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Top 5 Reasons To Avoid Windows Vista
Version 0.52 (Updated Mar 2008)

This article lists the five top reasons not to upgrade to Windows Vista.

5. Security

Many people have a misunderstanding that the latest operating system has the best security. Take Windows XP when it was released. Why does Windows XP need to be continuously updated via Automatic Updates?

Microsoft has released many patches for various XP holes with the 2 mega ones being Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2. Service Pack 3 is coming soon.

Update March 2008: Whole slew of patches are now available via Windows Update for Vista. This just proves the point that security is never 100% perfect.

4. Hardware Compatibility

Hardware vendors are catching up fast with many releasing beta drivers. Till then, you can check your hardware in this list and see whether it is compatible with Windows Vista.

This was a big issue previously and has been lightened thanks to manufacturers rolling out Vista drivers. But it is still a issue with older devices that are not supported by the manufacturers. Like bluetooth and infrared adaptors.

3. Software Compatibility

Examples of software programs are Slysoft's AnyDVD, DivX Converter, ZoneAlarm, WS-FTP,

Games like Sims 2 and Second Life also fail. You can check the full list here.

2. High System Requirements

The recommended system requirements are much higher than XP:

Windows XP (link) Vista Basic (link) Vista Premium (link)
Pentium II 300 MHz
1.5GB HDD Space
800x600 SVGA card
512 MB RAM
15GB HDD space
DX9 GPU with 32MB RAM
15GB HDD space
DX9 GPU with 128MB RAM

This is perfectly all right, since most of us who got our PC 1-3 years ago would most likely fit nicely under Vista Basic requirements.

But that means you will be foregoing performance. Think about it, your current Windows XP system, which far exceeds Windows XP system requirements, is now going to contain another OS that has a higher system requirement.

The bottom line? The upgrade to Vista will make your system slower than with XP.

1. No Features That You Really Need Right Now

You can find a full list of Vista features here.

DirectX 10? You need the latest graphic card and a relatively fast CPU to run games at full native resolution.

Windows Aero? It's just some candy which reduces overall performance. But if you insist, there's Vista Transformation Pack for Windows XP (free).

Instant Search? Get Google Desktop Search (free).

Encrypting File System? Truecrypt. It is free and widely regonized.

Games Explorer? Create a folder in your start menu (Start > double click Programs, New Folder) and move your games to that folder. ESRB ratings? Check Gamespot.com

Internet Explorer 7? Download IE7 for Windows XP

ReadyBoost? Just upgrade your RAM - it's way much faster than using a thumb drive as extra RAM

You get the idea.


Stick with XP for now :)

Last Updated 2nd March 2008.

Errors? Omissions? Need Help? Know something? Post your queries in the Windows Vista Discussion Forum.

This document is Copyright(©) 2001-2008 by G.Ganesh.

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UndeadDevil Unregistered Anonymous I upgraded to Windows Vista and now unable to enjoy any Games. Microsoft says this will be the best Windows for gamers. Well I am having major issues, I am unable to play Unreal Tournament 2004 at decent frame rates (Get between 5-20fps, compared to the 100fps+ in Windows XP)

Doom 3 works better, after lowering graphics details it is Playable most of the time, but does slow down alot.

Command and Conquere General's slows down completly randomly, one minute your having a battle next your getting frustrated as its running at 1fps.

My Machine is a Dual Core 3Ghz, 1GB Ram, GeForce 7300GT. I get a Performance Rating of 4.6 in Vista.
posted 13 Feb 2007 - show 2 replies - Reply - Permanent Link
UndeadDevil Unregistered Anonymous Also I should add that getting sound in Vista took alot of time, eventually I found Beta drivers for my SoundMax ADI1986A HD.
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UndeadDevil Unregistered Anonymous Also now Tried Half Life 2 and Counter Strike, both games are unplayable. I'm very annoyed. I paid alot of Money for Vista only to find that I can not play any games. Performance is worse in the final version of Vista than it was in the Beta Versions. I have to agree with Bootstrike. DO NOT GET VISTA FOR A FEW MONTHS, IT HAS HUGE PROBLEMS
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UndeadDevil Unregistered Anonymous I should update my previous comments, games are now working fine. The problem was not my graphics card or drivers but infact my Sound Card! I disabled it and suddenly everything worked perfectly. So I'm now using a Sound Blaster Live 5.1, unfortunately this 4 year old card is apparently not compatable with Windows Vista, thats odd as it was in RC1. Im using the NGO Modified Drivers and can now enjoy Vista for gaming (I noticed about a 5FPS drop)

Now I have a new problem, every now and then explorer.exe starts playing up and my desktop corrupts (Graphicly)
End tasking explorer solves this problem.
posted 17 Feb 2007 - Reply - Permanent Link
sdjksdj Unregistered Anonymous where did u find these drivers? i need them
posted 23 Feb 2007 - Reply - Permanent Link
UndeadDevil Unregistered Anonymous Which drivers, SoundMax ADI1986A or SB Live?
http://www.ngohq.com/ for the Sound Blaster ones.
If its SoundMax then i'm not saying because they are awful, will cause you nothing but problems. Just wait another week for the official release on your motherboard's site
posted 26 Feb 2007 - Reply - Permanent Link
. Unregistered Anonymous upgrade to more Ram, you'll need atleast a gig or 2 more to run games on vista
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