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New Laptop with Vista - any tips?


Goofyish

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I'm awaiting delivery of a new Dell laptop which will have Vista Home Premium installed.

I've never used Vista but have read and heard good and bad reviews.

Can anyone give me any tips on how to make the Vista experience as painless as possible (apart from putting XP on the laptop LOL)?

Thanks in advance.

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Sea Urchin

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I have to disagree with peter99co - ZoneAlarm firewall is fine with Vista

click here

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peter99co

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The list I searched came from "skidzy". I saw it said XP only but have no knowledge of using this program myself.

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Goofyish

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Thanks for all the tips so far :)

I've looked on the Zone Alarm website and it does say that the free Zone Alarm s/w is OK for Vista 32bit but not the 64bit version.

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Pineman100

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How much RAM does your new computer have?

My wife's Vista HP laptop came with 1GB, and it didn't take long for the machine to become grindingly slow. An upgrade to 2GB of RAM cost me less than £20, and has made a real difference.

It's well worth the small expense.

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Goofyish

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I've got 3Gb of RAM, which seems ok.

Laptop arrived this morning and so far everything OK. Getting used to Vista and so far I quite like the new interface.
Connection to my home wifi went smoothly and all my software installed with no problems.
I have chosen Avast as my anti-virus software and at the moment have I have stayed with Windows own firewall - although may change if I have any problems.

Thanks for all the tips.

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timd1978

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I don't know about anyone else but when I tried to take off AVG (pre-installed when bought) to put another virus killer on, I could not do it so ended up doing a complete reset to get rid of it. Nightmare! I would personally avoid AVG because of this.

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Bertie B

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I don't have any problems with Vista - it came pre-installed with my Laptop and I've happily run it alongside my old Desctop PC running XP. In fact until I recently upgraded my old PC to Vista Basic our home network consisted of several XP PCs networked with my Vista Laptop - no probs at all - the transition to Vista is a relatively natural progression and painless. I agree with a previous post in that I find running Vista in Classic View makes the transition easier and I too have kept it in Classic View.

Never understood why people get so uptight about Vista!!

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sunnystaines

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people get so uptight about Vista!! I think because they ran the beta and not the finished product I was like that till I moved to vista last year now converted. Also some have tried running vista on low spec pc's or with only 1Gb of RAM.

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Pineman100

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No so, sunnystaines. I never ran the beta, but got to know Vista when my wife bought a laptop with it preloaded.

I don't say it's a bad OS. I simply say that its heavy hardware demands give no real reward, other than a fancy GUI.

XP is leaner and more efficient.

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