dual boot with vista? one for games one for everyday?

yariman

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It seems, judging by the previous posts ive read regarding vista and partitions that installing one vista on one partition and using the other for data is the way to go. Im wondering though is it worthwhile having two vistas in dual boot so one is for general use e.g. browsing, downloading, videos etc and the other dedicated to games only. The reason for such is that during everyday use i download so much crap which bloats my pc and the only real way to get rid of the related slow performance after some time is with a fresh install. If i have a partition soley for games i can sort of protect my self from the symptoms of such bloat.

whats peoples thoughts on this? I ask because tomorrow i install vista on my new build and sort out partioning and rather get things in order the first time.
 

criccio

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If you keep your system clean with apps like CCleaner, aswell as monitor your startup apps, I don't see why you would need to do what you are suggesting. I have tons and tons of apps on my main machine (in sig) and its a fast as the day I installed Vista.

Also, just uninstall apps you know you wont use. Very simple way to control bloat.

Think about it, your not going to be wanting to reboot everytime you want to game. That will get old fast.

In the end, do what you want, but if you DO decide to do a dual boot, just install XP first, THEN Vista. The Vista bootloader will take over, and you wont have to do a thing.
 

Ivan_Only

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Instead of dual booting, try creating two user profiles.

In one user profile, you can leave everything turned on on how you like it and install any apps as User Only.

Then in another user profile, install all of your games. Then you can disable the Vista UI and all of the other "Pretty" options to get a bit better performance from it.
 

Uncle

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Instead of dual booting, try creating two user profiles.

In one user profile, you can leave everything turned on on how you like it and install any apps as User Only.

Then in another user profile, install all of your games. Then you can disable the Vista UI and all of the other "Pretty" options to get a bit better performance from it.

I give you a high five.
 

yariman

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thanks guys for the replys. Sorry my orginal post sounded like i did an abnormal ammount of downloading and installing of random apps that created bloat but actually im just your typical average user really.

After one year of installing xp my pc is always is a lot slower. Defragging improves things a a little bit but not a lot. Even if i try and keep things clean and tidy and uninstall unused programmes it never seems to return to the performance that it was it when only those programmes were installed. And on the web you often hear people say that the only real way to get back your performance is to to a fresh install. Im not expecting the pc to remain as fresh as it is the moment just after you installed xp though.

Anyway I like the idea of profiles. Though i think i tried this a while but found that not all apps gave you the option to install for this current user only. Am i right on that?
 

TechieSooner

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the only real way to get rid of the related slow performance after some time is with a fresh install.
Vista is not XP.
Unlike XP, Vista actually gets faster as time goes on: not slower. Just one of the many things your media and Apple won't tell you. Also why benchmarking as we know it needs to change: Fresh install of Vista and Fresh install of XP aren't comparable.

Anyways, software is generally contained in Vista. It won't muck with the system. If a program leaves remnants and other crap around your system in the registry or whatnot: Vista deals with it well. XP got hung up on junk like that, Vista does not.

Vista will also auto-defrag every week.

Vista is great at keeping itself tuned up for the best performance.


Though i think i tried this a while but found that not all apps gave you the option to install for this current user only. Am i right on that?

He was talking about user-specific Windows settings: Like Aero.
Also, third-party "eye-candy" applications won't load under a separate user profile as most of those are user-level. Which you don't want those types of items running during a game.


Personally, just USE Vista. Don't worry about this stuff. All I'd worry about is running extra items like your third-party apps that run under your account in the background- and that's what the user account suggestion is for.
 
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