Do I Recommend Vista for Christmas?

LordKelvin asks:

Chris, I have been an XP user for some time now, and I am thinking of upgrading to Vista (mostly because it has DirectX10). However, I have also heard rumors that it’s UI stinks, and that it has many issues. What is your opinion on what I should do, and do you know any other way to get DX 10? Thanks for reading.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If it makes you feel any better, Jeb asked me the same question earlier today:

Hi Chris, I just found your chat room today for the first time. I wanted to know about vista. Through my school, I have the opportunity to download Vista Business and Vista Business 64bit. Do you recommend either over XP? I know Vista has many problems right now, however, Iโ€™m dying to play Halo 2, but very unwilling to buy a console to do it. (I love the keyboard and mouse setup.)

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If it makes you feel any better, Xenopax asked me the same question earlier today:

I’ve got a couple of question’s yesterday I was looking at download.Com’s Top Downloaded and I say that AVG Free was the top Anti Virus Program so I was just wondering what Anti Virus do you use?My other question is should I upgrade to vista I heard some good things and bad things about vista but I was just wondering should I upgrade now or wait tell ever thing gets fixed?

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If it makes you feel any better, Bob sent me a barely-intelligible question earlier today:

im gona get the 8800gt then but which one alpha dog, zotac 512 amp, msi, xfx……. i installed vista home premium 64 bit yesterday but after installing the driver for my x850xt the screen turned black and didnt change so i restared my pc several times but still no luck so i called an expert in who reformatted my hdd then reinstalled vista it is all good now as i have not installed any drivers. When i buy the 8800gt and plug it in and install the drivers do you think the same problem will hapen????

If it’s broke, don’t use it. If it makes you feel any better, I sang this song earlier today:

16 thoughts on “Do I Recommend Vista for Christmas?”

  1. Why does everyone ask the same question over and over? Remember, folks: Do your homework before asking questions! It’s the #1 reason why I do not ask questions.
    Also, I do believe the saying is “If it ain’t broken, fix it until it’s broken!” ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. I’ve been a Vista user since August of 07. I have Home basic and for Christmas I hope to upgrade to home premium, why? Because it has a lot of great features that I expected that Basic had, when talking tech I felt like I was an outsider to the vista community. Although, if you are upgrading, be sure to have at least 1GB of RAM.
    If your going to get vista for Christmas then get home premium +. You can get it at the Microsoft site for about $79.

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  4. LordKelvin; The UI is a matter of personal opinion. It is different, for sure. If you don’t like different then you won’t like the new UI – period. There are, however, lots of neat new features for people willing to change. Breadcrumbs in explorer, customizable “quick locations” for the folder listing in Explorer, Vista Sidebar, an improved event viewer and an integrated search function in the start menu. I really don’t see why you would upgrade for DX10. It offers a marginal improvement in graphics at the expense of having to run the resource-hogging Vista in the background.

    Jeb; Go for it. There aren’t really as many issues as everyone complains about. Fully updated, Vista is good enough to run on production workstations without any issues. The interface is different and Vista will reduce game performance. For any of the more recent games you’ll certainly need 2G of RAM under Vista to observe decent performance. On the definite upshot, your school will probably be switching to Vista soon and you won’t be one of the people who can’t find their way out of the paper bag.

    Jed; I’ve never ran Vista 64 bit, but I know in 32bit land nVidia’s drivers are quite stable – and probably won’t do the blank screen thing for you. I almost wonder if it ended up being a monitor issue. Either way; Newegg’s results for the 8800GT ( show that it seems to be quite popular – so much so that it’s totally sold out on Newegg! Good luck!

  5. I think if you have 32-bit hardware and you’ve been using XP successfully, then you should definitely stay with XP.

    Now, if you have 64-bit hardware, then Vista is the way to go. The 64-bit version of XP (which is really a modified version of Windows Server 2003) has a LOT of issues (bugs) which I really don’t expect Microsoft to fix.

    I’ve had a good experience with Vista 64 on a dual core AMD with 4 GB of RAM. But I did disable AERO because I think it is gaudy and wastes energy.

  6. this is silly. was DOS broken when windows came along?
    does that mean we shouldnt have went to Windows?

    Im amazed at the lengths people will go to justify No Change.

  7. phantomdata. Yes there are many, many, many issues with Vista. It drove me to Ubuntu.

    Vista’s fine if you plan on doing nothing with it and never update your drivers and the like. Unless you like calling up India and beg to continue using your system under Vista after it mistakes the software update as new hardware and constantly deactivates itself?

    Also I think that they can get a version of DX 10 that will run under XP.

  8. Vista is not a bad OS…. huh it’s… well. My wife loves Vista. It’s all in the eye of the beholder. Personally, I think Microsoft is trying to pull the same stunt with Vista as they did with ME. Now that’s just _my_ opinion.

  9. There are many problems with Vista. Microsoft reports sales of Vista are lower than expected while XP sales are still in the 25% range. Considering that you can hardly get a new computer without Vista, that is a bunch of folks that are putting dollars down for XP rather than the new operating system. When XP first came out, it wasn’t ready for prime time either. I would wait for at least the first service pack.

  10. TheScynic, True XP had its problems at first, but they were no where near the problems that Vista is having. Not by a long shot. Vista is the worse M$ OS that I have EVER used and I do back to the DOS days.

  11. I don’t know why I think this, but somehow I have come to the conclusion that Chris Pirillo believes if something is not broken, then you are well advised not to try fixing it.

    From my viewpoint, the number 1 thing I am looking for in an OS to replace XP is 64-bit capacity — which given the disdain I express for VISTA’s DRM [if it is broken, don’t use it] means some form of LINUX.

  12. I’m using Vista enterprise on a gateway tablet. Its So much better than tablet XP that I’m him with it. It works smoothly through day today life. I guess I’m a lucky one. knock on wood.

    Once I get some free time [ in going to try to make the pen work with Ubuntu. The Linux distro runs twice as fast on a third the resources.
    that’s what I can value!

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