I had to put up with Vista that came preinstalled in my Asus N10J-A1, until I replaced the HDD with an SSD and upgraded to XPpro.
It was like a whole new computer. Frame rates in some games tripled and everything was noticeably quicker.
Of course the SSD was largely responsible but I'm sure the OS played a big part. Frame rates aren't as dependant on storage speed as CPU and GPU performance and the GPU was the same. It was that bloated resource glutton Vista (the Norton of operating systems) that was eating all my CPU cycles.
A week of enduring Vista reminded me of why I hated it so much when it first came out. That time I really tried to learn to like it and used it for over a month before upgrading to XP.
The GUI is ugly as sin, UAC is annoying, performance is slow, many apps are incompatible and many things that have been standard since Win95 have been changed for no reason. (For some reason the file folder icons rotated 90 degrees so they're spilling their contents really bugs me. What kind of moron would hold a folder that way?)
The only real improvement in Vista seems to be in some security issues, but that's not enough to justify all the crap.
Hopefully Windows7 will be to Vista what XP was to ME.
After being shaken down for Vista, Microsoft owes me. Twice in fact, once for ME and once for Vista.
it makes me laugh a little when i hear people liking vista. kinda just shake my head and move along.
Then again, I have a friend who still uses ME and thinks it was better than 98SE or XPsp2. Go figure.
That is Asus' fault. Windows Vista on an Atom isn't going to go well. A dual core CPU is basically needed for the OS by itself.
If you haven't used Vista on a normal PC with a Core 2 or Phenom, I suggest trying it out. You'd be surprised on how nice it is