Back to XP
After 9 months experimenting with Windows Vista, I just rebuilt my machine with XP. I have a Dell Precision M65 that I bought July 2006. I installed Vista Betas and finally started using the released version in November. Here are the problems:
- Visual Studio was slow going: initially VS.NET 2005 didn't have a proper service pack, VS.NET 2003 was slow going, VS.NET 2002 had no chance.
- Winrot still seemed to set in after 6 months or so. My system was just incredibly slow to boot up and get going
- For some reason, I never got very speedy disk access. It would take My Computer about 20-30 seconds to find my HD's to partitions and my DVD drive. Also, search was slow.
- While Windows Mobile Device Center is nice, my company uses GroupWise and that wouldn't sync well with Windows Mobile. That's somewhat Novell's fault, but it works perfecly in XP.
- VMWare Player seemed to be much, much slower. Again, that might be VMWare's fault, but I'm glad it's working again in XP.
- I use an air card for always on internet. Windows Vista crashes when you try to sleep with a "dialup" connection still active. There is a hotfix that you can install manually to fix it, but its not a regular fix. I installed the hotfix and it worked for a while, but then started happening again later.
What I miss
- I love many of the nice interface tweaks, especially in the Explorer. I liked that the system tray separated system icons from program icons, the calendar allows you to see future months, etc. Overall I really liked Aero and features like the live window preview that XP can't do.
- Windows Photo Gallery is really nice, so I'm excited that Windows Live Photo Gallery will be released for XP
- Although I like the cascading start menu of XP, I prefer the integrated search. But even in Vista I used Launchy instead.
When I get a new PC next year, I'll definitely get Vista since the machine wil be made for it.