Originally Posted by 1995BvSSE
Do you want to spend the time and the money suffering with a less than mature product in the meantime? Surely Vista will be stable before support for XP is discontinued...
I don't see it as suffering at all. Since the latest updates, I have not had ONE. SINGLE. PROBLEM with this OS. Our latest technologies have expanded, things like patches/fixes, and service packs can be developed in response to an error/bug/virus/etc at a rate significantly faster than back in 2001 when XP premiered, or even 2004 when XP SP2 was released! So far the only buggy problems I've had are just simple lockups, and they were MAINLY attributed to incorrect plug ins in Firefox. Pretty much everything I do on this computer is related somehow to my browser, its the most important program on here, as it is for most people. You have to separate the difference between a buggy operating system and drivers/plug ins/programs/etc that were not DESIGNED for the OS. Thats like using the wrong fluid somewhere in a car, and then expecting it to respond the SAME way that the old fluid worked in the older thing that it originally worked in!
New plug ins, programs and drivers/hardware designed for this OS are coming out everyday. Once I got past the point of getting things right, I've discovered that this is a very stable OS. It is completely redesigned from XP, things work in a completely different way. I find that the way RAM is handled is much more efficient than previous versions of windows. There don't seem to be as many memory leaks, therefore enabling you to be more productive and not experience extended downtime from having to constantly restart your computer because a memory intensive program and the OS did not fully recover all the used memory.
as far as the most advertised features go, such as Aero, I find it completely and utterly useless. Yes, THAT is a memory hog. 100% I have it disabled and I honestly don't notice the difference at all except the fact that its alot faster now without it. It loads down the processor and taxes out the memory to an unbelievable level. If you're going to run it for everyday use, you need at LEAST 2GB of memory, if not, and you're just doing everyday tasks, 1GB is fine for minor multitasking and such. To give you an idea...it takes up an average of 256MB of RAM just to sit idle. Just by eliminating a few things, I went from starting up at 80 some % load to 44% load, or from 800+MB RAM load to 440MB. And I have not even had the computer to activate the paging even once since then.
My point is, give it a good chance to adapt, if its running this stable for me, I have no doubts it would be even better than XP for people who do nothing but check bc, read their e-mail, browse the internet and run messenger programs. Its JUST as good if not better than XP.
And I've only experienced one program that would not install because of it being too old, and that was Diskeeper. Other than that, EVERYTHING has worked flawlessly, INCLUDING MS Office 2k3, all messenger programs, etc. Its all good. And for any of you out there who are reading this thread and have not tried it yet and are happy with XP, well thats great, then stick with XP, theres NO problem with that, my point was, is that if you are CURRENTLY buying or building a new computer, go with Vista to ensure that you would be able to achieve full compatibility and functionality instead of going with older hardware and XP.
I hope that all made sense.
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