I am acutely aware of the fact that XP is "wasting potential" with some of my hardware. And I was hoping that SP1 would indeed fix the issues that are the most prevalent. However, what really buggs me is Microsoft's attitude about the situation. I didn't feel like "testing" their beta software (specifically SP1 beta), so my problems must not be that bad. And now that they've finished the Service Pack, they don't want to let me use it for 6 weeks... As if to punish me, or something, for not "participating".Zelig wrote:It's better in SP1, I'm getting speeds over 100 MB/s from one of my RAID 0 arrays to the other.Cannyone wrote:Because really basic OS features like disk to disk transfers (presuming you have 2 hard drives) is ridiculously slow!
And Vista has better support for multiple cores and large amounts of memory, running 4GB+ and quad core on XP is wasting potential.
At the same time, now that I've gone back to XP, I look back on other Vista features, like the UAC, and I wonder why I really need what Microsoft is offering? My conclusion is that the only reason I've stayed with Microsoft's Operating Systems is for gaming. And now that impetus almost seems to be obsolete. See I don't play WoW anymore. I don't play any other MMORPG either. I haven't tried to play some of the FPS, for a long while. Primarily because they all seem so much the same to me. And no other PC game offers the type of experience that I enjoyed in Fallout 1&2, or Diablo 2, or Privateer,... etc. Yeah I know Hellgate London was supposed to be like Diablo 2, but somehow it's not the same at all. Well maybe I just got sidetracked.
See I got an Xbox 360 last October. The adjustment of moving to the controller wasn't easy. Though I'd had a few consoles in the past. However, the games have really progressed from the time that I used to play on the N64, Saturn and Playstation. And considering how easy it is to play co-op games, and just keep in touch with friends, on Xbox Live. I'm starting to at least conceive of the notion that a gaming console could take the place of a PC, at least for gaming.
And that simple concept, changes everything! It means I don't have to constantly upgrade my hardware. It means I don't have to worry about about "how badly Microsoft can screw things up?" Ahem! It even means I might consider using a "Mac", or learning to use Linux. But what I am certain it means is that I don't have to upgrade my OS!, even when Microsoft decides to pull the plug on XP. Heck!, by that time, all you Vista users will be the target for viruses, and XP will be ignored like a red-headed step child.