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Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by Compiler, Feb 3, 2007.

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  1. Compiler

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    If you really MUST install Vista before its first Service Pak (THink of it as Windows OS 6.0 and you need to wait for 6.1) in about a year.... consider these things.

    1 - Wait perhaps another month - perhaps some of these driver issues are worked out. Those with GF 6, 7 and 8 cards are having problems.... same with ATI. Just those with onboard video seem to go through little pain... oh wow.

    2 - Dig up an old 20GB HD thats not doing anything - drop that in, unplug your DRIVE (Data & power) - and install on a TEST Hard drive. Don't activate/register vista ASAP - you need to make sure it all works... Unlike XP which sucks up about 2GB installed, vista will eat about 11gb!!! So a 15GB will barely cut it, a 20GB or larger is recommened.

    Reverting back to XP will most likely require a complete clean reinstall of XP and coping back your files.


    3 - Consider adding MODS to XP for that vista look: http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/1089/make_xp_look_like_vista_longhorn_free

    :eek:
     
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    The advisor is not always accurate... And during the install process, like before it starts - it should also confirm issues.

    A lot of silly issues with vista could have been fixed months ago - as such complaints were talked about in articles before RTM... such as the UAC issues.
     
  4. Bob Cerelli

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    Or install it on another computer

    Or have a partition just for the OS. Then you can image the previous OS like XP, install Vista, and create an image for that. Typically restores take only a few minutes to switch.

    Not sure I would want to install Vista on a 20 gig drive. For starters a little small. And most of those old drives were slow 5400 rpm ones. If you do decide to do that, at least make sure it spins at 7200.
     
  5. Squashman

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    I don't recall my Vista Install sucking up 11Gb's.
     
  6. Bob Cerelli

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    Not sure what others have. My Windows directory shows something just over 7 gigs. Can't check from a clean install at this point how much is in the Program Files directory to see what it puts there from the beginning.
     
  7. jmwills

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    Mine is about 7.8 gigs.
     
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    Mine "sucks up" about 7gigs. With ALL my software installwed (about 30 programs. it goes up to 12 gigs. So I think 20 gigs would be a comfortable limit for hard disk space for vista. I use a medium grade ATI card (9600 pro 256) which runs Vista without any discernable problems, I am running Aero, for what it is worth. You can install Vista on a separate partition, and still run it as your primary or secondary dsktop. It would not require a reinstall of XP in those circumstances. I am running Vista (retail-Ultimate) as my primary OS. I am having no driver problems. All my previous XP software, with the help, in 4 cases, of the compatiblity wizard, are running without issue.
     
  9. Courtneyc

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    For the record, Vista requires 40GB of disk space to install, although Ultimate doesn't consume more than 15.

    Courtney sends....

    P.S. I am running Vista now, and, as heavy as I am with computers, I haven't had a problem with crashes on Vista yet.
     
  10. jmwills

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    Not even close, or I guess my 30 gig partition for the Root is an aboration.
     
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    I was teetering precipitously close to the edge of the Vista abyss so I headed off in the direction of the nearest liquor store and purchased a temporary deferral against the madness I was contemplating.

    After washing down some vicodin with some jagermeister, I no longer felt the urge to do harm to a perfectly good PC
     
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    As I said, my clean install of Ultimate takes about 7gbs. I believe Microsoft recommend 40 Gbs of HD space to successfully run the program, not to install it. I have , like Jimwills, run earlier Beta's on considerably less than that, without any obvious problems.
     
  13. Bob Cerelli

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    I think the concern regarding how much space Vista uses is from the first post - "vista will eat about 11gb!!!"
     
  14. Compiler

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    When I said 20GB ID - that is for TESTING... a TESTING HD to see what problems may pop up.
     
  15. TechB

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    40 GB is the requirement for a computer to be labled Vista Premium Ready. I have successfully installed Vista many times on a 20 GB hard drive. 20 GB is enough for a clean install but not an upgrade.
     
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