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I've been fighting the urge to upgrade to Vista, mainly because I know XP, I know it's quirks and it's downfalls and frankly, for every good thing I've heard about Vista I've heard something bad about it. How much of a total nightmare am I going to go through to upgrade my current system (see below) to Vista Ultimate x86 (I'm not ready to make the big x64 plunge, that, and I don't have Vista Ultimate x64 )

Is having less than 4 gigs of RAM going to be an issue, because frankly, I don't want to have to upgrade to 4 gigs of RAM when I don't even NEED it in XP. What other conflicts may happen? Obviously, I'd have to install new video card drivers, do I have to install new chipset/audio/RAID/WiFi drivers as well?
    
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2Gb is fine with Vista. I went from 2 to 4Gb recently, and didnt really notice much of an improvement. On my laptop, I noticed 0 improvements!

I would say now is the time to go to Vista. Do yourself a favor and get the SP 1 so you can install it after your OS install.
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Vista is XP with a bunch of shiny buttons. Performance-wise the choice is always XP. I like vista though, It's far more stable an OS then people make it out to be, but in terms of an actual upgrade, it's definitely more of revision of XP than a completely new OS.
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2Gb is fine with Vista. I went from 2 to 4Gb recently, and didnt really notice much of an improvement. On my laptop, I noticed 0 improvements!

I would say now is the time to go to Vista. Do yourself a favor and get the SP 1 so you can install it after your OS install.
Right, SP1, I forgot about that, should help matters a bit eh?
    
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I have been really impressed with Vista, and SP1 was a decent release.

Now if you asked me a year ago, I would have said otherwise. But the OS has come a long way since then!
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post #6 of 44
vista 32 and xp 32 do not recognize or use 4gb ram. youll need the 64bit edition for that.

scared? with good reason. sometimes its a headache, but if you can get by, its way cool. my advice? wait till SP1 comes out - that should fix the majority of the bugs. btw vista is a ram hog. 2gb should be enough, but if you so choose to go 64 bit, go with 8gb.
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post #7 of 44
Don't be......it's WAY better than XP IMO. If you have the horsepower then Vista will be a great OS......compatibility isn't an issue for me in Vista x64 either.
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post #8 of 44
i have been using vista for a while now my self and i have no problems with it and am very please with the new os.
you should have no problem converting over and there is a tone of support if you need it aswell.

go with vista good luck
post #9 of 44
It's definitely getting better, but running it with less than 2GB of memory for even ordinary low-resource activities is frustrating. Especially if you're impatient like me However I see Vista becoming as or more reliable than XP. I've had it on my laptop since Dell first starting shipping their PCs with it and have had no major complaints except for RAM usage, but as someone sagaciously said (sorry don't remember who you are), every new Windows OS is bigger and badder and needs more resources.
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post #10 of 44
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Well, I can't imagine I don't have enough horsepower to run Vista, I mean, it's not a monster rig like your's is binormal, but it's only slightly less mean than my last rig was.
    
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