Extremetech.com gives us Top 10 Vista Tips.
Here they are.
Ten Windows Vista Top Tips
Boot manager for Windows Vista and Windows MCE?
I have a system with TWO hard drives installed. One has MCE and the second has Vista. I would like to get a boot manager that will allow me to pick one at boot without having to access the BIOS or innards of the machine. Any suggestions?
Can I upgrade 32 Bit Windows XP to 64 Bit Windows Vista?
The real question is can I buy the 64 bit upgrade version and be able to apply it to my current 32 bit Windows XP? Or do I have to buy the more expensive new install 64 bit version and do a fresh install, thus losing all my precious Windows stuff?
Windows Vista using too much of my RAM?
Just got a new computer, with Vista pre-installed upon it. 32 bit version, and man was it confusing at first. I was pulling my hair out trying to find “My Computer”… to say the least I’m not too good with computers. At least with Vista, for that matter.
I enjoy some games in my part time, for some relaxation. However, in my 1024MB RAM system, there is 400-500MB RAM already taken up by the programs, effectively reducing the gaming experience. What can I do to drop it down? On my old computer, a good ol’ CTRL-ALT-DEL and you could wipe out all the unnecessary programs, but in Vista, they don’t seem to be there. And on the “Services” tab, I’m not sure what to turn off.
Any ideas? I’m sure there is a way to salvage at least 200MB more RAM. I’m almost to the point of buying a 256MB stick to make up for it!
Will Windows Vista make my video card obsolete?
I will be building a new Core 2 PC soon, and I already have a 7950 video card for it. What I plan on building should last a very long time (main components are Core 2 E6700, Asus P5N32-SLI SE, 7950 GX2, 2 GB DDR2 800 RAM, 250GB SATA HDD, Thermaltake Toughpower 750, Creative X-Fi ExtremeMusic). This will be Vista ready and beyond. And as time goes on, I can always add another 7950 to boost performance (can’t imagine a time when this rig will be slow!).
But when Vista comes out, and ultimately DX10, the 7950 will obviously handle anything thrown at it, but is DX10 compatibility something that can be handled via a driver update? Or will you have to buy a whole new card? I’ve got the fastest card on the planet, but will it be obsolete in a few months when DX10 comes out?
Fan too loud while running Windows Vista!
Anyone else find that a Vista upgrade makes your Nvidia graphics card fan run at max all the time? My system is so much louder than before and it’s unpleasant just having it on. (It’s a 6600 GT/ Athlon 3400+/VIA chipset on the mobo.)
Which video card should I get for Windows Vista?
Currently have a Formac Monitor 2020 for photography use, not games (I hate games). The Formac is DVI and quite high resolution. I did a test to see if my PC was ready for a Vista upgrade and the graphics card failed. Anyone know what card I should get?
Monitor problems in Windows Vista?
I have a HP Pavilion a6010n with a GeForce 8500 video card and HP monitor. The operating system is Vista Home Premium. The computer is 3 months old. Starting a few weeks ago, I suspect after an automatic Microsoft update, the computer will quit communicating with the monitor. When the computer first boots up it will work well for hours at a time, but if it is left on and not used for several hours, the monitor will quit communicating with the computer. The time in the lower right corner of the screen will be frozen and not updated. When I try to use the computer the monitor display becomes scrambled: the task bar and Windows button jump to the top of the screen. Nothing functions.
Alt-Ctrl-Del will reset to a screen that will allow the computer reboot button to function. The computer reboots and works well for several hours at a time. But if left alone for several hours, the same thing happens again. The Nvidia card driver is the most current from September 2007. Aero has been turned on and off. All non-essential display drivers have been deactivated. The problem persists. Any ideas before I reinstall Vista or do I ditch Vista and go back to Windows XP?
Is now the time to Upgrade to Vista?
I’m running XP home. This is my machine, mostly for playing games and zipping about the Net. I do have XP Office Pro which i use alot. the only thing that’s holding me back is having to buy a new office suite which I will not do again for some time to come. also I’m not so sure about the upgrade or how well the machine will do on the game end of things. It’s an AMD64@3800, 7950 Nvida card, and 2GB of RAM. I’m pretty happy with XP, but I do hate being behind on an OS. Should I go Vista or stay with XP which I enjoy.
Free Image (ISO) Recorders for Vista?
In XP, I used Nero to burn .iso files to CDs, but Vista doesn’t like my older (version 6) Nero, and I don’t have the money to upgrade to the new version. Does anyone know of any free CD image burners that work well in Windows Vista 32bit?
Windows XP or Windows Vista?
I just wanted to discuss these two options for an operating system. I have been using XP for several years now and I like it very much. XP is a pretty good operating system unlike 98. I don’t buy desktops anymore, I build my own so I know what I am getting. I plan on building a new system in the near future using XP. My concern is Vista. I feel like its being pushed on us and we don’t have a choice. Businesses such as Best Buy etc., are selling computers with Vista only. You can’t go to a store and purchase one with XP. XP has been pulled from the shelves making way for Vista. Has anyone heard if Microsoft has set a date for withdrawing tech support and updates for XP?
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