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#21 Dark_Archon

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 11:12 AM

You can get an OEM copy Vista Home Premium from Newegg for $112 which is significantly less than retail. However, if you are planning on having 4 GB RAM, you might want to look into the 64 bit version which removes the 2 GB user-space RAM cap.
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Posted 19 September 2007 - 01:53 PM

View Postaaron_c, on September 19th 2007, 09:50 AM, said:

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 02:51 PM

Sounds like a plan, Dark_Archon.  :thumbsup:

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 05:48 PM

View Postaaron_c, on September 19th 2007, 01:51 PM, said:

Sounds like a plan, Dark_Archon.  :thumbsup:

Sorry bout that Gary!  :blush:

My iMac arrived this afternoon, btw.  :happy:
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Posted 19 September 2007 - 06:09 PM

View Postthe Battle Cat, on September 19th 2007, 07:48 PM, said:

Hang on I'll get you fixed up as soon as I can.

You're the man... I mean cat, Gary! :happy:
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Posted 29 October 2007 - 06:40 PM

Windows XP Pro vs XP Home Editions.

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 06:42 PM

hhmmm... what about if you're purely using the machine for gaming?
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Posted 29 October 2007 - 07:46 PM

View Postarchermitch, on October 29th 2007, 05:42 PM, said:

hhmmm... what about if you're purely using the machine for gaming?

XP Home is cheaper and works just as well.

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Posted 30 October 2007 - 06:10 AM

View Postbobbob, on October 29th 2007, 08:46 PM, said:

XP Home is cheaper and works just as well.

I read through the differences between XP Pro and Home edition and what stood out was extra security precautions in XP based on a business environment. I wonder if this means the Home edition is less complicated from this standpoint and maybe even a smaller install? For gaming, the Home version seems like it should be perfectly fine although I have no experience with the home version. My PC has the Pro version installed.

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Posted 30 October 2007 - 06:15 AM

XP. No questions. Takes like a fifth of the space that Vista needs, especially useful on macbooks.
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Posted 30 October 2007 - 02:15 PM

I wouldn't touch Vista before SP1 is out.

Most big Cooperations as well as the Universities around the world apply an policy to not install Vista until SP1 is out. At least that is what they say. Before they will install Vista SP1 will they of course evaluate it carefully, and then, if they believe Vista SP1 is mature for use will they start upgrading.

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Posted 30 October 2007 - 03:18 PM

Vista had a user rush, though. (in comparison to corporations, that is)
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Posted 30 October 2007 - 05:09 PM

View PostHuntn, on October 30th 2007, 05:10 AM, said:

what stood out was extra security precautions in XP based on a business environment

XP Home doesn't have the domain stuff to take extra security precautions for. Otherwise, they're pretty much the same except for XP's security's settings are less complicated but provide as much security.

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 06:05 PM

Just wondering if opinions on this have changed with the probable release of new 64-bit drivers on 10.5.2, and the current availability of said drivers on the new MacPro install discs. Is the consensus XP or Vista for a Boot Camp newbie?
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Posted 23 January 2008 - 07:57 PM

64-bit Vista Home Premium if you want more than 3-ish GB of RAM for games like Stalker, Crysis, or Assassin's Creed.

XP64 is definitely worse.

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 09:35 PM

View Postbobbob, on January 23rd 2008, 06:57 PM, said:

64-bit Vista Home Premium if you want more than 3-ish GB of RAM for games like Stalker, Crysis, or Assassin's Creed.

XP64 is definitely worse.


Thank you. Guess I'll go the Vista route, then, 'cause Crysis is definitely on my list.
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Posted 24 January 2008 - 07:37 AM

Sorry in advance for all the questions. Are Macs 64 bit Vista capable? I remember some mention of it in the past. Does 64 bit vs 32 bit, mean anything for game performance? Is my impression correct that different drivers are needed for the 64 bit Vista as compared to 32 bit? And does Boot Camp currently have 64 bit Vista drivers?

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 09:37 AM

OK, so for one thing, Vista Home Premium is $220! And it seems to be 32-bit with an available upgrade from M$ to 64-bit? (Macmall and Amazon). Does that sound right? Lot of money for a s*****t OS.
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Posted 24 January 2008 - 10:17 AM

View Postjgwdoc, on January 24th 2008, 10:37 AM, said:

OK, so for one thing, Vista Home Premium is $220! And it seems to be 32-bit with an available upgrade from M$ to 64-bit? (Macmall and Amazon). Does that sound right? Lot of money for a s*****t OS.

Buy OEM for just over $100.00. You don't get official support from Microsoft (but you can still access anything in their support site), and it's supposed to be restricted to the motherboard you first install it on, but that just means you have to phone them for a reactivation instead of doing the automatic internet one.

If you buy retail, you get both versions (32/64).

I bought this version, and my only beef with it is that a few software folks haven't caught up. Namely I have an AEBS, and I can't print from my Vista box to the printer on the base station. And MacDisk doesn't work. Hopefully that will all be caught up eventually.
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Posted 24 January 2008 - 10:32 AM

Thanks nobody. That's a great deal. Makes me feel less guilty about giving Bill my money.
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