Originally Posted by newtekie1
XP Offers more out of the gate? Are you serious? How do you figure that?
I don't know what you are talking about in terms of memory usage, but I find Vistas resource usage more than acceptable. Vista Ultimate hovers around 280-290MB with the sidebar running. 2% CPU usage with the sidebar running is about what I get, and is nothing. My CPU usage on XP would be nearly 5% constantly if I start up all the apps needed to give me the same functions as the sidebar, and my memory usage would be up near 600MB.
As for the Aero style, I like it, but of course there have been ways to get that on XP for years, and free, paying for Windblinds is plain stupid, it does nothing for $20 that you can't get for free. However, there are some things that are nice, the flip-3d is very nice.
As an OS I think Vista is a great improvement over XP, however as it stands right now I wouldn't recommend it as anyones main OS. Vista need to gain more support in both the driver and software fronts before it will be on my main PC.
Yes I am serious, IMO Vista is basically XP with DX10 and a fresh coat of paint aka Windowblinds. My rig is strictly for gaming purposes only. When I boot my XP system and have Windowblinds running the system the CPU is idling at 0% and is using 98 megs of ram. Vista idles at 2% and uses 380-385 megs of ram at the desktop. I killed everything I could think of and there was no changes to CPU and MEM utilization.
When i'm trying to achieve fast framerates in my flight or racing sims that's a big deal to me. Windows Vista feels like a fat bloated pig and i'm not willing to throw 4 megs of ram and a DX10 card just so I can bring it up to XP performance levels.