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    Re: Vista beta open to all and sundry

    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box
    What build version are they offering?
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    Re: Vista beta open to all and sundry

    Only took 15 hours to download on a 1/2Mb connection ^^;

    Just installed on a rather underpowered RM laptop (Athlon XP-M 1800+ (1.39GHz), 480MB RAM, 32MB shared graphics), default drivers worked for most devices and XP drivers seem to be working for the rest, although the screen flickers like a b***h so it seems better drivers are needed >_<

    Will install on an XP 3000+, 1.5Gb, 128MB Radeon in the am for a fairer test ^^

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    Re: Vista beta open to all and sundry

    Just installed it on my home PC with dual boot as I thought Virtual PC might suck.

    The look is quite spectacular, I know its been done before by others but its quite striking. Everything loaded up first time and really easily and fast but it has changed the boot loader and I cannot find where it used to be.

    Just found the Parental Control part of the user accounts. I used Net User /time to give access at certain times to my son which had no graphical display and was a pain to sort out but theres a nice one in vista, like setting up restriction in domain accounts. It also has web filtering built in but I haven't tried it yet.

    The popup warning about changing settings is good although has been annoying when I have been playing around.

    And the most important improvement. Mah Jong for my partner.

    Works pretty fast on this machine (Athlon 3Ghz, 1Gb Ram, 256Mb 6600GT graphics card.

    Oh and the local security policy has been jazzed up too. Didn't notice any new policies but it looks easier to view.

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    Re: Vista beta open to all and sundry

    Got it installed last night on my PC, its giving me a performance rating of 2 on an

    AMD 64 3200+
    1 GIG RAM
    256 Graphics card (which its thinks is only 128 meg?)

    Anyway am impressed took a couple of installs to get working, I had to use the add driver section as it did not like the SATA hard drive.

    The looks are impressive, but it is still a bit slow and the hard drive seems to access for a long time after boot. Although I have one device that is unknown device, and I have not got a clue what it could be?

    Ste.

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    Re: Vista beta open to all and sundry

    I've got a 3 rating, P4 3.4, 1gig, radeon 9800 128mb (which it thinks is 256!!)

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    Re: Vista beta open to all and sundry

    I got a 4 on a HP DC5100 MT PC! 2.66 P4, 512mb ram, 40gb hard drive, onboard intel graphics! I think thats a bug, so its bugged to them, but that seemed impressive compaired to yours. I aint tried my main rig yet.....

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    Re: Vista beta open to all and sundry

    going on spare laptop at work on tuesday to play around with...

    russ

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    Re: Vista beta open to all and sundry

    Quote Originally Posted by Simcfc73
    Just installed it on my home PC with dual boot as I thought Virtual PC might suck..
    LMAO Understatement of the year m8!!!

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    Re: Vista beta open to all and sundry

    I'm pretty impressed with it overall. There's nothing groundbreaking but plenty of solid UI improvements and a lot of the built in applications are much more fully featured (ie cutting movies,pics to DVD,etc). The file seach utility is now much more useful and way faster than XP.
    I ran it on my P4 2GHZ, 1Gb RAM, 256Mb GF6600 and got a system rating of 3. As other people have said it's pretty slow at the moment though hopefully it'll improve. It's also worryingly quick to swallow up the GB of RAM all to itself after only launching a couple of apps like IE and media player.
    I think the biggest improvement will be that fact that apps need to be designed to run without admin priviledges (should help us lot in schools out no end) and that when the move too 64-bit happens all of the drivers will need to be signed by MS which should make the stability and deployment of hardware an easier task for us aswell.
    I've been looking at buying a new PC but Vista's convinced me to wait another 6 months until it's released 8)

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    Re: Vista beta open to all and sundry

    [[[ Bear in mind all that the public beta offer is now closed and that the beta does run out after a certain time - cant remember offhand, but its probably on the website ]]]

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