WHY YOU SHOULD STICK WITH XP

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.

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