As most tech people know, there’s a lot of reasons why going with Windows Vista is an exceedingly bad idea for anyone looking to upgrade their PC. There’s not much to like about Vista, unless you’re a complete and total Windows fetishist (and even some of them haven’t exactly turned into Vista converts).

So here’s a list of reasons why you should buck what Windows wants you to do and insist on XP before product support is officially terminated by Microsoft in less than 40 days.

XP is faster, more efficient and runs better than Vista.

For anyone who has used Vista or installed it on their computer, you already know it’s like trying to drive a Panzer tank with a Pontiac engine: there’s nowhere near enough power to support it to run at peak performance. XP, while not as sexy as Vista in terms of the features it offers, is better scaled to suit most computer users’ needs. Fact is, people are not going to dump their computers for Vista.

It costs less to stick with XP than to embrace the overpriced and overhyped Vista.

Why is Microsoft charging exorbitant prices for Vista at all levels of service (personal, professional, whatever) when you can get XP for a fraction of the price?

Service Pack 3 for XP essentially gives you the best qualities of Vista without all the crap that comes with Vista.

While there’s nothing dramatic about SP3 in terms of what it does to XP’s set-up, the changes include Network Access Protection, Product-Key-less install options, Kernel Mode Cryptographics Module and, uh, “Black Hole” router detection algorithims. This isn’t particularly interesting to the average user, but really, they’re good to have on the XP code.

Vista has too many features nobody uses.

I don’t need to go into detail about Vista’s features – the Aero application alone is cool to look at, but it’s not exactly essential – but if you really want usefulness, go for Office 2007 – it is a major step-up from previous editions of Office.

Microsoft has finally woken up and smelled the proverbial coffee – they’re moving faster on OS upgrades with Windows 7 expected in 2010.

Even though this is Microsoft we’re talking about and product delays are practically daily rituals, it seems like Microsoft has finally realized they can’t take years and years and years to develop an operating system in lieu of Apple’s near-yearly system updates, the rise of open source operating systems like Mandrake and the shift to “in-the-cloud” computing. It’s just better business sense to move faster now.


  1. I’ve installed Vista on several computers and the response times have been great. Granted nothing less than a P4 with 2GB of RAM but that’s about as low as you go on hardware these days. I’m running dual boot Vista 64 and XP on a Core 2 Quad with 8GB or RAM. After 6 months of use Vista out performs XP hands down.

    Vista doesn’t degrade the way XP does and Vista does a much better job of telling you what your problems are. Normal users just don’t do event logs so the reliability monitor is a key feature. Vista has been far more stable than any of my XP builds ever were but then again I run quality hardware. People love to bargain shop hardware, with Vista you get what you pay for.

    If you’re buying a new PC you have a downgrade cost to go back to XP, but if you have Vista you have a free XP license you can run in a VM. If you have SA it doesn’t matter, and if you’re doing an upgrade on old hardware you’re going to be disappointed.

    Yeah, Vista has some bloat what version of Windows doesn’t? Most of the new features in Vista a pretty slick. I use the media center quite a bit, XBOX integration is better, UAC was an overreaction to negative media but works, control centers allow novice users to find items faster, and most of all search in Vista kills indexing in XP.

    Windows 7 just polishes the rough edges off of Vista. Take out some bloat, add some eye candy, and tune it up. Don’t get me wrong it’s a worthy upgrade but it won’t fix the issue of people buying or holding onto under powered hardware. Good news is with time people replace hardware, drivers become plentiful and software vendors move to new architectures. This one won’t be as painful as the last.

    I question the learning curve, XP to vista was a significant change, XP to Windows 7 is a pretty big jump. I think I’ll take my users one step at a time…

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