Re: Question on Vista Upgrade?
Sorry, but your arguments are purely emotional and not rational or logical.
1. Vista is not a memory hog. All the memory it uses standing still frees up the second it is needed. I am actually happy Vista uses all this memory I bought instead of stuttering like XP to get moving.
2. Vista is tough on PC's with minimum requirements. You should run atleast 1GB for Vista and 2GB is better while XP will run decent with 512MB and shoud have 1GB or more. Still, with ram prices so ridiculously low, there is no reason to not have 4GB nowadays.
3. I agree that the visuals are somewhat of a rip-off, but I see no problem with that since they are giving us Windows users something better. Linux sucks for alot of people since it is difficult to install and use and even harder to configure. I am a long time Linux user and I have no qualms stating that. Besides that, you just cannot game on a Linux PC without some major Linux knowledge.
4. Windows 7 (or whatever they will call it) will DEFINITELY be late. We won't see it before 2011 if we are lucky. Then when it does come out, everyone will complain about how bad driver support is and how they won't get it to SP1. The same tired arguements used against Vista were used against XP when it was released and they will be repeated when Windows 7 is released.
5. Installing Vista is SOOOOO much easier than XP since 99% of all the system drivers you need are already there. XP is old and this is where it really shows it's age BADLY.
Vista runs faster on my PC than XP. Wista works better than XP. Vista uses memory better than XP. Vista uses resources better than XP. The only problem is that laptops are too weak for Vista unless you get a really good one. As for desktops, I run Vista Premium 64 on my wifes PC which is an older Socket 939 AMD system and it works very well. I did boost it up to 4GB of ram, but again I feel that there is no reason to not have ALOT of ram since it was cheap. A properly configured computer will make XP look old like it is.
I have no love for XP since it is a major pain in the ass and I love Vista. As long as you take a few moments to get used to Vista you will have a great experience. SP1 has made a big difference and I can easily and happily encourage Vista for new PC's. Anything more than a few years old or any cheaper laptop still should only run XP since they are not up to the challenge. Otherwise, any PC built with current release parts and 2GB+ of ram will run beautifully under Vista.
PS: 64-Bit is the way to go too. No problems with anything here under 64-Bit and we'll see alot of stuff coming to 64-bit soon.
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