One of our shiny new Compaq laptop is no longer a Vista machine. The benefits of better graphics and more sophisticated software were frequently offset by disturbing hang-ups and interminable screen blackouts. It also seemed that the machine ran slower as more updates were added. Vista was a painful reminder of the early Window operating systems that were sold to run on PCs with
128K 256K memories!
With those first version of Windows, the allure of a graphic interface was severely dimmed by the fact that it took forever to boot and longer to execute. Die-hard DOS fans snickered while we pioneers waited and waited for screens to update.
History repeats itself, of course, and so 25 years later I have Vista machines that offer lots of promise but are not really ready to deliver the goods.
It finally got to the point where I spent more time waiting than
I have work to do and software which runs just fine on Windows XP, so I chose to lobotomize one of our laptops and gave it a new and more stable personality.
I reformatted the hard drive and installed a full installation copy of Windows XP with Service Pack 2.
The other laptop will be a control subject and will remain a Vista machine. We will watch its performance and see when it starts performing faster than its "deprogrammed" twin. If it takes more than 6 months, it too may become an XP machine.
I was able to make the change from Vista to XP in a day All it took was a little research on the Internet.
Now I am installing all of the special drivers that are needed to get the most out of this new laptop hardware
I am using PC Doc Pro and Driver Genius to make the task as easy as possible.
I’ll let you know how I fare.