I'm getting my new CPU in the mail today... and I was planning on doing a fresh install of XP when I finally get it but I have been unable to locate my copy of the OS. So now I have the option to install either one... its just a matter of going to my university bookstore and picking up a copy of either for $10.
I have used XP since it came out and I have been quite content. I don't use my computer for much besides listening/downloading MP3s and movies, using Publisher every now and again to update my really BLAND website, playing CS 1.6/Source, play poker online, chat, check email, view pr0n, etc.
Nothing that really requires me to have DX10. Like I said I've been content with XP and I'm not sure if I'd need Vista for anything else...
Given all of that information, and as you can see my hardware from my signature (CPU will be changing over to an Opteron), which direction would you head? I might reinstall Stalker again, but for now my 360 occupies most of my gaming needs.
Until the beginning of next year (after vista sp1)I would say stick with XP especially if its an upgrade as opposed to built for Vista. Vista has a lot to offer but its a little bit broken at the moment. The fixes are pretty much in place now but not available to the public yet.
I had Vista on a car PC for a while and tonight i went back to XP - i got a copy of TinyXP and used MiniLogon instead of Winlogon to speed up boot times - Vista has issues with the audio part and also with some plugins and not many can help with it for now - best stick to XP where you have some backup when things go wrong.
I think XP would be better in the carpc environment being vista is more of a memory/cpu user than XP.
For all those saying Vista is broken, I just upgraded my home pc to Vista64 and have NO problems! (but I have a brand new PC) I do agree with TruckinMP3, drivers may be an issue, but you can't blame Microsoft for that.
Vista is mainly broken on the sleep/hibernate front which is pretty important in a car environment. The faults are well documented in loads of forums and strangely enough these faults were never in the RC versions. I have pretty much sorted these faults out on my HTPC now with some none public Microsoft patches but there is still the odd niggle. There are also well documented faults on network browsing even with a domain controller in place that until MS sorts it out is going to put a lot of companies off. If your looking to use a SAMBA network drive be careful as Vista just doesn't like it at the moment.
Depends on your point of view whether you can blame MS for the drivers or not as an OS is useless without peripheral devices. The fact that huge companies like ATI and Nvidia are taking so long to get them right either means the OS is difficult to write for or MS aren't providing enough help/info.
All in its not a bad effort and has potential but its just not there yet. It has far too much of a liking to white out your app at the moment so we can only live in hope that the service pack delivers.
I use vista in my car. It does get slow, but I really like the back up features. I stored my whole Vista OS and all my software installed on two DVDs. If something happend's to my computer; I just pop in the DVDs and I'm back running smoothly.
I wouldn't reccomend using vista on your carPC unless you really have a beefy machine. It slows things down like hell.
For instance: my desktop PC, a Intel CoreDuo E6400 2,13Ghz, 2Gb ram running vista makes RR start and function slower than my CarPC, a Celleron M440 1.86Ghz with 1Gb Ram running XP.
Also when testing on my desktop I often come across problems with vista. For instance a simple excample: volume control doesn't work in Roadrunner beause of the fact Vista handles volume control in a different way as XP does (maybe this is solved in one of the last versions of RR, I don't know). Also you will have to disable the Aero interface because when enabled weird things happen with skins in Roadrunner (parts dissapear).
The most carPC software is written for XP and therefor will function better and more stabile on XP.
Vista would work just fine for your, provided that you are packing the hardware to back it up. Vista runs so incredulously SLOW, but I just ordered 4 gigs of ram to install in my laptop, because I have seen that upgrade in action... It runs Window Vista at striking speed and I can actually run a VM of XP and Linux simulatenously on the top of Vista (Yes 3 op systems at once!) and only use a half gig of that memory. So if you dont have some power hungry toys, then I would suggest, right now anyways, for you to run XP!
However, if you really must run Vista, then I would suggest disabling a lot of the eye candy it offers and optimize it for faster run times and loads, as well as shutdown. But that is just me.
I have Vista running on my CarPC, and installed the latest RC for SP1...
Whether Vista or XP, you should be stripping down the visuals and services and uninstalling unneeded features and programs for running a CarPC anyway...
With that said, it run just fine and is more stable than XP...
I'm running Athlon XP3200+, 1Gb RAM, 320GB HDD and Radeon 9700Pro graphics...
Sleep/Hibernation issues are hardware related...it's not a Vista problem. The CarPC sleeps and wakes perfectly (and DAMN fast!) but doesn't resume properly on my desktop (Quad Intel Q6600, 2GB RAM, 8800GTX, Asus P5N32-E SLI, liquid cooled)...
And if you don't have drivers for Vista by NOW, again, that isn't a Vista issue...it's your vendor...