Vista is what Xp should have been.
As a systems admin who’s been running vista ultimate in a domain environment for the past 9 months I’ve had not one system crash or blue screen of death. At first I was a bit skeptical myself but after using vista in a work environment on a daily basis I don’t think I can go back to Xp. I am now working on building a Quad core system for home use and plan on building it with Vista Ultimate 64 due to very high approval over at one of the best tech forums on the net http://hardforum.com
Sure the system may require a bit more memory but you have to stop thinking of system memory as a resource and start thinking of it as a a cache. Just like the level 1 and level 2 cache on your CPU, system memory is yet another type of high-speed cache that sits between your computer and the disk drive.
And the most important rule of cache design is that empty cache memory is wasted cache memory. Empty cache isn’t doing you any good. It’s expensive, high-speed memory sucking down power for zero benefit. The primary mission in the life of every cache is to populate itself as quickly as possible with the data that’s most likely to be needed-- and to consistently deliver a high “hit rate” of needed data retrieved from the cache. Otherwise you’re going straight to the hard drive, and if you have to ask how much going to the hard drive will cost you in performance, you can’t afford it.
The Vista feature you are all looking to disable is called UAC or User Account Control. Most people think that this is a vista only feature but this is actually in most operating systems including Ubuntu and OSX. Want to perform an administrative task (possibly dangerous task)? Sure, Vista will ask you for your administrative password, why? So that Malware, Spyware and Virus’s are not allowed to propagate on your system without you knowing. Once you’ve been using your system for a couple of days UAC is behind the scenes, it’s just the initial configuration that is a bit annoying.
Most new systems now days have standard Dual core or higher processors and at least 3-4 gigs of memory. System memory is so cheap right now that there is no reason not to spend the extra cash for 4gb of memory. I’m currently running a a Core 2 Duo, 3gb of memory and Vista ultimate 32 at work and it works great.
Vista uses a feature called Superfetch which ultimately loads the programs you use the most into memory so that they will load faster. If you do want your vista system to handle memory like an Xp system you can disable Superfetch.
If you are looking to buy a new system and looking for a fresh windows experience by all means give Mojave… Err… Vista a try.