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Vista - System requirements, Student Version, Upgrade Version??

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Looking to upgrade my 2002 windows XP Home edition to get Windows Media Center and is only availble on Vista Premium and Ultimate. While XP only needs about 1.5gig of spare hard drive the Microsoft… Read More
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
Looking to upgrade my 2002 windows XP Home edition to get Windows Media Center and is only availble on Vista Premium and Ultimate.

While XP only needs about 1.5gig of spare hard drive the Microsoft website says Vista needs about 40gb for Ultimate. Does it slow the system up allot more than XP?

I see student/academic versions are cheaper than normal ones. What is the difference and can anyone just buy a student version?

It is cheaper for a upgrade version if I bought Vista Ultimate upgrade am i entitled to this as I have XP Home?

I have found a website that sells the above for £55. It is student website but it seems to allow students, teachers and even parents of students even Playschool kids. It is the normal version and not the student updrage version.
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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#1
what are your system specs? Vista may not be suitable for you.
Vista is alot more intensive than XP, but it doesn't need 40gb ;)

and if you are a student (im assuming at university?) you may be able to go through the university to get a cheap copy as they often have plans. this includes office aswell. Ask at your student library for more info.
#2
Forget Vista.
Get the RC of Windows 7 (has Media Center built in), which will keep you going (for free) until the final release in October.
#3
Babbabooey;5464437
Forget Vista.
Get the RC of Windows 7 (has Media Center built in), which will keep you going (for free) until the final release in October.


+1. Although I believe the beta expires in October but the RC doesn't expire until next March.
#4
Babbabooey
Forget Vista.
Get the RC of Windows 7 (has Media Center built in), which will keep you going (for free) until the final release in October.


+2

I've dedicated a partition to free software & have used Windows 7 RC1 as the OS.
#5
OK sounds good. Windows 7 is the new OS from Microsoft yes?
This RC of windows 7 is kind of testing it out so free to download and updates avavilable all the time?

When does the offical version come out and how long until you have to pay to keep this version?

Thanks.
#6
Babbabooey
Forget Vista.
Get the RC of Windows 7 (has Media Center built in), which will keep you going (for free) until the final release in October.


4leafed
+1. Although I believe the beta expires in October but the RC doesn't expire until next March.
#7
fleetingmind
OK sounds good. Windows 7 is the new OS from Microsoft yes?
This RC of windows 7 is kind of testing it out so free to download and updates avavilable all the time?

When does the offical version come out and how long until you have to pay to keep this version?

Thanks.


The RC is a testing version released to help find bugs, it is free and updates are availible. If you want to do anything that requires security (online banking etc.) on this particular PC I'd keep a copy of windows XP installed though as it's not a good idea to use beta software for that.

As this is a testing version and not a trial you can't pay to upgrade, you'll have to buy and install the final version of Windows 7 seperately. Release date currently look to be October 22nd.
#8
If its just the media centre part you want you can also get media portal and gbpvr for free..both wil run nicely on xp
#9
fleetingmind
OK sounds good. Windows 7 is the new OS from Microsoft yes?
This RC of windows 7 is kind of testing it out so free to download and updates avavilable all the time?

When does the offical version come out and how long until you have to pay to keep this version?

Thanks.


The official release date for Windows 7 is 22nd October 2009 and Media Center is included. GBPVR and MediaPortal has been mentioned earlier as choices for an equivalent Media Center. MediaPortal is very flaky and relies on a TV server which is not ideal as TV feeds are buffered causing delays although the TV server does allow for remote viewing of the feeds from client computers connected to the server. Furthermore, MediaPortal cannot support some TV cards but neither can Windows Media Center either.

GBPVR only supports BDA drivers which are mostly used for DVB-T cards so analogue cards are almost out of the question except for hardware encoded analogue cards (ie. those that can encode the signal on an onboard chip rather than from the CPU). There is a WDM software driver plugin for GBPVR but that is incompatible with the current version of GBPVR - it only works with older versions of GBPVR.

Windows Media Center suffers the same limitations as GBPVR in the respect that BDA drivers are only supported and only hardware encoded analogue cards are encoded. Furthermore, the buffering means that TV feeds are delayed by a few seconds (as with the TV server of MediaPortal). This means connecting your games console would cause a lag of several seconds before there noticing a response from your controller. Connecting your Sky box means that there will be a delay of a few seconds before you see a response from your remote control presses.

PowerCinema 5 addresses many of the limitations above since buffering can be turned off and it supports more TV tuners, even software based encoded TV tuners using WDM drivers (I don't have time to explain WDM or BDA drivers but Wikipedia have excellent articles on these).

The academic version of Vista is not limited in any way in terms of features.

Windows 7 is leaps and bounds ahead of Vista in terms of speed. Some of the new features are either cosmetic or minor upgrades but the Media Center is a bonus (if all you require is DVB-T TV) and the speed increase, particularly with multi core processors may well sway you into waiting just over 4 months for its release.

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