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Vista or XP Pro for my new laptop?

by nster1 / March 14, 2007 3:31 AM PDT

I can't decide what to get. Will Vista run fine with these specs?
Is Vista even stable?
Or should I get Vista, and hope the system runs fine?
Here's the basic specs:
Intel Core Duo Processor 1.66 GHZ
Integrated Graphics

I figured those were the only things that would truly affect performance. So will this laptop run Vista smoothly?
Or should I get the XP one?

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Vista will be slow on your computer with only 800 MB of system RAM ( if you have an Intel GMA 950 that share 224 MB of VRAM with the system ).

Upgrade your RAM or install XP on it ... If you would have a dedicated GPU like the ATi Mobility Radeon X1400 with 128 MB of dedicated VRAM, then, the computer could be faster, but because you have an integrated IGP which has poor 3D performances, it steals up to 224 MB of RAM, and that slows down the computer.

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Depends what you use it for.
by Igiveup2 / March 14, 2007 1:29 PM PDT

Most home use PCs run a bunch of unnecessary apps at startup. These can put your basic RAM use with Vista Home Premium (with shared graphics RAM) right around 1 GB without actually selecting any apps. I found I can get the basic RAM use down to less than 600 MB by paring the startup programs down to the bare minimum (keeping McAfee Security Suite on). This will also lower your boot times. Running a scan boosts the total RAM use to a little under 850 MB. Right now my RAM use (scan on) is around 870 MB. If you just use light apps, don't do a lot of multitasking, and use a little system management you can get by with 1 GB running Vista Aero. But there's not a whole lot of margin. You can also use a flash drive to boost RAM in Vista. Never had a problem with Vista in terms of stability, but we're on the steep part of the compatibility curve right now.

Light use, 1 GB: Vista aero OK

Heavier use, 1 GB: XP faster

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by *Beba* / March 16, 2007 12:34 PM PDT

I suggest vista, trust me you won't regret it...

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