About a month ago, I downgraded to XP from Vista. This is after using Vista on a daily basis for close to a year.

WHY? Most avid windows users know that windows installations tend to get bloated. In my personal experience, I’ve had to redo my Windows installation every 1-2 years on a regular basis. So after about a year of Vista, things had gotten bloated – REALLY bloated. It got to the point where I couldn’t watch YouTube videos on my computer.

This is not something that I blame Microsoft for. I think Vista is definitely more advanced than XP and I even miss some features of Vista (such as integrated search in the start-menu) after I downgraded.

I DO however blame the lack of support from third-parties. Sony was slow to roll-out the HotKey utility software for my computer. This meant that I couldn’t turn down the volume on my laptop or change the screen brightness by pressing a button like I could on XP. The lack of Video driver support for my integrated ATI video card was also a big factor.

In part I also blame myself for being a little ambitious and installing Vista on a Pentium 4 machine with a little less than 1GB of RAM. I also had a hardware issue where my processor would downgrade from 3 GHz to 1.6 GHz when the computer got a little hot. This hardware issue was alleviated to some extent by cleaning the ventilation fans.

In any case, I am back on XP and loving the little utilities that I had lived without over the past year. I would love to go back to Vista once I have a strong enough machine. I recommend that if you are buying a laptop, buy one that is designed for Vista so as to minimize compatibility issues with respect to various utilities and drivers.


3 Responses to Downgraded to XP

  1. Rob Garrett says:

    Boo, boo, what happened to beeding edge? 😉

    I can see why you downgraded – if you’re under 2GB Vista is slower than my Grandma walking a flight of stairs.

    On a brighter note, now that I’ve disabled a ton of services (including Superfetch), turned off “glass”, and installed SP1 my machne is running fast.


  2. Sarthak says:

    Wait a minute. This looks cool dude. Really cool !. The new look. I didn’t see it since long. Anyhow even for people who buy new softwares the lack of support from third parties is still an issue. So I as a safe “Chemical Engineer” user don’t plan to use Vista until another year.

  3. Sarthak says:

    I mean New computers* and not new softwares*

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