Windows XP versus Vista

I was a long time XP user. When my old PC died on me, I looked hard for a new machine with XP. The only machines out there were low horsepower and couldn’t handle the other apps I use my desktop for. With a great deal of trepidation, I bit the bullet and went with Vista.

I’m glad I did. I’ve been running Vista for 5 months now. It hasn’t crashed once. It has been far more stable than either of my old XP platforms. It boots up faster as well (I make sure there aren’t a lot of programs on the start up menu). It also handles a lot of the older programs better than my XP machines did. I’ve got a lot of Win95 games that Vista runs without a problem. Neither of my XP machines would run them at all.

What do you guys think? What’s been your experience? And yeah, you Mac/Linux/Unbutu/whatever folks can chime in as well.

10 thoughts on “Windows XP versus Vista”

  1. Xbrad,
    I build machines for my family and friends. My mom’s computer was in need of upgrading so I built her a decent box. I put Vista on it. She hated it. I gave her my game box and kept the vista box for a good 6 months.
    My biggest complaint was all the crap that would not work with it. And how slow it was when I copied pictures off my camera.
    I do not play a lot of games, but keep a high end machine on hand in case I find a game I cannot live without. But for the most part I play with pictures, and surf the innertubes and I can do that just about anything. Linux and Gimp, XP or Vista and Illustrator.

    I have not noticed any difference between the 2 vs crashes. But I do not do much with it.

  2. I’m definitely a “straight out of the box” guy when it comes to hardware. Software too, for that matter. The only software I’ve found that Vista won’t support is a EA game from 99. My last xp machine wouldn’t run it either, so no big deal. I don’t do a lot of photos and no video, so that doesn’t mean much to me. Mostly just web, games, and some documents.

  3. Vista was designed for PCs in a network environment — stick it on a laptop and you get multiple crashes (five times in one week when I was in Pakistan, at least twice that since I’ve been over here). It’s s-s-l-l-o-o-o-o-w-w-w booting up, and I’ve got a high-end HP. It ate my Ages of Empires series games, which is really the only game I had installed, but it screams when I download photos from my camera. Just wish it would let *me* decide where I want them dowloaded.

    The applications toolbox is a joke.

    It’s pretty, though. Too bad it uses so much memory for so little return.

  4. Guess its a good thing I’m a desktop guy. I don’t even have a laptop. Vista runs Microsoft Flight Sim 04, and FSX really well (my XP always had issues with both) so I’m pretty happy. But what do I know? I’m a moron.

  5. I loooooove my Mac! My family has a desktop Emac and a Macbook Laptop and I looove both of them. They have really great programs that come with them. They are great for artists and other people who like to work creatively, I would recommend Macs even to those who have absolutely no talent whatsoever artistically. Microsoft is so prone to error and the Mac, once you get used to operating it, is so much easier and less error prone. Get a Mac, that’s all there is to it.

  6. erk Vista. I have it with a dual boot to Linux Ubuntu. Guess where I post from?

    I use Vista to run games and it’s an odious OS in my experience. It’s a memory hog, a hard drive hog, it’s slow. Slow to boot slow to shutdown slow to close apps slow to start apps. The only thing that is fast is the search.

  7. Brad – You’re my hero 🙂
    Being a member of the Borg, I have been using Vista for 2+ years, and I love it. I’ve upgraded old computers (actually did fresh installs, not upgrades) with success, but older laptops especially have problems with new drivers. I mean – if OEMx doesn’t have Vista drivers for a specific laptop model, that should tell you NOT to upgrade 😉

    Nice site …. great start !

  8. Well, I just bought the box. Vista came with it. Works for me, but I don’t do enough to really stress test it. I also suspect I just had bad luck with XP, since nothing I did should have been a challenge for it.

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