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Windows Vista Question

By da_head
Apr 14, 2007
  1. Hey guys, i recently got windows vista and i currently have windows xp home on my laptop. i was reading some instructions but wasn't to entirely sure. It says i can: "Upgrading Windows when you already have a version of Windows on your computer and you want to keep your files, settings, and programs." Does that mean i can install windows vista without deleting anything or lose any of my old files? sounds a little to good to be true. usually u have to go through the process of deleting your whole hard drive don't you?
     
  2. thewoosterisroot

    thewoosterisroot TS Enthusiast Posts: 192

    It is a good idea to reformat every so often as windows eventually gets run down no matter how well you maintain it, but you should be able to install Vista without losing your info.
     
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    In general, yes, but nothing is ever certain. You should never assume anything without a tested backup that you know has all the data you expect to have. It is not enough to make a copy. You would be wise to test the copy.
     
  4. da_head

    da_head TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 70

    k thanks and one last question, it says that you need at least a 1ghz cpu and a gig of ram. i have a 1.73 ghz cpu and 512 ram. do you think that will suffice?
     
  5. thewoosterisroot

    thewoosterisroot TS Enthusiast Posts: 192

    Vista's "requirements" as posted are far lower than they should be. What MS says is the minimum is really the minimum. That means, it might run, but it's going to be annoying slow, and you will have to turn of all the cool looking, shiny features. Personally I wouldn't run Vista with less than a gig of RAM (2-3 preferably), although you can probably get by if you're will to turn of Aero and all that nice stuff.
     
  6. da_head

    da_head TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 70

    hmmm ok then, time for a ram upgrade.
     
  7. thewoosterisroot

    thewoosterisroot TS Enthusiast Posts: 192

    Lol, actually I was exagerating a little bit. But I still would not try running vista with less than a gig if you want any visuals.
     
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