I hav'nt been on here for a while & everything seems to have changed.
1st off, im thinking of buying a new laptop, an Acer Aspire 7720G (ebuyer quick code 139033) BUT..... Its running Vista & up till now i hav'nt bothered really looking into it, the things i have seen about Vista is it gets slated more than prased!
2ndly, the laptop i have now is an Acer Travelmate 252 which if or when i get a new one then this will have a new home with my niece for doing her college work but for a complete reset & clearout of the system is it best to try & delete everything off it or just put the recovery disc in & wipe it that way?
Every one I know who has or had Vista has either taken it out and and replaced it with XP or wish they could.
The main reason is that compared to the computers running running XP the Vista setup was slowing down their computers to a point that made them a pain to operate. That was with quite high spec computers, in the region of AMD 2.8 and 1 Gig memory.
I have therefor decided NOT to waste my money on Vista, until I have at least Dual core and 2 Gig of fast memory.
1 Gig of memory is standard these days and by no means "high spec"
I agree 2 Gigs is needed for Premium Vista editions for fast performance but even the sub £400 Dells are coming with that sort of memory, it's so cheap compared with a few years ago. I can get 2 Gigs of RAM from a very well respected manufacturer for £28.
I purchased an ACER recently an disliked Vista. I tried to replace it with XP, but found XP does not recognise SATA drives. The hastle of getting drivers to operate the ACER laptop in XP was too much bother. So I now have laptop which is stuck on VISTA. There are some nice things about VISTA and I am getting used to it, especially the way one can get 'older' software to operate in a 'Compatible' mode, it really works. By the way, ACER do supply laptops with XP on them!