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XP vs Vista Ultimate

2008-09-17, 15:51 PM

A million dollar question

I have a new W500 that should arrive soon , it's pre-loaded with Vista Ultimate , my current T42 has XP and all my apps run on XP, i have been testing with a slow backup R series and have been able to get 99% of my apps to work. 

 

Should i use Vista Ultimate (even my tech guys say NO)

I have an XP disk also coming so i can install XP, if i do how can i install the Vista as a 2nd Boot , i do not believe the machine comes wit a Vista Disk .

 

Any opinions

 

I am using SQL 2005, Visual Studio 2008, Several VPN's Cisco and Sonicwall and Office 2007

 

I have 160 G drive and 3 GB memory

 

 

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Re: XP vs Vista Ultimate

2008-09-17, 19:30 PM
if you install the xp as it is, there should be an option for you to dual boot, i haven't tried it personally, but if you search in the forum many people have got the dual boot method working quite nicely.
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Re: XP vs Vista Ultimate

2008-09-17, 22:01 PM
Just don't go x64 because your VPN software won't work there.  Cisco and other vendors have been dragging their feet at releasing 64-bit software.  For those of us who want more than 3GB of ram this is incredibly annoying.
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Re: XP vs Vista Ultimate

2008-09-17, 22:10 PM

Will make sure it's only 32Bit. My plan was to delete Vista Ultimate (Making a Restore CD 1st) , Install XP and VMWARE then install Vista Ultimate on the VMWARE partition (i am hoping this will load from the Restore CD i made). Is this too crazy

 

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Re: XP vs Vista Ultimate

2008-09-17, 23:28 PM

I don't think the Vista restore discs will install on VMware. You may need to get an OEMr Vista install disc and use the product key on the bottom of your Thinkpad.

You could use partedmagic to resize your Vista partition and create a partition for XP, then you could install XP and dual boot with Vista.

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Re: XP vs Vista Ultimate

2008-09-18, 18:34 PM

I would just leave Ultimate on the system and then throw XP in a VM for any programs that refuse to run correctly in Vista.  They should be very few and far between.

 

Also, if you're willing to do VMs, this means that you could run 64-bit Vista (Although you'd have to ask for the laptop to be shipped with 64-bit, otherwise it will be 32-bit).  You could run your VPN software inside of a virtual machine.  I've seen this done by many people to deal with the lack of x64 VPN software.

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