I have recently ordered a new Dell Precision M6300 notebook. Although it is a high spec machine, see details below, I missed the opportunity to specify XP Pro (i.e. it would hold up the order, a delay which I could not afford). It will come with Vista Business.
I have a couple of questions:
1/. It seems generally from what I have read that Vista is slow in comparison with XP Pro and I would like to try and confirm or negate this. The PC is for work with little/no games requirement but multiple apps constantly opended and swapping between (IE, Word, Excel, Photoshop, Acrobat etc). Is the high spec of the machine (for a laptop) likely to counter some of the problems I have read with Vista's performance, or will it be in the same boat? Is Vista business any less flabby than Ultimate or Home?
2/. If I install XP Pro as a dual boot after I have set up the programs that I need on the PC, will I have to re-install all the same programs, or will XP automatically see and be able to use the programs that I will have put on under the Vista install? Logic would seem to imply that it would not as I presume it has to store settings in the XP registry, however I think I have seen comments where people have said you do not have to re-install programs in a Vista/XP dual boot scenario.
Dell M6300 Precision
X7900 2.8Ghz Core 2 Extreme
17" WUXGA (1920 x 1200) LCD Screen 1
4.0GB, 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM Memory (2 x 2048MB) 1
200GB (7,200RPM) SATA Hard Drive 1
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M Graphics Card