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#27838 7-Nov-2008 22:18
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I am thinking to move up to vista ultimate version. i am currently on windows xp pro sp3. though rather than clean install i am thinknig of doing an upgrade. has anyone done upgrade here?. how did it go?

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  #179347 22-Nov-2008 04:55
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One piece of advice, don't go to Vista at'll regret it later. I tried it for a week and got rig of after the first week and went back to XP.

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  #179352 22-Nov-2008 06:32
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I have been using Windows Vista since its private beta and currently all my PCs are running it. If you have the right hardware (enough memory), driver support (most Windows XP drivers should work) and no applications that require Windows XP (only very specialised apps do) then you should be fine.

As in any upgrade make sure you have a backup of your data before doing it.



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  #179361 22-Nov-2008 08:54
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I running Vista Ultimate on both my PC's and am pretty happy with it. I did clean install however so can't really jelp you with upgrade info.

Having said that unless you have a desperate need to upgrade now I would suggest you wait for Windows 7. I know it may be another 18 months or so but I'm sure a beta will be out before too long. If you want to have it do Freeeview HD TV (which your signature indicates you may be in to) it seems Windows 7 will work pretty much out of the box.

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  #179545 23-Nov-2008 04:45
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Most of the advice that I've seen on Vista is to do a clean install.  If you've got plenty of space, why not dual boot?  I've done it on my desktop, and it works well.

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  #179556 23-Nov-2008 08:51
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xclusive: One piece of advice, don't go to Vista at'll regret it later. I tried it for a week and got rig of after the first week and went back to XP.

I would be careful listening to someone that has only used an OS for one week and then written it off Undecided

I still run both OS's in our house. My main PC is on vista as is our Media centre. The other boxes are older and are fine running XP.

Vista is a very good OS which gets a lot of ill informed negative rep. There is a bit of a learning curve as once you go under the skin things do work a bit differently but nothing a bit of time does not sort out.

Unless there are very good reasons for you wanting to do the upgrade then I would suggest doing a clean install. If you don't you will move then likely finish up rebuilding down the track anyway. It just seems to go that way.

Do spend a bit of time before you start. Make sure you have ALL the drivers for you hardware before you start. Very rare now to find hardware that does not have vista support but it is still possible.

The option to wait for Windows 7 is a reasonable one. It is due next year so is not too far away (providing no delays). A description of Windows 7 that I read that seems like a good description was that it is Windows Vista with the benefit of hindsight. Anyway your choice. If you already have the Vista license go for it.

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