Windows Vista with 1Gb Memory -- A Satisfactory Experience?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Yasser Dotsmah Beh-Beh, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. A question for those now testing Windows Vista -- is 1 Gb of memory
    enough to give a satisfactory experience? Should I upgrade to 2 Gb?
    Thanks for your thoughts.
    Yasser Dotsmah Beh-Beh, Jul 20, 2006
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    Kerry Brown Guest

    It is urrently satisfactory for a beta OS. It is not satisfactory for a
    production OS. If it will be satifactory for a production OS only time will
    tell. It is getting better as the RTM gets closer.
    Kerry Brown, Jul 20, 2006
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    MICHAEL Guest

    1GB is enough. But 2GB would make the "experience" better. :)

    If you can afford it, then do it.

    MICHAEL, Jul 20, 2006
  4. Because the beta is the Ultimate edition of Vista, 1GB of Ram is around the
    minimum needed, so I agree with Michael, spend the $50.00 on some RAM. The
    worst thing that happens is, no mater what O/S you are running, it will un a
    little faster.
    Mark D. VandenBeg, Jul 20, 2006
  5. I take the Mark Minasi approach to ram: If you turn on the machine and the
    lights don't dim, add memory.
    Colin Barnhorst, Jul 20, 2006
  6. 1GB is fine for me, but YMMV according to the applications and hardware
    drivers you use.
    Mike Williams, Jul 20, 2006
  7. Yes, but more is better.
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE, Jul 20, 2006
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    Marc Nutty Guest

    First, what you mean by turn on PC, lights don't dim etc...???

    Second, I believe 1GB is fine for Vista, but Vista is currently only beta,
    so I think 512mb would be just as fine once it becomes more stable and less
    ram hogging
    Marc Nutty, Jul 20, 2006
  9. It means if you haven't maxed out the house current, throw more ram in the
    box. In other words, there is no downside to adding memory.
    Colin Barnhorst, Jul 20, 2006
  10. go for 2....
    John Jay Smith, Jul 20, 2006
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    hdrdtd Guest

    I agree.

    I've installed it on systems with anywhere from 512meg to 2.5gig ram.

    It'll all depend on your usage of your system.

    As others have pointed out, more is better.

    One thing to consider though is, how many slots does your MB have for
    memory.?? 2? 4? 6?

    Whatever it happens to be, I would reccomend going with 1gig for now, but
    make sure to leave empty slots for expanding to more memory somewhere down
    the line.

    In otherwords, if for example your MB has 4 slots for ram, don't buy 4
    pieces of 256 because that would leave no room for expansion. Buy 2 pieces
    of 512, leaving the other two slots open for future upgrades. Otherwise if
    you had bought 4 pieces of 256, and you decide you want more, then you'd
    have to throw out all 4 pieces of the 256 sticks and replace them with
    something bigger.
    hdrdtd, Jul 20, 2006
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    Marc Nutty Guest

    oh lol, u meant the house lights lol, now i sound stupid..
    Marc Nutty, Jul 20, 2006
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    wgd Guest

    Yes, 1 GB is enough to run the Vista Beta 2 and have a good experience.
    You could then plan on adding the second gig when you install the retail
    release. Of course there is absolutely nothing wrong with just starting
    with 2 GB now. Especially if you want to test some of your games under
    Vista Beta 2.
    wgd, Jul 21, 2006
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    Ground Cover Guest

    Yes and yes.

    Yes, it is enough. Yes to upgrading to two gigs as more RAM is better
    [people say that about RAM].
    Ground Cover, Jul 21, 2006
  15. As do ewes.

    Colin Barnhorst, Jul 21, 2006
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    rich066 Guest

    I agree, if you don't dim your house lights and those of your neighbors, add
    more RAM. Personally, I'm running 3Gb of DDR2 in dual channel mode.
    rich066, Jul 21, 2006
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    Jim Fraas Guest

    I have no problems with 1 gig.

    MAY upgrade to 2 gigs,though.
    Jim Fraas, Jul 21, 2006
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    roman modic Guest

    roman modic, Jul 21, 2006
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    Ground Cover Guest

    Ha ha!


    I've got a mare gig here. Have a nice one.
    Ground Cover, Jul 21, 2006
  20. That's exactly the problem. I have an AMD64 socket 754 system
    (single channel memory) with only 2 memory slots and one slot has a
    512 meg stick of ram in it. If I upgrade to 1 gig then I only have to
    add another 512. If I go to 2 gig, then I have to replace the whole
    bunch and 2 gigs is kind of pricey right now.
    Of necessity, my computing is on a budget. Right now, this computer
    is screaming along running W98SE (Why upgrade the OS if it: 1. runs
    all your programs and 2. you can still get the security patches?).
    But now, the security patches have stopped for W98 and I'm forced to
    upgrade -- I guess I'll wait for Vista rather than get a copy of XP.
    I just don't want to go back to a sluggish, slothful, torpid or
    hebetudinous computing experience.
    Right now, it looks like it's gonna be 1 gig for me.

    Thanks to all who replied,

    Yasser Dotsmah Beh-Beh, Jul 21, 2006
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