This isn't a question, more a short tale of how my experiences with Vista varied wildly from one machine to another and how I came to that conclusion.
I run Windows Vista (upgraded from XP) on my work PC (Pentium 4 3.0GHz HT, 2GB of RAM) and I have pretty much no problems. It's faster than XP on here and just great.
However... my personal experiences with it haven't been so great. Around 6 months ago I got a HP 2133 mini note netbook preloaded with Vista. My initial thought was 'isn't that system rather underpowered for Vista?' and I was pretty much right. (VIA C7 1200MHz processor, 1GB RAM, 667MHz FSB) Although I did use it for the last 6 months with Vista on it as my main computer I can't say that it was without frequent headache. Not only that, but even doing very basic tasks on the computer would often result in the CPU usage to plateau at 100% for long periods of time. The bottlekneck of the system was in fact, the processor. To be honest I was quite happy using it this way, I had pretty much gotten used to the fact that to play music stutter-free I'd have to increase the player's process priority, or to watch a Youtube I'd have to increase the browser's priority. I'd lived with the noisy fan and the fact that the computer is an ergonomic disaster for long enough to become used to it.
Until on Monday, I rebooted and the computer would no longer boot. An endless 'Windows Error Recovery' loop. So I thought 'ah bugger it' and decided to put on Windows XP Pro. I personally dislike XP when compared with Windows 2000. The interface is rubbish, and it seems slower at doing things like opening Explorer Windows (I'm able to spot things like that...) However, I can't fault the OS tbh. Looking back, during periods where I've been using XP, I've had the least problems. Even my die hard favourite, Windows 2000, still seems more problematic than XP.
I also decided to chuck in a spare 7200 RPM hard drive that I had hanging around.
Well, with XP installed and up and running, I can safely say it was the best decision for that computer I've made yet. I don't know how much difference the hard drive has made, but it's FAST. The processor isn't so much of a bottlekneck anymore, in fact I'd say it's 1/2 and 1/2 with the hard drive depending on the task. bootup from 'ON' to the desktop is probably around 45 seconds, the BIOS screen probably taking around 10 seconds to clear. Once I'm in, browsing the web using Opera and listening to music *at the same time* don't immediately drive the CPU usage up to 100%. In fact, the CPU usage plateauing at 100% is now a fairly rare sight.
I've made three partitions: My system/program files partition, then a large partition for all my files, and then a 4GB partition at the end of the disk for the swap file.
So, that's pretty much my story. The gist of the whole message is: don't run Vista on anything slower than a Pentium 4 1.5GHz otherwise expect issues present that wouldn't be in XP. On the flip side, expect faster computers to be given a breath of fresh air with Vista.
Due to the ergonomics of netbooks and me being tall (gave me back pain) I have also had to resign the machine to basically acting as a PC, hooked up permanently to the CRT monitor, external keyboard and mouse. Hell it doesn't even have an internal keyboard anymore, I couldn't be arsed putting it back on after changing the hard drive.
The second moral of the story: netbooks are nothing than just hype. an iPod touch is probably more useful than one... but I still have 1.5 year left on my contract so I'm milking that machine for all its worth.
Edited by JustinStacey, 27 May 2009 - 04:42 AM.