files and thumbnails.
@mirage108 (3403)
• United States
24 Aug 08
Thanks for the info I know that if you dont have the max requirements for Vista your going to be slow, it is too bad that a lot of people select a machine with min requirements
@lilaclady (28277)
• Australia
16 Feb 08
Thank you so much for this information, I PC tech just said yeaterday that we might have to think about upgrading to Vista in a few months, and I am one that hates change plus I am worried about a lot of old programs i have that maybe won't work with Vista, anyway I have passed on your info to him, thanks alot...
@jhl930 (3607)
• United States
2 Feb 08
Thank you for that information I had no idea that they were going to come out with a new versio around 2009 or 2010...I think that it is about time that they come out with something that is alot better than vista..because ever since I have had my laptop I have had vista and for the past half year(the time that I have had my laptop)I have had nothing but problems out of it...it is slow there are certain things that wont play on the computer, there are certain cameras and things that wont go with the computer its just a big headache!
• United States
1 Feb 08
I like XP and I remember that laptop you did buy and you brought is over. Yeah it was really slow and I didn't even know how to use it LOL. But yeah too expensive for me just to have Vista. I remember those commercials on Mac that made fun of them but yeah it's true.
@stephcjh (32387)
• United States
1 Feb 08
Thank you for this information. I have windows XP and I really like it. I will never buy a computer with windows vista if I should ever have to replace the one I got. I really like XP alot and haven't had problems with it so far, knock on wood. I haven't heard of the Windows 7 until now.
• Philippines
1 Feb 08
naku im not up to date with all these programs i don't even know vista but yeah xp i know because you taught me how to use it when you were here. my goodness mahal yun e di ba? i mean that must be like thousands of bucks where you are to put all that for vista. thank you for letting me know this.