Actually I've never been a Vista fan. However having tried the x64 version I must admit it's OK.
I'm not really overwhelmed by the features , I don't find it a revolutionary product but after so many patches and updates I would say it's at a level where it's as stable as XP.
However this is on a decent PC with new hardware , common hardware and used for usual tasks and programs. Others may not be as lucky as me.
I'm not going to give up Linux with KDE for Windows because I still find Linux to be my kind of thing but still , Vista is OK.
Only problem with Vista is that it's a resource hog and it doesn't really bring many new features people need. If it weren't for that I think they could have killed XP a long time ago.
Well for gaming performance, I have to say that XP is still superior to Vista, even on modern hardware. I think gamers, particularly shooter players, care more about frames per second than they do about slightly better water reflections. Here's hoping that Windows 7 fixes some of those problems.
This comp is a pre-engineered Gateway, Vista64, SP1. I waited for the service pack because of the gaming compatablilty issues. I'm glad I did. I have nothing to major to compain about except a crappy motherboard battery.(All kinds of wierd problems). Some programs still have to be launched as administrator, but no biggie. But the OS? Rock solid.
I'm guessing that the people who perceive a performance difference(>5-10 fps) between Vista and XP are either on a pre-2006 computer or running less than four gigs of RAM. At that point, why are they even bothering to install Vista on a dinosaur anyway?
XP is MUCH better than Vista. Vista is ME to XP's 98 SE. And those Mojave commercials were concocted to make MS look good. Many people still resent MS for making DX10 a requirement in Vista and the original intent to discontinue OpenGL compatibility. I would NEVER get Vista, and my computer is only a year old. Windows 7-- maybe. As a general rule, never "upgrade" to the next OS, but always skip a generation. This is good strategy for other electronics as well, such as computer hardware, digital cameras, etc.
BTW here's my current config: Q6600, 8800GTS 640MB SSC, 2GB DDR2 Im perfectly happy with XP. My rule with OS's is "be seen and not heard." Who the hell cares about all those stupid extra features of Vista, when an OS main job is just to remain stable, not use resources that arent vital, or the extra flash which is totally unnecessary. MS wised up and knows most people dont like and dont want Vista. Anyone saying "people are following the herd" is just plain ignorant-- many of us tried Vista-- and REJECTED it. MS go back to the drawing board and get it right next time and try not to be so greedy and force stuff down people's throats that they dont want or need.
The Rejection of Vista is a great victory by the people against tyrannical corporate monopolies This is a great moment in history!