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o2mcgovem

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Hi! The other day I was just browsing the web and I had an impulse buying moment and managed to bag a copy of Windows Vista Home Basic at a really good price. It was an OEM version if that matters.

Anyway, it'd been lying about on my desk for about a week and yesterday I thought that I might as well try and install it. So, I performed a clean install and everything went really well. It was done within half-an-hour!

Oh, I skipped the step where you enter the license key, and haven't activiated yet. (I didn't want Vista to stay stuck to this laptop if there was going to be problems. I think that'll work?)

Everytime I log off, I get a Blue Screen. Every time, without fail. If I want to log off so someone else can log on, I have to restart. And, it's really annoying.

Also, it seems to run a whole lot slower than XP did. WMP has trouble playing my media, it's like there's a break every second in each song.

Can somebody please help? Please?
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You'll probably want some System Specs? Sorry...

- Windows Vista Home Basic (duh)
- 1.5GHz Processor [single-core I think]
- 777MB RAM (707, because I think the graphics takes out 64MB for itself :S)
- 64MB Graphics Card Thingy.
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try doing it again and you should be ok if not then post here it might have mist a file if still probs give MS a call
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With that processor I doubt its 64-bit.

Maybe you snagged the 64-bit version and not the 32? OEM only sells one, and you might of picked the wrong one. :S
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Nope. It's the 32-bit version.

I'm just going to leave it for the time being I think. It has started to speed-up a little for the programs I regularly use, and I'm going to use that ReadyBoost thing on my USB flash drive soon.

Thanks for the help. :whistling:
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Though Microsoft states the bare minimum memory requirement for Vista is 512MB, I wouldn't dare run the system on a computer with less then 1GB of memory. I also would not run Vista on a computer that has onboard video. Vista is very graphically intensive and onboard video just doesn't cut it.

Minimum Requirements that I recommend for Vista are:

2.0GHz+ processor (NO CELERONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
1.5GB Ram

64-bit processor is definitely preferred since Vista was made to operate on that version better then the 32-bit version which quite frankly runs for crap

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*EDIT: I also would never EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER perform an upgrade from XP to Vista. Always, ALWAYS, do a clean install!!!!!! You can find the guide HERE on how to perform a clean install of Vista using an upgrade disc.

Edited by Fenor, 18 February 2007 - 09:59 AM.

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Well, our computer (I installed Vista on my laptop, but we have a computer too) might be better for Vista then?

- 2.8GHz Intel Pentium 4 with HT
- 512MB RAM (I'm trying to upgrade it though, see here.)
- 128MB Graphics Card Thingy with Pixel Shader 1.4 (According to the ATI Scanner thingy)

Do you think that'd be alright with Vista if I bought, say, 1GB of RAM?
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It would run better, but I still think that your video card is pretty low-end. Pixel Shader 3.0 is out now and so 1.4 is very out-dated. Using a video card that can handle at least Pixel Shader 2.0 would be best. Also, upgrading to at least 1GB of memory like you are trying is ideal.

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Do you need Pixel Shader for Windows Vista without Aero? Because I really don't have the money to buy RAM and a graphics card.
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Without Aero you should be okay, but you definitely need the ram upgrade.

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