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Will you upgrade to Vista in 2007?

Yes
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No
8
53%
Undecided
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40%
 
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Vista: one month to go.

Postby Spazmogen on Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:38 pm

Vista is set to roll out to the general public in 30 days.

What are your plans?

Are you going to upgrade to Vista this year or stay put?


Me: I'm undecided. I've used the Beta and it was slick, but I'm not sure there is enough there to get me to pry open the wallet.
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Postby aviationwiz on Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:50 pm

Well, I use Mac OS X for my main use on my desktop, and I just use Windows in a Virtual Machine for a few apps, and in Boot Camp for gaming (Flight Sim.)

Vista is a huge resource-hog, so no way in a virtual machine, and not in boot camp either, since DirectX 10 wouldn't benefit me...yet... maybe I'd upgrade if I had a DirectX 10 video card.

I wouldn't put it on my laptop either because it would probably hurt my battery life, slow down my system overall, and it wouldn't benefit me at all. It's a nice system too, an HP L2000 laptop.
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Postby Ian on Sat Dec 30, 2006 11:25 pm

I've been running the Enterprise version at work for about a month now. I won't upgrade my personal machines until I can get the Ultimate version.

Vista without the aero glass interface is no more a resource hot than XP.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Sun Dec 31, 2006 2:27 am

I'll probably buy a new system in 2007 which will include Vista I expect. But other then for HD content, I can't think of any reason why I'd want Vista.
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Postby LoneWolf on Mon Jan 01, 2007 1:53 pm

Ian wrote:I've been running the Enterprise version at work for about a month now. I won't upgrade my personal machines until I can get the Ultimate version.

Vista without the aero glass interface is no more a resource hot than XP.
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Ian, I'm curious: with Aero turned off (i.e., either Aero Basic or Classic interface) have you found anything that makes Vista a worthwhile upgrade over XP? Personally, I haven't seen that much to get excited about when compared to a fully patched XP-Pro SP2 install with WMP 11 and IE7. Then again, maybe there will be plusses revealed when Business/Enterprise versions are coupled with Longhorn Server.
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Postby Ian on Mon Jan 01, 2007 3:22 pm

LoneWolf wrote:Ian, I'm curious: with Aero turned off (i.e., either Aero Basic or Classic interface) have you found anything that makes Vista a worthwhile upgrade over XP? Personally, I haven't seen that much to get excited about when compared to a fully patched XP-Pro SP2 install with WMP 11 and IE7. Then again, maybe there will be plusses revealed when Business/Enterprise versions are coupled with Longhorn Server.


I think the security enhancements alone are worth upgrading. Then again, if you run as administrator, you might as well stick with XP as you're gonna be SOL eventually anyway. :wink:

Honestly though, if you have an older computer, stick with XP until you buy a new one. That way, you'll get the OS bundled with the computer and have hardware capable of running it well. Hopefully, we'll be seeing the new hard drives with memory built into them, as they're supposed to significantly boost performance with Vista.
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Postby LoneWolf on Mon Jan 01, 2007 3:34 pm

Ian wrote:I think the security enhancements alone are worth upgrading. Then again, if you run as administrator, you might as well stick with XP as you're gonna be SOL eventually anyway. :wink:

Honestly though, if you have an older computer, stick with XP until you buy a new one. That way, you'll get the OS bundled with the computer and have hardware capable of running it well. Hopefully, we'll be seeing the new hard drives with memory built into them, as they're supposed to significantly boost performance with Vista.
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When I obtain Vista, it'll be either through some sort of licensing agreement with work (which would get me Business or Enterprise), or through an academic purchase of Ultimate, or via a MS Action Pack. I build rather than buy machines, so I'll never be an OEM licensee; as for hardware (see sig) running it won't be an issue. That said, I think it'll be late `07 or early `08 before I consider it.
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Postby Alejandra on Tue Jan 02, 2007 4:49 pm

aviationwiz wrote:Well, I use Mac OS X for my main use on my desktop, and I just use Windows in a Virtual Machine for a few apps, and in Boot Camp for gaming (Flight Sim.)

Vista is a huge resource-hog, so no way in a virtual machine, and not in boot camp either, since DirectX 10 wouldn't benefit me...yet... maybe I'd upgrade if I had a DirectX 10 video card.

Me either, no V for me, I will switch to a Mac Pro and have XP virtualized for some apps. and maybe Boot Camp for games, don't know which ones :o though
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Postby aviationwiz on Tue Jan 02, 2007 11:30 pm

Alejandra wrote:Me either, no V for me, I will switch to a Mac Pro and have XP virtualized for some apps. and maybe Boot Camp for games, don't know which ones :o though


Great choice! The Mac Pro is an awesome machine!
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