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.
1. 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?
2. How many of you have even used XP x64?
3. 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.
I had a hard time getting XP x64 to work well for me. I had an easy time getting Vista x64 to work well for me.
Regardless of the other reasons of why the previous is true, that alone is good enough for me. I am sure someone like yourself has the ability to get it working properly. Think of it as a car. Do you prerfer an automatic or a standard? I could argue all day long that a standard is better. If you don't know how to drive one or do not feel like shifting all the time, thats a choice you need to make. just because they are not always logical to you gives you no right to refute them.
I am honestly sick and tired of people like you that need to force their opinion on others. So you have had no issues with XP x64, great, maybe the OP doesn't want the hassle of searching for good drivers? maybe the OP wants an OS that will be supported in the next 5 years? maybe the OP wants an OS that others he knows uses, so when he has an issue or wants to know something, he can ask just about anyone instead of searching for the 3 people that still use XP x64? Maybe he wants Vista if only because it is newer?
Sorry for the rant, but give it up. Offer your opinion and move along. there is no reason to constantly troll for people to argue OS's with.