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Contradict to my previous post (Why XP not Vista … read here), why don’t we shift our paradigm and look at different perspective. And start to ask ourselves, why should we consider Vista instead of continue to use our old and trusty Windows XP.

Let put out think hat.

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Latest PC and Notebook come with pre-installed Windows Vista (Either Home, Business or Ultimate). Unfortunately, not many of these manufacturers provide Windows XP driver which will cause a lot of troubles to loyal Windows XP hard die fan. They need to googling here and there to find compatible driver, just want to make it working. So, here is one critical question. Does that driver is highly optimize for your PC or notebook hardware. There is no point to install Windows XP (if the objective is speed) if the drivers for your computer hardwares are not optimize.

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My PC got 3 OS. Vista, Ubuntu (Linux) and Windows XP. But most of the time (I could say, 95%), I use Windows XP SP3. So, as me (common user) use WinXP instead of the oooh and aaah Vista?

From my point of view…because I dont have strong reason to use Vista. Yes, it has all the bell and whistles, but I don’t use ’em. The GUI absolutely pretty..but there is no impact on better productivity. In fact, with C2D processor, 2 GB of RAMS, 1 Tera of HDD, seem Vista still slow to my liking. After I installed SP1 for Vista, the OS seem less stable than before. Blue screen start to show up from time to time. Auto reboot is common thing. I could leave my XP for a week without restart (for downloading) but not for Vista. That is for sure. So, I start to have no reason to use vista. Instead, I am thingking right now to remove it permanently from my HDD to claim back the resource (hard disk space).

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Vista vs XP

Posted: January 17, 2008 in Software
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Why should I upgrade to Vista if XP serve me very well all this years ? Will I become more productive? Will my PC become easier to be used? Will my PC become safer? Is vista more stable?

Read on….

  • Vista is a very demanding operating system. 1 GB of RAMs considered bare minimum. So, if my PC has 512 MB of RAMs, I will not as productive as in XP!
  • Vista new (user interface) approach might come in handy for new generation computer user but veteran user like me, any new approach equivalent to RE-LEARN (espcially Office 2007 Ribbon Features, yuck). So, I still felt XP is much easier to be used compare to Vista (because I use it for 5 years flat)
  • Microsoft claim that vista will make your computing environment safer. Well, I think nothing beat common sense. Vista might has User Account Control so, if the user is stupid and careless enough, it will not corrupt the system by installing and deleting stuffs he/she shouldn’t. But hey come on. This stupid UAC, really drive me crazy espcially when I reformat my PC, install x-fi , forceware, mobo driver, and countless of application…this UAC keep popping and make my day = #$#%$#%$#%$. At the end of the day, I switch it off
    • Start Menu –> Control Panel –> User Account and Family Safety –> User Account –> Turn User Account Control On or Off –> Restart

    Vista still require dedicated anti virus to protect the whole system. The built in firewall also not as good as third party firewall. So, in other word, you still need to spend same amount of money to protect your PC. So, safer computing environment ? Perhaps.

  • But Vista protect its important and critical file much better than XP. My last Vista installation was in September 2007. My vista still OK and no performance drop (This OS was tortured a lot by install, un-install countless of software, utility and games within this period). It safe enough for me to say, my XP will not be able to stand this kind of OS torture.
  • Vista Aero UI. Hmm, definitely this feature really eye candy. Espcially if you have Direct X 9 cards. I use GeForce 8600 GT (Mainstream 3D card for now), and I can’t detect any performance drop when I turn ON Aero or performance gain when I turn Aero off. Seem Aero smartly utilize my 3D card to beautifully rendered its effect. So, is it important? Yes and No. Yes for me but may be no for some users. I love eye candy graphics. Be it in game or operating system. One of MacOS X major feature is it classy looking user interface. We spend a lot of time with windows GUI, so why not make it prettier? Nothing to lose right. If your integrated 3D chip not fast enough , Vista will not turn Aero ON.

However, I hate vista speed espcially while copying large and big in number files / folders. Even, when I delete a blank text file, Vista show me Calculating Time Required to Recycle! What the hack.

To improve vista performance for daily task, it definitely need to be patch. SP1 might not release yet but with my Izzi connection, the update process will approximately 1 hour. After couple of reboot after patch, then I start to feel a responsive system. But, don’t get me wrong. In term of responsiveness, XP is still top notch. I hate when I use All Programs (Start Button), and browse to specific shorcut (let say Microsoft Office folder), I click on it, and my vista require almost 2 second to show word, excel, power point icon. Too slow.

Not sure either nVidia driver is not fully optimize in vista yet, but gaming in Vista is a big no no for me. (My PC spec : Core 2 Due 2.0 GHz, 2 GB of RAMs, Geforece 8600 GT, X-Fi Gamers yada yadaa). Each game including old Command and Conquerr General Zero Hour, when I fight with more than 3 opponents, the system start to crawl. Need for speed Carbon and Most Wanted not silky smooth. Need for Speed Pro Street, the lag will make you think this is crappy game. But all this game run super smooth under XP. So now, either I like or not, I have to have dual OS in my PC. WinXP for gaming and Vista for other computing job.

To be honest, I will not upgrade to Vista if I was not upgrading my old box (Athlon XP 2500+, 2×256 Corsair TwinX LL, Radeon 9600 XT). But, this is me.

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