Originally Posted by dralb
I would also like to add that, just because drivers are available, it does not mean the work as well as Vista 64 with its drivers. Now, I know I will get flamed asking for what drivers and when, but, honestly, when I used it, I had issues. If you claim the issues were user derived, so be it. If I am not capable enough to get one OS to work, but the other one works fine, regardless of the reason, my choice goes to #2. In fact, that is one of the best reasons. If YOU prefer it and it works easier FOR YOU, why use something else?
The foundation on which you are supporting your argument is flawed and moot. I never claimed the issues were user derived.
XP x64 had the misfortune of being the first real 64-bit workstation OS that MS released, and as such, for a good while after it was launched, the driver and application support was quite poor. However, after SP1 was released for XP x64 (and FYI, XP x64 SP1 is newer than XP SP2, and contains all the fixes and enhancements and then some), support slowly started to increase, at a rate that gradually got faster.
Unfortunately, most PC enthusiasts already had the sour taste of no driver and/or application support in their mouths', and had falsely attributed it to XP x64 sucking hard. And more unfortunate, is that the effects of that first sour aftertaste are still being felt today, which is easily observed through the blind hostility most people regard XP x64 with, even people that have never used it, but just heard from others who heard from others who heard from others that it sucked.
Today, XP x64 SP2 is an extremely mature OS, with just as much (if not more) driver support for hardware as Vista 64 has, and all applications work perfectly.
Vista 64's popularity is only riding on the fact that it was Microsoft's second 64-bit mainstream workstation OS, and many of the kinks present with the first release of XP x64 were ironed out due to 64-bit support being much more widespread because of XP x64... even though most people still hold nothing but contempt for it.
XP x64 is every bit as good as Vista 64, and in many ways, even better.
As my closing, I will restate my three initial questions.
Can any of you provide specific examples (manufacturer and model number) of hardware that has driver support in Vista 64, but does not have driver support in XP x64?
How many of you have even used XP x64?
If you have used XP x64, please try and provide a timeframe of when you used it, being as specific as possible. The hardware configuration you used it with, and the hardware and software that did not work, but does work in Vista 64, would also be good information.
I find it ironic that my prediction of how this thread would play out in Post #11 held true for the most part.
Watch as they will most likely not provide answers, or the answers will be vague and evasive of the question, or be wrong.