Upgrading to Windows XP SP2

After months of soul-searching, I made the gut-wrenching decision today to upgrade my home PC to Windows XP SP2.

Upgrade from Vista, that is.

I’m completely convinced that Vista is not designed to run on single-core/processor machines.  I’ve run Vista on work machines without any hiccups, with Aero Glass going full on.  I thought I had a semi-decent home PC:

  • AMD Athlon XP 2800+
  • 2 GB RAM

Alas, it was not enough to net me more than about 2.9 on the Windows Experience Index.  UAC annoys the hell out of me, most file operations take forever, I’m denied access to do simple operations, like creating a folder on my D: drive.  At work, I’ll turn all of these safety features off, as I’m okay running with scissors in a development environment.  I have no idea how a home user deals with all of it, I sure couldn’t.  opefully Vista’s SP1 will fix these issues.

About Jimmy Bogard

I'm a technical architect with Headspring in Austin, TX. I focus on DDD, distributed systems, and any other acronym-centric design/architecture/methodology. I created AutoMapper and am a co-author of the ASP.NET MVC in Action books.
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  • We had so many problems with Vista at work that out of about 15 people that originally had it installed a year ago, we are down to zero installations today.

    I won’t even get on my soapbox about vista =)

  • I have an AMD 3200+ (not much better than what you have) with 2GB ram as well.

    My Windows Experience Index is 4.1 (which is due to my processor).

    Why is your score so low?

  • @Ben

    I’m not exactly sure. Too late to find out now, I paved that sucker clean. Much happier now, and with Launchy, I don’t miss Vista’s Start Menu at all.