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    Hey all, this week, I decided to take the plunge into Windows Vista, and operating system we all fear to install, wondering whether it will impact game performance, operating performance, whether your programs will run on it. After getting 8 gigabytes of RAM, my choices for an operating system were either Windows XP x64 edition or Windows Vista x64. I chose Windows Vista, just because its the most supported out of the two.


    So, here is a full review about Windows Vista.

    Booting up
    Booting up Windows Vista is completely different to Windows XP, instead of just loading your start up programs, Windows Vista actually caches your most commonly used programs so everything loads as if you have ran them already. You may think that this will slow the boot, but it doesn't, Vista actually boots about 10 seconds quicker than Windows XP.

    Interface
    The Windows interface is sleek, modern and certainly posh. It is extremely customizable, from the size of any icon, to the colour of the task bars. Not much has changed to the task bar since XP, except some new icons. The start menu has changed most since XP. It now uses a series of links to get to your desired program, or simply type it in at the text box, hit enter and up it comes. It is a lot easier to use than Windows XP.
    Windows Explorer has changed also, now it has new icons, features and layouts. Many of you may have noticed that the 'File - Edit' task bar has gone, to get that, simply press ALT and it comes up.
    Windows Vista basic has the best interface in my opinion, as I do not like the Aero Glass Interface, but, however, some users might.

    Gaming Performance
    Gaming performance on Vista increases if you have a Dual/Quad core processor, strictly on the fact that the operating system can utilize both cores better than XP could. Therefor giving you a few extra FPS on your games, if you have a single core however, gaming would more than likely be slower.

    Windows Performance
    The performance of Windows its outstanding, again, if you have dual/quad core processor, the benefits will be higher, and stuff will load quicker, however, on a single core, it does slow down. The User Account Control can turn off, but it is nowhere near as annoying as you first think, you get used to it.

    Compatibility
    The compatibility is amongst the highest I have ever seen, on most PCs you can actually install Windows and not need 3rd party drivers for the motherboard! That is just something you cannot do on XP, unless you have an extremely old PC.
    Final Verdict

    Boot speed - 9/10 - Quick and Efficient.
    Interface - 8/10 - Hard to use at first, gets some used to.
    Gaming Performance - 7/10 - Fantastic on dual/quad core processors, slower on the legacy single core processors.
    Windows Performance - 10/10 - Quicker, Smoother and more reliable than XP.
    Compatibility 10/10 - Unbeaten compatibility.

    Recommended - Yes

    Recommended CPU - Athlon 64 x2 or Higher/Intel Core 2 Duo or Higher
    Recommended RAM - At least 2GB DDR400 to have the best experience
    Recommended Hard Disk - SATAII or faster
    Recommended GPU - nVidia GeForce 7800 or above/Radeon x1650pro or above.
    Recommended Operating System - Windows Vista Home Basic



    - October 2007
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    Good on ya Gareth, very nice review there. I'll defiantly take those points into consideration when I'm ready to upgrade. I take it that was with Vista Ultimate, correct? I'll be getting Home Premium in the near distant future.

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    Yes, I that was with Vista ultimate, However, My brother uses Vista Home Premium and my Dad has Vista Basic and they're all as outstanding as Vista Ultimate.

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    im still not convinced, but a good review.one day ill be won over i guess :P

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    XP doesn't utilize dual cores properly for gaming? :confused:

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    yer i dint realise that befor either :S hope it's not true lol.i know that (unless you have a 64bit version) it does'nt fully use 64bit processors, so i guess i realy will see quite a boost when/if i finnaly upgrade

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jameson View Post
    XP doesn't utilize dual cores properly for gaming? :confused:
    Yeah, according to my Dad, he said XP doesn't utilize both cores as well as Vista, I don't know, ill remove that part. He upgraded to Vista, with no hardware changes and got 15FPS more on Flight Sim 04, thats his only explanation.

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    I got a microphone today, so I tested out the voice recognition feature. It has been done really well, lets have a go at it, I am going to say

    'This is Windows Vista Voice Recognition and it works very well, I am highly impressed'

    and see how it comes out, ill leave it unedited,,, here goes

    This is windows system voice recognition and it works very well, i am honey impress


    Well, it doesn't quite get everything, but most of it came out well. I am sure it is better for people who speak clearly. Ill give it one more attempt

    This is windows Mr. Voice recognition and it works very well, i am very impressed.


    Well, I am sure other people can get the hang of it. :cool: But it seems to work most of the time.

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    thats pretty kool

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