I suppose the best solution for Vista users now is to look to NVIDIA. They have much better legacy support than AMD, not to mention I've found their drivers to be much more stable.
Not really , if you play games,the right way is update to windows 8.1/10,some games start putting windows 7 as minimum os supported (AC Rogue doesnt lauch and Advanced Warfare inicially works on vista,but after a patch, they decline vista support)
For working/editing, new drivers isnt increase a lot the performance,against update your OS (without mention dx12 are coming next year).
Windows 8 1 works a way better , 10 in couple months too
Catalyst 15,4 Drivers are fine for the most recent games (im playing gta 5 really smooth with those drivers, the crew and bf4 /hardline same)
Im only waiting for a decent windows vista theme for windows 10 and the first redistributable patch, to upgrade , solid colors looks terrible in my opinion.
If you're that keen on only having Vista's UI, you could easily make 7 a near clone to Vista. As obviously easy as that is to do, those of us that remain with this OS must retain some reason, you would assume. I find it's searching options far more intuitive, especially in the light of 7's weird search related glitches and watered down UI. DWM performance is noticeably degraded in 7, but is fixed in 8.1 by quite a lot. Vista better handles non composition/Aero applications though, useful in my case since I do spend much of my time in Fireworks 8 (not fan of modern adobe suite). I also get much better performance with DX 9 games, which is what I primarily play. It is aggravating to see the mild compatibility restrictions though, especially considering neither 7 or Vista are mainstream anymore, and both share DirectX 11. Theming on Vista is much better than in more recent versions of Windows. Shellstyle panes, orbs, etc are all apart of theme. Easier to work with, in my opinion better options to choose from.
As far as Windows 10 is concerned, visual styling is the least of it's concern. The privacy issues and telementary are a massive set back. The way it update sis also very invasive. I hear the Enterprise edition will be free of such regression, however. UI is still the same, of course. Not sure about the pricing and licensing either. Interface of 10 is vastly different than Vista, 7, even 8. Lot of Metro splashed in, almost content UI. You can theme around most of it, but you'll still hit many "Metro" bumps. 8 alone already takes some 3rd party software to bring fourth sanity to it's GUI. This is a pretty decent Vista VS for 10 though, if you're interested: http://sagorpirbd.de...ws-10-521781687Also some of the work 2008WV and I have done to make 7 more like Vista: http://2008windowsvi...dates-559623294
Back on the topic of AMD/Nvidia. Yes, Nvidia is better for Vista by a country mile. I still battle some of the Explorer related glitches using the drivers. Heck, it's better for even 7 if your sole purpose isn't just to game. It's a bang for buck kind of product to game on more recent OSes, and that's really it. We have folks still using Windows 2000 on these forums, and AMD is already a headache just for Vista. Let alone 2 years prior to EOL..
Of course, use whatever serves your purpose. We all have different opinions. Why MSFN is such a great community
Edited by 11ryanc, 20 September 2015 - 02:00 PM.