What do you guys think of Vista?

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#1 Posted by Colonel_Cool (808 posts) -

So it seems that most people here have been using Vista for some time now, although I have been sticking with my tried and true copy of XP. I know most of Vista's problems have been solved since its launch, but I never really had a need to buy a copy, since I would just have to go through the hassle of backing up my data, reformating, installing a new OS, reinstalling drivers, service packs, etc. Now that I bought a new hard drive, however, I'm gonna have to do all that stuff anyway, so I thought I might as well install Vista Ultimate 64 bit on it (I'm getting it from a friend). I'm mostly concerned about the kind of performance drop in games and how fast/responsive the OS is compared to XP. I have a q6600, 8800gt, and 3 gigs of ram, so I don't anticipate anything too drastic. What should I expect? Is it worth using over XP?

#2 Posted by BabyFart_McGeezaks (53 posts) -

u can't uninstall internet explorer which is totally gay

#3 Posted by Elijah (139 posts) -

If you have XP handy and have no problems with it, don't bother switching.  Vista came with my laptop, and I've sort of warmed up to it, but it's not worth switching to if you can help it.  If you really want to try Vista, go ahead, there's really nothing wrong with it.

#4 Posted by Absurd (2934 posts) -

I still have XP, I should make the switch to Windows 7 >.>

#5 Posted by TooWalrus (12970 posts) -

I like it, it does what I want it too and hasn't given me much trouble. It's not a huge upgrade from XP but I still prefer it to the apple OS.

#6 Posted by mrhankey (695 posts) -

i like it, have no issues

#7 Posted by bjorno (1409 posts) -

I used it, it is fine.

#8 Posted by Luke (1609 posts) -

You should honestly hold-out for Windows 7, if you can.

People are saying that the Windows 7 Beta benchmarks much closer to XP than Vista, plus it's supposed to have even better compatibility than Vista.

There's very gewd chance that Windows 7 will release this year.  Release Canidate 1 is being released to OEM's/TechNet/MSDN Subscribers next month.

#9 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -

It works.

#10 Posted by Sticky_Pennies (2019 posts) -

I tried it and didn't like it that much. I felt more comfortable with XP. I'm playing around with the Windows 7 beta now and then, though, and I like it a lot.

#11 Posted by Eelcire (367 posts) -

After the release of SP1, Vista performance matched or exceeded XPs in many benchmarks. I like Vista and have had no real isses with the OS; apps and games work fine as well as all my hardware. As mentioned though, if you can wait I'd get Windows 7 instead (which is rumored to have a public build to try at Release Canidate, and finally to be released this fall).

If you're going 64-bit though and don't want to wait, go Vista.

#12 Posted by LiquidPrince (15601 posts) -

I have had zero problems with it.

#13 Posted by JJOR64 (18782 posts) -

I really like Vista.  There are a few things I don't look but other than that, love it.

#14 Edited by pornstorestiffi (4905 posts) -

Personally i don´t care for Vista, i my self have a Mac. But my wife has Vista on here lappy. And i must say that Vista has gotten better than where it was in the start. Seems to run pretty good as long as you chuck some 2 to 4 gigs of ram into your machine. And i haven't had to do major fixes to here machine either, so it must be stable too.


But it doesn´t run as nice as the Windows 7 beta did. I was very impressed by that. I might just dual boot that sucker when the full version is released.
#15 Posted by Luke (1609 posts) -
#16 Posted by Carlos1408 (1462 posts) -

I've got it on my computer, it's great, but it has some issues, especially with compatibility with older games. But yea it is good.
However, I wouldn't recommend switching it's not really worth it, wait till the next one comes out (windows 7) and see what happens.

#17 Posted by Alexander (1720 posts) -

I don't see that much of an advance since Windows XP. Other than the aesthetics not much in the way Vista works makes it better.

#18 Posted by GeekDown (1170 posts) -

Vista is ok, but I think XP is way better.

#19 Posted by LiquidPrince (15601 posts) -
GeekDown said:
"Vista is ok, but I think XP is way better."
I disagree.
#20 Edited by Eelcire (367 posts) -
Alexander said:
"I don't see that much of an advance since Windows XP. Other than the aesthetics not much in the way Vista works makes it better."

Many of the advancements were under the hood. The network and sound stacks were rewritten in Vista to better take advantage of newer technology. Vista handles IPv6 address more efficiently, and you are now able to control volume levels per application. The GUI itself was overhauled to take advantage of graphic cards and chipsets instead of relying on the CPU. The much-debated User Account Control is beneficial to the OS and helps keep it safer from running unwanted applications (it was annoying at first, but SP1 fixed many of the issues with it).

The problems some have with Vista is that it's the newest OS from Microsoft, therefore not as good as the trusty old previous OS. XP was ragged on for ages; why run XP when Windows 2000 is so much better? Also, Vista was made mostly with new PCs in mind; and I think many performance issues (not all mind you) stems from older computers that ran XP fine, but wasn't enough for Vista.
#21 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -

Vista is good, but I'm pretty sure, Windows 7 is just a fixed up version of Vista with a re-release because of the bad name Vista has.

#22 Posted by Subject2Change (2965 posts) -

Been using it for a year, no problems really...just couldn't install my 5 year old printer on it.

For a professional standpoint, its not viable. Not all drivers are vista ready and that really is what hurts it.

Windows 7 if done properly should be fine.  As Vista just literally has a bad name from word of mouth due to it being intolerable by most prior to SP1 (I didn't use it back then, built my machine in May 08).


#23 Posted by Eelcire (367 posts) -
CL60 said:
"Vista is good, but I'm pretty sure, Windows 7 is just a fixed up version of Vista with a re-release because of the bad name Vista has."
As of right now, Windows 7 is technically Windows NT 6.1 (Vista is Windows NT 6.0, XP is Windows NT 5.1 and 2000 is Windows NT 5.0). So you would be correct in your assement that Windows 7 is a cleaned up Vista, but I would argue it's a pretty major release for Microsoft none the less. Hell, they changed the fundamental of how the taskbar operates! It's akin the addition of the ribbon in Office 2007. Interface and usage changes aren't to be taken lightly.
#24 Posted by addictedtopinescent (3645 posts) -

It works fine, my laptop cam with it ad it runs games as good as a pc with Vista. I f you have it on hand and have to back up everything and shit anyway you should install it.

#25 Posted by Funzzo (822 posts) -

I am using XP64 but I will give Vista a try.  How bad can it be?

#26 Posted by lamegame621 (975 posts) -

I went back to XP. Vista has its advantages but is overall rated at a 'meh'.

#27 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

The Windows 7 Beta is amazing. :D

#28 Posted by HitmanAgent47 (8576 posts) -

I am using 4 gigs, it only reads 3.5 though, it works well for me, faster than XP that way. It has a nice folder to put all your games and I get to play games in directX10 mode.

#29 Posted by xenoNfluX (31 posts) -

I'm currently running build 7077 of the Win 7 beta as the primary OS on my gaming PC. I figured I'd give it a shot instead of spending $100 on an OEM copy of Vista Home Premium.

Win 7 is stupidly rock solid. I've had next to no issues with anything... with any issues stemming from my lack of familiarity with anything post-XP. There is the issue of certain downloaded drivers not installing properly, but that's a non-issue as the OS picked up 100% of my hardware. Nvidia already has solid beta drivers out for Win 7... unlike before Vista.

The only real issue I can see with Windows 7 as a primary gaming OS right now is the fact that PunkBuster won't support it. If you have any games that use it, such as CoD4/5, BF2, etc., you won't be able to play online on PB enabled servers. Beyond that, I've had no issues at all. Gaming performance is amazing.

I'm currently running...

Shuttle sp35p2v2
Intel E8500 C2D
8GB DDR2 OCZ RAM
Evga GTX 260
1TB WD Caviar Black

#30 Posted by Colonel_Cool (808 posts) -

Thanks for the feedback. I'm not actually paying for it, so I'll give Vista a shot and upgrade when Windows 7 comes out.

#31 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (5794 posts) -

I run it on my laptop and I really like it.  With enough tinkering in its settings, I can get damn near any older game working (still have to run DOSBox for a few).  I still have occasional trouble trying to search my computer for files (which, by the way, is something I'd love to BS with someone about if they know the system pretty well and aren't going to make fun of my lack of knowledge).  Beyond that, though, it's fairly intuitive and has some great possibilities.

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#32 Posted by Sticky_Pennies (2019 posts) -

It's okay. I'd rather XP, but I had to recently switch to Vista in order for my MP3 player and Digital Camera to work properly, since they're both MTP devices.

#33 Posted by raven_squad (438 posts) -

It's decent. XP is superior in many ways, but vista does have its advantages, especially if you want to get the most out of newer PC games and high end graphics cards. 

#34 Posted by Karmum (11509 posts) -

I have been using Windows Vista for about 4 months now (and for the first time, I may add), and I do enjoy it a bit more over XP. Aside from the windows that come up that make me confirm various actions, which is painstakingly annoying after a while. And considering I wasn't willing to get off XP, I'm enjoying Vista alot. I have yet to try the Windows 7 BETA, however.

#35 Posted by Gmanall (1683 posts) -

I bought my pc with vista but got screwed and got XP I say that I am glad it is a system hog

#36 Posted by I_am_Lono (193 posts) -

I have a feeling that when Windows 7 is released and we've been using it for a couple of years we'll look back at Vista the same way we look back at Windows ME

#37 Posted by j0rdan (211 posts) -

Ive had Vista since it was released, and I love it.
It has alot of little cool features that makes things alot faster.

But i have to admit, I dont game on Vista.
This is due to my laptop having SLi and when vista first came out nVidia hadnt sorted there SLi drivers out for it, so I run a dual boot system, one nice small clean instalation of XP with only my games, and Vista for everyday use. It actualy works out great, I can install loadsa stuff on vista without worrying about it interfearing with game performance.

Apparently Vista game problems are over now and all the drivers get very similar results than XP, but becase Ive come to like my dual boot system with a clean XP Ive decided to continue to use it, I like it so much that i think i will always do it from now on.

So Vista is good in my opinion, I actually dislike using XP for general stuff now as I have become reliant on the little features of vista.

#38 Posted by Metal_Mills (2948 posts) -

Been using Vista for a month. It's fine, people bitch about it way too much.

#39 Posted by JJWeatherman (14483 posts) -

It's fine, nothin more, nothin less.

#40 Posted by AgentJ (8778 posts) -
It came on my laptop, and I have had no problems with it. It looks nice, I enjoy having the google desktop, and while it's not really built to play games, I have no problems with most of what I want to play.
#41 Posted by DoMiNiC147 (25 posts) -

I'm using Vista and now I have no desktop Icons so yeah.

#42 Posted by Subject2Change (2965 posts) -
I_am_Lono said:
I have a feeling that when Windows 7 is released and we've been using it for a couple of years ... [more]
No we'll say o hey its SP2 for Vista which they charged me 150 bucks to get...same core just a new image both visually and mentally.
#43 Posted by Binman88 (3679 posts) -

Vista is fine, I like it.
For some bizarre reason though, they decided to remove the Up Folder ( ) icon from windows explorer.

#44 Posted by I_am_Lono (193 posts) -
@Subject2Change:  That's waht ME was, 98. . . only slower and shit.
#45 Edited by JustinNotJason (418 posts) -

I used to defend it, but I've had it completely stop working for absolutely no reason twice in the last 6 months. I'm not an idiot either, I fix computers all the time for people. It's just all of a sudden one day I boot it up and I can't do anything.

Probably gunna Dual Boot Linux and Windows 7 Beta (until it comes out or August whatever's first).

At this point I'd say wait for Windows 7. It's, for the most part, completely compatible with Vista programs and loses alot of the bugs.

When Vista's working I like it alot more then XP, and find it more stable. It just seems to fail alot. It's not just me, alot of the repairs I've done are Vista just not working, same problem I'm having. Programs just won't open; the computer basically goes into lock down- permanantly.

#46 Posted by j0rdan (211 posts) -
Binman88 said:
Vista is fine, I like it. For some bizarre reason though, they decided to remove the Up Folder ( ) ... [more]
I never noticed that, had it since launch and never noticed, and thats something i use alot in XP.
But in vista you can click on the folder structure within the address box to go up the folder hierarchy, so it is a little easier.
#47 Posted by lord_canti (1487 posts) -

i have vista 64 bit and love it i see no problems with it  most problems have been fixed with the os in general  my only problems is with the 64 bit version being that i need to do crazy stuff to get things like leisure suit larry 7 to work and useing the exe for KOTOR 1 in order to get KOTOR 2 to work

#48 Posted by lord_canti (1487 posts) -

i have vista 64 bit and love it i see no problems with it  most problems have been fixed with the os in general  my only problems is with the 64 bit version being that i need to do crazy stuff to get things like leisure suit larry 7 to work and useing the exe for KOTOR 1 in order to get KOTOR 2 to work

#49 Posted by Almak (90 posts) -
Vista stopped giving me grief at a certain point so now I'm perfectly fine with it.

@xenoNfluX:
A thing of note when running Windows 7 as a primary OS is also that eventually it will expire instituting a very annoying DRM feature (restarting every 2 hours). Not saying that you shouldn't run it as such, just a heads up in case you didn't know. Its not for a good while though (a year'ish off at this point if I remember correctly) so should be fine for now.
#50 Posted by sdodd02 (722 posts) -

I haven't had any problems with it.

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