Reasons for Microsoft users to upgrade

>> Sunday, December 16, 2007

Most of my personal computer use is on a Linux box, although I do have a Windows machine I mostly use for playing music, large downloads things like that. However, I did find this review of reasons to upgrade to Windows XP from Vista rather interesting.

Personally, I've had some of the same problems the author notes having with Internet Explorer 7 when running IE7 under XP, but aside from that I do agree that XP is generally stable, reliable and efficient. I don't really have any experience with Vista to base any other comments on. Anyone who happens to read this, feel free to comment on your own Vista experiences, if any. Is Vista a fork or an alternate distro of Windows, or what?


MWT Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 9:12:00 PM EST  

Hmmm. I'm having a tough time figuring out whether you're being tongue-in-cheek or not. In case you're not: Vista is supposed to be the next Windows "upgrade" after XP. All new computers now ship with it. The vast majority of people I've heard talk about it dislike it and would rather go back to XP (but see Jim Wright's recent assessment). I believe Scalzi has done a review of it recently too. I'd say the general consensus opinion is that if you're going along fine with XP, don't mess with it by trying to upgrade. ;)

Eric Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 11:44:00 PM EST  

Tongue was wedged firmly between my maxillary third molar and the inside lining of my mouth, but thank you for taking the time to explain.

My one bit of hands-on experience with Vista was, in fact, helping a coworker who unfortunately hadn't understood the difference between "Vista Capable" and "Vista Ready" and had attempted to install the upgrade CD Dell sent her after Vista came out. It turned out I was able to look like a genius merely by rebooting--the thing had simply frozen during that part of the process. I advised her that she'd probably be better off rolling back to XP, but I doubt she did. Hope she hasn't had too many problems since.

The Coding Sanity review, which came to my attention via Slashdot, really is pretty funny in an extremely dry and straight-faced way, if you have time to follow the link.

Eric Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 11:52:00 PM EST  

...oh, and at the risk of sounding like one of "those people" (since I actually think the best OS is the one that runs your software), the best XP upgrade I've run into so far is Kubuntu.


MWT Monday, December 17, 2007 at 2:35:00 AM EST  

Heheheh. I've heard good things about Kubuntu - got a friend that raves about it at any excuse. Meanwhile I've got Mac OSX at home, Solaris 9 at work, and WinXP running in a window of Solaris 9. It thinks it's the only OS on the computer. ;)

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