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Old 31 December 2008, 11:14   #71
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Well, thanks all!

After some Umming and Erring I decided to part with my cash and buy the HP.

Thanks all, for your inputs and opinions. A special thanks goes to a couple of you that PMed me with offers of help and advice.

Happy New Year
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Nice laptop but VISTA??? Are you mad???

Just find someone to install XP for you!!!
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Nice laptop but VISTA??? Are you mad???

Just find someone to install XP for you!!!
I know, I know

I have a copy of XP sp3 I can install if I don't get on with it.
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I know, I know

I have a copy of XP sp3 I can install if I don't get on with it.
BEFORE you get rid of vista note exactly what hardware you have so you can get the correct drivers!!!

A great program for this is CPUZ

http://www.cpuid.com/download/cpuz_149.zip

No need to install - just run the exe file. It will tell you all you need to know!!!
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Can you not just load up XP and let it find it's own drivers then?
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Can you not just load up XP and let it find it's own drivers then?
Don't be silly!!!

You will need sound - graphics - network adaptor - wireless and possibly some motherboard drivers.

Just note what types they are - then download from the makers website.
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Andy, if Vista is on your machine, live with it for a while and see how you get on. Although it has a few flaws, it also has some nice and useful features. It is also an advance for your colour work for the future because it has implemented WCS, at least, partially.
If you go back to XP, you'll likely need to have drivers at hand for your mother board chips, sound & graphics, network card, usb drivers, touchpad drivers, modem drivers, direct-X, upates for IE etc. You also will have to get virus protection and you'll loose any bundled software which may come with the new machine.

I lashed out on Vista to update my computer and I agree with Cod to some extent and I've gone back to Win 2K, mostly, (I use dual OS) but I've also been working with a new laptop and Vista using dual core processor and the more up to date interfaces and it works well and is pretty stable. It also contains lots of drivers for most things and what it doesn't have it will automatically find for you. However, if you have favourite older software, you may find that Vista will reject it. I knows about stuff which is incompatible and/or which Microsoft don't want you to use. It does have good compatibility modes for marginal stuff and it will look for fixes if necessary. You can revert the user interface back to Classic it you don't get on with the new, clumpy front end.
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I was going to give it a crack anyway JW, it'll take me a few weeks to get to grips with navigating the new OS, similar to the experience of going from windows 95 to XP. I have my desktop running XP but don't really run any other specific software except Video editing stuff and that doesn't get used all that often.

Classic mode is what I'll be changing it to straight away.
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