i'm building a new 64 bit system, and im wondering which OS should i opt for, should i get XP 64-bit or regualer XP pro, or should i just wait another year and get vista when it comes out? if i wait to get vista i'll just use win 2k. which would you segust?
Funny, I was getting ready to post some info on Vista.
2k is good, XP is really good.. vista is.. I don't think I'm going to care for it that much. It's more eye candy and treats people really stupid. But you have 1 1/2 years for Vista to come out, so many XP would be nice? Vista is going to get delayed without a doubt.
As long as you're at least 2000, you'll be fine.
If you don't have a 64bit processor, don't worry about XP64. Even if you do, driver compatibility still isn't there yet, so you might not be able to use select things. I have a 64bit capable computer, but I run XP32bit just because I don't want to deal with the driver compatibility and there really isn't a big improvement from what I see and for what I do on my computer.
I'm going to post this in the Other forum, but you're special and get it first:
The way Vista organizes and finds information tops the list of improvements.
In Windows XP, users often launch a program by clicking on the "Start" button and selecting from a menu that lists programs in order of how frequently they're used. If a program isn't on that short list, the user is stuck wading through a potentially long list that appears when the "All Programs" option is selected.
In Beta 1, the list of popular programs is still there but the "All Programs" link now triggers a much easier to navigate list. No more clumsy scrolling.
If you don't like that, you can search for a program by typing its name into a box built into the menu.
The search improvements do not end there.
If you want to find a document in XP, there's a search link in the start menu. Once the keywords are entered, a cartoon character -- a dog, by default -- does a little dance while the hard drive is scoured. Results appear in seconds -- and they include not just text documents but pictures, e-mails and any other type of file.
A mini search box also appears in the upper right corner of every window, so it's no longer necessary to return to the Start menu. As well, searches can be saved as a virtual folder. When opened, such a folder will retrieve any documents that meet the saved criteria. (Files also can have keywords attached -- something that will make nontext items easier to find if the time is taken to enter descriptive words.)
Mac fans are probably screaming. Yes, this is very similar to the Spotlight function in the recent update of Mac OS X. At this stage of development, Vista does bear a significant resemblance.
Mac lovers are also likely to fume once they see Vista's graphics. Green progress bars shimmer. The Minimize-Maximize-Close buttons look something like glowing Chicklets when moused over. Each window has a drop shadow while borders and title bars are slightly transparent. Folder icons now show the documents inside, such as a very small picture thumbnail for an image file. The icons also can be enlarged.
Finally, when a program is launched, its window doesn't just appear but pops open in a slick animation. When minimized, the window slides into the taskbar.
It remains to be seen whether the graphics capabilities will be turned into something more than eye candy. Apple has made great strides on this front, particularly with a technology called Expose that quickly tiles open windows with one key press.
Though improved searching and fancy graphics are nice, the biggest changes are in security.
Internet surfers will notice that the system's firewall now can block incoming and outgoing network traffic. Vista also has built-in tools for preventing viruses from being installed by infected machines on local networks. It will also have basic malware removal tools.
But the most noticeable change is in how Vista handles user privileges.
Previous versions of Windows let people designated as administrators do whatever they wanted. The rights carried over to the software they were running -- something that has caused countless headaches with spyware, adware, viruses and the like.
With Windows Vista's User Account Protection, even administrators are prompted for a password whenever anything is installed or a system setting changed. It's an extra layer of protection that's long been a part Unix-style operating systems, including Mac OS X and Linux.
The protection was not turned on by default in Beta 1, and it's not clear whether it will be in the final release.
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i think he's trying to force feed us the facts about vista. you say it's gona look like OS X, well damn im not tuching that with a 12' pole for as long as i can...
It all started when we had to go to the Mac lab, because our teacher had a meeting, so the other tech teacher watched us. well we get in and what do we have to use, i macs... yes those TVs on a stick, and to make things worse a 1-button mouse. after about 1.5 hours of head achs i got sick of it, just like everyone else, and resided myself to play cards with some friends. we all made a vow to never agin use OS X... at least with a one button mouse.
so i gusse ill just go with xp 64. that way when they realy do suport it i wont have to go out and buy an upgrade for it.
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haha yeah sorry about that.. here's the deal with what happened.
The shitty proxy server here (my office with 9 people) has 3 T1 lines. The network managers finds this equivilent to what he thinks is a T3 line. Our proxy server is overloaded with a bunch of crap, it's one of the original versions of Symantec's Proxy stuff. Anyhow, a lot of times when I click a button, I get a Error 404 screen, so I have to do it all over. I was 'previewing' what I had wrote, clicked to post, error 404, hit back, had to post again because it looked all cleared out, wasn't paying attention since I was just pasting something. Well, it happened 4 times, so, now you have it posted 4 times.
Vista has some neat sounding features to it.. I've been saying long before any info on it, that it's going to be geared more towards corporate users.. and it is.
Could possibly need a password to install software on your computer that you don't intentionally start the installation.. for example, activeX controls or spyware.
The Windows Imaging thing.. that's just awesome. Helps put out images for a company.. which is also really easy to use now compared to RIS and Ghosting.. really good for work, useful at home too.
Increased security and increased reliability.. self-troubleshooting on the stupid things you do as a tech to resolve minor problems all the time.. restart your computer (effectively restarting services) and your computer is fixed. Vista should automatically attempt that itself before a tech needs to take a look at it in a workplace. That's a nice touch.
It seems all my ideas get coppied by big business. In '01 I had this idea of an operating system that'd be such a resource hog that it force people to buy new hardware. Maybe I should repress those thoughts.
There's nothing as dangerous as a wounded mosquito.