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16 December 2007 @ 1pm


Vista vs. XP – Why the Hate?

So I take half a week off from blogging, and the first discussion I see coming back is somebody reviewing XP and loving it over Vista.

Let’s look at his conclusions (remember, for effect, he pretends XP came out after Vista):

To be honest there is only one conclusion to be made; Microsoft has really outdone themselves in delivering a brand new operating system that really excels in all the areas where Vista was sub-optimal. From my testing, discussions with friends and colleagues, and a review of the material out there on the web there seems to be no doubt whatsoever that that upgrade to XP is well worth the money. Microsoft can really pat themselves on the back for a job well done, delivering an operating system which is much faster and far more reliable than its predecessor. Anyone who thinks there are problems in the Microsoft Windows team need only point to this fantastic release and scoff loudly.

Basically, this guy has issues with drivers (he says drivers are spars, even though Vista has more drivers than XP), finds the system sluggish and buggy. Obviously, his complaints about Vista pretty much echo exactly what people said about XP just a few years ago…

But seriously, this guy gets a 2.94 on his reliability index. That’s bad. However, if you look at his screenshot, not a single of his errors are “Windows Errors” – they are all “Application Failures.”

My own index shows 8.46 for reliability and I had two “Windows Errors” – though I know they were hardware related (overclocked just a little bit too much for playing Crysis…). I built this system myself, with components to match Vista. Haven’t seen a bluescreen or a complete lock-up since. I couldn’t imagine going back to XP at this point.

To me, it sounds like the review was done by somebody who upgraded a machine that wasn’t meant to run Vista in the first place. A list of hardware components is conspicuously absent from the ‘review.’

An underpowered machine is going to run XP faster than Vista, no doubt about it. A well designed machine is going to give you the same performance, plus all the benefits of Vista (security, stability, speed, eye-candy, etc.).