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and im more confused!

you just couldnt make this up could you :lol:

get xp, now get vista!!!!

will someone just tell me what to get.
the only thing we will do is hook it up to the linksys router and epson printer.


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don;t want to be the bearer of bad news ... but it looks luke the price has gone up £80 today :cb
Check what you are seeing and post back - if it same for you, we'll see if there is a way to get old price

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Sorry for confusing you. I'm not sure which way I'd swing if I was buying a new machine at the moment. Probably the XP way but that purely 'cos I use PC's for my job and I think some of the software I use will not talk properly.

I think for someone using a PC for domestic and education use you should be OK with Vista. Linksys and Epson are 2 of the biggest players and I'm not aware of any compatability issues with Vista. Depending on how old they are.

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Bottom Line:

Forget making sure every last thing works with every last thing as that will get you nowhere.

XP will get you where you want and is a good operating system
Vista is the same, only a bit more snazzy
Microsoft will lose interest in XP and ignore any problems with it in apoprox 18 months time.

So if Mrs P likes XP and doesn't want to learn a new system (and nothing wrong with that attitude whatsoever), go for XP and you will be happy enough - maybe in 2 years or so , you may want to get Vista - perfectly doable
If Mrs P doesn't mind learning a few new things, then go for Vista to get a system which you will have to do less to keep it up to date and MS will keep an interest in for the next 5 years or so.

I would go for Vista as the Linksys router is totally OS agnostic (i.e. doesn;t give a damn) and the epson printer is, I am guessing, a basic inkjet and as such is virtually disposable unlike the laptop (and Epson are actually very good at keeping things up to date so again for that it probably doesn't matter)

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Sorry for confusing you. I'm not sure which way I'd swing if I was buying a new machine at the moment. Probably the XP way but that purely 'cos I use PC's for my job and I think some of the software I use will not talk properly.

I think for someone using a PC for domestic and education use you should be OK with Vista. Linksys and Epson are 2 of the biggest players and I'm not aware of any compatability issues with Vista. Depending on how old they are.

Still confused :scratch:


I have XP on my brand new laptop as well as it is a corporate system and corporates tend to standardise on previous generations as they are more proven and tend to be very cautious of change e.g. IE 7 will be rolled out by my company in 6 months !!

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don;t want to be the bearer of bad news ... but it looks luke the price has gone up £80 today :cb
Check what you are seeing and post back - if it same for you, we'll see if there is a way to get old price

Ignore me and my scaremongering!! I clicked on a different option in the Dell.co.uk website - however, I have just configured the same system on this 'wrong link' as the one suggested and it is £200 MORE then the £299 for the EXACT SAME config - so I think you will be getting a stonking deal here at the price!

One suggestion for ordering, Panlid - There is an option near the end when you select the configuration - called "Primary Battery" - please chose the 9 cell instead of the 6 cell :thumbright: This will make a hell of a difference and Mrs P will be very happy with the additional battery life :lol:

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Lots of the hardware and software manufacturers are catching up with Vista now (About time. Hardly a surprise it was coming out) and you should be able to plug in your printer and it will install itself automatically. If in doubt check their website for drivers.

I'm about to buy a few machines from Dell. Drop me a PM and I'll see if I can get you a good deal at the same time.

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vista still has lots of bugs in it. I have not heard of many business buying it for the mess ups it has been having.


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well i ordered my dell on the 8th. delivery on or before 21st.
not a sign. just looked at my order on there site and still in the production stage.
not even an email to say its delayed.
not good service. :sad:


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Dell USED to be really good (did I say I USED to work there :wink: )

call 'em up, threaten to cancel under Distance Selling Regulations and see if they offer an incentive to keep the order

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ha ha ha ha
just recieved a reply to my email i sent yesterday.
due to demand my laptop will not be delivered till 21st OCTOBER!!!!!!!
unnaceptable, and would they have told me this if i didnt email.
i am going to call them tomorrow to cancel.
now im back to square 1 and have to go out looking again ::b


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that is just plain insane! another month!!!

Recap what the key spec of the system that you ended ordering - the key things like memory, screen size, processor.

I am sure there will be a system we can track down that will be just as good and available :thumbright:

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to be honest it doesnt need 2 gig but the bigger battery would be good.

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do you think i will have a problem in cancelling the order?


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none whatsoever. you have the right of rejecting anythng you buy remotely - either on line or over telephone withing 7 days of receiving it and you don't have to give any reasons at all if you don't want to. All you *may* have to pay is the shipping charge - and in your case, as nothing has been shipped, no charges incurred.

I beleive there is a key phrase that can be used - handy if you order a new car particularly and it is late turning up (Not that I have been there - ordering a new car that is) - and that phrase to use is "time is of the essence" in conjunction with the expected delivery date - so that way you have made it very clear you need what you ordered when you expected it.

I think if you call them, try and get hold of the salesperson who will be assigned your order and tell them no way you can wait that long and while you really want that system, unfortunately you will have to cancel as your wife MUST have this laptop by the 26th - or whatever date they promised. If the guy is on the ball at all, he will expedite the order and sort it out for you.

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