Improvement via Regression

Album Cover: Wincing the Night Away

"It's like I'm perched on the handlebars of a blind man's bike."
The Shins / Spilt Needles

Posted on August 26, 2007 10:35 PM in Computers
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If you'll recall, I made the jump from Windows XP to Windows Vista back in April.

This weekend, I made the jump back to Windows XP.

As I commented over at Asa Dotzler's blog, Vista is pretty, but it's just too slow. I still remember how fast my computer was when I got it three years ago. Remembering that, combined with the fact that I totally souped it up with a new graphics card and 2GB of RAM before making the upgrade, made the slowness of Vista unacceptable.

Now I find myself with a clean machine, running just as fast (if not faster) than it's ever run, and there's no looking back (or forward?).


Zim on August 27, 2007 at 12:08 AM:

Nice decision :)


Yoel Roth on August 27, 2007 at 5:34 AM:

Want some improvement via progression?

Get a Mac. =]


Bernie Zimmermann on August 27, 2007 at 8:02 AM:

Have they fixed that whole right-clicking thing yet? ;)


Ryan on August 28, 2007 at 12:22 PM:

Don't get a Mac. Stick with XP until Wine is up-to-snuff. Its coming soon. Vista is doomed.


Hoss on August 28, 2007 at 5:16 PM:

I went through same thing. I tried Vista on 3 machines at my home for almost 3 months, last couple of weekends I have got them all back to XP. I'm getting another machine setup with Ubuntu Fiesty Fawn and Beryl to see what that experience is like in person. 3D cube desktop switcher looks killer. See a video of it at:


Bernie Zimmermann on August 28, 2007 at 10:36 PM:

Thanks for dropping by, Hoss. Once I get a new box at home I'll likely be installing Ubuntu on it, and I'm tempted to give Beryl a try as well.

Oh, and nice website.


Robert L Gordon on August 29, 2007 at 11:56 AM:

It sure would be nice if someone had some real perfomance data. Exactly what is slow and what is fast? Reading these comments makes me feel like I am on a highway and can't see what anyone is driving?

How many processes are running and how much memory is committed? Is it the auto-index process in Vista that soaking up CPU cycles, or is it the fact that 60 processes are continually managing traffic over ports abpout updates, messages, ads or whatever?

I am thinking about upgrading in the fall after configuring half a dozen machines for friends.


Bernie Zimmermann on August 29, 2007 at 8:07 PM:

Robert, I'm sure there are performance numbers out there. Those numbers are important for some, I'm sure, but as an everyday user it can simply boil down to pure subjective feeling.

The bottom line is, without tweaking the performance of Vista at all, my computer ran far slower than Windows XP does, without tweaking the performance at all.

That's all I needed to know to revert.


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