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Safe to go from XP to Vista?

Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
So I'm sort of thinking of going to Vista. I'm currently on XP Pro SP2.

Would it be safer to just do a clean install, or should I just do an upgrade? To be honest, I really can't be bothered formatting and reinstalling all my programs.

When I install Vista, should I install SP1 immediately?

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  • contrabandcontraband Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    The general consensus is that XP is still better than Vista. And I just read this. But I mean, switch if you want, I doubt it (the flaws) would make a real-world difference. I know plenty of people that use either.

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  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Besides the marvels of DirectX 10 and a very smooth interface I can't really think of a reason why you'd want to throw money at a new OS. If you did think of a good reason and are installing: you don't have to beeline to SP1 right away, the updater will offer it to you if it applies to your system, it's just a bundle of updates anyway.

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  • Dark ShroudDark Shroud Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    So I'm sort of thinking of going to Vista. I'm currently on XP Pro SP2.

    Would it be safer to just do a clean install, or should I just do an upgrade? To be honest, I really can't be bothered formatting and reinstalling all my programs.
    Do a clean install, it will be better in the long run. Use the new back-up tool (the one for Vista that can be installed in XP) to back up all your data and programs to a disc or other external device.
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    When I install Vista, should I install SP1 immediately?
    Just run Windows Update as some systems need special drivers before SP1 can be installed. Windows Update will install any needed updates including SP1 in a proper manner to prevent problems.
    contraband wrote: »
    The general consensus is that XP is still better than Vista. And I just read this. But I mean, switch if you want, I doubt it (the flaws) would make a real-world difference. I know plenty of people that use either.
    That is NOT the general consensus, XP is not better than Vista. Read here on performance. You should also try reading the actual story linked to by Gizmodo. That isn't Vista only, it also affects XP and Mac as well as other browser besides IE. Thought IE7 can be set to avoid the problems.

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  • Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    So I'm sort of thinking of going to Vista. I'm currently on XP Pro SP2.

    Would it be safer to just do a clean install, or should I just do an upgrade? To be honest, I really can't be bothered formatting and reinstalling all my programs.
    Do a clean install, it will be better in the long run. Use the new back-up tool (the one for Vista that can be installed in XP) to back up all your data and programs to a disc or other external device.
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    When I install Vista, should I install SP1 immediately?
    Just run Windows Update as some systems need special drivers before SP1 can be installed. Windows Update will install any needed updates including SP1 in a proper manner to prevent problems.
    contraband wrote: »
    The general consensus is that XP is still better than Vista. And I just read this. But I mean, switch if you want, I doubt it (the flaws) would make a real-world difference. I know plenty of people that use either.
    That is NOT the general consensus, XP is not better than Vista. Read here on performance. You should also try reading the actual story linked to by Gizmodo. That isn't Vista only, it also affects XP and Mac as well as other browser besides IE. Thought IE7 can be set to avoid the problems.
    What is this back-up tool you're speaking of?

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  • Dark ShroudDark Shroud Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I believe tool is Windows Easy Transfer.

    FYI, run the Vista compatibility tool before you obtain a copy or Vista. It can save your some trouble.

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  • RBachRBach Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    What hardware do you have? You may need/want an upgrade or two if you wish to run Vista well.

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  • Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    My PC is more than good enough.

    Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2ghz
    8800gt
    3gb (actually 4gb in there) DDR2 ram

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  • powersurgepowersurge Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I don't have much to add other than I'd seriously consider Vista 64bit. I've been very happy with mine and I haven't run into a single issue that was 64 bit related. My older laptop is running XP but when I get the cash to replace it (probably with a Macbook pro) I think I'll be bootcamping it with Vista64. (Best of both worlds other than the loss of older legacy software)

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  • Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    powersurge wrote: »
    I don't have much to add other than I'd seriously consider Vista 64bit. I've been very happy with mine and I haven't run into a single issue that was 64 bit related. My older laptop is running XP but when I get the cash to replace it (probably with a Macbook pro) I think I'll be bootcamping it with Vista64. (Best of both worlds other than the loss of older legacy software)
    Does Vista64 need more system req for games?

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  • Satan.Satan. __BANNED USERS regular
    edited August 2008
    I'm an OS X guy, so everything I'm about to say relates to my experiences with other users and the comments they've made about both operating systems. I work in IT and used Windows for 15 years (since I was a wee lad) so it's not like I don't know what I'm talking about.

    It seems the general consensus is that it's now "safe" to switch to Vista. Vista had a lot of growing pains, and the product did feel pretty rushed. I know a few folks that had Vista sort of forced on them when they bought new computers. They generally didn't like Vista for a while but as time wore on I heard less and less complaining. A power user friend of mine upgraded to Vista the day it came out and didn't look back, but he's not a gamer (seems to be an issue for you) as he uses his 360 for his gaming. The eyecandy is nice, no doubt about it, but one person really disliked that MS seemed to spend so much time on the look and nowhere near enough time on the underlying issue of "it's a godamned operating system". I really doubt you'd be let down by the change and I would recommend a full reinstall of the OS (I would even recommend such an action to someone upgrading from OS X 10.4 to 10.5) just so you don't have that "shit, is the upgrade making this happen?" thought every time something doesn't work quite like you think it should. The 32/64bit question is a bit out of my league though, as the only person I know working on Vista64 had a lot of problems early on vis a vie drivers but I expect this to be solved now. I would look for 64-bit drivers before making the jump if that's the route you go to make sure everything is nicely supported.

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  • AeonfellAeonfell Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    It may be safe, but if I were you I still wouldn't do it.

    My brother just built a new Vista comp and I get to see his confused agony regularly.

    I forgot to add... the Mahjong is sweet, though!

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    contraband wrote: »
    The general consensus is that XP is still better than Vista. And I just read this. But I mean, switch if you want, I doubt it (the flaws) would make a real-world difference. I know plenty of people that use either.

    As mentioned, hardly a consensus. Given a choice, I'd go with Vista hands-down. If that choice suddenly cost more (as in your situation), I might hold off. But most of the bad things you hear about Vista are just geek urban legends at this point.
    powersurge wrote: »
    I don't have much to add other than I'd seriously consider Vista 64bit. I've been very happy with mine and I haven't run into a single issue that was 64 bit related. My older laptop is running XP but when I get the cash to replace it (probably with a Macbook pro) I think I'll be bootcamping it with Vista64. (Best of both worlds other than the loss of older legacy software)

    Keep in mind that you don't necessarily need to make the choice at the register on this one. The license for Vista is good for either the 32-bit or 64-bit one, it's just a matter of which media you get (Ultimate comes with both). You can buy a 32-bit copy, track down a 64-bit disc, and install of the latter with your license key (or vice versa).

    The biggest issue you'll likely hit is drivers for random hardware...I've got one item (external sound card) with no 64 drivers, so I stuck with 32. But most mainstream hardware is supported now. Look into it first.



    Oh, and fresh install all the way.

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  • KhavallKhavall British ColumbiaRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    contraband wrote: »
    The general consensus is that XP is still better than Vista. And I just read this. But I mean, switch if you want, I doubt it (the flaws) would make a real-world difference. I know plenty of people that use either.

    The general consensus was that XP was better like, a year ago...

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  • powersurgepowersurge Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    As far as I can tell 64 bit didn't eat any more system resources than 32bit it just allowed me to use more than 3gb of ram. As far as drivers and such go I haven't had any issues. Everything had a driver including my cheapie $60 epson printer/scanner. I've been playing Company of Heroes, Supreme Commander, WoW, Age of Conan, etc.. all just fine.
    Keep in mind that you don't necessarily need to make the choice at the register on this one. The license for Vista is good for either the 32-bit or 64-bit one, it's just a matter of which media you get (Ultimate comes with both). You can buy a 32-bit copy, track down a 64-bit disc, and install of the latter with your license key (or vice versa).

    The biggest issue you'll likely hit is drivers for random hardware...I've got one item (external sound card) with no 64 drivers, so I stuck with 32. But most mainstream hardware is supported now. Look into it first.

    I bought Vista Home Premium (32bit) at launch and hated it enough that I dual booted XP for a long time and I just ran Vista for DX10 stuff (which is another issue not really Vista related). But later as Vista improved I dumped XP all together and when I built my new machine I just sent off for a 64 bit disc (all it cost was the shipping).

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  • RBachRBach Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    If it were me, I'd stick with XP anyway but that's entirely personal preference--I don't feel its system requirements are really worth the added features. I certainly wouldn't pay a significant amount of money for it (yay for education discounts I guess). However, if you do go with Vista I would suggest getting the 64 bit version so you can utilize all your RAM. You might want to keep an XP install handy, though, just in case you find something that you can't run in Vista/Vista 64-bit. Disk space is (relatively) cheap these days, after all.

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  • liuzg150181liuzg150181 Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    For your comparison, Windows Vista with SP1 is certainly a vast improvement over vanilla Windows Vista,especially in terms of performance.

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  • CyvrosCyvros Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    mcdermott wrote: »
    contraband wrote: »
    The general consensus is that XP is still better than Vista. And I just read this. But I mean, switch if you want, I doubt it (the flaws) would make a real-world difference. I know plenty of people that use either.

    As mentioned, hardly a consensus. Given a choice, I'd go with Vista hands-down. If that choice suddenly cost more (as in your situation), I might hold off. But most of the bad things you hear about Vista are just geek urban legends at this point.

    Very true. If it's going to cost you a fair bit to upgrade, it may be best to wait until Windows 7, which is due to be released in 2009/10. Even failing that release date (unlikely given what I hear about Sinofsky), the "Extended Support" period for XP will run from 2009 to 2014, so you'll be fine until the next Windows.

    As mentioned, most of the problems with Vista have been fixed in the past year or so. You'll still find people who have or have had bad experiences with it, but there are less of the former these days (in my experience, at least).

    Also, do you know which version of Vista you would be getting? If you're not sure, Home Premium seems to be a nice 'all-rounder'. If money is no issue, you might as well splurge and go for Ultimate.

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  • HeirHeir Ausitn, TXRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I have nearly the exact same specs as the OP (I have a quad core instead of dual). I installed Vista 64bit Home Premium and haven't looked back.

    Runs very nicely. I love how when something crashes (like my video driver) it just reboots that device and I can keep on playing.

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  • Shorn Scrotum ManShorn Scrotum Man Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    So I'm sort of thinking of going to Vista. I'm currently on XP Pro SP2.

    Would it be safer to just do a clean install, or should I just do an upgrade? To be honest, I really can't be bothered formatting and reinstalling all my programs.

    When I install Vista, should I install SP1 immediately?

    Your machine will explode and kill your entire family.

    Or at least that's what a bunch of idiots who don't know what they're talking about would lead you to believe.

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  • kaliyamakaliyama Left to find less-moderated fora Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    There's zero need to buy vista, though. I have it, it's OK - any new OS iteration is going to take more system resources to run, so i'd hold off just on th eprinciple of avoiding system bloat.

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  • Shorn Scrotum ManShorn Scrotum Man Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    kaliyama wrote: »
    There's zero need to buy vista, though. I have it, it's OK - any new OS iteration is going to take more system resources to run, so i'd hold off just on th eprinciple of avoiding system bloat.

    DirectX 10? Heard of it?

    Oh, and how's Dos working out for you? Every new operating system is bigger.

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  • RBachRBach Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Oh, and how's Dos working out for you? Every new operating system is bigger.

    Perhaps, but some (e.g. early versions of Mac OSX as well as Snow Leopard if the rumors are to be believed) actually perform better than their early brethren.

    By the way, what games currently available use/require DirectX 10? I'm genuinely curious as I haven't really kept up with it.

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  • FremFrem Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    It may be inevitable that operating systems get larger and larger, but I still think 15 gigs is overkill.

    RBach: Any games that you remotely care about at all do not require DirectX 10. As for games which include a DirectX 10 option; BioShock, MS Flight Sim X, Assassin's Creed, and UT3 are the only ones which come to mind.

    Looking at this list, that's a significant percentage of them, actually. I can't believe I forgot Crysis.

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  • kaliyamakaliyama Left to find less-moderated fora Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    kaliyama wrote: »
    There's zero need to buy vista, though. I have it, it's OK - any new OS iteration is going to take more system resources to run, so i'd hold off just on th eprinciple of avoiding system bloat.

    DirectX 10? Heard of it?

    Oh, and how's Dos working out for you? Every new operating system is bigger.

    Dx10? Yeah, I think when the games you want to play require it, go ahead and buy vista. Every new OS is bigger. There's no avoiding upgrades in the long run, but it also makes a lot of sense to wait until the last possible moment - then the harware you're running is likely to be more powerful, and any performance hit you take is lessened.

    FYI, I do have an old 486 running DOS for my retro gaming needs.

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  • AzioAzio Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    My PC is more than good enough.

    Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2ghz
    8800gt
    3gb (actually 4gb in there) DDR2 ram
    Do it. The first 3-5 days will suck, because it takes a while for Vista to build its indexes and cache files and during that time it will seem sluggish. But after that, you will find that it seems to perform faster than XP, and you will wonder why you hadn't upgraded sooner. You will also quickly learn that DirectX 10 is far from the only improvement they have made over XP.

    A few things have been inexplicably moved around, but this was also true of XP. It's not hard to get used to a few control panels being in different places. UAC is a bitch but you can disable it.

    Also, get the 64-bit version so all of your RAM works. Good luck.

    PS: If you have any janky old software or hardware that you still use, now is the time to use google to find out if they work in Vista.

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  • EgoEgo Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    DirectX 10? Heard of it?

    Oh, and how's DOS working out for you? Every new operating system is bigger.

    You can crack DX10 software to run on XP, generally. Or add DX10 onto XP itself. Either way the games will run faster in XP than Vista, though the performance gap is considerably smaller these days. I'd say the lack of DX10 support in XP soured a lot of people on Vista right off the bat. Talk about a heavy-handed way of encouraging upgrades.

    Anyway, he's right, if you're happy with XP there's not much call to upgrade to Vista.

    If you're bored with XP and you can install Vista for nothing (and your time is free) then there's not much reason not to get Vista, either. I'd do a fresh install, though, because then you'll have both XP and Vista boot options available and if you don't like one you can use the other. Also, OS upgrades, especially with Windows, rarely are as clean as they should be. Haven't tried the XP-to-Vista upgrade but I somehow doubt it breaks out of the mold in this regard.

    I've got Vista ultimate 64-bit dual-booting along XP. Drivers have drastically improved themselves and compatibility is almost a non-issue. I have to boot into XP to do something less and less these days (usually just to troubleshoot something alongside an XP user.)

    I like the following about Vista. Things I like most nearer the top.

    -support for more memory
    -considerably less retarded networking
    -MCE integration (with ultimate anyway, dunno about where it comes in on the other versions... I should hope it's integrated with all of them given MS's business plan for the next decade)
    -icon previews for alt-tab etc.
    -handles GPU crashes well (this would be higher but it's a rare occurrence)
    -prettier default GUI

    I hate the following about Vista. Things I hate most nearer the top.

    -hard drive thrashing. It's half indexing, half system restore, and all stupid. Next time windows update sends you a 5mb patch and you reboot, load up the resource monitor and watch how many hundreds of megabytes windows reads/writes to your hard drive. Mostly there's no performance hit (or not one you notice) at all, just the annoying sound of hard drive activity when you know you aren't accessing anything on the drive. Though sometimes your system becomes a drunk sloth. Which will it be? Only the gods of windows know!

    -new search. Indexed by default, yet doesn't index ALL files by default. No separate search field for file contents, instead search examines both names AND contents at the same time for the one field you've filled in. Unless you're searching non-indexed files. Then it doesn't bother looking at file content. Not that anything hints that this is the way your system is about to act. So then you have to go into your search options and set it to search the content of non-indexed files. But don't forget to turn that setting back to default when you're done, otherwise the next time you want to search non-indexed files but NOT their content, it's going to take a million years. Seriously, Microsoft. Name, Tags, Authors, but no field ONLY for Contents? Goddamn. Way to cripple the one redeeming feature of your search tool.

    -no unsigned drivers for 64 bit vista. It's my OS, if I want custom drivers that you don't trust, tough shit for you. If I trust them, that should be good enough, because it's my fucking computer. Looked like this was easy to disable at first, but MS has patched each of those user methods consecutively.

    Out of those three things, you can fix the first by turning off system restore (if you have your own backup images), the second by telling windows search to always look in non-indexed locations and always search file content --then only using windows search for content searches, and using another program (copernic desktop search for me) for everything else, and the third not at all, though you can mildly mitigate it by allowing unsigned drivers at boot every time you turn on your machine.

    Overall I'm sufficiently pleased with Vista. At a certain level of hardware, the performance hit from XP to Vista is pretty minimal. I don't notice any difference in reliability (other than GPU recovery) or security, and I doubt anyone who's generally bothered to have a stable and safe system will either.

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  • AzioAzio Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    -MCE integration (with ultimate anyway, dunno about where it comes in on the other versions... I should hope it's integrated with all of them given MS's business plan for the next decade)
    Media Center comes with Home Premium and Ultimate. It's not available in Business, Enterprise, or Home Basic.

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  • EgoEgo Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Bah. Oh well, come Windows 7 it should make a full transition.

    Ego on
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  • Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I think I'm going to get Vista 64 bit. I've checked all my hardware, and 64 bit drivers are available for them.

    Does Vista 64 bit require 64 bit versions of applications?

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  • AzioAzio Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    No, but some apps are incompatible with the 64-bit edition, usually because they are written in a way that violates Microsoft's security model, which is more strictly enforced under x64. As I said, you should google to make sure all your important software will still work with Vista x64.

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  • Dark ShroudDark Shroud Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    I think I'm going to get Vista 64 bit. I've checked all my hardware, and 64 bit drivers are available for them.

    Does Vista 64 bit require 64 bit versions of applications?

    16bit applications don't work on Vista x64. If you have some apps / games that you just can't live then you have some options. You can get DOS applications working by using DOS Box. You can also use Microsoft Virtual PC, which is free from MS to run XP or even 98SE if you want/need to.

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  • Dark ShroudDark Shroud Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Ego wrote: »
    You can crack DX10 software to run on XP, generally. Or add DX10 onto XP itself. Either way the games will run faster in XP than Vista, though the performance gap is considerably smaller these days. I'd say the lack of DX10 support in XP soured a lot of people on Vista right off the bat. Talk about a heavy-handed way of encouraging upgrades.
    That "Crack" doesn't work right at all. It's total BS that will just cause a lot of problems.
    Ego wrote: »
    -hard drive thrashing. It's half indexing, half system restore, and all stupid. Next time windows update sends you a 5mb patch and you reboot, load up the resource monitor and watch how many hundreds of megabytes windows reads/writes to your hard drive. Mostly there's no performance hit (or not one you notice) at all, just the annoying sound of hard drive activity when you know you aren't accessing anything on the drive. Though sometimes your system becomes a drunk sloth. Which will it be? Only the gods of windows know!

    It's a lot more than search and restore, besides you can adjust these settings. It's also timed defrag, also adjustable. As well as Windows Defender's daily scans.
    Ego wrote: »
    -new search. Indexed by default, yet doesn't index ALL files by default. No separate search field for file contents, instead search examines both names AND contents at the same time for the one field you've filled in. Unless you're searching non-indexed files. Then it doesn't bother looking at file content. Not that anything hints that this is the way your system is about to act. So then you have to go into your search options and set it to search the content of non-indexed files. But don't forget to turn that setting back to default when you're done, otherwise the next time you want to search non-indexed files but NOT their content, it's going to take a million years. Seriously, Microsoft. Name, Tags, Authors, but no field ONLY for Contents? Goddamn. Way to cripple the one redeeming feature of your search tool.
    Have you tried this under the new Search 4.0? Better, worse or the same? I could see how this would affect some people, but not me since I have it set to scan Names & Content so I usually fine what I'm looking for.
    Ego wrote: »
    -no unsigned drivers for 64 bit vista. It's my OS, if I want custom drivers that you don't trust, tough shit for you. If I trust them, that should be good enough, because it's my fucking computer. Looked like this was easy to disable at first, but MS has patched each of those user methods consecutively.
    You seem to be confused here. It is your computer but it's their software that you are only licensed to use. The biggest cause of problems with running all Windows OSs are bad drivers, thank you nVidia. So while this does annoy me a bit as well I understand why they locked it to prevent conflicts.

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    I think I'm going to get Vista 64 bit. I've checked all my hardware, and 64 bit drivers are available for them.

    Does Vista 64 bit require 64 bit versions of applications?

    16bit applications don't work on Vista x64. If you have some apps / games that you just can't live then you have some options. You can get DOS applications working by using DOS Box. You can also use Microsoft Virtual PC, which is free from MS to run XP or even 98SE if you want/need to.

    Yeah, at the end of the day there's no real reason not to go 64-bit if you've got the hard drive space to run a virtual 98SE or 2000 machine if you run into issues with an application. Which you likely won't anyway.

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  • EgoEgo Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Enh? Crysis worked great for me in XP with the 'patch.' Never had other games to try but I can't imagine they'd be more problematic.

    Haven't tried search 4.0, if it's not in windows update it doesn't go on the machine. I have CDS as a general search tool because of it's very minimal resource use (it's also just a good search tool.) Changing the name/content settings for search is fine and leaving it on is what I do too, but a person shouldn't have to. Leaving both on means taking a performance hit and getting more results (and less of the ones you want), changing the settings to one or the other is awkward. If there's room for a tag field, there's room for a content field.

    And I'm not confused. I still hate driver signing. I don't personally give two shits about an EULA either, if I buy software and want to dremel-launch it at hobos or fleeing children, I'm going to do just that, whatever Microsoft's opinion on the matter might be. The publishers involvement in my life stops when the money is in his hand and the software is in mine.

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    Erik
  • ToyDToyD Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    My PC is more than good enough.

    Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2ghz
    8800gt
    3gb (actually 4gb in there) DDR2 ram

    I don't see this mentioned yet, but if you actually want to use that last gb of ram, go to vista 64 bit.

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  • AzioAzio Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    You didn't see it mentioned because you didn't read the thread.
    Enh? Crysis worked great for me in XP with the 'patch.' Never had other games to try but I can't imagine they'd be more problematic.
    I sincerely doubt that you were actually running Crysis with all of its DX10 features enabled on XP. And even if this were possible, you would need a machine with two high-end video cards and a fuckload of RAM to do so.

    Also the hard drive "thrashing" is partly due to something called SuperFetch which actually makes programs load faster. I don't know what the problem is here -- Vista is doing things which will make your machine faster and more reliable, while you're not using it. It's not going to wear out your hard disk. If you are bothered by the noise then I would suggest buying a quieter hard disk.

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  • DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Azio wrote: »
    You didn't see it mentioned because you didn't read the thread.
    Enh? Crysis worked great for me in XP with the 'patch.' Never had other games to try but I can't imagine they'd be more problematic.
    I sincerely doubt that you were able to get Crysis to run with DX10 features enabled on XP. And even if this were possible, you would need a machine with two high-end video cards and a fuckload of RAM to do so.

    You can enable "Very High" quality in XP with patches, this is correct. It doesn't fully enable DX10 features, but goes about 90% of the way towards approximating them using a DX9 path. There are things that DX10 can do that DX9 cannot, so if you look at a "patched" XP Very High vs. Vista Very High it will look different. However, DX9 can come very close.

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  • EgoEgo Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Azio wrote: »
    You didn't see it mentioned because you didn't read the thread.
    Enh? Crysis worked great for me in XP with the 'patch.' Never had other games to try but I can't imagine they'd be more problematic.
    I sincerely doubt that you were actually running Crysis with all of its DX10 features enabled on XP. And even if this were possible, you would need a machine with two high-end video cards and a fuckload of RAM to do so.O_o

    Also the hard drive "thrashing" is partly due to something called SuperFetch which actually makes programs load faster. I don't know what the problem is here -- Vista is doing things which will make your machine faster and more reliable, while you're not using it. It's not going to wear out your hard disk. If you are bothered by the noise then I would suggest buying a quieter hard disk.

    One 4850 actually runs it on very high pretty well. Given that we're talking about Crysis, anyways. I'll let you guess how much memory the game had to play with in XP, but here's a hint: what's my favourite thing about Vista?

    Dehumanized, out of curiosity what should I look for as noticeable differences?

    Anyways, Vista does lots of disk writes while you're doing things, and if you take a look you can see the access happens (in my experience at least) at normal priority. It's not intended to bog things down and generally it doesn't, but it certainly does when Vista decides it's going to multi-task disk writes, or if something you're doing is involving constant read/writes, since any simultaneous writes to disk will degrade ALL hard drive performance severely.

    Anyways, I turned off what I didn't need (system restore, which is also the biggest thrashing culprit with it's massive writes for minor changes) to increase performance. What's the problem? Obviously you like Vista, and you know, I like it too, but that doesn't mean I like everything about it.

    Which reminds me of something else I don't like about Vista, but only because I expected MS would finally fix it: simultaneous file copies when multiple copy commands are executed instead of queued copying. But I hate it just as much about XP ;).

    Ego on
    Erik
  • DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    It's pretty much Shader 4.0 calls that won't happen in XP very high. Like I said though, it's pretty much 90% the same quality. The stuff you miss out on is pretty much entirely relegated to stuff that Shader Model 4.0 can do. Generally rather subtle. I, unfortunately, do not have any good screenshots that illustrate the differences. Depth of field and motion blur will work slightly differently, for example. Both of which are, unfortunately, very hard to document via screenshots.

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  • DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    http://www.tweakguides.com/images/Crysis_21a.jpg

    http://www.tweakguides.com/images/Crysis_21b.jpg

    http://www.tweakguides.com/images/Crysis_9a.jpg

    http://www.tweakguides.com/images/Crysis_9b.jpg

    Here's some comparison screenshots. I can't really tell what's going on there that might be DX10 vs. DX9 at work, it's hard to say what is due to slightly different environmental conditions and what is an illustration of what DX10 can do that DX9 can't.

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