Where do you get vista?

By confused001
Jul 12, 2006
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  1. Does anyone know what website you can download vista off of? I just want to try it out.
    Thnanks.
  2. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 Newcomer, in training Posts: 546

  3. Peddant

    Peddant Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,644

    You might have more luck HERE
  4. pcaceit

    pcaceit Newcomer, in training Posts: 405

    Hi peddant,

    whats going on with microsoft? they deleted the public release and now it is available again?
  5. pcaceit

    pcaceit Newcomer, in training Posts: 405

  6. Peddant

    Peddant Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,644

    They have deleted it,but ZDNET still have it.

    EDIT :"For registered customers who have received a Product Key the download sites will remain open until Friday, July 14."

    In other words you can still download it,but it`s useless unless you already have a product key.
  7. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 Newcomer, in training Posts: 546

    sorry thought you downloaded it there

    thanks for correcting me
    ...AMD
  8. confused001

    confused001 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 142

    so, does anyone know
    The requirements?
    Thanks
  9. KingCody

    KingCody TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,568   +7

    requirements for what... system hardware?

    as for official requirements, i don't even think microsoft knows that yet :rolleyes:

    but basically from what I have read, most modern systems can run vista with no problem, some bells and whistles will automatically be disabled on slower machines. the most notible requirement will the video card. i believe that it will require a 64MB video card... but come on now, when's the last time you had a 64MB video card? lol :haha:

    but this article seems to disagree and says that vista will take much more than I originally thought. especially for the 64-bit version. good read though :)
  10. MarcFOnline

    MarcFOnline Newcomer, in training Posts: 84

    If it's any help, my rig was on the upper side of the entry-level range when I built it in December of '04 (not much has changed since then, save an upgrade to 1GB of RAM and the addition of an extra hard disk)... and it handles Vista beautifully. I use all the Aero effects and don't notice any issues.

    As far as I can tell from my own testing, the parts of your system that will need to be strongest are the video card and system RAM. Of course, my video card (ATI Radeon 9550) is available in stores for about $60 and an extra 512MB of RAM isn't an expensive upgrade, so I'd say those system requirements are hardly what I'd call harsh.

    Just to clarify, though -- I don't use the 64-bit version of Vista... and I imagine that would have more demanding requirements. At this stage in the game, though, if you're running a processor capable of supporting that, you probably exceed the requirements anyway.
  11. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Vista can be used with the "old" XP-ish look, Aero or Aero Glass aren't mandatory.
     
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,482   +292

    I'm running Vista64 on an Athlon 64 2800+ (overclocked to 1.98 from 1.8) with 1 gig of ram and an eVGA 7800GS Superclock. I have all the eye candy possible turned on, and maybe its because its a new install, or maybe because its a native 64 bit os, but it seems snappier than XP 32.
  13. confused001

    confused001 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 142

    thanks guys for the requirements.
  14. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 Newcomer, in training Posts: 546

    800MHz or faster "modern" CPU
    512MB RAM
    15GB HD space
    128MB, DX9 compatible VideoCard, with 32Bit color
    base requrements
  15. confused001

    confused001 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 142

    Wow!
    I don't have that kind of system.
    Thanks anyways. :)
  16. KingCody

    KingCody TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,568   +7

    you don't :confused:

    those requirements are very low. you're PC's specs are not higher than that??
    .
  17. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 Newcomer, in training Posts: 546

    its not hard to make your system meet those requirements.

    Buy a larger HD, or delete files and programs off your current HD to free up space, or beeter yet, buy an external HD, and dunp all your files on that, then reformat current HD.

    get more RAM, (come on, RAM is cheap, AND easy to install)

    if your CPU is not at least 800HMz, then that thing is a dinosuar, buy a new one.

    you dont HAVE to have 128MB video RAM, thats just the requirements to run the new "Aero" 3D, and transparency effects.

    or better even yet, buy yourself a cheap dell, and upgrade the RAM every dell desktop now come witha base 80GB HD. the dimension E310 has 512MB RAM, 80GB HD, P4 w/ HT and meets the requirements for just $449.00

    ...AMD
  18. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 Newcomer, in training Posts: 546


    did you happen to buy the computer system they had on shopNBC last month? maybe not, but those specs are the exact parts and everything that the PC on the show was?
  19. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,482   +292

    Nope, built this thing myself. Complete specs are in my profile.
  20. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 Newcomer, in training Posts: 546

    ohh, ok well i always watch the computer shows on the shopping netorks, and your system has the exact same specs as the one they were selling on there.

    ...AMD
  21. confused001

    confused001 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 142

    Well, don't all those things cost $$?
    I don't have a job right new.
    Wonder what computer item you can sell on ebay to get money?
  22. Jack3760

    Jack3760 Newcomer, in training

    Vista RC 1 available from MS for $3.00 US
  23. confused001

    confused001 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 142

    What's the website?
  24. rmdl51

    rmdl51 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 368

    I just downloaded, install it and cost me no money at all! someone gave me the link on another thread just can't remember the site :S
  25. rmdl51

    rmdl51 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 368

    And BTW, just build this system at work and try it here, it need a minimun of 512 of RAM, basic install took around 8GB of HDD and visual effects are not working here because it's onboard intel graphics adapter 64MB, it needs at least 128MB, I know this system sucks, but it's the only one I have available at work that belong to nobody and want to try it. It looks so cool even without the effects of Aero. Can't wait to try at home with my 7800GS :D


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