First time I tried Vista was the week it was released, and it was horrible. I reinstalled back to XP after 2 weeks of trying Vista.
Recently though I have gotten myself a new PC through a deal at work, with Vista included. Since it’s 1 service pack and loads of updates later, I decided to try it out.
The PC was more than capable of running it with 64bit Intel Core2 Quad Q9300 CPU, 4GB mem and Geforce 9800GT.
In the beginning it was slow, hogged my memory like crazy and applications hung up to 5 minutes as “Not responsive”.
Okay, I said, let’s try to tweak it good then. So I set out on my mission to tweak Vista into a tolerable OS.
I followed several good guides on the net, and used the common sense I have worked up after tweaking several OS’ in the past.
I also activated the ReadyBoost with a 2gb USB key after several recommendations around the web.
It’s not that huge a memory-hog anymore, but applications still have a tendency to hang for up to 5 minutes as “Not responding”and the OS is overall very slow….
And for some reason, my mouse lags as hell!
So I ask again, why does everybody hate Vista?
My answer: It’s broken! It requires WAY too much resources to just run smoothly and even then it’s slow compared to other OS’. The freezing application issue is just annoying as hell, and nothing I do to fix it helps anything… Same with the mouse lag.
If there existed a solution to run any DirectX game on Linux, I would’ve changed my entire PC-farm to Linux without blinking. Most likely Mandriva or Fedora, but alas… Wine/Cedega etc. are still quite restricted on that area… *sigh*
Anyways, if anyone else is interested in tweaking Vista, I recommend the following guide over @ TweakHound[^].