I bought a new HP computer about 2 months ago and I was a bit excited to try the "new" OS from big brother, but that excitement has turned to dissappointment. Its almost all cosmetic. Vista is really more of a headache than anything. They have added new "features" to try to assist the less qualified population in using their computer, but it has essentially ruined it for those of us who are well versed in computer and OS operation. Quick simple tasks have now become a pain in the butt. AND I HATE THE NEW START MENU!!
I have a 3yr old Alienware laptop running XP, and through various updates, addons and modifications, I have a rock solid OS. I cant say the same for my vista install. I realize that it is still a new program, but its very frustrating to have my new AMD 64 X2 4600 with 3GB RAM, 320GB HDD, 512MB Radeon 1950 Pro and SB X-fi Fata1ity Pro brought to its knees by a program that flies on a Intel P4 3.2Ghz with 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD, 128MB Radeon and sound onboard. Yes, I have all of the latest drivers and I know how to configure them correctly. The efficiency just is not there. Vista kind of tells you itself that it is a resource hog too. When you get your "index score" via the OS, the 3d graphics/gaming score is almost always higher than the Vista Aero score. I realize there are different factors in the two scores, but you have wonder how much of a hit gaming performance is taking with a bloated shell runnning in the background. And I am not just a gamer, I use a lot of 3D creation programs like 3DSMax, Poser, DazStudio and Bryce as well as many DTP programs.
Long story short, my little venture into Vista is almost over. I have a new copy of XP that will soon be replacing my "most advanced operating system". I recommend sticking with XP.
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