windows vista

@littleowl (7157)
June 24, 2008 9:58pm CST
Hi Everyone-I bought a laptop the other day not realizing that it is windows vista-I have heard of differing opinions of Vista and that there or you can have quite a few proplems with Vista rather than XP-can someone tell me the difference? I do also have a laptop which is Windows XP-at the moment with the Vista I haven't had any problems So my question is which is better and why-what is the difference and which one is more reliable? Please share I need the advice!!
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• Canada
26 Jun 08
I am not really all that great with computers but I think that people are having more problems with vista if they were to upgrade to it from an older computer. If you have a new one with vista I think that everything should be ok. haha don't quote me on any of it though.
@littleowl (7157)
26 Jun 08
Hi Celeste'=I've just got a new one so hopefully as you say it will be ok your friend littleowl
@phynicen (27)
25 Jun 08
I think Windows Vista is definately unique. It takes a while to adjust if you are migrating from Windows XP. Overall I think it is an effective, eye-candy operating system. It just takes a hell of a lot of horse-power to run. I'd say try it yourself. If you don't like it, go back to XP :) Vista will most likely be the most reliable when its at SP (service pack) 3. It is currently in stage SP 1.
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@littleowl (7157)
26 Jun 08
Hi phynicen-thanks for that bit of info-am sure vista will get bet the longer its around-guess it is harder for me as am just getting used to it after using xp your friend littleowl
@Muelitz (1592)
• Canada
25 Jun 08
Well many would suggest that you use XP because it has been here for quite some time. And although Vista has been beta tested, there would likely be some bugs to come out. I have been using Vista for 3 months and I have no problems with the system at all. Most likely the problem you will have is getting the drivers for some of your devices. Because Vista is new, some manufacturers have not issued drivers for their products for Vista. I have read that the main difference is the security which has been tightened in Vista. If you are an ordinary user like me. The only difference you would easily notice is that the Vista interface which much better than XP. Support for XP will soon be over and development for programs will cease as well. If I were you I would go Vista.
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@littleowl (7157)
25 Jun 08
Hi Muelitz-many thanks for your advice-think you have helped me make up my mind to stay with vista as am sure that everything will be sorted out eventually and I have found that the security on vista is a lot more tight than my xp cos have had nothing but probs on that front with xp no matter what security I;ve put on it at the moment is kaspersky and that seems to be working ok-but think I will stay with vista as I am more of a casual user before needing more hardware I think-yet I don't know your friend littleowl
@lilaclady (28245)
• Australia
25 Jun 08
I am dreading the day I have to change to Vista but only because I am not one for change, I have heard a lot of thing s also mainly that vista won't accept a lot of older programs and I love a lot of my older programs...my techy who is very much into all computer stuff as well as windows, he told me the date which I can't remember has been set for the finish of updates and patches and such to be sent out by Windows for XP which will mean that is the time one should move over to vista other than that I think it is just a case of getting used to it...
@littleowl (7157)
25 Jun 08
Hi lilaclady-as have said to ameeluv am now getting really confused--guess I will have to get used to it but also have an xp laptop and have to decide which one my son should use-we might as well share I guess-thanks for your help littleowl
@ameeluv (388)
• Saint Lucia
25 Jun 08
i use both vista and xp. I have 2 laptopss.. and currently I am using the xp.. so go figure... vista has too many problems and unfigured issues and require alot of updates and runs really slow and not all the software you buy can work with it... My printer and webcam cannot work on my vitsa lappy but works perfectky wuth the xp one.. I had to add more memory to my vista lappy.. spend more money already where as if it was runnin on xp it would have worked perfectly fine.. xp requires less ram to run on so thats a plus also.. vista does have a mroe appealing graphic.. but thats nothign cause u want mroe functionality.. its actually nerve wrecking..
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@littleowl (7157)
25 Jun 08
Hi ameeluv-oh dear am now getting confused I have both but vista at the moment seems to be ok am not sure about ram but find vista easier to work with than xp yet have to make a chice which one my son has-he's 26-but all I seem to get is problems with xp- mmm-don't know what to do now-your friend littleowl
• United States
25 Jun 08
I have Vista on my laptop and XP on my desktop. I've noticed that Vista is easier for me to work on with school and I like the look of it better than XP. Vista also comes with a lot of programs and protection that XP doesn't have. Vista hasn't given me any problems so far and I have had it for at least six months now. Good luck!
@littleowl (7157)
25 Jun 08
Hi fafinette-that is good to hear and I agree that the security is a lot better than xp cos with my xp I have nothing but probs on that front even with the best security I can get-at the moment am using kaspersky that seems to be alright and is meant to be one of the best according to snopes-many thanks for your response-littleowl
@mrsjbelle (1641)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I've had it on my new PC for about 6 months. I dont notice to much of a differance but maybe just cause I am used to it. I wouldnt change back I know that for sure. Just give it some time to get used to. You may find you like it better:)
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@littleowl (7157)
25 Jun 08
Hi mrsjbelle-thanks for your reassurance I guess with everything new like this you have to get used to them-am sure I will in a month or two littleowl
• Belgium
25 Jun 08
Hi, I also have Windows Vista on my laptop. Before I bought my laptop I've heard different opinions about Vista, most of them were on the negative side. But of these disadvantages I've noticed few once I was using Vista myself. All considered, I'm happy about the program. I don't understand why people are slandering Windows Vista as I have no complaints at all. Now I have used both Vista and Xp I even can say I'd rather work with the Vista program. I don't know really why but in my eyes Vista is more fluent and easier to work with. So my opinion.. Greetz.
@littleowl (7157)
25 Jun 08
Hi Jensgeukens-from what I seem to be gathering about vista is that it is an easier systeem to work on and guess being a newbie since last september it seems to be ok for me-the security seems better than xp too-thanks for your response-littleowl
@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I have windows xp on my desktop and vista on my laptop, personally I can't tell the difference, I haven't had any issues with vista, and there are a few features I like on it better than my desktop, of course my laptop is newer and has a better processor than my other computer. I have seen where a lot of people complained about having problems with vista, but I haven't had any so far.
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@littleowl (7157)
25 Jun 08
Hi palonghorn-thanks for letting me know about this I dont find much difference between either of them either but just wonder why vista got such a bad name in the beginning I do find the security a lot better on vista than xp as on xp I seemed to get a lot of problems after a few weeks but with this one (vista) I haven't had that happen-many thanks for your response-littleowl
• India
25 Jun 08
There are many differences between Windows Vista and Windows Xp. Though Windows Xp is proved better than Windows Vista, later the Vista is proven much efficient than XP. Vista provides many new tools and features which are not present in XP. These tools help very much in maintaining good performance of your system. The Vista also provides with tweak tools and Theme managers that also add good look to your desktop.
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@littleowl (7157)
25 Jun 08
Hi startstop-Thanks for this information its really what I have been looking for-I do actually find Vista more efficient the more i use it than my Xp..the security seems to be a lot better-though I dont know what you mean by 'tweak tools' and 'theme managers' are..would you mind explaing what they are for me-many thanks your friend littleowl
@biobio55 (283)
• Indonesia
25 Jun 08
We have 2 laptops, one with XP and one with Vista. We don't have any problem what so ever since the first day we bought it. Unless, you are a game addict or using too many old software, vista is fine. Who complaint the most about vista? Corporate and geek. They are the most demanding market. Corporates hate to upgrade their software because of the cost. Geeks hate to upgrade because they use so many softwares. To them, compatibility is number one. For other consumer, vista is just another OS. So, enjoy and don't worry.
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@littleowl (7157)
25 Jun 08
hi biobio-thanks for your reassurance-I have the same as you and its nice to know that I can just carry on without worries-I dont play games or anything apart from emailing downloading photos and music on my media player-so really use it for the basic things-your friend littleowl
25 Jun 08
Hi littleowl I would not know anything about windows you clever little thing, as you know I have only just started playing about with my LapTop I won't be able to help. But keep haveing fun trying to figure it out. All my love. Bright Blessings. Tamarefireheart.
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@littleowl (7157)
25 Jun 08
Hi Tamara-thats ok you carry on having fun working it all out I realise you have a lot more to learn-blessed be littleowl
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@ellie333 (21029)
25 Jun 08
Hi Littleowl, I don't really know too much about the difference between the two but any new lap will come with the Vista as it is the latest version of Windows. I still have XP on my main computer but daughters laptops are both Vista and they haven't had any problems with it even though I have heard the same as you re problems with it. Hope someone can explain. Ellie :D
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@littleowl (7157)
25 Jun 08
Hi Ellie-you are right about most computers coming with vista now-it is quite hard to find them with xp-really I am not sure of the deifference though when I got my other laptop last September I was told that Vista was having a lot of problems etc and XP was the best to get-so far I have had no probs with this one which is Vista- maybe they have ironed out those problems now-who knows-hugs my friend littleowl
• India
25 Jun 08
I also heard that windows vista is not up to the mark and XP is far better than Vista. I don't have any primary information about Vista that nobody I knew is using that. I have loaded my computer with XP and it is working perfectly well.
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@littleowl (7157)
25 Jun 08
Hi padmameera-I have two laptops one vista the other xp I have been told many a time that xp is better than vista and that vista causes a lot of problems but as this one is new I haven't had any problems with it the one I have had problems with is my xp and to get it right has cost me a lot of money-your friend littleowl
• Indonesia
25 Jun 08
well i have 2 pc with different OS (Vista n XP) n there's big different between them.So far my XP is more reliable than my vista,but vista have feature that XP cant have it.yeah..i heard bad opinions bout vista but after all i think its true vista have better security than XP n if u r newbie in computer vista r more easier to use.
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@littleowl (7157)
25 Jun 08
Hi trustinnerd-thats the same as me I do find that Vista has better security on than XP and have only been on the net since last september so find Vista easier to use-my son uses the XP laptop that one was bought for me but as my son keeps using it I went and got the Vista for myself-thanks for your response littleowl
@Guardian208 (1095)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I also have heard all the bad feedback about Vista. I have had nothing but good luck with it. In fact, my laptop was acting pretty flaky using XP. I upgraded to Vista a few months ago and I have had absolutely no problems with it. It did take some getting used to but now I like using it more than I do XP.
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@littleowl (7157)
25 Jun 08
Hi Guardian-thanks for letting me know that so far I have had no problems with it whereas with my XP I was picking up all sorts of problems-you are right about getting used it I am at the mo and its a little different to XP-your friend littleowl
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
25 Jun 08
I have heard alot of bad things about vista also. I have always used Windows XP. I have never even tried Vista. they may have all of the bugs worked out of it by now though. You may not have any problems at all. I think most of the problems, were when they first came out with it. They have had plenty of time to fix it. It looks like they would not sell it any longer if they were still having major problems with it. I still think that XP is the best though.
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@littleowl (7157)
25 Jun 08
Hi steph'-yes I heard about that one too-I really hope that Vista has been sorted out by now Guess the one consolation is that i do have it insured but if any probs like bugs got into it I don't know if that would be covered-your friend littleowl