Accepting the Vista

15 11 2008
Is it worth it?

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Since it’s release, Windows Vista has endured harsh criticism, mocking and attacks. Vista has been said to be ‘unstable, unreliable and slow’ just to name a few… I recently purchased a brand new TOSHIBA Satellite Pro L300 with Windows Vista Home Premium preloaded on  it. Vista is great. It’s stable, reliable and fast, so where is all this criticism coming from? What could be causing everybody all this trouble when I’ve had none at all. I’ll tell you. Hardware.

Vista requires good hardware. period. end of story. If you try to load any flavor of Vista on to a machine with less than 2GB of RAM and a 1-2Ghz processor, it’s likely you’re going to have trouble. Provided you have decent hardware, Vista should run fine. 

All this being said, I still prefer Mac OS X, but considering a Mac of equal performance to the PC I bought would have been almost 4 times the price, Vista is a good alternative. Besides, Vista is so similar to OS X (Windows Photo Gallery – iPhoto, etc.) that the difference between the two OSs is pretty minute. As for upgrading, it’s well worth it providing that you don’t rely on older forms of technology (like faxing over the internet, etc). Also, make sure your hardware can handle Vista before you go out and buy it. I suggest using the Vista Upgrade Advisor from Microsoft. It can be found here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=42B5AC83-C24F-4863-A389-3FFC194924F8&displaylang=en

I also suggest you do a clean install, rather than upgrade as upgrading can cause issues on some PCs.

 

 

 

This post was edited on 30th November 2008 by HistoryMac due to request by Spencer.

I apologise for the inacuracy of my original post. ‘latest and greatest hardware’ was an exaguration and you are correct, many PCs that we’re manufactured before 2008 can run Vista without a struggle. I will do my best in the future to only provide information that is acurate.

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