"I am running Vista Business (32 bit) with a good processor, video card and 4 GB RAM (PC 6400) and the OS still feels like "bottled up"
I think Brad Wardell wrote about handles and how excess handels were a possible cause of bogged down system. I don't think I have the depth level of computer knowledge to really know if that is bs or an intelligent observation. What I will say is that there are more handels, more processes, more this that and the other thing going on in the background on vista than xp. I doubt that speeds things up, even if the intention is to do so. I think, if you ran Vista vs XP in like 5 years, when computers have so many CPU cores its crazy, like 16-32-64, the numbers will hopefully go up like that, then perhaps in practice Vista would be better.
Also on my Quad core when I was running Vista, it was not nearly as responsive, like I couldn't kill a task instantly because I couldn't get to the task manager instantly even if it was given realtime priority. So obviously there is lots of room for optimization there. Running a quad core, with these Vista scores, there is no reason for the system to not give me instant control/update or "percieved instant control/update". Certainly I can perceive instant control in XP with a quad core.
Why not in Vista? Sad.
I have no doubt some people just don't like vista, I don't like vista for very real and concrete reasons.
A. Compatibility, with what I was able to run software wise on XP!
B. Performance vs XP
C. Lack of a Service Pack, fixing the above!
D. Price, overprices vs the value, with ultimate, you don't get anything of measurable value over XP SP2, except DX10, WMP11. Oh wow, big whop. DX 10 is great when Crysis comes out, but what about when I wanna play anything else, or use my printer, or record a demo on the desktop, or type a word document, or encode mp3 files, or render video with Vegas 7.0, or the list goes on and on... You get all these supposed OS tweaks that accelerate your experience, but it's like towing a 25 ft boat with a Mustang versus, hauling my alum craft with my Buick. Good luck with that 4 second 0-60 acceleration with your yacht on the trailer hitch on your Mustang.
It might be worth is if you didn't click install anywhere, but were surfing a website and it wanted to install a program, right after you loaded. Then the UAC would be helpful but the fact that it is a popup and everybody fucking hates popups. It just gets clicked instantly, or turned off. Real secure. I sure as hell didn't put up with it after the first day.
I'm a patient person, thus far I have attempted 3 reinstalls of XP, without success and have spent about 6 hours on the phone with MS trying to fix this shit. (More thanks Microsoft) Letting them know about my problems with Vista, explaining why XP is working better for me as a consumer, suggesting how to improve Vista, how to improve XP for SP3. Did you all know that you need a floppy drive to install a raid driver on XP?
Who the hell builds a monster kick ass high end computer, i.e. one which probably will be utilizing a RAID 0, with a Terabyte of storage, but then also installs a 1.44 mb floppy drive? Answer: AlmostNobody. This is something that should be fixed in SP3 for XP, it is a feature in Vista, where you can install a raid driver with a flash drive or cd/dvd.
Jythier, I am a moron for thinking Vista would be backward compatible for stuff like XP was for the majority of functions as far back as WIN 95/98. Microsoft is a moron if they think utilities like the UAC, which they started working on in ?2002? will actually make that OS more secure over XP, when the general public is either forced to use it because they still hold an OS monopoly, or the alternatives are more dangerous because they don't have the giant software support army MS does.
Bottom line, it is Microsoft and Microsoft alone who bears the brunt of my anger at the lack of value in the purchase I made. There is no single feature and certainly no conglomeration of utilities in Vista Ultimate, worth the $150+ I spent to acquire the OEM license. If they had included MS word, or Excel, then yeah maybe, and maybe it would be worth taking an extra day researching how to make the OS compatible beyond the patches and updates. However they didn't! They also didn't make the OS more productive then XP, or more secure. Fact is Vista's vulnerabilities just haven't been uncovered yet, likely they will.