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Poll: Dell reintroduces XP on home PC selection

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by The_Pope, 24 Apr 2007.

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What OS would you choose for your Dell?

  1. Windows XP

    24 vote(s)
    22.9%
  2. Windows Vista

    25 vote(s)
    23.8%
  3. Linux

    11 vote(s)
    10.5%
  4. Wouldn't buy a Dell

    45 vote(s)
    42.9%
  1. The_Pope

    The_Pope Geoff Richards Super Moderator

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  2. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    Don't you just love people that hate change for the better?
     
  3. wafflesomd

    wafflesomd New Member

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    What was the point in getting rid of it in the first place.
     
  4. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    XP is being discontinued and Vista (IMO) is a letter better at memory maintenance and overall works better.
     
  5. Hamish

    Hamish New Member

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    i would choose vista, i can always install my current copy of XP if i really want to :p

    having played with vista in a VM for a bit the only thing that i really really dislike is the new explorer
    i think its horrible and a far worse file manager than the old XP explorer

    i dislike what they've done with some of the configuration options too (notably network connection config and display properties) but i can live with those being different as i dont have to change them very often
    explorer is something i use all the time
     
  6. geek1017

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    Maybe Vista is great on the high end gaming PCs, but isn't it an absolute hog on less well spec'd systems?

    I guess this goes back to the first days of XP.
    I was/am in the boat that refused to switch from Win2k. I only use XP on this laptop because it came with it. And yes, the first thing I did was shut off all the bells and whistles and switch back to classic everything.
    Give me win 3.1 that actually works. :)Ug: change is bad. :grunt:)

    Not having tried Vista, I guess my opinion doesn't mean anything.
    Plus the fact that I'll probably never buy a Dell.
    That being said, I don't need DX10 for anything, so I'd sooner switch to Linux than Vista.
     
  7. mikeuk2004

    mikeuk2004 What you Looking at Fool!

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    On a a pre built machine from dell then yes to vista. But not for my home diy job as my components are not compatible.

    I think Vista is too power hungry to work well on a laptop.
     
  8. Meanmotion

    Meanmotion bleh Moderator

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    Seems strange, didn't know the Dell buyin public was savy enough to realise they can't play their games on Vista. Cause, let's be honest, what else does XP do better than Vista?! Still, choice is a good thing.
     
  9. JADS

    JADS Et arma et verba vulnerant

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    I fail to see how Vista is a change for the better? Microsoft seem to have spent most of the development time building in restrictive DRM, tacking on useless user security features (UAC anyone?) and writing a slug of a GUI.
     
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  11. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    What Buzzons said.

    But also, the memory management has been a major gripe of mine for ages. I want my RAM to be used not ignored.
     
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  13. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    Of course UAC isn't foolproof, and I guarantee it will have a huge patch in SP1. But It's better then nothing and to be frank, everything has holes in it, Mac and *nix but Windows' are the most exploited because thats where the users are that can be robbed.
     
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    sounds like your getting a little cockney over there. us
    dell users don't have to play a game on vista to know
    its not working so well that info is all over the web that is if us dell users can read!!
     
  16. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    sad6f: was that a QFT or sarcastic quote?
     
  17. Bluephoenix

    Bluephoenix Spoon? What spoon?

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    I wouldn't buy a dell in the first place anyway.

    they re-wire their power supplies and connectors, making upgrades a chore, and often lock out the out of many crucial BIOS settings. (on my older dimension I can't even set the AGP ap to 4x even though the board is capable of it)

    they also rewire the motherboard headers. :wallbash:
     
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  18. Phil Rhodes

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    The problem is that they've now developed windows to such an extent that additional features really feel like frippery. As far as I'm aware the only real big change in Vista is DX10, and I don't really play games even if anyone was insane enough to release a DX10-only game, which they won't for a while yet.

    There are a raft of known driver problems with Vista and it is even more of a resource hog than XP, which was even more of a resource hog than 2000. I rely on Windows PCs to make a living, so really, I have absolutely no reason to go elsewhere until something like After Effects requires it (I only went to XP because Adobe Premiere insisted I did).

    So frankly, why the hell would I want to go anywhere near Vista? What would the advantage be? Lots of instability and bug issues.

    Screw this noise, I'll wait for SP1.
     
  19. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    The thing is that Dell has one hell of a lot of clout and if Dell say they won't be buying stuff from manufacturers that don't support Vista then drivers will soon be changed over.

    At the moment no-one wants to spend the resource to invest in vista because there isn't market penetration. Dell get most PCs to end users and businesses!
     
  20. steveo_mcg

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    I would probably get vista installed for the licence then retro install XP till SP1. I like the idea of a new shiny windows but quite frankly don't trust MS to get it right first (ish) time. Having said that i would probably go with Linux on a laptop any way since its likely to be a non gaming box any way.
     
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