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27 September 2007 @ 12:35 pm
Need an opinion.  

My computer's getting to "that point" again.  I'm gonna be wiping my C drive clean and reinstalling Windows.  So here's my question:

Do you think I should reinstall WinXP Pro, which is what I'm running now, or go with Vista?  I've got 3GB of RAM, so that shouldn't be a huge issue.  But as pretty as Vista is (and it's really pretty), I heard that Microsoft just issued a patch to enable people to downgrade from Vista to XP.  This worries me quite a bit.

So what do you think?  Should I go with the shiny and new, or stick with the one I've got?

 
 
 
Nentikobe - a work in progressnentikobe on September 27th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
Most of the people on my list who switched to Vista have regretted it highly.

Heath, when asked if he could switch to Vista, curled into the fetal position.

Idtechnomonkey on September 28th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
And yet, that's still not informative.
Did he happen to mention why the thought of Vista brought him to fetality?
Nentikobe - a work in progressnentikobe on September 29th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
http://nentikobe.livejournal.com/974010.html

A fair few comments as to why Vista was not happy for them. Not sure if any will apply, but hopefully they'll help you make your decision.
Fred 2.0lqc on September 27th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
Definitely wait, besides the fact that you would have to fork out extra cash for it I would wait until they at least get the first service pack out, which is just now in Beta. I've gotta Vista on a low-end laptop and its just not any big deal, even with the RAM you have to deal with the question of HD space free, vid card compatibility and processor speed expectations.
Residual Cog: AT-AT AT-ST wtf?cygnus on September 28th, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)
Here from nentikobe's journal. I can't give you any first-hand advice, but there's a timely post on Slashdot about this very thing.

Slashdot | Microsoft Should Abandon Vista?

and the article linked in the post, in case you don't want to deal with Slashdot's peanut gallery, although it might be enlightening to read the comments -- there'll probably be people bitching about specific things in Vista.

IMHO -- and here's my mostly uninformed advice -- unless you REALLY want the shiny, I'd stick with XP. For now, at least. I kept Win98 for the longest time before I finally gave in and got XP (because it came pre-installed on my laptop), mainly because the shiny didn't hold any draw for me and because I was fine with what 98 could and couldn't do. I also hated XP's "cartoony" look; thank God you can turn that shit off. I will say that XP has seemed more stable than 98, but that may be because it went through two "upgrades" (the Service Packs; i.e., bug fixes and patches and such) before I started using it. I seriously doubt Vista will be any different.
Nickviking_heart on September 28th, 2007 08:40 am (UTC)
Hallo, here via nentikobe, ready with my $0.02. Unless there's a real reason to upgrade to Vista, I'd suggest sticking with XP. About all XP can't do as opposed to Vista is play Halo 2 :p. I would do a kobrin and curl into a ball, but I'm at work :p.

XP has issues too, at first I thought Fisher Price designed the user interface, and it had security problems out the wazoo. A lot of these have been resolved now, while Vista is pretty much unknown territory as far as vulnerabilities. That's the big concern for me. I generally don't touch a Microsoft product until at least one service pack comes out :p.

Gaming wise, for the most part XP is still outperforming Vista. DirectX10 hasn't really taken off, due to it being Vista only at this point (or last time I read), and from a game company's point of view, there's not much incentive to develop for DX10 yet when the market share is so small (hence why Microsoft developed games are the main ones that are Vista only).

Another Vista "feature" is heavy DRM. This includes signal encryption and checking of devices to make sure no copying or anything unauthorised is going on (up to every 30ms, I've read). Whatever you use your machine for, that's chewing up a lot of processing. That has implications for high end audio/video processing.

So, there you have it. I guess you can sum my opinion up as 'better the devil you know'!