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Topic Title: Vista versus XP
Topic Summary: Laptop getting slower and slower and slower....
Created On: 12 April 2009 05:44 PM
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 03 November 2009 04:49 PM
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ernairnp

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Does Ubuntu installation disk automatically support printers and simialr hard wares. Is it true that usually one has to download from Internet, softwares for all attached hardwares? If true, then Linux installation become quite cumbursome and unattractive.

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 05 November 2009 01:33 AM
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sayed

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Vista is one of microsoft's worst OS.
A simple way to put things...Vista eats RAM.My sister's laptop has 1gb Vista and it moves slow. My previous pc had 512mb with xp and moved much faster. However I bought a new system 6gb ram with vista but i will downgrade to xp.

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 05 November 2009 10:36 AM
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ANFierman

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Most major Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, SuSE, Fedora, Mepis,
etc., etc., come bundled with all the available drivers for all the
hardware that has been found to be Linux compatible (because sadly not
all hardware is).

There are occasions where you may need to search for drivers or to do
some configuration such as to make some of the more obscure wireless
adapters work but there is a lot of help available for those times.

You may also have to do some downloading to set up the so-called
Restricted Formats (features that may have legal issues in some
countries because of the licensing of certain technologies: have a
search for Ubuntu Restricted Formats).

However, again the help on this is very good and in practice setting
up is quite trivial. It is often easier than installing all the
software and drivers that you would have to do as part of any Windows
installation anyway. Don't forget that Linux distributions come
bundled with all the software, not just the bare OS and drivers.

The hardware recognition and configuration of Linux distributions is
very impressive these days but there will always be new devices as
well as some older ones that are not Linux compatible because the
manufacturers are only interested in targeting the Windows user and/or
do not want to disclose their proprietary interfaces and drivers.

Rule One: check for hardware compatibility before you buy it. :-)

BTW: is it time to start a new thread for this discussion since it is
no longer directly to do with Windows?

:-)

Andy.

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 13 November 2009 08:36 AM
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chigo29

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yes it is true, in spite of the fact that Vista is more advance when it comes to security and the Interface, I still prefer having XP on my Unit.

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 21 November 2009 11:19 PM
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I've reccently upgraded to a new laptop with a higher spec processor, more memory etc and it came with Vista. I am running the same applications and have done all the housekeeping but the machine is definitely slower.
I recently got an update to my Adobe reader and found that any pdf's I put on the desktop now show up as thumbnails each creating a 1Mb file. Does anyone know how I can get the old Adobe icon back?

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 23 November 2009 10:04 AM
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Beautypiggy

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try a system tuner such as "Tune up utilities"
 10 January 2010 05:12 PM
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stvrich

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Well, just in case you want to dual boot. So you have BOTH vista/win7 or xp (or any other operating system for that matter)
I myself am pretty good at setting up that kind of thing. If you decide to.

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stvrich

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I guess the site strips web links ...

I have an article on multi-MULTI booting on the site "hubpages" under my id, like the one here.

if you want multi booting... that is

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danilejones

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Now windows 7 is available i hope everybody has a sigh of relief and they can now get rid of that windows vista.Windows 7 is very much user friendly and does not prove heavy on the laptop as in the case of vista.

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 03 March 2010 04:48 AM
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RickThompson

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I actually just upgraded my Vista machine to 7 and I notice significant lag with 3GB of internal RAM. I am wondering if the upgrade process left a bunch of junk in my registry and maybe I should back up my files and do a format/reinstall?

Originally posted by: Roundtrip





Bump your XP computer up to 1GB and it should run really quick with XP. 512MB used to be the sweet spot for XP, but it is now 1GB IME.



I'm betting there are a number of other issues causing your slow down that either requires someone with experience to fix or a reinstall of Windows along with a minimum of amount of applications. I routinely look at slow performing computers and in many cases some housekeeping and some black magic skills, earned through experience and training, gets them motoring again at full speed without too much hassle. The majority of poor performing computers are not down to hardware issues IME, although you do see the very occasional one!



You may even want to look to Linux with a distro such as Ubuntu if you feel Windows is bloated and not for you.


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 03 March 2010 08:57 AM
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Roundtrip

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Originally posted by: RickThompson

I actually just upgraded my Vista machine to 7 and I notice significant lag with 3GB of internal RAM. I am wondering if the upgrade process left a bunch of junk in my registry and maybe I should back up my files and do a format/reinstall?


Clean install every time. I remember asking for tips on Windows 7 install from my colleagues on an IT mailing list and they all recommended clean installs. Before you do a clean install, download the latest Windows 7 drivers for your hardware.

It may also be worth a Google to find out if there is a specific issue that causes performance issues on your model of computer. The answer may already be out there.

Let us know how you get on.

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JamSmi

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Now Windows 8 is here and it's getting labeled/hammered as the next Vista/ME...

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 11 February 2013 12:38 AM
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I Love my Vista... But you must got a big RAM to use it effectively. just for running the os Vista use up 1G RAM .. so having a big RAM is a must. Just my 2cent ..
 04 March 2013 08:11 AM
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DanielJon

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Your machines sound slow, you people need to have powerful hardware if you want performance.
Mine is
500 GB HDD
6 GB RAM
2.6 GHz clock speed
AMD A8 Quadcore processor


Still if you want performance from normal hardware then either install Windows 8 or have a Mac machine.

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