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« on: August 03, 2006, 16:34 »
Anyone here testing out windows vista?

I am slightly tempted, but seeing as my hard drive just crashed and i have spent the day restoring everything, I don't feel like more computer challenges right now... however I am curious as to how it is.

« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2006, 17:05 »
I would never use any software that is a .0 (dot zero) version.  Basically, you become the guinea pig that finds all of the problems.

I would at least wait until SP1 (service pack 1) and probably SP2.

« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2006, 17:32 »
GeoPappas that is why leaf is asking you about it. He doesn't want to be the guinea pig so he is hoping someone else will. :) Actually I wouldn't mind doing it at all, I've been a network administrator so I tend to know a reasonable amount about OS. I'm actually quite excited about Vista their color management is supposed to be a lot better and color management with XP is barely usable. Also the change to 64 bit will be nice, 64 bit XP just is a mature enough system to adopt. I thought about signing up but I just don't have any time, I have a few week old baby and I'm trying to fix up and sell our house. I've been waiting to upgrade my computer until Vista comes out, I plan on getting a dual core 64 bit computer with Vista.


« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2006, 19:20 »
GeoPappas that is why leaf is asking you about it.

I guess that I should have also prefaced my statement with the fact that I have been in the computer business for over 20 years. And if I wouldn't touch it, then I wouldn't recommend anyone else do it either.

But there will always be those "cowboys" that will be on the "bleeding edge"...

« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2006, 19:45 »
Knowing Microsoft's history...probably best to wait a bit.  Although its probably going to be very good because competition is eating up their cake and they have to start providing the quality that people demand.

That being said, I want in as soon as I know it will be good but I don't want to slow down my computer any more than already is because Adobe is  RAM eating machine.  I need all the power I can scrounge.

« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2006, 20:03 »
Personally I wouldn't use a beta OS on a primary machine :)  If you have a spare machine, or even just a spare drive (they're so cheap now) you can swap in, I'd suggest you give it a shot.  That way you have some idea how it works, and whether or not you like it, before it's out.

I think the whole "wait for the 1st or 2nd SP" thing is way overblown.  I might use that caution when deploying in a business environment, but for home use it doesn't make sense to me.  If there's some new app/release that has features I want, I'll wait till it's out long enough that I can read a few reviews on it, and if it sounds good I pick it up.  I wouldn't call myself a cowboy, although I do love old Clint Eastwood westerns.  I just know if something "breaks" because of some software on my machine, I can fix it easily enough.  Or I play with it in a sandbox where it can't do any damage anyway.

For an OS, I would suggest taking note of the important apps you use (anti-virus, PS, etc), make a note of your hardware, then after Vista is out, search around to see if anybody is running into any issues.  I remember when XP came out, there were lots of little driver problems, and some apps just wouldn't run.  But most of those problems were resolved within a period of weeks/months (way before any SP was released).

Good luck,


« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2006, 01:08 »
I usually wait a good long time to upgrade at home. Didn't get XP until a couple games I wanted to play required XP. If it weren't for those games I'd still be running 2000.


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