Overall I'm very happy with Vista. Enough so that when I go to use my old XP machine at home, I'm underwhelmed.
Yes vista has higher system requirements than XP. It has a lot more stuff happening in the background. You can disable that stuff if you wish your OS to behave more like XP.
One thing I have definitely found is the performance of vista scales with CPU and/or memory pressure MUCH more nicely than XP. With nothing open, everything in xp is instant. In vista things seem a little more leisurely, which no doubt causes some of the vista bashing.
But open a few instances of visual studio, outlook, word, excel and the rest and vista will hardly break out a sweat while XP will struggle.
Pre-SP1 vista was indeed fairly flaky though. I nearly went back to XP before sp1 came out.
I'm not an idiot, so OSX annoys me. I don't like command line 100% of the time, and I'm not too found of the crap Nix calls a GUI (in it's various flavours), so Nix is out. Vista is far better than XP and most of what people say about it is just BS.
Yeah, stuff just working out of the box without people having to meddle with it but still allowing for geeks to customize the tar out of it must really be badgering. Sorry you have to endure such harshness should you choose to use an advanced OS that Microsoft copies off of left and right.
One thing I have definitely found is the performance of vista scales with CPU and/or memory pressure MUCH more nicely than XP
Hands-down agree there. I was diagnosing random BSODs on my mom's laptop this weekend; turns out it was a bad stick of memory. When I pulled one stick out and rebooted (going from two gigs down to one), Vista didn't even flinch, apart from the unavoidable slight slowdown from cutting your available memory in half.
I'm still waiting for 7 to come out, though. Has anyone heard a definite date that they're going to start the public beta testing?
“Acer, Gateway, and eMachines are the same company now. Great! Now we just need a really big toilet, and we can get rid of all three at once.”
Yeah SP1 was loads better; I was getting random windows disappearing pre-SP1.
But the biggest problem with Vista IMO is the DWM. It is a memory HOG. Even with three gigabytes I was getting low memory warnings every 20 minutes when running two instances of VS, Photoshop, and a few Chrome windows. dwm.exe was right up there at the top or close to it for memory usage in Task Manager.
I finally got fed up and researched what to do about the DWM and discovered it's just an Aero thing (which I guess I knew but it didn't click until that point). Which means if I switch my theme to Vista Basic, the dwm goes away. So I asked myself: are semitransparent title bars, drop shadows and live taskbar previews really worth low memory warnings every 20 minutes?
You can probably guess my decision.
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