Any luck with Windows Vista?

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BillBillHas anyone here had any luck installing the Windows Vista Beta? I've made two attempts to upgrade my Windows XP Pro. I couldn't even get to the download for two days after release, and it took me two tries with my DVD burner to burn the darn thing (some kind of weirdo ISO may be the culprit). Then, I had to clear up 11 gigs on my C drive, which was very tough due to my partitions (only 30 gigs on the C, the rest on G). Then I had to convert from FAT32 to NSFT. Then I was asked to uninstall my AVG virus program and restart the installer...As you can see, I was pretty determined to get the beta running. But alas, it was to no avail.

The upgrade takes about 2 hours before it finally sputters to a stand-still. Eventually, my monitor stops receiving a signal after the hard drive stops spinning. I reset, and the upgrade program tries again, but hits the same log jam. On the third try, it automatically rolls back to my original configuration (which takes another half hour or so).

I don't intend to try to install the beta again. It would've been nice to get the chance to review it for AA, but I've only got so much patience. If anyone else has succeeded where I've failed, please, let me know if the effort was worth it. I can only hope that the official release won't be so frustrating to install.

For those interested, I'm running an AMD Athlon XP 2400+ with a gig of ram and an Nvidia GeForce 6200 card. I'm sorry to say I have an MSI K7 motherboard based on the Nvidia 2 Chipset. The DVD burner is a Plextor.

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Mark Vergeer
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probably won't try it.

I think setting up windows is one of the most cumbersome things in the world, trying to find the correct drivers for your hardware with a non-100% functioning system is the pits - best to identify your hardware and download the proper vista drivers before upgrading to the Vista platform.

I am very curious, but I still wonder wether my hardware is compatible. Isn't there some sort of test program that identifies your system as being compatible or not?
2.8Ghz P4
1 Gig of ram
Nvidia 6600GT or something like that

I am pretty content with my XP setup right now, installing a beta might wreck all my files and working programs. I will wait. perhaps if I have a spare test system I could try it. But all the systems I have can only manage XP probably.

So Matt, how have your fared since your last post?
I hope all is well and functioning properly.

-= Mark Vergeer - Armchair Arcade editor =-

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Well, It's a beta after all.

Well, It's a beta after all. To install it on your everyday PC is asking for trouble. I suppose due to the changed architecture, programs that use low-level drivers, like virusscanner, won't be compatible across the different versions of Windows.

Mark, your system specs are fine, although 2GB of ram probably get the system more elbow room.

Mark Vergeer
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Ah well, won't be installing it on this system anyways. Perhaps when the real version comes out. My motherboard is very specific when it comes to memory modules. I've 2 sets of paired DDR DIMS that function well when I just install 1 pair. If I install 2 pairs the system just won't boot up or only show one pair. The problem is that my memory modules are not of exactly the same brand. But they are of the same specs. The mobo documentation states that it is possible to use two different 'identical pairs' but alas it isn't possible. I happen to have the same mobo as you have MrCustard, you probably got 4 identical dimms making up 2 nice identical pairs.

So I am running with 1Gb and have another 1Gb sitting in a drawer. Story of my life when it comes to these kind of things. Next time I'll stick to Apple or buy a new system without selfbuilding a system.
Hate all the configuration problems and compatibility hassles. Geez 10 years ago I would know all there is to know about these things but x86 hardware is not that interesting to me anymore.
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Bill Loguidice
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I think this is one of those

I think this is one of those versions of Windows where one is better off just waiting to get a new system with it pre-installed, or build a clean one specifically for it. Sometimes you just have to work with the "old" OS in my opinion. That's what I'll be doing.

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Matt Barton
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Windows Vista

I agree. I'll probably just wait it out and then buy a new Dell system with Vista pre-installed. I'm really sick of my current computer and ready to have someone to call again when something weird happens. Or, maybe the school will actually make good on its claim to get me a Macintosh iMac and I can use that for awhile.

I don't really care to be on the "bleeding edge" of Windows gaming, but it is nice to pop in a new game without having to sweat the specs. I *hate* running games like Civilization IV and FEAR in stripped down mode. By the time I was able to get FEAR running properly, the graphics weren't any better than the original Half Life!!

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I installed it into a VMWare

I installed it into a VMWare virtual machine, and it actually works just fine. (Tip: logging into it with remote desktop may actually be faster than using the VMWare console.) But you will need a dedicated "real" machine to try the new glass UI or need full speed.

There is still no good reason to recommend a Vista upgrade from XP, but if it came on a brand new computer, then that's fine.

Seb
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I'd rather poke my eye with a sharp stick...

Life's too short to bother with anything labeled "Beta" from Microsoft.

forcefield58
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Windows Vista

Haven't tried it yet and probably won't for awhile. I'm just getting used to XP and have all the kinds worked out of it to try something new, especially with all the problems loading XP on the 3 desktops in the house. Different computers, same network, wasn't pretty...

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