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Will Vista run on Dell 5100?

I am about to but a new computer and want to make sure it will run Vista well.

Also, given that they are still pre-loading with XP, what will the upgrade path look like? How much?

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(NT) (NT) Sorry, Meant E510 by Dell, (not 5100)

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Yes, it will...

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However, since you get to choose the exact configuration, how well it will run will vary. For instance, Vista needs 512MB RAM and prefers 1GB+, but you can order the E510 with just 256MB.

Aside from that, note that Vista is graphics-intensive, so you'll need to pick out a good graphics card if you want to take full advantage of the new interface. (The standard Radeon X300SE should handle the glass effect and such upon Vista's final release, but it will not be a high performer.

As to upgrading to Vista, all of the details have not been released. What is known is that you'll have the options of Vista Home Basic, Vista Home Premium, and Vista Ultimate. Home Premium is similar to XP Media Center Edition and is expected to retail for around the same price as XP Home, so $200 full and $100 upgrade. Vista Ultimate has no XP equivalent and prices are just speculation at this point, some saying around $500 while others saying closer to $300. At this time it's best to just make sure it's capable of handling Vista and considering upgrade paths when more information becomes available.

Hope this helps,
John

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Forgot Business edition...

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The fourth option for Vista is Business edition, which can be compared to an improved XP Professional. Pricing is also expected to be about the same as XP Pro, so think $300 for the full version and $200 for the upgrade. Of course this is still speculation...Microsoft can always do a 180 at the last moment.

John

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Helps a lot, thanks!

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No wonder PC sales are slowing down. If you know you need to upgrade your PC, but you do't know what the software will cost. Also, looks like to get a decent machine with right RAM and video, you need to spend $1000.

Sort of guarantees XP will be around forever.

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