Computer Geniuses! Transitioning from XP to Vista.

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    Jan 30, 2009 9:04 PM GMT
    okay, I'm going to be loading Vista onto my computer that Is currently running XP. I know it can handle it; I just need to know if I should make a backup of everything before I do so.

    It's not going to wipe all my files when I install it, right? I mean, technically I could have both XP and Vista on the same computer and it would work. I think?
    My lappy's got 2 150 gig hard drives.

    I've got an external hard drive; but it's only 150 gigs(not enoughf or all of my crap, unfortunately). I guess I could just install it to the D drive of my laptop and make sure that everything on the D drive is backed up. (it's basically music, and pr0n)


    I just wanted to know what I need to do after I burn this iso to a dvd.
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    Jan 30, 2009 9:11 PM GMT
    first things first.. image the damned disk.. second, vista is installed, you'll have a totally naf new paper weight.... enjoy!
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    Jan 30, 2009 9:12 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidfirst things first.. image the damned disk.. second, vista is installed, you'll have a totally naf new paper weight.... enjoy!
    I'm sorry, I don't speak Australian.
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    Jan 30, 2009 9:13 PM GMT
    Why upgrade to Vista, is the XP having problems? I now have Vista but that is because I got a whole new computer. I like it actually, but it is a pig for memory. But my Dell 300GB desktop has no problems.
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    Jan 30, 2009 9:16 PM GMT
    SurrealLife saidWhy upgrade to Vista, is the XP having problems?


    You misspelled 'downgrade'.
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    Jan 30, 2009 9:44 PM GMT
    I actually like Vista and have had no problems with it. I also got it when I bought this computer. The absolute thing to remember is to turn off functions that you do not want running in the background.

    You do know that Microsoft is already working on another program right? I don't know much about it but apparently it's getting better reviews.

    As far as installation I haven't a clue.
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    Jan 30, 2009 9:46 PM GMT
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    Wait for Windows 7, seriously.
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    Jan 30, 2009 9:47 PM GMT
    Funkapottomous said
    lilTanker saidfirst things first.. image the damned disk.. second, vista is installed, you'll have a totally naf new paper weight.... enjoy!
    I'm sorry, I don't speak Australian.
    Then let me translate sexy...

    Naf - Funky, awesome, totally kewl dude
    Paper weight - Object to hold down papers
    Vista - Pig in pretty makeup and a frock, but remember, it likes to wallow in mud
    Enjoy - The moment where you realise you made a HUGE mistake and You've no idea how to get it back because you didn't follow my advice and make an image!
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    Jan 30, 2009 9:47 PM GMT
    DO NOT upgrade. Do a clean install instead. Back up all your personal files. Format your disk. Then install Vista.
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    Jan 30, 2009 9:55 PM GMT
    xrichx saidDO NOT upgrade. Do a clean install instead. Back up all your personal files. Format your disk. Then install Vista.


    This.
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    Jan 30, 2009 10:01 PM GMT
    GET A MAC. VISTA SUCKS
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    Jan 30, 2009 10:17 PM GMT
    RowBuddy saidAs a technology manager I can give you complete instructions...
    1. Back up everything
    2. Unplug your XP machine.
    3. Sell it, give it to someone you dont like, or throw it away.
    4. Go to Apple.com
    5. Buy a mac.
    6. Wonder why you didnt do this a long time ago.
    7. Be a happier person


    Buy a Mac? Why? I always hear so many people say this, but it still confounds me. As far as I know viruses don't work on them, and the OS is easier to adjust too (supposedly. Still, a Mac is just too damned expensive, the lower end being about $1500.00? That is just too much money.
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    Jan 30, 2009 10:21 PM GMT
    RowBuddy said5. Buy a mac.

    I want, your babies
    Do that one!
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    Jan 30, 2009 10:24 PM GMT
    apple spends too much time making their products look good, that why the cost is so high.

    and macs ARE capable of "catching" a virus, its just that no one is bothering to write ones that do any real damage, because no one cares about macs!!!
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    Jan 30, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    volleybro29 saidapple spends too much time making their products look good, that why the cost is so high.

    and macs ARE capable of "catching" a virus, its just that no one is bothering to write ones that do any real damage, because no one cares about macs!!!
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA You are soooooooo outta the loop mate!

    there are viruses for macs and there are two in teh wild right now.. but your to stupid to know it...

    You just need to be stupid enough to install it...
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    Jan 30, 2009 10:28 PM GMT
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    Wait for Windows 7, seriously.


    He speaks the truth.

    Vista is just an unneccesary resource hog. I would use the BETA of Windows 7 looong before i would use Vista.
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    Jan 30, 2009 10:38 PM GMT
    Buffyfan84 said
    RowBuddy saidAs a technology manager I can give you complete instructions...
    1. Back up everything
    2. Unplug your XP machine.
    3. Sell it, give it to someone you dont like, or throw it away.
    4. Go to Apple.com
    5. Buy a mac.
    6. Wonder why you didnt do this a long time ago.
    7. Be a happier person


    Buy a Mac? Why? I always hear so many people say this, but it still confounds me. As far as I know viruses don't work on them, and the OS is easier to adjust too (supposedly. Still, a Mac is just too damned expensive, the lower end being about $1500.00? That is just too much money.


    It maybe more expensive than a PC but it is worth it. I have an old laptop that can outrun my friend PC any day of the week.

    1. I have never had a virus.

    2. The OS and Apps are far superior to Windows. I have never had a virus.

    3. You can run windows on a MAC. If you have too

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    Jan 30, 2009 10:42 PM GMT
    Macs are more like appliances these days, and not computers. They're great if you want something simple and don't want to mess with anything technical. Just turn it on, and go. If you have problems, you can take it to the Apple store and get help with a real person. If something breaks, it can probably replaced on the spot, often times for free.

    Sure they're expensive, but you're paying for the customer service. And you're paying for the aesthetics of a Mac, "designed by Apple in California". Despite what people may tell, they're not better machines. Their internal parts are the same cheap components made in China, just like Dells and every other computer on the market.

    If all you really do is surf the web, email, chat, listen to music.. Then the Mac is fine. It comes with a lot of software built in. No need to buy or install anything. If you can't afford one, then buy a used one.

    If you actually need to do work, then go for a Windows machine. There are lots of software applications out there. Lots of free ones too. And Windows machines are insanely cheap.

    Alternatively, if you enjoy using Mac OS, but don't want to spend the money, you can always build a Hackintosh.

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    Jan 30, 2009 10:48 PM GMT
    that is the biggest load of bullshit I've heard about macs lately...

    If you wanna get work done use windows? are you completely bullshitting me? my gawd man, get a freakin mac and find out what the hell makes them so good for your self.. or you a fan boy of the winblows...

    You can do everything on a mac that can be done on windows and usually its a lot more simple and less overly convoluted process, sure, the machines may be built to not really tinker with, but hardware tinkerers are far more rare then they'd like to make out.. macs are made to work, to get the job you want done and to do it in an easy way...

    And these days, you can't not find software for mac that does everything windows does and a whole lot more and at the end of the day, you'll have a better user experience
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    Jan 30, 2009 10:51 PM GMT
    volleybro29 saidapple spends too much time making their products look good, that why the cost is so high.

    and macs ARE capable of "catching" a virus, its just that no one is bothering to write ones that do any real damage, because no one cares about macs!!!


    While it is true that Apple's products look good, there have been more that a couple of comparisons in the last couple of years by unbiased sources, I think among them PC Mag, that compared Macs to Windows machines of comparable specifications, and proved that Macs are the better buy. They may look good, but they're built well are less likely to break down. A number of reports indicate that corporations, after doing their research, are discovering this to be true, too, and are transitioning to Macs.

    Funky, I agree that you're better off skipping Vista and waiting till Windows next version comes up, which reports from initial users already describe as having a better interface, being faster, and having less issues than Vista. Again, follow what major corporations are doing and stick with XP and skipping Vista.
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    Jan 30, 2009 10:59 PM GMT
    seriously.. get a Mac. You can install Windows on it too if you prefer. You can choose which OS you'd like to use. My guess is, once you get familiar with OS X, you'll run away from Windows-land like a peasant from a burning village.

    I used PCs for years - then I got a Mac for college. Ever since then I've been a happy convert. Now when I get on a Windows machine I end up just getting very frustrated with how counter-intuitive everything is.

    I also like how Windows 7 hijacked Apple's concept of the dock, I've been using a dock for my "favorite programs" since.. I don't know.. 2000? Microsoft is 9 years late with this? Well, that's par for the course I guess.
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    Jan 30, 2009 11:00 PM GMT
    xrichx saidMacs are more like appliances these days, and not computers. They're great if you want something simple and don't want to mess with anything technical. Just turn it on, and go. If you have problems, you can take it to the Apple store and get help with a real person. If something breaks, it can probably replaced on the spot, often times for free.

    Sure they're expensive, but you're paying for the customer service. And you're paying for the aesthetics of a Mac, "designed by Apple in California". Despite what people may tell, they're not better machines. Their internal parts are the same cheap components made in China, just like Dells and every other computer on the market.

    If all you really do is surf the web, email, chat, listen to music.. Then the Mac is fine. It comes with a lot of software built in. No need to buy or install anything. If you can't afford one, then buy a used one.

    If you actually need to do work, then go for a Windows machine. There are lots of software applications out there. Lots of free ones too. And Windows machines are insanely cheap.

    Alternatively, if you enjoy using Mac OS, but don't want to spend the money, you can always build a Hackintosh.



    BULLSHIT

    what work do you do that is so important that you have to use a PC?
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    Jan 30, 2009 11:05 PM GMT



    Good God, men...manners manners, a little politeness get you tons of gigabytes. *plugs in brain/hard-drive interface through crotch-port, sets it to vibrate, smiles.*

  • Jan 30, 2009 11:07 PM GMT
    I agree with some people here...if you're going to stick with microsoft don't waste your time with Vista...wait for Windows 7...you can try out the beta version first if you want.
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    Jan 30, 2009 11:17 PM GMT
    Vista = VERY BAD.
    Vista = New computer required.
    Vista = computer become paperweight and egg timer.
    Vista = prescription for aggravation.

    First thing we do is remove it.

    Downgrading to Vista is silly.