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Am not sure if this is a good deal or not but stores like currys are selling this for £80 so I am guessing this is a good deal.

Anyhow I was in Costco in Liverpool the other day and they had this for fifty something pound but £64 including VAT. They had loads as soon as you walk in turn left and there they are.

Only dumped my old PC last month with was running XP and got a new XPS with Windows Vista Home Premium and its brilliant much easyer to fined my stuff and much faster then XP.
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#1
Does it actually work properly now then? I didn't realize that MS had fixed the multitudes of bugs. Isn't Windows 7 due out soon and wouldn't you be better off waiting for that instead?
#2
If you search the web for long enough you can learn how to turn off most of the unnecessary bloat in Vista - wish XP had been an option when buying my laptop.
#3
Have had Windows Vista 64bit running since it was released with no problems at all.
Mind you I built a new PC with latest components when it came out, so was compatible since day 1.
Most people who had problems had older machines that did not have drivers released for them at the time.
I would hold of for Windows 7 now, no point buying Vista and then changing in a year or so.
#4
Batman2
Have had Windows Vista 64bit running since it was released with no problems at all.
Mind you I built a new PC with latest components when it came out, so was compatible since day 1.
Most people who had problems had older machines that did not have drivers released for them at the time.
I would hold of for Windows 7 now, no point buying Vista and then changing in a year or so.


Yeah but then you have to wait another year for them to iron out all the bugs in that one and end up 2 years down the line still running XP.
I too have had Vista 64 running for nearly 2 years and to be honest i don't see why anyone with a pc newer than 2 years old wouldn't have it, most companies by now have drivers for their products.
#5
i bought a new pc in march last year and it came with vista i had no problems with it ever
#6
Beanz
Yeah but then you have to wait another year for them to iron out all the bugs in that one and end up 2 years down the line still running XP.
I too have had Vista 64 running for nearly 2 years and to be honest i don't see why anyone with a pc newer than 2 years old wouldn't have it, most companies by now have drivers for their products.


Windows 7 looks almost identicle to Vista, most people speculate they released Vista to iron all the bugs out and when Windows 7 is released it will be quite stable. They also made alot of money out of Vista.
#7
The last time I looked in the Edinburgh store, they only had the upgrade version.
I take it this is the upgrade, not the full version?
#8
offshorebairn
The last time I looked in the Edinburgh store, they only had the upgrade version.
I take it this is the upgrade, not the full version?


No it was the full version well it never said upgrade on the box. The box is the exact same as the one in the picture at the top of the page.
#9
XP (as it is today) is great.
Vista (as it is today) is also great.
Windows 7 (even now) is great.
[mod]#10
Tidied up the deal thread. Can we take any discussion on pro's/con's of Ubuntu to the Misc Forum please, thanks :thumbsup:
#11
offshorebairn
The last time I looked in the Edinburgh store, they only had the upgrade version.
I take it this is the upgrade, not the full version?


Same here, in Cardiff last I looked it was upgrade only
#12
Vista's a pain in the butt and i'm very tempted to revert back to XP. I think Microsoft should be held liable to compensate people for releasing such an inferior product.
#13
Would it be off topic of me to mention all the wonderful free operating systems based on Linux? :p

Linux Mint is a pretty good one for Windows switchers to try out, it is based on Ubuntu but with a bunch of additions to make it even easier. ;-)
#14
XP is much better they have all but admitted this as they have already annouced Vistas replacement. People dont like it, it doesnt run as fast or as well as XP, uses much more system resources for inferior performance.

Never mind, its a good price but if you have any sense you will stick with xp SP3. I can see any reason to change unless you are buying a new machine with it installed. I run it but only beacause it came pre installed on the last 3 p.cs I have bought.
#15
belovedmonster
Would it be off topic of me to mention all the wonderful free operating systems based on Linux? :p

Linux Mint is a pretty good one for Windows switchers to try out, it is based on Ubuntu but with a bunch of additions to make it even easier. ;-)


Linux is great for a specific work related task. For home use, it's no good :)
#16
My 2 cents.

Vista's great if you have the hardware - I run on a quad core with 4GB - smooth as silk, and quite probably how MS intended it to be. I have to work with XP at work, and every day it seems to slow down more, whereas Vista still feels fresh even after 12 months after install. I like Vista, and if you think Windows 7 is going to be some big saviour - think again! 7 is basically a particularly optimized version of Vista - seems to have lower requiements than Vista, while retaining the same look and feel.

I'd say, get Vista now, and 7 when its at SP1. Just Like I'd recommend for any OS - wait till SP1!
#17
Ypnos
Linux is great for a specific work related task. For home use, it's no good :)


Absolutely on the button. Linux is largely useless for the majority of home users, and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.

On the subject of Windows, I'm constantly amazed by the number of people who say "wait for Windows 7, it'll be much better" despite there being not a shred of real evidence that it will be "better" in any significant way (unless you count better marketing as 'better'). Having used Windows 7, admittdley only for a day so far, I can so far see only disappointment heading Joe Public's way in vast buckets. :whistling:
#18
It's an okayish price for the upgrade version, too, if that is what your local Costco has.

How to convert an upgrade version to full?

a) Install as per normal. Do not enter any registration code, select try for 30 days
b) Make sure the box saying activate automatically is unchecked.
c) When installation is finished boot from the DVD and restart the installation again, this time select 'upgrade' from existing version
d) Enter registration code etc and voila.

If you really believe you only have a year to wait for Windows 7, then you forgot how long you waited for Vista.
#19
Get it. V-lite it. Love it
#20
Ypnos
Linux is great for a specific work related task. For home use, it's no good :)


Urm, I think you have it the wrong way round entirely. Linux is great if you want general home use, stuff like browsing the web, doing word processing, listening to music, watching videos. Where it comes unstuck is the specific niche tasks, like for example my specialist musical equipment and software is not supported under Linux. But aside from games Linux does everything a home user would want, and quite often better than on Windows.
#21
I've just switched to vista and apart from one or two programs not working (the developer's fault, not vista's) I've only encountered a single bug that might be a vista one so I've not found it any more buggy than any other OS.

It doesn't offer much on the surface over XP so if you've got an existing computer that works fine there's no reason to change but you'd have to be mad to want XP on a new computer unless you've got a specific critical program that needs it.

Can we get clarification on which version this is? I guess it's either the OEM 32-bit version or the Upgrade version.
#22
I wouldn't go out my way to buy vista I agree that the user interface takes a bit of getting used to on VISTA but its fairly easy to turn the settings back the the XP style. Also as other people have said its possible to turn off alot of the bloat wear that's comes with vista like the sidebar.

I personally installed vista 64 when it first came out and quickly un-installed it due to its lack of drivers. Also at the time real player had not been made compatible with it. I also managed to get a virus on the machine (yeah my fault ) but as the OS was so new there was very little on the internet to remove the virus no software had been written yet.

I don't think Vista is really that bad just its had a lot of bad press and most people are like sheep and agree with other peoples opinions with out trying the software. Having said that I don't think hardly any companies are seriously considering Vista roll out as it ant that different from XP.

Vista was part of the Longhorn beta and they had to leave alot of stuff out of it due to public pressure to get it released. Windows 7 should have alot more of the good things in it that Vista didn't only time will tell.

So no don't buy Vista just for the sack of it.
#23
i think my games run better on vista than they do xp i love it mind u i have a quad core and 4 gig of ram in my system lol
#24
thedo
My 2 cents.

Vista's great if you have the hardware - I run on a quad core with 4GB - smooth as silk, and quite probably how MS intended it to be. I have to work with XP at work, and every day it seems to slow down more, whereas Vista still feels fresh even after 12 months after install. I like Vista, and if you think Windows 7 is going to be some big saviour - think again! 7 is basically a particularly optimized version of Vista - seems to have lower requiements than Vista, while retaining the same look and feel.

I'd say, get Vista now, and 7 when its at SP1. Just Like I'd recommend for any OS - wait till SP1!


Windows 7 will be what Vista was supposed to be when it was released. But from the pre-beta release (not that hard to find if you know where to look for it), most agree that it's already as stable as Vista, if not more. And takes much less resources...

If you're pondering whether to switch to Vista, then read this:
Why Windows 7 Will Smash Vista [Gizmodo]
or
Windows 7 sounds death knell for Vista [ITPro]

There is little point in buying Vista now, and this time you won't have to wait for a service pack to enjoy it fully: it's based on Vista and on its driver pool. Think of it as Vista with SP3... It will work better than Vista right out of the box.
The public beta will be out early next year, they're even free, and judging from the current PDC pre-beta, stable enough to be your main OS (not so surprising when you think it's merely a further development of Vista). So switch to Windows 7 right away...

But regardless of that, this is still a pretty good deal if you can't be convinced to wait, so I'll vote it hot.
#25
Batman2
Windows 7 looks almost identicle to Vista, most people speculate they released Vista to iron all the bugs out and when Windows 7 is released it will be quite stable. They also made alot of money out of Vista.


Windows 7 is still pre Beta - there's a lot still to do and there's new features like the Dock. I've been running the pre Beta for a few days on a low powered netbook and it runs very smoothly and is quick.
#26
alera
XP is much better they have all but admitted this as they have already annouced Vistas replacement. People dont like it, it doesnt run as fast or as well as XP, uses much more system resources for inferior performance.

Never mind, its a good price but if you have any sense you will stick with xp SP3. I can see any reason to change unless you are buying a new machine with it installed. I run it but only beacause it came pre installed on the last 3 p.cs I have bought.


Windows versions dont usually have a five or more year life span like XP did, that was basically the big expection to the rule. Look at 95,98,Millenium (lol) and Windows 2000, Windows XP etc its not that they are saying vista has failed lets bring out a new version its just that windows 7 was quicker to devlope as its basically using alot of the components from Vista.

Personally i was scpetical about Vista after hearing the so called Horror stories about it, but since upgrading i find the 'novetly items' such as the desktop gadgets etc very useful and also make using windows feel alot more personalised than XP did. Most devices now have vista support. As mentioned earlier by a few others though i do have a Dual Core machine with 4Gig of RAM so my system can handle the extra resources Vista needs.

Good price if that is for the full version of Vista not just the upgrade, nice find.
#27
Kiddson
Windows 7 will be what Vista was supposed to be when it was released. But from the pre-beta release (not that hard to find if you know where to look for it), most agree that it's already as stable as Vista, if not more. And takes much less resources...

If you're pondering whether to switch to Vista, then read this:
Why Windows 7 Will Smash Vista [Gizmodo]
or
Windows 7 sounds death knell for Vista [ITPro]

There is little point in buying Vista now, and this time you won't have to wait for a service pack to enjoy it fully: it's based on Vista and on its driver pool. Think of it as Vista with SP3... It will work better than Vista right out of the box.
The public beta will be out early next year, they're even free, and judging from the current PDC pre-beta, stable enough to be your main OS (not so surprising when you think it's merely a further development of Vista). So switch to Windows 7 right away...

But regardless of that, this is still a pretty good deal if you can't be convinced to wait, so I'll vote it hot.


For sixty odd quid for a mature Operating System, and with Windows 7 still a long time away I'd argue there's still plenty point and will make for a great upgrade route to Windows 7 when it finally is released. You'll possibly save the £60 by being able to buy an upgrade license of 7 :thumbsup:
#28
I too have run Vista Ultimate 64bit for over 12 months and have never had an issue? I can't understand why everyone seems dead set against? In the early days there were driver issues but these have been mostly resolved. I think the main problem that alot of budget end Pc's have been shipped with Vista which are barely capable of running it?
Example: - Sister in law and her daughter had 2 Acer Laptops, one with Xp and slightly newer one with Vista? The Vista one run terribly slow compared with the older model but when I had a look it was only running on 512mb memeory versus 1Gig in the older XP machine, soon sorted with another stick of memory and it now runs smooth if not smoother than the older xp model.
I'm glad I made the change to vista and like the modern look and feel, I'm just waiting for Nvidia to add the nview desktop manager to allow my FX3500 better dual desktop window switching, then I'll be tottaly happy!
#29
Its possible to download Windows 7 already apparently according to this news link on The Register. its only a beta apparently but who's to say Windows 7 wont be delayed....
#30
spraint
It's an okayish price for the upgrade version, too, if that is what your local Costco has.

How to convert an upgrade version to full?

a) Install as per normal. Do not enter any registration code, select try for 30 days
b) Make sure the box saying activate automatically is unchecked.
c) When installation is finished boot from the DVD and restart the installation again, this time select 'upgrade' from existing version
d) Enter registration code etc and voila.

If you really believe you only have a year to wait for Windows 7, then you forgot how long you waited for Vista.

Great tip, have some r:thumbsup:ep
#31
slinkydonkey
Its possible to download Windows 7 already apparently according to this news link on The Register. its only a beta apparently but who's to say Windows 7 wont be delayed....


I have installed on a PII with 64mb of ram and it runs like a dog :p ....
Looks like its as rubish as Vista :w00t:

*I'm joking by the way.....
#32
redline
I think the main problem that alot of budget end Pc's have been shipped with Vista which are barely capable of running it?!


Yeah because Vista is one of the most bloated pieces of software ever. They have already said that Windows 7 is going to require half the RAM needed to run Vista. Hopefully they can also get the eye candy to run without needing a gaming graphics card as well. Macs and Linux both manage to run more advanced eye candy on integrated graphic cards, it's utterly crazy that you need 2GB of RAM and a decent graphics card just to run Vista in its full glory.
#33
Wicked Lester
For sixty odd quid for a mature Operating System, and with Windows 7 still a long time away I'd argue there's still plenty point and will make for a great upgrade route to Windows 7 when it finally is released. You'll possibly save the £60 by being able to buy an upgrade license of 7 :thumbsup:


Point taken. I'll wait till the public beta is out, still, as it should be free and mostly functional. But it might not be an option for everyone, I remember all the trouble I went through with Vista Release Candidate 1...
#34
belovedmonster
Yeah because Vista is one of the most bloated pieces of software ever. They have already said that Windows 7 is going to require half the RAM needed to run Vista. Hopefully they can also get the eye candy to run without needing a gaming graphics card as well. Macs and Linux both manage to run more advanced eye candy on integrated graphic cards, it's utterly crazy that you need 2GB of RAM and a decent graphics card just to run Vista in its full glory.


The main trick is that every windows that's open will no longer retain the same amount of memory thanks to dynamic allocation to the active windows only. You wonder why it's never been done before...
Other nice innovation, W7 will "learn" how to run your applications, i.e. if it crashes at least twice at the same point, W7 will remember not to run it this way.
New battery management means that everything that's not used will be switched off, and the processors dialed down. That's enough to tempt me to a beta, some friends got their hands dirty over the weekend and just can't stop raving about it.
1 Like #35
Software will always have bugs and will always be updated. There's no point "waiting" for anything. Just use what's current.
#36
Loving these threads, Microsoft is trying hard to kill off XP but it's not working (yet).

Apparently they've slapped W7 on a netbook for show which is yet another attempt to kill off XP since that's where it has found a new growing market.
#37
Most people seem to miss the essential point about Vista which is what does it offer that XP does not?

This is why so few business customers are choosing to go with Vista because it doesn't offer them anything extra to justify the cost. Home users should ask themselves the same question before spending their hard earned cash - very few would be able to justify Vista over XP in terms of EXTRA benefits!
#38
Why would you 'upgrade' to vista from XP?
If you have a fast machine that is brand new , vista will be on it (you really dont have a choice) so this is pointless.
If you have an old machine, vista is 2 resource hungry. Stick to XP.

Price may be good compared to others ( i have no idea). So not voted hot/cold. Just wondered the point of buying it.

Try a linux, its is worth the effort. Most people took years and years to learn windows and expect linux to be easy to use in 5mins. If you dont like it - no worries. It hasn't cost you £64 or even hundreds (ultimate)

To all the haters, why? Its not like its even a big corporation forcing it down your throats. Its freebie stuff that does not put any restrictions on your usage.
Its not a bloody console war microsoft xbox thing is it?
#39
vista sucks....i hav vista and it freazes in games...tired xp 64 and that wouldnt even let me install msn!,

xp 32 ftw tbh! or 95, 98, 98 se ;-) and ubuntu if ya cba to use windows...
#40
It is the 32bit version not the upgrade version if this is any help to anyone.

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