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    Here is SuperPI for you


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    And here is CPU-Z Validation for you guys

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    I gotta say crazy gareth has a new record here! haha

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    LOL It was a lot longer than I was expecting, I thought it would be about 1 minute 50 to 2 mins? Never 3 mins 8 secs. Anyway, later this afternoon, I will be writing a review, on Vista on old hardware. I will post it onto this topic once I am done.

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    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic on Bare Minimum Specs.
    On the 10th July 2008, I decided to go out and purchase a Windows Vista license for a computer with specs, which are almost 10 years old. The reasoning behind this is because Windows XP got corrupt, and instead of re-installing, then calling Microsoft, telling them why I re-installed, I just decided to get Vista.

    Pre Installation.
    I ran the Windows Vista Upgrade advisor before installing Vista, to check for potential problems, and it established that my sound would not function in Vista. For most users, that is not acceptable, however, the primary role of this laptop is to serve as a messenger PC for when I am gaming, so that wouldn’t effect me too much. Other than that, I was good to go, I have an Intel Pentium III processor, 512MB of RAM, and enough storage space.

    Installation.
    Installation, was extremely slow, coming in at 3 hours 45 minutes approximately, however, I determined that to be the USB External DVD Drive I was using, and since the laptop only has USB 1.1, it was only functioning at that speed. Other than that, installation was smooth, and no errors appeared.

    First Boot.
    First few boots on Vista are most certainly going to be slow, with memory usage topping 95% just at the desktop; I was beginning to wonder whether I have made a crucial mistake on actually getting Vista for it.

    Activation & Installing Windows Updates.
    Activation was a breeze, and Windows Updates took about 4 hours to complete, 2 hours of that time was Service Pack 1, which may I add, is still not on Windows Update for me!

    After installing updates.
    After all of the Updates were installed, and rebooted, the laptop ran considerably faster, programmes were loading instantly, and memory usage was at an unprecedented 39%, which works out to be 199mb, with the Virus scanner running, and sidebar! That is LESS than what XP used doing the same tasks, I have NEVER witnessed anything like that before. The operating system is all snappy now, exactly how you would picture Vista on a PC with a Pentium 4 with 1GB of RAM. Most certainly not on a Pentium 3, LOL!

    Usability.
    Its most certainly usable for light uses, such as surfing the web, chatting online, writing on Office 2000/XP and writing emails. But its obviously not for the power user, or gamer. Honestly, I feel, its actually faster in Vista than it was in XP. Which is quite serious, as I thought XP was better on the older specs, and I am sure everyone else did!




    Windows Vista Requirements

    850MHz Pentium 3 or AMD Equivalent
    512MB of RAM
    40GB Hard Disk

    Dell Latitude C600 Specs

    850MHz Pentium 3
    512MB of PC100 RAM
    20GB HDD at 5400RPM

    Scoring, maximum is 60. The higher, the better.

    Pre-Installation = 4/10. The reason for the 4, is because of the sound card, on a tower, that’s a $20 fix, but on a laptop, it can be a problem.

    Installation = 2/10. The reason for the 2, is because it was 3 hours, 45 minutes, although it was stated that it was on USB 1.1 speeds, XP installed in 35 Minutes on the same drive.

    First boot = 5/10. The reason for the 5, is because its obvious it will be slower on the first few boot attempts.

    Activation + Windows Update = 9/10, the reason for 9 is because of the time to install all of the updates, other than that, it was all-perfect.

    After installing updates = 10/10, amazing results for such an old computer, everything is zippy, memory usage is low, and it works a lot better than expected, giving it a deserving 10 out of 10.

    Usability = 7/10, amazing, truly amazing. Microsoft’s bare minimum requirements runs Vista AMAZINGLY well, as stated, its not for the power user, but for users looking for a computer just to search the net on, then this is the way to go.

    Total score 37/60 – Not bad for a 8 year old computer!

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    hey vista boys, check this out..
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/11/vista_update/

    i laugh at you right now :rolleyes:

    sorry.. i might get infractions if i continue this anti-vista campaign but i couldn't let this by

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    What does that article mean, I didn't get it. And 11mb is a huge bloat too :P

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    Anyone remeber the ZX-81. Had 1K of memory and i think was first home pc.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinclair_ZX81

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    Wow, you can multiply the memory 64x! There's not many boards which can do that today, but 64k of RAM, eeaks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth View Post
    What does that article mean, I didn't get it. And 11mb is a huge bloat too :P
    it just shows you that a 5 word update to a dictionary in vista consists of 56mb.

    and that 11mb is one word ( obama )... 56 mb / 5 words ~= 11mb/word

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuflo View Post
    sorry.. i might get infractions if i continue this anti-vista campaign but i couldn't let this by
    I heard some guy got a printer to work on Vista the other day... progress is being made

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    sigh...

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    LOL, my thoughts too Jameson , my thoughts too
    Last edited by Gareth; 12-07-2008 at 02:43.

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    Wow Vista has really bad press from some places. Guess a lot of people have had bad experiences with it.

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    I was replying to Jameson, Vista doesn't have problems Its ace. I have noticed people don't give it enough time. They run into it, thinking it will be perfect on first boot

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    To paraphrase a very famous exotic car maker........."Vista bloat complaints are for those who don't have enough horsepower"

    LOL

    Seriously though, Vista has come much farther in 1 year than XP did in the same timeframe. Driver issues are resolved, Vista SP1 runs amazing on 2 gigs RAM and any dual core CPU. Its security, stability, and features far outweigh any minor niggles that detract from it. The day I started using Vista.....I could not go back to XP. It's like jumping back into an old Chevy....comfortable, yes........but still old.

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