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xp vs vista

By gshaw ·
want to purchase a new laptop, not sure what operating system to use. i was told vista has a lot of problems

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Vista looks prettier

by robo_dev In reply to xp vs vista

XP will be faster

The biggest issues with Vista are compatibility with older devices like printers and scanners, as well as older applications.

My experience with Vista (I have one Vista PC and a bunch of XP machines) has been about a 6 on a 1-10 scale.

HP does not support my HP3150 scanner/laser printer in Vista, so I had to rig up a pdf creator/vbscript workaround to let vista print to it and I cannot use the scanner at all.

- It took me several hours to get the Vista network settings to go faster that about 100KBs.

- I had several weird application issues where launching an app would launch the installer for the app.

- The constant 'are you sure' prompts are annoying.

OTOH, the vista interface is soooo pretty.

In most respects, Vista is like that attractive woman who treats men like dirt. You put up with it if you like the pretty face....

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An IT poet laureate

by nepenthe0 In reply to xp vs vista

Robo_dev's metaphors are earning him the nomination for TR's Poet Laureate of the year. I'm archiving these pearls for future publication as a collection, which will catapault his name to fame.

Rick/Portland, OR

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Either will work they are just different that's all

by OH Smeg In reply to xp vs vista

Vista is new and like all new M$ OS's it doesn't support a lot of Hardware or existing Software. So you may be up for more than just the NB with a new computer.

You also need a lot more RAM on the same Hardware to get decent results on Vista as it's a major Resource Hog just like XP was when it was originally released. Basically what happened with XP when it was new is what is happening with Vista currently.

If you want a fast OS then get XP Pro as it flys on the same hardware that Vista Crawls on. No matter which you look at you need at least 1 GIG of RAM for XP and 2 GIG for Vista but just like any Windows Platform the more that you throw at it the happier Windows is. Within reason the 32 Bit versions can not use more than 4 GIG of RAM and the 64 Bit versions can easily exceed the amount of RAM that you can install on the new computer.

Maybe if you look at things like this if you want a 32 Bit OS go with XP and if you want a 64 Bit Platform use Vista. Eventually 64 Bit will be the norm so the more that we move to it now the better as more drivers, software and hardware will be developed and be available to us all to use. Personally I don't think that M$ should have released a 32 Bit version of Vista because there is no reason to move to it from XP.

If they had of stuck with a 64 Bit version of Vista and had the software available for it then maybe its adoption would be a different story to what is currently happening.

Col

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I use XP at home...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to xp vs vista

and Vista at work.

I find Vista a pain in the you know what to navigate from the 'Save as' dialogue. This is a biggie for me as I don't go for the default save it to My Docs. I do not like the lack of menus in the Control Panel or Windows Explorer - even when menus are turned on. It takes more clicks to do [some of] the same things in Vista as it does in XP. Vista is a memory pig. Just idling it consumes 600 - 700 meg of RAM.

If you can avail yourself of a Vista machine for a couple of hours, put it through a workout. You will then have a better idea as to whether or not you will be happy with it.

Sticking with XP for my personal use, for sure. That and Ubuntu!

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Software and Learning Curve

by TheChas In reply to xp vs vista

The first thing I tell people thinking about Vista is that the learning curve going from Windows XP to Vista is similar to when we went from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95. Most of the things you used to do with the computer can still be done, you just do them a little bit different.

With a laptop, you bypass a lot of the Vista hardware issues. The only thing you need to look at are your scanner and printer. If you can get Vista drivers for them, all should be good.

Some older programs don't run properly on Vista. So that may be a consideration for you.

Also, if you plan to use this for work you need to make sure you can run and access the work network and applications from Vista.

The biggest thing that bothers people with Vista is the security monitor. It does not take long to get tired of having to click a second window to give the computer permission to do what you just asked it to do.

Overall, I have had no significant problems with Vista. But, I have advised several family members and friends to go with XP when they have purchased new systems.

Chas

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