Posted 08 July 2007 - 07:05 AM
Y'know, the Vista hype that I've seen is over-rated. Vista is (IMO) a step up from XP - more stable, more forgiving, more intelligent, more secure, and it has much better troubleshooting tools. The issues that most people refer to are issues caused by having incompatible software/drivers installed.
Although there are other issues that you'll find with Vista (as with any OS), they pale in comparison to the debacles that XP has been through.
Vista doesn't run slow unless you give it slow hardware.
Vista doesn't have hardware driver problems - the problems are primarily caused by forcing the installation of hardware that isn't Vista compatible.
Vista doesn't have issues with DRM - rather there are issues with those who want to pirate stuff.
I've used Vista since January of 2006 with great success - it'll do whatever I ask it to, and it'll give it it's best try to ensure that it works. For example, I installed a Hauppage PVR-250 video capture card in my system. Although Vista doesn't have the drivers for it, it asked nicely if I'd let it go out on the web to look for drivers. I said "OK". So off it went, found them, told me it was installing them, and informed me (when it was done) that I could now use my video capture card. Try doing that with XP!
I run Vista Ultimate on a Toshiba M35 laptop (in addition to my Desktop system and all the work systems). I first ran it with only 512 mB of RAM and was still able to get acceptable performance. After upgrading to 1 gB of RAM, it'll do almost anything that I ask (I disabled the Aero stuff because I don't like it).
I've only had 3 issues with Vista in the last 18 months:
1) BSOD for networking in the early Beta days. Worked with Microsoft to fix it and it hasn't returned.
2) ISP's with outdated hardware not supporting IPv6 or the recently enabled DHCP Broadcast Flag
3) Corrupt Vista install when the laptop battery dies several times. With only 1 loss of battery power, Vista will install fine - but with 3 losses of battery power (cross-country flights), Vista wouldn't install. Easily fixed once I got to a source of AC power.
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