After more than one and a half year of using Windows Vista Business I have decided to get back to Windows Xp.
Even though Windows Vista has some extremely cool features like the search box in the start menu, more intuitive and easy to use interface, sidebar, better firewall, hardware accelerated GUI, etc. it is quite slow. My laptop is not the ultimate power station but is not bad: Intel Core 2 Duo at 2 GHz, 2 GB RAM 667, 160GB HDD 5400 RPM and the video card is a GeForce 8400G Mobile and the producer recommended Vista for it – had this OS preinstalled.
I’ve decided that I want performance instead of an eye-candy interface. One of the main reasons that made me want this was the startup/shutdown time. Why is taking more that one and a half minute to shutdown Windows and almost 3 minutes to start it? Even after startup the desktop was freezing for 10-15 seconds until the wireless network connection was established and the Sidebar was loaded.
The HDD was constantly reading/writing even though I’ve stopped the indexing service, defrag, search and any other application that could do this. Now, on Xp, this problem disappeared.
I am still thinking that the HDD must be the slow part of my system because I am having another desktop computer that is having almost the same configuration – the only difference is the CPU that is AMD and the HDD is running at 7200RPM – and is having no problems running Vista.
Sad to say but no Vista for my laptop even though is such a great operating system :(