This thread will be updated frequently. Please keep game performance discussion here as well as any other Vista related topics. I'll start by answering a few of the questions I keep seeing pop up.
Can I run Vista?
If you have concerns please install and run this Vista Advisor. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=42B5AC83-C24F-4863-A389-3FFC194924F8&displaylang=en
Will Vista perform as well as XP in gaming benchmarks?
At this point, it is very very close.
Should I get the 32 bit Version or the 64 bit Version?
I have been using the 64bit Version with no problems. It has been great. To squash a few rumors I would like to start with, Yes Creative and Nvidia both have drivers that are working perfectly fine on 2 PCs I have been using. One is an AMD the other is an Intel. As of right now it is my understanding that part of the WHQL certification process means if you are putting a driver for Vista up in 32 bit you HAVE to offer a 64 bit version.
What version of Vista should I get?
Here is a comparison of features http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/editions/choose.mspx
Do I need DX10 card to run Vista or Crysis? (thanks Magicalclick)
No. Click on Vista Advisor Link.
Vista Live, when is it coming?
It will first arrive on Windows Vista this winter with the release of Shadowrun.
Vista OEM, is it right for me?
For those planning on buying Vista in the near future, you should look into getting OEM versions of the OS. The biggest difference would be the OEM versions do not include the fancy box or manual, but it will save you a TON of money. Current OEM prices for Vista full (no upgrade versions):
- Vista Home Basic $99 (full version retail: $199)
- Vista Home Premium: $119 (full version retail: $239)
- Vista Business: $149 (full version retail: $299)
- Vista Ultimate $199 (full version retail: $399)
Overall you have to ask yourself.....Are you really willing to shell
out $200 for a box? I have to admit, the Vista Ultimate box is the
sexiest box for software ever made....but I always go OEM. Perhaps I
can find a place that sells the boxes seperately on eBay for a few
bucks one day.
I should also mention that since it's OEM, you will not be eligible for Microsoft support via phone/chat/e-mail...They will tell you to contact the dealer that sold you the computer with Vista on it (As far as they know you just bought a new computer with it pre-installed). Not a very big deal at all since I've never had to contact Microsoft support, but some people not very computer savvy may need it.
Will Vista's Mysterious DRM create havoc with my downloaded files? (MP3s Videos, Etc.)
If the file did not have DRM in the first place, Vista's DRM will not mess with it.
Will Vista prevent BitTorrent from running?
Any info on Vista Live?
So far it is expected to launch with "Shadowrun". We can expect pricing to be intact with Xbox 360 model as it uses the same Gamertag.
For those curious about Creative and other sound card makers situation you may want to read this...
Vista upgrade invalidates your XP key! We have a fix below however its not sure how long!
If you choose to purchase an upgrade version of Windows Vista to upgrade XP, you will no longer be able to use that version of XP. Either on another system, or as a dual-boot option. The key will be invalidated, preventing activation.
From Vista’s EULA found here (PDF) :
13. UPGRADES. To use upgrade software, you must first be licensed for the software that is eligible for the upgrade. Upon upgrade, this agreement takes the place of the agreement for the software you upgraded from. After you upgrade, you may no longer use the software you upgraded from.
For many people this may not be a problem, but it’s a change from earlier versions of Windows.
Work around to install a clean version of Vista through the Upgrade Disc.
- Boot from the Windows Vista Upgrade DVD and start the setup program.
- When prompted to enter your product key, DO NOT enter it. Click "Next" and proceed with setup. This will install Windows Vista as a 30-day trial.
- When prompted, select the edition of Vista which you have purchased and continue with setup.
- Once setup has been completed and you have been brought to the desktop for the first time, run the install program from within Windows Vista.
- This time, type in your product key when prompted.
- When asked whether to perform an Upgrade or Custom (advanced) install, choose Custom (advanced) to perform a clean install of Vista. Yes, this means that you will have to install Vista for a second time.
- Once setup has completed for the second time, you should be able to activate Windows Vista normally. You can also delete the Windows.old directory which contains information from the first Vista install.
There's no telling why Microsoft left this loophole wide open with Windows Vista Upgrade DVDs, but this means that any retail upgrade DVD can be used as a fully functioning full retail copy of Vista. :D
Start, Control Panel, User Accounts and Family Settings, User Accounts, Turn User Account Control On or Off.
Un check *Use User Account to help protect your computer*, then hit OK. It is quite displeasing that a feature so useful but so annoying will be disabled by most. Hopefully Microsoft can fix this some how in the future.
Check out this thread on Security.
http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid=33&threadid=2000598&enterthread=y Great information here
Any questions or helpful information will be updated. Any problems with solutions found will be updated.
All discussions and questions about Vista go in this thread and other posts outside of this one will be locked..