I removed Vista and installed XP the day I bought my PC.
I have Vista on my laptop, and really, I don't like it very much.
i also downgraded my dell desktop. really dun like vista.
but increasingly, its harder and harder to downgrade cos of the drivers issue. some of the new laptops' drivers disc is only for vista.
and i really hate the vista-like office 2007 too... *bleah*
Last edited by nightwolf75; 27th April 2008 at 08:39 AM.
If Life worked on auto mode then manual mode for photography would have never existed.Ē ― Deeksha Mittal
Been testing on SP1 for Vista on Vista Biz and Ultimate, so far I've
not seen a problem at all. But on a system with Vista OS with 2Gb RAM,
you would normally get about a 70% RAM utilization. So if ya do the
maths, you know there isn't much to run the applications.
If you know what to disable you can actually pump up quite a hefty
amount of speed even running Vista.
If you wan to run Vista smooth then 3Gb and above is a must.
For the rest if ya wanna Downgrade/upgrade for a better grade
OS (for now) gona do the following.
1. If its a new notebook and old build XP CD, best to slipstream
service pack 2 and the sata drivers for the system
One can look for nLite for slipstreaming, it's easy to do.
2. Make sure also to go into BIOS and change the SATA status
from NATIVE to IDE or ON to OFF. Cause I understand XP doesn't
If ya want to dual boot the system with Vista and XP
(never tried cause I'm using VMWare )
can look here
1. Click WindowLogo Button aka StartButton
2. Right Click "Computer" and select "Properties"
you will see a window pop up indicating
your windows version and with you have SP1 it's on the third line from
there saying "Service Pack 1"
else download it here
Thanks for the great info above!
BTW, what is slipstreaming? Sorry, been out of touch with these things for a while.
bought a new thinkpad. came with vista. i still had my older thinkpad (half the ram, half processing capability). but the older thinkpad was still quicker!
i tried it for 3 days, gave up and wet back to XP. had some software glitches, it kept shutting down my antivirus. and it was slooooooow. ill prob stick with XP till its no longer supported. dun see why we have to pay for bloated crappy software.
for work/ surfing etc, dun really see the need to get xp. ill only get vista on home desktop if games i play actually require it.
Please let me know your experience of your new TP with XP. Any issues with the drivers, etc? Did you get any assistance from Lenovo for this procedure?
I don't believe SP1 would pop up in the auto Windows Update thingy as yet... as for the large amount of RAM Vista is said to use, the official explaination is that Vista loads up commonly used files in anticipation of the files being used so as to boost speeds... and this requires the OS to learn the usage patterns for some time before the OS can boost speeds and in the mean time may slow down the computer...
as well, some slowdown might be due to the OS logging down files in its search function for faster searches... this can be switched off so it does not use up processor time...
as well, try uninstalling useless programs that the manufacturers stuff into your laptop...
Another glitch I found is when using the slideshow feature in Vista, it automatically blurs your photos when "fade" transition is selected . It is ok when "classic" is selected. Entering and exiting the slideshow lags as well.
It is like back to my using PII computer with Win98 when navigating folders was first done in Internet Explorer format. Slow.
Last edited by Ansel; 5th May 2008 at 09:46 PM.