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Is Vista replacing XP or Not?

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When I bought my new system a couple of months ago I actually paid extra to have XP Pro installed rather than Vista. Apart from anything else most of my clients still use XP. Eventually I will have to partition my system to allow for Vista to be loaded as well (I have a home licence) just to test compatability.

I've also noticed we are getting more questions from members who are having problems on applications when moving them to Vista.

I would be very interested in the opinions and experiences of this community on this issue.

BTW, can we just accept that Linux is the best thing since sliced bread and keep this topic purely on windows?

Mary (digg it)
Sep 28 '07 #1
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I will admit that I have not yet used Vista (waiting for a reason to upgrade...hardd rive fail whatever) but I do remember that XP was horrible when it first came out.
I would say that Vista will replace XP, but that Microsoft is pushing it too much too soon. I have enough trouble getting my boss to let go of windows2000 (hello 8year old operating system!). XP was out by 2002 though, so it's almost as old. I would say that within the last 2 years it has finally come into its own as champ. (Ignoring server2003)
I am looking forward to moving to Vista, but as many of us have learned, you never buy the first model of something. (Anyone's Xbox360 caught fire lately?)
Give it a few more updates and patches and I think Vista will do very well. Microsoft is borrowing more and more from it's *nix counterparts (system identification is getting huge).

And now that I've blathered on, someone much smarter than me can post.
Sep 28 '07 #2
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Psh, you should just put Linux...oh, wait. Sorry.

I do not believe Vista will fully "replace" XP, but I do think that it will become widely adopted (as when you buy a computer it now comes with Vista on it, and most people don't know that you have another option, much less do they want to deal with it).

I found this article yesterday, but given Microsoft's dominance, I don't believe they will ditch it for quite a while - they have the clout and the reach to hold on to this and force it into some sort of widespread adoption. Having used Vista, it's shiny, and not all horrible, but I'm a Linux person, so I'm biased from the start anyway.

(I certainly hope their 'monad' shell will eventually lead up to an OS that has size and security in mind from the start, but I don't think it's likely to happen.)
Sep 28 '07 #3
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When I bought my new system a couple of months ago I actually paid extra to have XP Pro installed rather than Vista ...
In future yes, but right now no.

Vista is unstable, full of bugs and everything appositive. Just as any new MS OS.

When they make a service pack then it might be better OS than XP.

Also, haven't you heard that MS is forming a campaign to downgrade from Vista to XP for corporations that are still not ready to use Vista?

Sep 28 '07 #4
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Just a single look on this video tells you all about what most of (former)custome rs think of Vista.

Sep 28 '07 #5
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I only trust early releases as far as I can throw a rock at them or as close as I can
keep them from me with a pointy stick. I just can't risk it: my customers demand a
four nines uptime at least; the terrible dramas I've read about it convince me that
I should at least wait another year before I recommend Vista anywhere.

If people want fancy graphics they should buy Macs. At least those thingies are
(sort of) stable. No Vista for me (yet).

kind regards,

Sep 28 '07 #6
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I'm actually wondering the same thing myself.

Is Vista going to become the new standard operating system of the general public?

All the new PC computers are coming packaged with Vista.

I have recently purchased a laptop with Vista. I could have put XP on it, except that I have a feeling that Vista is going to eventually take over so I want to learn it. I'm not thinking within the immediate future, but in the long run. I'll be developing on that computer for my school work so I'm going to get a full Vista-experience. Hopefully I'll be able to stay ahead of the questions that are going to start appearing here on theScripts.

The thing is, the public is resistant to Vista. From what I've heard, Dell had started packaging their systems with Vista only...and originally they wouldn't allow anyone to purchase a new system without it. But that changed with a high demand for XP and so you're given an option now.

And just yesterday, my sister and I were watching some "know-it-all" guru answer caller's questions about "technologi es and the future" on the city news. One caller asked for advice on how to make their system faster and this guru suggested uninstalling Vista and reinstalling XP.

There's a lot of resistance to the new operating system.
But all new technology meets with resistance when coming out, so why is it a consensuses amongst my friends that Vista's not going to make it?

The general public is just looking to buy a PC and use it...and Vista is pretty flashy. They don't care about the configurations or setting anything up. All they really want to do is start checking their emails and surf the web...or maybe write a paper.

So, yeah I have the same question.
Is Vista going to become the new standard amongst the general public?

I have a strong feeling that it will...eventual ly....but that right now it's too new for people to acknowledge that fact.
Sep 28 '07 #7
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I only trust early releases as far as I can throw ...
I agree with Jos, it will pass at least 1 year until Vista becomes operable. Don't forget that history repeats itself. (Same was when XP came out).

Sep 28 '07 #8
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I've had a laptop with Vista for about a month now, and honestly I can't see why people think it's so terrible. Maybe it's just because I'm Windows through and through, but I'm loving Vista so far. That being said, I don't notice a huge difference between XP and Vista other than shininess. (And who doesn't like shiny things?) I think Vista will eventually be the norm. XP became the norm despite the resistance to it. And since I don't know anyone that's stuck with Windows 98 in favor of XP, I think eventually we'll make the shift to Vista. Probably after a Service Pack, yes, but that will come.
Sep 28 '07 #9
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Hey, I love Linus and his blanket...oh, sorry... you said Linux!

Love the video, Savage!

Having just been forced to give up my Windows 98SE machine (which, as Billy Crsytal says, "Was vetty, vetty good to me!") I'm just getting used to XP! Also, being in forced retirement, I have the time to contribute not only here but to four or five other forums on a regular basis, and I can tell you, posts concerning the many, many problems caused by Vista are popping up everywhere like toadstools after a hard rain! What I haven't heard, from any source, is that Micro$oft is doing anything to address the situation! It's bad enough when a version of Windows causes problems with other companies' software, but it's truly mind boggling when it's not compatible with the company's own major software products!

I've made it a policy for a long time now of staying several years behind the so called "leading edge" when it comes to software upgrades, and even then only doing so if I see what I consider to be major improvements. The other thing I think a developer needs to take into account is the clientel he/she is dealing with. Many companies, both large and small, are slow to upgrade OS and software, and my personal belief is that you're always better off developing with the lowest common denominator in mind.

I think we're going to see XP around for a long, long time yet.
Linq ;0)>
Sep 28 '07 #10

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