I find Vista's caching/prefetch to be over trumped. I did not see a major speed/responsiveness increase over XP with it.
As for the argument that unused ram is wasted ram and that all that ram Vista is using is for a great purpose, well my Vista install took around 15GB of hardrive space, my XP install took around 300MB. Vista is fifty times the size of XP, no wonder it needs more ram to feel responsive.
I'm sure DX 10+ will be a must have at some point in the not too distant future, but not before my OC'ed 8800GTS G92 is being sold for scrap.
Security updates and support are nice, but I haven't found them to be of critical value, and basic security updates will continue for xp for a good while.
GUI is largely irrelivant to me, and can be replaced if I care to do so.
Anyway, my biggest complaint with microsoft products is one that becomes more pronounced with every new OS: bloat and the inability to easily remove it.
Windows Media Player? I don't want it on my system.
Internet Explorer? I dont want that either.
Internet connection sharing? Want it even less.
Microsoft Firewall? No.
and so on...
I know there are still vestiges of these programs on my system. I don't see them, but I know they are there and it offends me to no small degree. All of this microsoft garbage screwing up my otherwise immaculate system. I have about all I can handle in this 300MB OS, and I don't think I can take another 14.7GB of it for any extended period of time. The profound moral outrage will implode my psyche.
I've seriosuly considered paying someone upwards of $5,000 to build me an embedded version of Windows that has nothing
I do not absolutly need. It would almost be worth it.
Or maybe I'll just sell my main system and play dos games on my K6-II. Certainly has better RPGs than anything thats come out for PC in the last 3-4 years.
Originally Posted by DigitalPhreak
And we all know that XP > Win98SE...
I prefered 98SE over XP till XP was 3 years old.