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My group is all getting Dell E1405s next week, each with 2GB
RAM, a 120GB hard drive, and Vista Home Premium. Integrated
Bluetooth will interact with some company hardware, and a
high-res video output should be a splendid sales tool.

Questions:

Despite the negative comments, Vista is hear to stay. Does it
make sense to use it?

Will our existing XP MS Office apps work on Vista?

Should I try to dual-boot (big hard drive!)? If so, can the data
files be made common to both partitions?

Is there any reason to triple-boot, adding one of the Linux
derivatives? If so, which?

Thanks, gurus...

Data files (note ... DATA FILES, not programs) can be made common to
both XP and Vista, but it takes some effort (I have installed many dual
boot systems with 98 and XP and have done that).  What is usually best
in a scenario like this would be to put XP on C:, Vista on D: and "My
Documents" (literally the documents folder recognized by the OS) on a
3rd partition (E:).  Getting your various installed programs to
recognize the E:\My Documents file locations by default (or sometimes at
all) takes some work, but I have yet to find a case in which it was not
possible.  It's even possible to get E-Mail and Web browsers to do it
(as long as they are compatible versions), but, again, it takes some
work and sometimes some research).

I would not do ANYTHING until I made an image backup of the hard drive
as close as possible to how you receive it.

Almost all existing Office type applications (including Office 2003
itself) should work under Vista.

Office for the most part will work fine, but Outlook won't under Vista.
As Outlook depends on some files from Outlook Express which Vista
doesn't have. Someone figured out what files you need and have made them
available, but I can't find it right now.

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Bill

"Barry Watzman" <WatzmanNOS@neo.rr.com> wrote in message

news:463a27a5$0$4689$4c368faf@roadrunner.com

This is a near-perfect answer, and I thank you.

The local Linux community has a periodic "install-fest", full of
gurus still young enough to know everything. With your
encouraging news, Barry, I may take one of the new units there
with a pizza and 6-pack - and see what happens.

nunamus <nuna@online.us> writes:

 >My group is all getting Dell E1405s next week, each with 2GB
 >RAM, a 120GB hard drive, and Vista Home Premium. Integrated
 >Bluetooth will interact with some company hardware, and a
 >high-res video output should be a splendid sales tool.

 >Questions:

 >Is there any reason to triple-boot, adding one of the Linux
 >derivatives? If so, which?

FYI, I installed Ubuntu Edgy [one version old, Fiesty is out now] on
my Vista-laden laptop. I used whatever comes on Edgy to partition my
disk. About a month later, when I first tried starting Vista after the
partition, it refused. I found the fix as simple as running ntfsfix
from www.linux-ntfs.org fixed the problem & Vista started [with a
little complaining], now works fine.

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That simply is not true, at least not for Office 2003 (it might be true
for 97 or 2000, or even Outlook XP).  I've done clean installs of just
Vista followed immediately by a clean install of just Office 2003 with
no other software present, and Outlook works fine with no futzing or
tweaking required.  I have not tried any versions of Outlook prior to 2003.

If I recall Outlook does not include a newsgroup reader and uses the OE one
( in version 2000 anyway). This could be the issue.
Terry

"Barry Watzman" <WatzmanNOS@neo.rr.com> wrote in message

news:463ab6ab$0$9901$4c368faf@roadrunner.com...

That's correct, but it's no different under Vista than XP; Outlook (full
Outlook) has no newsgroup reader.  In XP you can use Outlook Express (a
very different program), in Vista I think you can use Vista's mail
program.  In fact, I use Outlook for E-Mail and Thunderbird for
newsgroups (in XP).

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