I recently bought a wonderful HP laptop that I just dearly love. For the money, you can't do better. Of course, for more money you can do better.
But it came loaded with Vista. Oh boy, where do I start?
I had done a lot of reading prior to buying and since. It all seems to be true. First, the operating system seems to be 4 to 5 times the size of XP Pro (which I really liked after it's all updated and tweaked). Talk about bloat! And it's terribly slow. Now this is on a fast Dual processor laptop that should zip. Forget any serious use with Vista. With no programs loaded or running, Vista still uses 60-70% of available memory. Oink! I'll have to go back to a Mac if this is the future of Windoze.
And the new high security system? For those who haven't used it yet, the new security system is merely a series of pop up windows that ask you if you want to do the action you just told the computer to do. THAT'S IT! Click...do you really want to do that...YES, I JUST CLICKED IT, IDIOT SYSTEM!!! Oh, Ok...Click...do you really want to do that....AARRGHHH!
And the new design of the whole system is not intuitive. And hard to figure out. It works against you constantly. In my work I use lot's of media files, graphics, etc. Man this system hates that. So I'm always having to search out getting permission to save, move and change files I'm currently working on. And that's while working in Administrative mode! Now, this can be defeated, but then what is the need for a new system if I'm just going to undo the features of the new system? What a mess.
There's a lot more too but not room here to discuss. The "Mac like" graphics are kind of cool, but certainly not worth using this OS for. So since I don't have much on the computer yet (mostly been using it for three months for email on the road), I'm planning on dumping Vista (MS, can I get a credit for this?) and installing my trusted and stable XP Pro which is fast, stable, easy, much smaller, and secure enough with the patches, my double firewalls, virus software, malware programs.....
My recommendation: DON'T DO IT !!! If you like XP Pro, buy you a new box, format the hard drive and do an install of XP. You'll be a lot happier!
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