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Old 06-30-2007, 08:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

So I'm looking for a laptop, but every. Single. Laptop. Has. Vista. I'm content with XP, but I don't want to install XP on my soon to be laptop because I don't have a certified version of XP. So how heavily does Vista impact a entry level laptop such as...

NCIX.com - Buy Acer Aspire 5610-2418 Dual Core T2080 1GB 120GB 15.4IN WXGA DVDRW WLAN Vista Premium Notebook - LX.AXl0X.111 In Canada.
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Old 06-30-2007, 09:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i used vista on a laptop with almost identical specs... and it was too slow for my tastes. at the very least you'd have to upgrade to 2gb of ram.
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Default Re: Vista on laptop? How terrible is it?

It will probably be a little sluggish on that, especially when compared to Windows XP. If you could find something with similar specs with XP on it, though, you'd be just fine.
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It is geting harder for people to find Rig's with XP installed on it so I guess that Vista might be his only option.

I think that the laptop is around average but don't expect to run vista well on it, my advice is get a laptop like that and then get a copy of XP installed on it.
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Vista came with my lappy and to my surprise I dont really find it that bad, and its not to much different then yours. I'd say your right Chris about having a hard time finding a new rig that has windows xp, I couldn't find many here when I was looking.. (other then display models)

Before you buy an xp disk just try out windows Vista, If its to slow put xp on there.
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My new laptop came with XP but it is ex display and it is a little on the basic size more of a bare bones "It runs and thats what you get" as you know I am upgrading it soon
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Hello there i also had that problem. I bought laptop about 3months back with specs. 1.73dual core 512 ram. It had vista and it was quite slow. However i got rid of the themes, unwanted startup programs and services and....prefetch. And it seemes to be okay now.

But if you require a seriously fast pc i recommend you installing xp. (yeah iknow it costs)
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Compaq and HP still offer XP and Vista if you buy direct. Dell does, too, but I can't recommend them. Here's the Canadian link to HP's stuff:
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dell make good laptops surprisingly you can also use the repair disks to install vista on any machine apparently dunno if thy have corrected that obvious flaw
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I dunno, we just picked up a ThinkPad with a 1.8 core2 and 1.5gigs of RAM and it doesn't run half bad. start up is rather slow, but other than that I am not too bothered by it. Vista Business by the way.
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