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Vista now or later?

by khicon / January 13, 2007 1:51 AM PST

Hi there. I'm just wondering if I can obtain a recommendation on whether to get a new computer now with XP or wait later for Vista. I have a significant (20%) discount if I were to purchase a new Dell with XP as well as an express upgrade to Vista. I am just afraid that if I were to get this Dell now I'd be losing out on significant future improvements like highdef drives or highdef tuners. Or would it be wise to just use XP now, and upgrade to Vista with a backup just in case Vista should fail?
Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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Remember that last changeover?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 13, 2007 2:03 AM PST
In reply to: Vista now or later?

There was some teething issues of upgrading to XP on machines that came supplied with Windows ME at the time. If you want Vista then get it supplied with it installed.


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Purchase XP Again?
by khicon / January 14, 2007 12:06 AM PST

Does this also mean that I'll have to buy a copy of MCE if I needed to get back to XP? Also, would I be able to stick any high-def tuner card into my "future" Dell, and expect it to work with either XP or Vista? Do I stand a significant chance that Core 2 Duo will become obsolete soon?
Thanks, just making sure I don't make an impulse purchase.

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Buy what you want.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 14, 2007 12:18 AM PST
In reply to: Purchase XP Again?

But to waffle back and forth on this old and new OS will cost you.

Either you'll rediscover what happened last time or you'll get something nice today. I'll take any bet that history does repeat itself.

I hope this is enough for you to think this through.

-> More? Microsoft is the 600 ton gorilla that will go where it wants and if your game or printer doesn't work on Vista then it will be vaporized off the marketplace or the maker will issue a fix.

Got it?


PS. I'm trying to be as short as I can be on this subject to burn the issue down to its essentials. I hope you see this and not as being offensive.

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Just a dumb question. . .
by Coryphaeus / January 14, 2007 10:22 AM PST
In reply to: Vista now or later?

Why? If it ain't broke. . . Take a look at the Vista forum. As for me, I have two powerful home builts and two powerful laptops, all four Vista capable. Will I be upgrading? Nope.

I am finding that today's hardware may not be capable of running with Vista. Specifically my Canon scanner. Tomorrows hardware maybe. But back to the second sentence.


If a new PC is in your future, it will have Vista and it's yours, and as Bob says, it'll work. But look closely at your peripherals, they may not.


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Wait for a while, unless you need it bad enough
by tubaloth / January 16, 2007 8:45 AM PST

I (like many others) installed one of the beta versions of Vista on my 3 1/2 year old computer. Vista runs fine for all that I'm doing with it.
I don't plan on running out and buying Vista on Jan 30. But I probably well get Vista probably in the fall when I do get a new machine. I have realized having both XP pro and Vista on my machine how much I like having more then one Operating System. I don't think everybody is that way. The point being I probably well have Vista and XP (and probably a Linux version of somekind) on my next computer.

Core Duo is here to stay. They are coming out with Quad Core but nothing a home computer runs really needs that. The only improvement with Core Duo well be speed. For now the Core Duo processors (2.4 2.6) are plenty for most people.

The only real change that is coming to computers is graphic cards. More and more of them well be DirectX 10. But if you don't play video games on your computer it won't matter.

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