Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Windows Vista Performance Improvements

"Love it or hate it, Vista is performing far better than it used to." That was a quotation from a recent ExtremeTech gaming benchmark test. ZDNet's Ed Bott also quotes the article which concludes, "It took about a year and a half, but the performance gap between Vista and its forerunner has finally evaporated." This is good news for those still on the fence about Windows Vista and its bad rap in the media, which is apparently an outdated conclusion that the press has a hard time letting go. The results of recent tests concluded that Vista outperformed XP in half of its gaming tests and equaled the performance of Windows XP in the other half of the tests (Windows Vista SP1 and Windows XP SP3). Despite the good news for Windows Vista, Ed Bott comments on how the ExtremeTech article does a fair amount of Windows Vista bashing and praising of Windows XP. What has been your experience with Windows Vista performance compared to Windows XP? (Sources: Ed Bott's Microsoft Report, ExtremeTech)


  1. I just bought a new pc from Dell. I got XP on it since I do some audio stuff that I know works well on XP. Also I figured that getting an over-powered XP machine is better than getting an underpowered Vista machine. I have also toyed with the idea of jumping to Ubuntu or Fedora, but I haven't done it yet.

  2. I had a little fling with Ubuntu a while back and came away with a big headache and days of wasted time. The driver support, software, and overall ease of use just wasn't there for me. But it is no doubt the best OS for a lot of people.

    Dell offers business customers the option to purchase "downgrade rights" to go from Vista to XP (they sell you the media and licenses for both), which would be a fantastic option.

    I just rebuilt my machines with XP Pro (install with Service Pack 3 slipstreamed and customized using nLite ) There's something to be said for rebuilding your machine every year or so. It's running so nice, now.

  3. Running Ubuntu Hardy Heron inside Windows XP Home right now. I'd like to see how usuable it is for me.