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    01-24-2009, 03:44 PM
Your computer gets the same Windows Experience Scores (the top bit) as mine; I just have slightly more (4.8) on the RAM and calculations per second, and slightly less (4.9) on the hard disk transfer rate. I have 2GB RAM and a 1.80 GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

My computer runs Vista fine and swiftly. Unfortunately I can't provide comparable XP experience, as the laptop I have XP installed upon is from the ancient days when 256MB RAM was considered lots and lots.
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    01-24-2009, 05:52 PM
Hmm, not sure what happened, but, while searching around for those stats I found where I could use Windows Defender to disable certain programs on start up. I disabled the few I thought were ok and continued to use the puter for quite some time.

I left it alone for about an hour and when I came back it was frozen. Never had that happen before.

I ended up doing my first system restore since nothing looked the same after I got it to come back up.

Maybe I shouldn't "play" so much trying to figure things out.
    01-24-2009, 08:07 PM
Everyone runs into system restore at some point xD I find it much easier to use in Vista than XP, and certainly my backup process is easier as it's all automatic.
    01-25-2009, 04:36 AM
The stats scoring feature in Vista doesn't mean much as it is not accurate at all. You can use a third party graphics driver and you'll see "stat bit" going haywire with it .

The best programs to get benchmark are

Sissoft Sandra
Everest home edition

These programs can find the hard drive, ram and graphics benchmark much better then Vista's stats info.

Your pc certainly would run faster on XP however as I said before you might not find a drastic change.

Windows Defender is one of the stupidest program I have ever seen, it has been bought by Microsoft from some third party company as to get into anti-spam market. I'd suggest not to change any settings on startup unless you are 100% sure what you are doing.

You are lucky that Vista started otherwise if you would have restarted it might not have come back to life.

    01-25-2009, 12:10 PM
Well, I may not have come out of it as unscathed as I thought!

My laptop was slower than molasses this morning and I couldn't even use it for awhile. But, it got better.

Still slower than before, but not so much.

I have never had that problem before.

Maybe it's a sign!

At this point, I am going to show him what all it does, etc and I may have Windows XP installed by tonight!

That really surprises me about the Windows Defender.

It also just rather pi$$e$ me off too that a regular person can't just install something on their computer and not have it automatically start running at start up.

I especially don't want any of my programs that involve my pictures to start running.

That is one thing I hope he will teach me today at the very least.

Thanks for the other things you listed. I am/will be busy looking into them all.

I'll let you know what all we (and by we I mean he ) did after the fact.

    01-25-2009, 01:48 PM
You are starting to get the annoyance of Vista . You'll soon find out that Vista does not allow programs to run unless you run it under administrative mode. For example, if you want to run a spybot, unless or otherwise you run it under Adminisitrative (right click and run as admin) it will start the program, scan the whole system but would Not let you delete the spywares (What a clever Idea by Microsoft!!).

There are alot more things you will find annoying with Vista.

Do let us know how you get on and what you have decided

Will be anxiously waiting for your post

    01-25-2009, 02:30 PM
This is a huge problem with public perception of many Microsoft products, I think.

The technically-minded and the experts make a huge fuss over the product's limitations for their needs. Then they completely forget to explain that for the average user, the product actually works just fine, and has many benefits to offset the occasional irritant.

This leads to people thinking they need to downgrade/crossgrade/do this that and the other when for their needs all they need to worry about is good computer practice when it comes to keeping things clean and orderly.
    01-25-2009, 04:24 PM
OK you two, this is what we did today.

A big ol mixture of what you both have been saying!

First I have to say I don't know why my puter was running like it did this morning. I did make him aware of it first thing.

It was working fine like usual by the time he got here.

I have two puters, one desktop (XP) that I rarely use and my laptop (Vista).

He was in the same mind as me when he got here, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

So, he gave me the AVG Security on the Desktop that used to have Macafee. He also added Firefox along with IE. I like Firefox much better but need to keep IE to get my Window Updates.

He did a few personal touches as well.

My laptop has PC Cillian and he says that as long as that is working fine to keep that. He also added Firefox to that. He said he could have shut down some of the things on Vista that takes up some space, but, I liked those things and personally, I don't think they probably use up that much. Things like the see through boarders and I love my sidebar. He says if it's worth it to me to give up a bit faster power, that was fine.

The only thing he couldn't do today was to enable me to "share" computer to computer. He tried, and I know given more time he would have figured it out.

He says the problem was that one was XP the other Vista. He has done it on his own computers, but ran out of time to figure it out here.

He says he is also going to hook me up with a Defrag program OO, I think that's how it started.

I think you are both right in your assessment of Vista and XP. My nephew is NOT a big fan of Vista either. But, I kind of like the "pretties" :roll: and a few of the other items that they have.

Thank you both, it sure did help me to be able to think out loud to you both and make the decisions.

Wish I could return the favor!
    01-25-2009, 05:13 PM
Well as I said before if it ain't broke then don't fix it. Additionally I mentioned that for casual/average users it does not make a big difference whether to use XP or Vista however I don't think I made a big fuss over it.

I gave my view point and I still think that XP is better however others might disagree. Some people can cope with Vista's repetitiveness and security restrictions and some don't.

Oh yes, the OO defragmenting program does work and works better. Do try it .

    01-25-2009, 05:39 PM
I'm actually with you that I think that the XP does work better than Vista. My nephew thinks along those same lines as you. Vista is the reason why he couldn't get the share thing going. My XP was fine with it. :)

And, I'm no gamer.

If I had to do it all over again, I would have made them install XP. But, Dell really, and I mean REALLY pushed it down my throat when it came time to order it.

At the time, they only offered XP on a few laptops. The rest were all Vista. I remembered the person telling me that XP was soon going to be obsolete. Of course I had my own common sense telling me to take that with a grain of salt.

Glad you like the OO. He will have to do that on another day.

I was really glad to see this category on a horse forum. Bonus!

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