Windows XP gets Another Stay of Execution

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u812

Vista is just not ready yet maybe another year.

I put up vista ultimate for nearly a year and spent way to much time getting it to work with software and harware, when the  last servicepack came out it rendered my computer unrecoverably dead.

I downgraded to xp professional and what a relief. I will not use vista again.

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dstevens

i remember when vista betas were being previewed and reported on by max pc.

 

a reported 7-13% increase in gaming FPS, and wow the stability, and the cool interface, and a few other reported reasons here and there the made me decide to install that pre release OS that i got my hands on.

 

skip 6-18 months and woe is thee who complains endlessly now about how bad vista sucks and how we all want to suck on XP's nipple till were 30. 

XP was an ok OS. once you got around to SP2. pre SP 2 XP SUCKED BALLS!!! INSTANT spyware and malware infections if you went online with it!!

So i sit here and read... about all the ppl who think vista sucks. and how max pc bashes it now after previewing it with rave reviews. All this and i have had vista installed since dec '06 with very little to no problems at all. 

 

Sure programs like Alchohol 120% are a pain in the ass to get going proir to thier most recent version, and DWM makes for a slightly lagging video experience if you dont have top of the line Pwnination Hardware... and unprofessional coders can have problems with making new apps if they dont know alot about vista.. ( i.e. game street !!)

But Vista has been a stable non crashing OS that i have had online up and running for over 3 months at a time at one point!! (This was pre SP1 BTW) While staying logged into EQ2 and WOW for over a week at a time conistantly while downloading this and that over azureus, playing movies on my big screen TV and doing all the other basics that we all enjoy our computers for. With not a single crash i can remember!!! (and this was on a P4 /w HT single core and 2 gb DDR2 RAM!! not the uber ultra GDDR5 video cards and ddr 3 and core i7's that are creme de le creme today)... so stop hating...!!!... 

yes M$ $ucks.. balls.. big nasty hairy infected sacs... i wont disagree with you, ( and neither will anyone with a zune lol) but dont bash the OS cause you dont have a clue

Should we knock Vista as a horrible OS? well hmm... gimme a copy of Win ME or Win Vista....  ME is the bottom rung of OS'es that all others should have to fall as low as or below before i claim it to be a worthless OS and Vista is not as bad as ME was. 

 

And guy saying that SP1 was released quickly... umm... 14 months man... 14 months. i dont necisarily call that quick. However it does address several issues quite well. 

  

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Glycerin

OK, first of all, XP is NOT full of bugs, it was when it was released, just like Vista.  It can be run for days without a problem (at least on my PC). Second, the RAM limit in XP does NOT include Videocard RAM, that is not accessed by the OS; it is used exclusively by the GPU, hence the name GDDR. Vista is much better with SP1.  I think XP is Microsofts best OS launch to date. Um i'm not going to pay $400 for an OS, screw you Microsoft.

You can't complain that the OS sucks because you get BSODs and hard locks, however, when you're using a generic PSU and RAM. You should know better than to cut corners in those areas.

How is it they can make games play fine on their console but not their own OS?

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GreenTurtle

Hardware and software doesn't change from their console to console like it does from PC to PC. That is why games are not so buggy.

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nekollx

sure its secure NOW, your still getting hot fixes on PAtch Tuesday, what happens when their no more patch tues day?

 

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guitronics

I have a buddy who went all out and built a killer "Rack - Mount" style system...the works.He did this when Vista was just out, so of course, he got the $400.00 "Ultimate" version.

He has numerous computers, also his wife and (grown,college) kids are sometimess around with their laptops, etc.

He's really proud of the fact that he built his first custom computer....but when I ask whoever is using it "How do you like Vista?" , they never say "It's GREAT! ", or "I Really like it!"....What they say is "Well,it takes some getting used to, and it's harder to use for some things. Actually, it's OK".

So, I ordered a copy of 64 - bit XP, and several tech books on Ubuntu, I think I got away cheap. I spent the rest of the $400 on hardware.

What I will use is XP Pro 32 bit, 64 bit; and Linux. With laptops and 2 kids, there's 7 computers (I build my own) .

Only 2 will have M$'  "Big Brother' OS, checking your media" machines, (For Gaming)...the rest will run (we don't do spyware at all! ), Linux. 

What I DO like about Vista,  it has made  a lot of hardware obsolete.

Older Computers (DDR2!) can now be had for cheap,that will > Kick ASS < on LINUX.

Microsoft dosen't need yet ANOTHER OS.What they would be wise to implement is a scalable,modular approach....a basic slim OS,a Gamer's pack,a Multi-player gamer's pack,a malware pack,an office pack,a finance pack,etc. The customer could buy whatever they want.

 

 

 

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Teco84

I have used windows xp for a while now (since 2005) and have now just recently in the last year bought a computer with vista home premium 64bit. Being a gamer, the only reason why I went to Vista, was that it allowed more memory to be used on a comp. Also, I wanted a Operating System that wouldn't become obsolete in the next 1-2 years. Well I love xp, because it runs very quickly and doesn't use much ram. The menus are also very well organized. When I switched to Vista, it looked very sexy, but took a while to get used to. I had to "teach" myself how to find how vista catogories files. Took a couple months, and to tell you the truth it was a nighmare. But because Windows vista has an automatic updater, the os has been running fairly well and getting better and faster as I go. When I started with Vista it would crash, or it would go into sleep mode and when I woke it up, it would kill the sound. Resulting in having to restart the comp again. ARG... not fun for a gamer that has busted his walet to gety a good comp. I do love Vista now that it has been updated many times (automaticly). No more crashes, sound issues, or menu issues. Thank God. Now I can just enjoy my sexy desktop and let the magic seep in... Another thing i like about Vista is their tabs and sidebars. Now I can view my time, ebay product costs, cpu usage, and watch Youtube videos straight from my desktop. Wow. The Tabs are amazing. They have a very modern feel and have a flawless interface. - Vista rocks.

          I Still use xp on my parents comp. and at school and its great. But if you want something even better, check out vista, or windows 7. **Windows 7, may be better than Vista, hope it is** If you are low on ram though, don't grab vista, it will kill your computer speed to that of slugs in vegtable oil. Not cool. Need at least 1gig of ram on vista (minimum) But on xp, 512mb ram is excelent, 1-2gigs is like a rocket. So go ahead chose vista, or windows 7. The company is still going to be a pain in the ass and stop selling Vista in 6 years, but... what say do you have. This article talks about xp being sold for a bit longer. Why Windows?!! Why are you getting rid of something that actually works? Be proud of xp, and let it last! Whateva.

also here that there was a sp2 going out for vista? Worth checking out. 

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nekollx

AND vISTA'S sp3 WILL HAVE A AUTO CLEANER IN IT WHICH WILL DELETE OLD HITFIXES.

 

XP just bloats more and more the longer you have it but with Windows 7 and Vista sp2 it will automaticly trip its own fat.

 

While XP munches on Bic Macs until that 500 GB drive is full.

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FrancesTheMute

I use XP Pro at work (and support my users who all use XP) and I run Vista x64 at home.  It took a bit to get used to Vista's nuances but once I did, I do prefer Vista over XP at this point.  Would I recommend to anyone that hasn't gotten Vista yet to upgrade at this point?  No, since Windows 7 is right around the corner there really is no point to get Vista unless it comes pre-installed on a new OEM machine.

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neo1piv14

Vista isn't as bad as it's cracked up to be, but I think MS would save themselves some bad press if they'd stop hyping it and just be honest about its shortcomings. My biggest issue is where they changed menu structures and hid options away seemingly just so it'd be different from XP. If it's something that only an IT guy would ever need to look at anyways, why go out of their way to make things more complicated. Sometimes it's good to leave things the way we're used to. 

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Tekzel

Mainly because I needed to get used to it to be able to support it.  At this point, I now prefer Vista.  It has its issues, but its running super stable on my home PC and my notebook.  I like the aero interface, I like quite a lot of the features in it.  Some things are a pain in the ass, but over all, I think it is superior to Win XP now.  On NEW hardware, of course.  If the user keeps UAC enabled, I think it is safer.  I, of course, turn it off immediately.

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Caboose

 I had some issues with Vista when it first came out, but what OS doesn't have problems when it's first released. Linux, Windows, MacOS. When it's the first release of the OS, there are going to be problems. However, the companies are quick to fix the issues. Look at how fast Service Pack 1 came out for Vista. I don't think SP1 for XP came out that fast.

 I've permanently switched to Vista Ultimate x64 and am loving it. Upgraded to 8GB of RAM, and have a 1TB RAID1 set up for my OS and Crossfire'd 3870's. Works like a charm. Windows XP is almost what, 8yrs old now?I think it's time to retire the OS and let's move on.

 

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worm8199

I don't use Vista because I refuse to pay more than $100 for ANY piece of software. My wife's laptop came installed with Home Premium and we haven't had nary a problem other than just figuring out where they hid certain networking options. I use XP on my desktop machine for the money reason and because I know it. I'm more comfortable in XP because I've been using it for years but my wife is more comfortable in Vista.

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ghot

I did the dual boot thing...I don't see the point in Vista.   Xp can do anything Vista can, only easier.  I read about people having all kinds of BSOD's in XP....all I can say is I had ONE BSOD since XP came out and it was MY fault, messing around in the BIOS.  Vista however, is a mess....nothing is simple or intuitive and compatability problems still exist with most apps.  Again, whats the point.

So...I just formatted removed Vista and went back to XP solo....I have no problems, viruses, malaware etc.....

I don't HAVE to instruct my OS to run a legacy app...it just does it.  Anyone who can't set up a network in XP....can't set up a network...it doesn't get much simpler.

I think a lot of people feel the need to "justify" switching to vista....they don't praise it for any GOOD reasons that I can see.  I like XP so much that, I may just skip Windows 7 too....if Microsoft discontinues support...so what....if you know how to lock down a systems OS....you won't have problems, simple as that.  If you don't...Vista ain't gonna do it for you, even though MS promised it would.   There is NO substitute for learning how to operate your computer and your OS.  There will never be a....hands off, idiots OS......as long as virus writers continue to write viruses.

Years ago Volkswagon shook up the auto industry by doing one simple thing.....they made a car that anyone could understand.  It wasn't "dumbed down"....it was simply an automobile that didn't require a degree in auto engineering to operate.   Thats what the world needs .....a "Volkswagon BUG".... OS   :)

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winmaster

If Microsoft discontinues support for Windows XP, you'll have a hard time locking down your PC. Also, eventually, you won't be able to get new applications for XP, and your computer will become so out of date that it will be virtually useless. I still use XP because I don't have the money to just go out and buy a new OS because there is one, but the day when I upgrade to a newer Windows will come eventually. Microsoft is discontinuing extended support for XP in 2014. 

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nekollx

their plenty of BUGS in XP why do you want more? :P

 

But hey you keep on using your less stable 32 bit OS. Hope your happy with 3.75 GB of ram, including your video card. That's allyour gonna get.

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bcweir

Vista 32-bit can't address all 4 Gb either.  Then there's the same lack of driver and software support for Vista 64 bit.

Vista is every bit as buggy as XP.  Anybody remember when MS inadvertently disconnected thousands of Vista users with a buggy patch?  Oops!  Whoever says Vista is bug free either hasn't used it, isn't dealing with reality, or has a very short memory.

 

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nekollx

*looks at installed programs and their capatability with the 3 OSs ive had*

Daz Studio

XP check

Vista 32 Check

Vista 64 Check

 

City of Heroes

XP check

Vista 32 Check

Vista 64 Check

 

Lord of the Rings Online

Vista 32 Check

Vista 64 Check

 

Open Office/MS Word

XP check

Vista 32 Check

Vista 64 Check

 

Firefox 3

XP check

Vista 32 Check

Vista 64 Check

 

FTP Comander

Vista 32 Check

Vista 64 Check

 

Threatfire

XP check

Vista 32 Check

Vista 64 fail

 

AVG Antivirus 8

XP check

Vista 32 Check

Vista 64 Check

 

RPG maker XP

XP check

Vista 32 fail

Vista 64 fail

 

RPg Maker VX

Vista 32 Check

Vista 64 Check

 

Comic Book Creator

XP check

Vista 32 Check (some issues with exporting havent tried compatability mode)

Photoshop/GIMP

XP check

Vista 32 Check

Vista 64 Check

 

Indesign cs2

XP check

Vista 32 Check

Vista 64 Check

 

Webcap in laptop

Vista 32 Check

Vista 64 Check

 

 

funny I'm not seeing this grat DRIVER incompatability problem you do

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Vegan

Actually I would be happy with 3.75 GB of RAM since I'm still rocking 2 GB (like most people), and am content with it. Since I'm not some wannabe Hollywood film editor, I haven't felt the crunch for more RAM. Working great for me.

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nekollx

rember that3.75 GB of ram INCLUES the RAM of your VIDEO card.

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Wareagle

I've got a better idea: if you don't give a shit about legacy apps, use an open-source operating system and ditch Microsoft completely.

Microsoft should care about legacy support because it's why everyone is stuck with them.

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bcweir

Sure if you like having spotty software and driver support, a maddening array of kernel, desktop, and distro combinations multiplied by the myriad questions of interoperability.  Then there's the cryptic command line interface that only a software engineer could love.

Need help?  Try calling the bearded Linux guy in his basement at 2 AM.  Hope you have his cellphone number on speed dial.

 

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bloodgain

I think it's a toss up, personally.  Vista and XP are both fine now.  XP is showing its age a little with all the patches, and Vista still has a few annoyances (UAC doesn't introduce new security if you have to turn it off!).  I do wish Vista had an "advanced" mode that would let you bypass some of the hand holding and make advanced menus and options easier to find.  I still find myself rooting around to find the right configuration menu sometimes.  Ironically, setting up power options beyond the very simple is extremely convoluted.  But these are all minor bothers in a fairly decent operating system.

However, I wouldn't claim Vista is a necessary upgrade.  I think it's bad customer service on the part of Microsoft to try to push companies to move to Vista.  There was room for Windows 2000 and XP for a while.  Just keep XP available until Windows 7 hits stores and has had a few months to chase out any bugs that didn't show up on the test boxes.  Keep your big customers happy, and maybe they'll believe you when you tell them Windows 7 will make their lives a little easier (really this time!).

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Kulmanari

What I find funny is this:

 1. The majority of people bashing Vista can't actually name a problem that it had during launch 

2. Vista is being blamed because some people can't run 3rd party software on it? How is that Vista's fault? That's the fault of the 3rd party company. Vista runs pretty much everything fine (with the exception of legacy software, who cares about that crap anyway) and it can't be blamed because a handful of 3rd party companies can't get around to writing 64 bit drivers.

3. People who get/install Vista on an underpowered computer and then complain about it. That's like buying a SWEET looking Dodge Viper with a 4 cylinder engine under the hood. Do some research or ask the sales people.

Anyway, haters can be haters even if they're totally ignorant. I've been using Vista for about a year and a half now and I've loved it. It's so easy to use and it speaks in plain english. I use it for normal surfing/projects, a media center sometimes and a gaming platform for Warhammer Online (80 FPS at High Quality 1900x1200) 

Gateway FX with an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26Ghz (Centrino 2), 4GB DDR3 Ram, 500GB HDD, Nvidia Geforce 9800M GTS 512mb, Vista 64bit. For reference. And yeah, this supercomputer required to run Vista cost soo much, $1,100 broke the bank! /sarcasm 

 

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winmaster

$1,100 is quite a bit of money to spend on a PC. Sure, if all you do is game and work at a fricken high paying job, thats fine, but most people think $1,100 is a lot for anything that isn't a house or a car, and I agree. As stated in a below comment, most computer users are still using a P4. Hell, I rock a PIII 1.0Ghz. And yes, Vista isn't that bad when you compare it to Ubuntu or Mac OS X, but you can't blame people for thinking its slow when the OS that came right before it would run on a PII 64MB of RAM (slowly). But anyway, there's nothing wrong with XP. 

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bloodgain

You're right for the most part.  There is a lot of uninformed Vista bashing going on.

However, on a couple of your points:

#2 - Vista should do a little better job supporting legacy apps.  Some people (professionals in several fields) rely on old applications, and also rely on having a supported OS.  I'm not saying Vista needs to have all that legacy code running all the time, but it wouldn't have killed them to build in an emulator/virtualizer to support the legacy apps.  Build it on the .NET platform, let the legacy apps be slowly phased out, and you can always add it to the next version of Windows without having to worry about it.

The problem here is also that some stuff that SHOULD work in Vista doesn't.  The implementation for supporting their own apps wasn't solid.  There are big problems with running older versions of Visual Studio .NET.  For a development studio that starts at $299 for a very limited single-user version and goes up to several thousand dollars, there's no excuse for all the trouble one has with it.  But of course, they expect you to upgrade from VS.NET 2005 to VS.NET 2008!  "Aren't you just dying to work with our newest stuff, even though you'll have to port all your hard work to .NET 3.0?  C'mon, it'll only take you a few weeks for a small app, and a few months to a year for your already-in-production in 35 state governments to be converted!"

#3 - $1100 is a lot of money for the average computer user.  Most home users are running P4 hardware or older.  I have a Master's in Computer Science, and even my primary home desktop is a P4 (I do have a Core 2 laptop, though).  Vista is a bit of a hog, but it SHOULD be able to run on at least a 3.0GHz P4 rig with 1-2GB RAM.  In fact, Microsoft says it will!  Riiiight...

Vista is fine, but it could have been a little better, and certainly could have been launched better.

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AndyYankee17

I've never really been a fan of .net why is MS trying to reinvent programming languages like C++ with C# and .NET and basic with the .net?

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BaggerX

They aren't reinventing anything.  Implementations of .NET aren't a replacement for C++.  It's designed to fill a different need.  Why do some people seem to think there should only be a single, one-size-fits-all language in the world?

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nekollx

Right Click

Properties

Compatability mode

Run As...

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bloodgain

Compatibility mode doesn't fix all problems, and it didn't even do so in XP.  Compatibility mode "tries" to make your app think it's running on an older OS.  I'll be honest in that I've never investigated what it's doing, but I do know it doesn't fix legacy apps as completely as emulation/virtualization would.

Vista changed how programs are written in general by forcing the application data out of the main program folder.  This is safer, but doesn't handle well in older apps that were designed to write to their program folder.  Microsoft told developers how they would design their apps' footprint in Windows (unlike Unix/Linux), then they changed it in Vista.  That could easily have be handled with a proper virtualization setup.

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Cabal468

I switched from XP to Vista Home Premium(64-bit) when I built a new system a few weeks ago and I found it amazingly painless with just a few annoying glitches, most of which were easily remedied.  I would say that I have average computer skills(bordering on newb! :-D) so if I can figure it out anyone can! :-D

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NightSky

Personally, I never has never been a compelling enough reasons to switch to Vista, XP is doing perfect and has all the stuff I need. I am realy waiting for Windows 7. I have been followin the offical blog it it realy seems like there doing a good job on this one, hopefully it will live up to its high expectatoins.

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winmaster

There's nothing wrong with XP. It does everything Vista can do and on cheaper hardware. I plan to get a new computer when Windows 7 comes out, but only because of my current machines outdated hardware. XP rocks! 

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Digital-Storm

Since when did XP be able to run games in DirectX 10?

 

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winmaster

Everything except that. But are there that many DirectX 10 games anyway. I don't play many computer games. 

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nekollx

http://www.drivermax.com/driver/wmi/nekollx/5P6V7K56VWO0KX8BUJHKJ91JJRFT22

says everything, doesn't it?

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winmaster

...if you enjoy looking at 404 page not found errors. 

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Caboose

 andthe following:

 

404 - File or directory not found.
The resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.

 

Has what to do with the current conversation?

 

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jihnn

xp works just fine for me why would i want to change os then have to find drivers for all my outdated eq. which btw does a good job. all my games work well in xp i'm not sold that you don't take a fps hit in vista, course vista owners will argue

 

vista is just another millinium, a product to put some more cash in the vault, while microsoft makes an effort to develop an os that can actually offer value that will make xp owners think   HMMMMM   

fow now XP FTW

 

all the hype about x10  the games i have played on friends x10 puters  made me think,, where is all the greatness that was promised

sometime in the future maybe with 7 there will be a reason to spend hard  earned cash  but not today

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the_river

I used to dual boot, but I have since deleted the files on that partition of my Raptor and I am planning on consolidating that free space into the Vista partition. 64-bit Vista Ultimate runs like a champ, and I have rarely have had freezes. It's done it a few times, but due to an application error...not a huge deal. Vista had its moments prior to SP1. Burning didn't work, and simple operations were broken. SP1 fixed all my woes.

Now I installed VMware Server 2.0 and if I ever need to run an old app, I boot up the x86 copy of XP Pro. I find that the old apps I need to run just don't like x64, and it's only one Adobe product, Encore DVD. Go figure. It never worked in XP x64 either.

Other than that, I recommend Vista Home Premium 64-bit to most users, with Vista Ultimate being the pride and joy. Any new PC builds I tell users to go 64-bit one way or another. Might as well. It will save half the people I talk to real malware trouble. Virtually malware free, I've never had an attack. Oh, and DX 10.1 gaming... it's beautiful in 1080p. Wish there were more of those games out there. But my 3870 would probably get bogged down. A demo of Crysis showed me that. 

 I think it's time for XP to go. It had a nice run. I miss the search bar at work which still uses XP, with a Vista adoption due in Summer '09. Vista has a lot of good features. Sure, it takes more power and appears to be slower with boot times, but if you have the right rig, you don't really notice. I like security and XP is rittled with security patches. 90+ updates AFTER SP2? Geesh...put it away.

 

 

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bob818

Vista needs to be buried with Windows ME.  I just built a system and decided to dual boot xp and Vista.  I wanted to compare 64 bit vista to 32 xp pro.  I've turned on vista maybe twice.  Xp is much faster and performance is better.  What i don't understand is how Microsoft is pushing out systems with Vista 64 bit standard!  Don't get me wrong, 64 is excellent but for that standard consumer, there needs to be clairity.  Running a program as simple as the Malwarebytes live protection doesn't even work and I had to search for drivers of my Linksys wireless card and a dvd burner.  I also like how the anti-root kit in AVG is not available on 64 bit platforms.  I only use windows because I have to teach it but Mac is the way to go!

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winmaster

"Mac is the way to go!" I think you belong here:  www.maclife.com 

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Corfy

Actually, it was partially being fed up with the constant problems with XP and partially not being impressed with what I was hearing about the then upcoming "Longhorn" that convinced me to switch from Windows to Linux (to be fair, there were several other factors at work as well, but those were two important factors). I first installed Linux in February 2005 and I am now a happy Ubuntu user with no plans on ever going back.

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cola65

I've been playing with Ultimate for awhile, but don't do anything heavy with it. It plays my game and that's about it. Had some fun with several apps claiming Vista compatibility, then giving me problems if I don't run them as admin. Mostly a frustration. Do not like the way it tries to repair my network connection sometimes when the cable modem loses connectivity or the way it tries to create a new wireless connection on the laptop if it cannot use the existing one. Guess I need to get serious and learn where they hid everything. It was easier moving from 2000 to XP than from XP to Vista. Vista does seem to figure out wireless connections easier, but I don't do that all the time. One thing I do need to determine is why configuration settings do not seem to stick in Vista. It keeps reminding me that a sound driver file is not signed even though I log in as the admin and tell it that it should not be concerned. Also the firewall keeps turning off even though I tell it to stay on. Oh, I know - just turn off UAC and promote myself to Admin!

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BaggerX

I play plenty of games on XP.  I've considered switching to Vista, but anytime I hear about issues with some game, there's about a 50-50 chance that the problem only impacts Vista users.  So I can prevent about half of the problems I'm likely to run into just by avoiding Vista.

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mrmegabyte

I like the Vista especially after SP1 came out of course, I am actually finally making the move to Vista 64 bit and working through any software compatibility issues if any. I am ready to have the full capabilities of my 1GB Video Card and 4 GB of ram upgrading to 8 GB :D.  Acutally I am moving my whole fam over to vista, and this will be the test!! :)

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I Jedi

To be honest, at first I was very, very resistant against Windows Vista and all that it brought. When it first came out, it had tons and tons of issues with it and it only solidified my position to not making the move from Windows XP to Vista. However, when my Windows XP installation finally screwed up and gave me the B.S.o.D. with an error that couldn’t easily be fixed, that's when I had no choice but to either wipe the partition that held XP and do a reinstall or stick with Vista. I choose the latter of the two and because I did, I got to know Windows Vista more and more. For me, I notice a bit more increase in performance and stability. I can still play all of my old games on Vista that I could on XP and I'm still able to use all of my previous programs. It really does not feel that much different from XP once you get into it and I've come to appreciate the new OS from Microsoft. If there is but one fault I see so far in Vista, it is that it has become a bit harder to navigate to where I want to be throughout Vista, as opposed to when I used XP.

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Digital-Storm

And this problem can be fixed by opening the start menu, and typing in the box. It really is quite simple. :D

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xterminator

Seen Vista but it takes too much of the PC's resources. XP is probably the best MS can give.

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Asevening

I noticed that at first too, but Vista is actually pretty smart.  It typically sat under 1GB RAM usage when Idling when I had 2GB RAM in it, but after I upgraded to 8GB RAM it uses around 3.5 for all of the "readyboost" features where it loads everything into memory to increase performance.  It does use alot of resources, but depending on the amount of RAM you have (if that's all your referring to) it knows to turn off luxuries to keep you sane.  So far I haven't had any real issues with that aspect and after moving up to 8GB it packs almost everything I run into memory and load times are nuts.  Other than RAM, all my other resource monitors stay very low when idle so I don't know.  (Next part for all readers not you, xterminator) I won't be that guy who only thinks positively, I understand everyones experience may vary and some people have problems with it, but I personally have no issues and put it on multiple computers.

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