The Windows Vista Beta 2 Thread

By swker98
Jun 7, 2006
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  1. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 841

    Same thing here. :(
  2. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,058

  3. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 841

    32 bit does the same thing! :evil:

    At least it will boot from XP(32bit), but I need to make a partition first. It needs over 8 gigs, so a 15 gig partition is a good idea. It's not worth installing X-64 just to install Vista 64 bit. I guess it's SATA2 drivers or something???
  4. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,058

    X64 is faster, but more system hungry.
  5. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,763

    Im in the process of installing a downloaded version of Vista x64 and its asking for a product key. Where do I get that?
  6. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Mine was emailed to me when I registered to download it.
  7. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,058

    Vista allows you to do all the partition you need.
  8. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,763

    I didnt see anything about registering. I just downloaded it.
  9. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Hmm. Before I could download it, I remember it asking me for my MSN account name and password, then it automatically sent me the product key to my hotmail account.
  10. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,348

    thanks for the responce crossifre, now can i jsut take something like 15gb from the xp parititon???
  11. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,120

    I think you may have to first FREE up that space with a program like Partition Magic. I haven't read or heard that Vista can rearrange partitions like that. I think it already has to be empty space. Not 100% sure.
     
  12. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Hardly. This is from my install (the right window has the ProgramData and two Program Files directories selected):
    [​IMG]
  13. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,348

    wow ok. i dont want to reformatt the drive, so maybe i will pick up another 80 or 160gb drive and partition like 40 gb to vista and load it on there


    thanks vigilante
  14. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,763

    After spending an hour online looking for a product key MS emailed it to me. Ive got the 64bit version installed and so far it works perfectly but kind of slow. Thats with an Athlon 64 3700, 2 gigs of RAM and a 7900GT video card. The only problem is the video driver from nVidia crashed everytime I tried to install it but Im still able to play the Quake 4 demo with everything cranked up.
    Does Vista look alot like OS X??? And the license is good for a year. When I was testing XP, the RC's were only good for 90 days. At least testing Vista doesnt look like the nightmare XP was. I stayed with 2000 Pro for an extra 2 years after that.
  15. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,120

    I'll wait for the first service pack, and for most peripheral manufacturers to update their drivers before I jump on the band wagon. Or at least until there are stable drivers for my nVidia chipset and ATI video.

    I was curious about my own space usage. This is the x32 and I haven't installed anything yet really.

    Windows folder - 6.91GB
    Program Files - 512MB
  16. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,348

    vista and stat 3 gbs

    ive hearsd their are some problems installing vista on sata 2 or stata 3gb\s drives

    andone have a similar problem or does it install ok on yor drives

    any imput is apprwated

    thanks
  17. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,120

    Can't say I know, but my guess is that, just like XP, you need the SATA driver loaded during setup somehow. But unless your SATA controller manu has new drivers, you may be in hot water.

    Just guesses.
  18. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,348

    thanks for the quick responce, i have onboard stat 3\gb\s so i dobnt have to worry about drivers durng installation
  19. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,120

    Doesn't matter if it's onboard, it still uses a SATA controller, which means XP still may need the driver.
    Although XP DOES have drivers for some controllers, but not all. So it's a toss-up whether it'll work or not.

    One way to tell is, to try! If XP sees your hard drive, it's good. Otherwise, it may tell you that you don't have any hard disks. Thus you need a driver.
  20. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 841

    My Xp Home SP2 upgrade CD has a driver for may ASRock DualSATA2's onboard PCI-e 4x SATA2 controller. Still I can't get past the second screen when I boot the DVD. I going to put in a IDE drive soon and try again. It may be something else wrong altogether. :confused:
  21. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,348

    lets say i get the 80gb sata 2 hard drive and i want to duel boot with 2 seporate hard drives, do i need to use a 3rd party boot manager

    thanks
  22. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,120

    XP HAS a boot manager. It's just a matter of setting it up right. I think if you install Windows to one HDD, then install again to the other drive during setup, it may do it all for you.
    Doesn't hurt to try.
  23. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,348

    thanks but i think you dont exactly understand what im doing

    i have windows xp on one hard drive an 80GB HATCHI SATA3.0gb\s

    I want to install windows vista beta on a second hard drive runnig on an ide or sata port without reinstalling xp
  24. bleem

    bleem Newcomer, in training

    I've a SATA drive and was a bit worried after reading some of the horror stories - so I just upgraded my current MCE install, went fine. It's a bit of a system hog though...

    I'm having real hassles with video playback - WMP and DivX players both the same juttery video. QT files fine though... anyone have similar problems ?
  25. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 841

    I put in a IDE drive and still have the same problem. I'll install the 32bit from window because the 64bit installer will not run under Xp.
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