Everyones experience is different but let me share this with you before you upgrade.
I just came to the site as part of my desperate search for help. I have had vista installed for 4 months. I havent enjoyed the experience and I do miss the simplicity of xp but it was stable although I personally find it annoying to use.
However today my PC stopped running any DVD or CD based media. When looking for a search I found other people having the same problem. No fix no patch and not a great deal of help around. Seems to occur normally just before or after an anti virus program or a windows update is installed. Tried de installing most things and partial rebuild. The DVD drive doesnt even boot the windows dvd if I restart.
I would expect that completely reformating my hard drive would probably allow me to reinstall as presumably vista cant confuse my hardware once its gone but I am trying to find a solution first.
Up to this point I had learned to live with the annoying continual requests to confirm I am allowed to use my own pc and that yes I am indeed giving administrator permission etc but now its completely vandalised my PC I am on the hunt for my old XP disks so its down to the cellar to raid the backup boxes for me.
£180 for Windows vista premium, cannot use my full 4 gig corsair paired ram (need full 64 bit version for that and may not be able to get the 64 bit version drivers for all my hardware) and now I cant use my DVD / Cd roms either. PC is high spec indeed and only 4 months old. I am left with an expensive and non mobile blackberry for email and surfing if I dont reinstall the whole lot. Could take me a day or 2 and I dont have the time to mess about personally.
Your left wondering if they do it to us on purpose.
Tried to make this as direct and factual as possible without ranting which is a challenge at present but there is my experience for you. Wish I had know before I made my choices but sadly I tend to only look for advice after the event hehe. Also agree with the comments made previously about the resource hogging. My laptop which was fine under windows died under vista. Went back to xp due to the resources. So I guess what I am saying is unless your really into pc support and have a great machine you like tinkering with dont do it.
Edited by Arioch13, 20 December 2007 - 05:33 PM.