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Vista Home Premium vs. XP for gaming.

Q: Vista Home Premium vs. XP for gaming.

Just bought a new PC, haven't recieved it yet hence why I am asking this question.
The spec is:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
8600gt 512mb
2gb DDR2 RAM
400gb HDD
Litescribe DVD/RW

I'm planning on playing games such as Call of Duty 4, Company of Heroes, Supreme Commander and older games such as No One Lives Forever, Warhammer 40k Dawn of War, Call of Duty 2, Battlefield 2 and Evil Genius.

What Operating system would be better to install for the above games?
What Operating system is safer?
Is Vista really the RAM hungry monster it's said to be?
Is Direct X 10 really a viable option with my graphics card?
Are all these games compatible with Vista?


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Preferred Solution: Vista Home Premium vs. XP for gaming.

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Hello NRG,

I would have to say either Home Premium or Ultimate.
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A:Remote Access from Vista Home Premium to Vista Home Premium and XP Home Edition

You should forward the ports on the router to the IP Addresses of the machines, that you want to connect to. On Symantec PC Anywhere, it is ports 5631 and 32, on Windows remote desktop connection it is port 3389 that needs to be forwarded.
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All help greatly appreciated,
With Best Regards

A:Replacing Vista Home Premium with Windows 7 Home Premium

When you get the Vista DVD, boot from it and choose Custom "advanced" installation. Then highlight the partition you want to put 7 on (preferably the Vista partition) then click "delete" (be careful which partition you choose) once the old Vista partition is deleted, be sure the new unallocated partition is highlighted and hit next to continue installing 7. Here is a screenshot, your partition structure may be slightly different.
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It occasionally happens during start-up or randomly(no specific program or website) at other times. It will also occasionally freeze and then I need to reboot.

I'm new at this and not tech savvy so hopefully I've included all relevant information. If not please be kind.

My System:

32 bit
Original O/S: Vista(came pre-installed)
Windows 7: Upgrade Version
System hardware is about 4 to 5 years old
Age Of Windows 7: I upgraded to 7 about 3 months ago

A:BSOD after upgrading from Vista Home Premium to 7 Home Premium

No DMP included...

We do need the DMP file as it contains the only record of the sequence of events leading up to the crash, what drivers were loaded, and what was responsible.
Please attach the DMP files to your next post not to post one.

If you are overclocking STOP

You may be able to get the DMP files without crashing by booting into safe mode (F8) with networking.

To enable us to assist you with your computer's BSOD symptoms, upload the contents of your "\Windows\Minidump" folder.

The procedure:

* Copy the contents of \Windows\Minidump to another (temporary) location somewhere on your machine.
* Zip up the copy.
* Attach the ZIP archive to your post using the "paperclip" (file attachments) button.
*If the files are too large please upload them to a file sharing service like "Rapidshare" and put a link to them in your reply.

To ensure minidumps are enabled:

* Go to Start, in the Search Box type: sysdm.cpl, press Enter.
* Under the Advanced tab, click on the Startup and Recovery Settings... button.
* Ensure that Automatically restart is unchecked.
* Under the Write Debugging Information header select Small memory dump (256 kB) in the dropdown box (the 256kb varies).
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* OK your way out.
* Reboot if changes have been made.
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A:student download vista home premium to 7 home premium


Try making a DVD out of it, and doing a clean install.

Make bootable iso from student d/l

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Hope this helps,
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I was wondering --

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I currently have Windows Vista Home Premium on my computer. I really don't want to do a clean install.

After I do an in-place upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium, can I use the key from Windows 7 Professional to upgrade to that version?

After that, can I then install Windows 7 Home Premium on a friend's computer, using the same key I had originally used on my computer, now that I'm not using Windows 7 Home Premium any more?


A:Upgrade Vista Home Premium --> 7 Home Premium --> 7 Pro

It appears the Upgrade keys are much more flexible than in the past, so it is worth a try at install. The worst is that you would have to use the key that came with the version.

No one I've read knows for sure whether an upgrade deactivates the underlying O.S. key, and MS's own Technet MVP's say it doesn't in case of reinstall need. It violates the EULA, of course, which says the upgraded OS replaces it except for reinstall.

Since upgrade keys are working in clean installs, you might want to try this providing your Vista Premium is retail so that you can migrate it to your friend:

1) Make an image of your Vista Premium install so it can be easily restored.

2) Try a clean formatted install booting from desired Win7 Upgrade version, which should take the key, or require the double "upgrade over upgrade" trick so the key is taken.

3) If this works, you can migrate your retail copy of Vista to your friend's computer, if not just use your backup image to restore it for in place Upgrade.

You will need to make a backup image of the finished job to avoid having to reinstall both OS in the future.
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A:Is It Possible To Emulate 32 Bit Vista Home Premium Under 64 Bit Home Premium

Pirating software is against the rules here - so discussions involving key generators are not appropriate here.
This topic is closed.
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A:Upgrading from Vista Home Premium to 7 home premium?

If you no longer have a working recovery partition and no recovery disks, you may be forced to contact Toshiba and see if they will sell you recovery disks.

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A:Vista Home Premium 32bit to 7 Premium, 62% BSOD

Here's a possible solution:

Upgrade stops responding (hangs) at 62% when you upgrade to Windows 7

I've not had the problem, but I have always done clean installs. (You say that people have seen this with clean install, but most of the problems I've seen have been for people performing an upgrade-in-place.)
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A:Solved: Replacing windows vista home premium with windows 7 home premium

You've got this thread started too

Is that one now solved too? You've marked this one solved, could you explain how you solved it in case others need to solve the same problem sometime in the future?


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Check this on setting a theme.
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if there aren't any problems.
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A:Worth upgrading Vista home basic to home premium?

Here is the comparison chart at the Vista site:


This site is selling it for $80.00. I've bought software there in the past, and it's genuine.

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A:Email Problems Under Vista Home Home Premium

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A:Upgrading Vista Home Basic to Home Premium 64 bit

Sorry mate, you can't upgrade a 32 bit version to a 64 bit version. it will require a fresh installation.

You can contact MS to send you the x64 version, however you will also have to pay for the upgrade to the premium license.
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Every website from Windows and other people tells me that it IS possible and even the Windows 7 Update Advisor told me that I should not encounter any problems upgrading.

Has anyone of you yet encountered upgrading problems of compatible Vista/7 versions?
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I know that I can make a clean intall of 7, but this would be a pain...

Thank you very much in advance
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A:Cant upgrade from Vista Home Premium to 7 Home PremiumN

I'm having the exact same problem. When I choose upgrade it checks compatibility and says:

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A:Sync Vista Home Premium with XP Home Edition

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A:Win Vista Home Premium 64 Bit to Win 7 Premium 64 Bit

(installing it and making recovery disks, etc.)?

Make sure you buy the version the DVD installer.

Take look at those tutorials:
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
Upgrade Install with Windows 7

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1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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A:Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade

I am not sure about the answer regarding the language pack, but I am sure about the upgrade or the clean install. Do the clean install. A clean install is always preferred over an upgrade. With an upgrade all the old problems that may exist with the OS are just carried to the new installation.
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A:Vista Home Basic or Home Premium?

I know of no reason why you would need Premium to support a webcam I think he may be spinning you a tale.

Check out this link to see the differences

The premium version will give you a better visual experience but I dont think it will make a difference in video as a better Graphics card would do.

But for your extra $30 you will get Windows media support and the overall visual look of the software if far better but this is not a neccesity

Buy Basic!
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Check this out.....

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A:Driver Power State Failure Vista Home Premium 2 [Moved from Vista/7]

Hi -

Run Driver Verifier - Driver Verifier - Windows 7 & Vista (BSOD-related) - Tech Support Forum

Driver Verifier needs to run 24 hours minimum or until it BSODs your system, whichever is less. Then . . .

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this does work to dual boot vista, just install ultimate on a second hard drive to be safe

The installation options

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Figure A:
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Figure B:
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Figure C:
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Figure D:
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Figure E:
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Figure F:
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and welcome to the Forum

Try Acer Support site:

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A:OEM Vista Home Premium 32-bit to 64-bit

She isn't out of date yet. Still have until 2017 before end of extended support. Windows 7 ends in 2020. Neither have mainstream support other than Windows 8 and 10.

Windows lifecycle fact sheet - Windows Help

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A:What AV to use with Vista Home Premium 64 bit

Try AVG Free Edition, it's highly rated by PC World, Cnet and ZDNet and best of all Free!
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A:Vista Home Premium

This google has some interesting results ( ) - but it appears that this is a problem caused by a program (such as a VM), rather than a Windows problem as such.I'd suggest locating which program is causing this by monitoring the Process tab of Task Manager. You may want to enable the IO Read and IO Write columns in the View...Select Columns menu also.
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tweak services at your own risk.

since we dont know exactly what you do on your computer, what software you run, what you need for your hardware, there really is no way to really tell you what to turn on or off.
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Hi Baldie559

It's hard to say (one thing to factor in is whether "money is no object"). Here's a nice chart that compares features found in each of the editions --- --- you can click on any of the features listed in the chart for more information about that feature.

Best of luck
. . . Gary
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Do not try ZONE ALARM. It has a warning .
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fairfield said:

Is there a utility to add Complete PC Backup and Restore to Vista Home Premium? If not, what do you all recommend? ThanksClick to expand...

Hi, fairfield, welcome.

I'm sure other folks will recommend Ghost.

If you're worried only about an issue with Vista--
I myself use:

1. multi-hard drives & partitions

2. on first, separate, & smaller partition lies Vista BUT with most components migrated out:

there will be a separate partition with all pagefile/*temp/tmp/*cache folders, another one with all data/*doc*/*user*/user name/*download*/ folders, along with windows subfolder-- INF & backups of the two subfolders downloaded* & the two regist*. Another partition will contain all Program* folders.

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3. I burn vista install disc to both- a separate partition on a hard drive & another disc.
To both i will apply vLite.

4. Automate periodic & 'separate' backups of--
one of entire windows folder & the root drive(no folders)
& another one of windows two system subfolders only.

In case of issues i would progressively replace system folders, then windows & root, then reinstall from updated & vlited installation copy.

A further benefit of multi-drives is the system will run a bit faster.

I personally dislike wasting time and/or resources w/ total backups-- and worry that tunless a backup is from a few minutes ago, i will lose significant data / work.

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A:vista home premium

I am unfamiliar with folder converged_security_module

Have a Security Analyst review your system -

NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help

Regards. . .


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hi,,,, look for your pc on here and look for sound drivers luck.
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Hi Everett,

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Did you empty the bin, and deleted unnecessary temporary files?
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A:vista home premium

right click on the install file and run in compatability mode
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There are no official legal downloads, take a look at the following link for your options - Vista ISO download
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A:Vista Home Premium

Unfortunately, we cannotPer forum rulesNo subject matter will be allowed whose purpose is to defeat existing copyright or security measures. If a user persists and/or the activity is obviously illegal the staff reserves the right to remove such content and/or ban the user. This would also mean encouraging the use or continued use of pirated software is not permitted, and subject to the same consequences.
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A:vista home premium

Using registry tools is not recommended as it may make things even worse.Go Start>Run ("Start Search" in Vista), type in:sfc /scannowClick OK (hold CTRL, and SHIFT, hit Enter in Vista).Have Windows CD/DVD handy (with Vista, most likely, you won't need it).