Linked by John Doe on Thu 15th Feb 2007 17:56 UTC
Windows Shock and awe; Windows Vista has been released to the hounds (that would be us). As just about every publication has reiterated a thousand times over it took 5+ years of design and development and cost USD 5.5 billion both directly and indirectly. We were promised (maybe not even promised, but bullshitted) a revolutionary operating system and what we got is for you to determine for yourselves. I personally think it's a disappointment to say the least.
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Ultimatebadass
Member since:
2006-01-08

"Vista runs fine on 512 megs of RAM."

The same way XP "runs fine" on a 128 MB system??

I was using RTM for a while on my laptop with 1gb, compared to XP it was a painful experience so I can't imagine how one can say it "runs fine" with only half of that available.

If you want to run Vista comfortably you need 2gb of ram in your PC. Period.

PS. I'm talking about running as in using the system AND working with applications, not staring at the desktop.

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ronaldst Member since:
2005-06-29

You must have driver problems. I know heavy office users and they do fine on 512megs RAM.

I have ran XP on P1 with 128(later 256) and it ran slow but fine doing server duties.

I can't wait for reviews of Windows Home Server.

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Ultimatebadass Member since:
2006-01-08

While it's true that many of drivers are/were still in beta I don't think that was the problem here. My laptop is nowhere near high-end (Turion64 2ghz, 1gb ram, GeForce 7300) but it meets Vista premium requirements and all it's hardware components were auto detected.

Like it or not - Vista with Aero WILL use more ram (eats up about 0.4-0.5gig after bootup) and if you have only 512 it will use your virtual memory quite often after launching even some medium-sized app and having standard stuff in the backgroung (like a music player, IM, that kind of stuff).

Of course you can turn Aero off, cut back on some services to save memory but... what's the point then? When XP runs faster, use less memory and can perform same tasks (were talking about office-type work not playing Crysis in DX 10), hell if you install some theme it WILL look better than Vista without Aero.

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