Originally Posted by h4rdcor3
Doesn't xp automatically share printers with other machines on the network? or was that just pre sp2? I remember going to lans and then getting back home and having 50 or so printers available, all of them saying shared on *'s machine. It even changed my default a few times. It thought it was more funny than annoying though
XP doesn't "automatically" share printers. You have to enable it through windows firewall (and/or through home network). When I do this in XP, my printer can be seen by all computers on my network. When I tried this process in vista, the shared folders could be seen, but the printers wouldn't share. I found that strange.
Originally Posted by TriplePlay
I like Vista because I personally have seen NOTHING that deters me from it and it will continue to be supported my Microsoft while XP will not. It will be the current OS and because I am a gamer, games will eventually switch to primarily DX10 and I will already be ready for it. I have noticed NO loss of FPS and NO decrease in performance. I haven't run benchmarks, but none of my games seemed any less smooth.
I like the look and feel of it and have come across nothing I disliked. It never crashes or freezes on me and it works great. I see no reason to turn back to XP.
That's nice and all... But the question was:
advantage does vista have over XP? Or 2000?
If you've bought it and you like it, that's fine. But what does it offer for most people that warrants forking over $250 for an upgrade? Some people might have missed this point: UPGRADE; we're talking about people who already have XP deciding whether or not to purchase an upgrade key to upgrade their XP install.