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i currently have a dell PC with Vista home premium installed but i find vista a pain in the a$$ and thinking of reverting back to XP.

thinking of getting XP black edition or any other recommendations???

what would you suggest.......

Also how hard is it to remove vista and install XP? do i just install XP and does that automatically remove vista? any problems i need to be aware of? will all the drivers etc be useless or is it easy to do?

please help.............

(in laymans terms please as i aint no computer whizz):alco:
 

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i have had vista on for over 1 year and it has various annoying problems. it also slows computers down much more than XP.

its a inspiron 530 with a few mods.......

intel core2 quad processors
3GB ram
so speed issues are not a big problem but i think using XP would make it far better.

how do i format the PC? do i need to do anything with the drivers or anything?
 

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I to have recently had a new computer with Vista. Initially I was very anti and wanted to return to XP.

Advice was given to me to "stick with it for a while" and get used to using it.

I`m glad I took the advice and have now got more used to it. If a degenerate old git like me can manage the change then I believe anyone can. Stick with it for a while, it`s OK when you get used to the changes.

All the best.
 

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i am used to it after over a year!!! the mouse pointer does not point where it is meant to sometimes and goes wierd! the multiple times it says "are you SURE" for everything you do gets annoying. there are other issues too but i DO want rid of vista as its pooooooooo
 

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You have 2 options replace Vists with XP (a harddrive format resulting is the loss of ALL your data \ programs \ config) so do a backup (image) of the harddrive or do a setup to dualboot into XP or Vista on startup (technical and best to get some1 who knows how to do this to do it !)

Another way to look at this is look around for tips to make vista run quicker (there are lots of config changes you can do) and too many to detail here, if your issue is with Vista itself then go with XP, personally it annoys me tbh but I've learned to live with it
 

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Vista is hungry and wants all your power and memory if you are running an older pc it will be painfully slow. XP will speed it it no end but what about Linux, Ubuntu is free and does not suffer from hacker attacks like windows does..and will run faster...just a thought.
 

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thanks everyone, still want to replace vista and probably go for XP just still a little unsure on how to make a back-up image etc....
 

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If you want to replace Vista best bet is to get some1 to do it for you in case there are any problems tbh its fairly straight forwards if you know what ure doing

I'd go for a dual bootup setup you will also need a reasonably sized harddrive as you will have 2 operating systems installed but as you have Vista you probably will have a PC with enough space, doing this means all the files installed within the Vista harddrive partician will be seen by the new XP installation
 

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the current set up is:

Dell Inspiron 530
Intel Core 2 Quad Processors
3GB Ram
500GB hard drive
Windows Vista Home Premium with service pack 1

so i would say its fairly fast as it is........
 

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dude buy a mac. no bugs no messing just simple. you can be online within 40 secs after pressing the power on, and far less complicated than windows..

i'd never buy a windows o/s computer again
 

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If you need to ask advice on how to remove Vista and install XP, I would highly advise you to stick with Vista. All the pain in the ass security prompts will stop you from screwing things ups.

Vista has had some bad press after it's launch, and unfortunately first impressions stick. Personally I have used it on many different systems, and don't find performance an issue at all.

ROB_GTR - Your problems are very specific and are not grounds to suggest anyone else shouldn't use it Vista. I could pull up a few hundred examples of bad experiences of XP I've had if it just came to that.
 

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ROB_GTR - Your problems are very specific and are not grounds to suggest anyone else shouldn't use it Vista. I could pull up a few hundred examples of bad experiences of XP I've had if it just came to that.
where have i ever stated that others should not use vista???

i really dont care what others use i just care that vista is really crap for ME and much prefer xp!

xp is not perfect but its a damn sight better than vista in MY opinion
 

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I like how nobody has really answered the question here and rather gone on about how you should do something you've expressed you're not happy doing.

If you wanna go back to XP grab yourself a copy of XP Pro (can be bought for peanuts as its at the end of its life now).

Slap it in the computer, and restart. Upon booting your computer should ask 'press any key to boot from CD', do that and follow the onscreen instructions to format your HDD partition. It'll then install XP and away you go.

HOWEVER, make sure you find all the necessary drivers you'll need first, you can probably find most of these directly on Dell's website or just google the model number Dell you have along with 'drivers', most importantly make sure you get the network card driver as thats the only one you'll really need to get working then you can just get yourself back online and use Windows Update to find all the others you need.

Just be aware that you will lose any files you have saved along with all your installed applications once you've formatted so make sure you have original cd's for your Apps and back up any files onto CD or USB sticks before doing anything advised here.
 

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dude buy a mac. no bugs no messing just simple. you can be online within 40 secs after pressing the power on, and far less complicated than windows..

i'd never buy a windows o/s computer again
You have to wait how long?

ill stick with my shite £175 1gig ram intel atom windows xp netbook thanks runs photoshop fine even serif movie maker and have a 80 gig hard drive to store all my porn opps did i say that out load.

Sorry Apple macs remind me of nike trainers there expensive they look good but dont make you run any faster.

Just my thoughts
 

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I could sell you the foolowing product cheaply:

Avid Spec....

HP XW8600 3.00Q x 2 4GB Ram FX3700 (in essence XW 8600 with 3.00 gHz Quad Core Dual Processors and 4GB RAM with nVidia FX3700 Graphics Card)

Bargain Price of £4380 + VAT (or close as)

then a nice led 24" HP screen. A nice logic keyboard and i will chuck in a decent mouse.......

That wont be slow.
 
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