Should i pay $149 to keep XP or should I pay $90 to upgrade to Vista?
Question: I found out that my computer is running a non-genuine copy of Windows XP. Microsoft says that I've to pay $149 to make my copy genuine.Now I'm wondering should I go and pay Microsoft $149 or should I upgrade my computer(these are the current specs: AMD 64-bit 3000+ processor, 512 MBs of RAM the computer was built by a friend of mine and is using an ASUS K8V-X SE motherboard and 80gig hard drive) to Windows Vista Home Premium fo $90(note:it's $90 because I'm a college student)+ the cost of upgrading a computer to run Vista. My Question is 1)can my computer with 2gigs and its current processor run Vista? 2)Can a bootleg XP upgrade to a certified Vista?3)Should I just forget upgrading and fork over the $149 to keep my current OS or4)Should I go out and but a completely new computer that isn't a Dell with windows already installed? Any comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated
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1) Sure. If you want to use the Aero interface, you'd better have a stand-alone video card, not integrated video. 2) No. Microsoft will make you format the machine to get legal if you're running an actual pirate or beta version - they won't (can't, really) support such a setup. The only way you'll be able to keep your current system is if you're using a legit copy with a bogus key or something like that. 3) Not an option - see above. 4) Not a bad idea. I bought a Compaq on closeout from Best Buy a couple months ago for $199 - came with Vista, although I had to pump up the RAM and add a video card. That's what Microsoft would charge me for Vista Basic by itself.
hi xiaodaib, if you have vista ultimate you have it all you do not install windows vista 32 and vista 64 you just need one or the other but to upgrade to windows 7 beta is a very good idea so that means that you have 4gb of ram and ready to spend the money wow that is a mouthfull i said that to microsoft and they told me why spend $319.00 dollars when you don't have to they went on to tell me that you get everything in the students edition in the orange box that you get in windows 7 beta ultimate except the different languages so please hear me if you from another country spend the$319.00 dollars but if you are from america just buy the students version when you got it in your hand then place the 64 gb in your dvd driver then reboot when you see your windows logo start tapping f12 there boot from usbcdrom agree with microsoft and hit next now hit advance now there delete your petitions now it will say unallocated now if you have two hard drives hit new then apply and go ahead and install your new system in your computer
First, the question of "Can you run Vista?" By upgrading the RAM, you "should" be able to run Vista. I say it that way because of how finicky Vista has been since its release. There is a great deal of hardware out there that does not have Vista compatible drivers, and until the manufacturer creates them, you may have problems. You don't mention the video card, but if your video card isn't "top-of-the-line", you may miss out on some or the aero effects that are advertised with Vista. Now for the question of "Should you run Vista?" Unless you are tech savvy and EXTREMELY patient, I would avoid Vista. While it has some great and powerful features, it still has a lot of issues with compatibility due to delays in Vista drivers from hardware manufacturers, and there are still many kinks in the operating system that even some of the professionals are complaining about (I am referring to websites such as CNET and some of the major computer magazines). XP has been around for so long that compatibility problems are almost nonexistant unless you're running extremely ancient software. And it is SO much more stable. If you chose to buy another computer, you will likely end up with Vista simply as a lack of choices, as most of the manufacturers only offer the latest. However, Dell does offer small business customers the XP option right now. Microsoft will pull it from the shelves in January. Personally, I will keep a copy of XP so that when I buy a new computer, I can remove Vista and install XP, simply because I don't want the headaches. I would recommend you simply pay the $149 for XP and make your life easier. Good luck!
To upgrade to Vista, you need 1024 Megs of ram (recommended.) 512 is just not enough for this state of the art system. Here is a link that will give all the info and upgrade recommendations...Vista Test: http://www.pcpitstop.com/vistaready/defa...
Here are the answers to your questions in my opinion. If the RAM is 2GB and with your current processor running Vista should not be a problem as the recommended RAM is 1GB. Vista is relatively new to XP so you will definitely encounter a lot of issues when using Vista ESPECIALLY compatibility issues. So I HIGHLY recommend XP. You can at your own risk just forget upgrading but if you are not using the XP for private use then you MUST upgrade to avoid legal issues. But keep in mind that paying the $149 does not mean that you can use the XP forever, there is a time limit of usage and you need to pay again to continue using it (I don't know about Vista though). You should not buy a new computer as you computer specs is already impressive enough. You can however upgrade you computer hardware for a better performance. I recommend the RAM.
Is this a genuine Windows 7 Upgrade? If so, I don't think you have a problem. Some time ago using a Windows XP upgrade disc, I did a clean install from Windows 98se to XP. At a point early in the install process it looks for a serial number for a previous version. Not finding it, it asks for you to enter it. However, you may find that you have a printer that will not work or maybe a scanner. I happened to me when I got a Windows 7 laptop.
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