Monday, September 1, 2008

Windows, windows, windows

This was something I didn't want to do, but... anyways... I did.

It has been a year since I bought my big laptop (very disapointed I have to say. Very nice laptop but I didn't know that battery lifetime for this model was so short). It came with Windows Vista Home Premium Edition. I used it for a year, but I got upset because it had a lot of errors and compatibility problems with most of the Windows 98 programs (even with the compatibility mode), and some of Windows XP programs (specially games). So I cleaned up the HD and installed Windows XP Professional Edition.

A year has passed, and I decided to try new things. In the beginning I kind of didn't want to do it because I had to back up everything in my computer. But I thought that anyways I have to back up my files before something happens (not that I wanted something bad to happen, but just in case). So after two days of backing up everything, the first thing Installed was Windows XP 64 bits. The 64 bit OS have been having a lot of popularity so I wanted to try, but I didn't like it. then I tried Windows Vista 64 bits. Windows Vista 32 bits and 64 bits have the same logo, the only way to know if it is 32 bits or 64 bits is looking at the System information at the Control Panel. But I didn't like it either.

Through out my life I've worked with many Microsoft OS, from MS-DOS 3 to 6, Windows 3.1, Windows 3.11, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP and now Windows Vista. But I definitely recommend Windows XP 32bits.

MS-DOS
  • Come on! No one uses it any more!
  • Single tasking / Single user operationg system.
  • 16 bit OS.
Windows 3.1, 3.11
  • The first Windows.
  • Just a graphic interphase for DOS.
  • A jewel for a computer museum.
  • The difference between 3.1 and 3.11 was networking support.
Windows 95
  • The kernel was DOS 6.
  • Too old - No support, no software anymore.
  • Only if you are really a computer fan.
  • 16 bit / 32 bit hybrid OS.
Windows 98
  • Like Win95, DOS kernel.
  • There were 3 versions: a, b and SE (Second Edition) - a & b, very bad; SE, OK.
  • Single tasking / Single user OS.
  • Very old - No support anymore.
  • Only if you have very old programs that you really need. - Usually only companies that have very old machines, not office or home anymore.
  • 16 bit / 32 bit hybrid OS.
Windows ME
  • Just a looking better Win98.
  • Very unstable, as if the new graphic interphase was having problems with the kernel.
  • They got rid of the annoying blue-screens, but instead the OS freezes (Wow! Brilliant solution! ????? That's Microsoft way of "fixing" things.)
  • If you want to instal (for any reason) WinME, I recommend to install 98, it is more stable.
Windows 2000
  • Very good OS, fortunately it wasn't created by Microsoft, but with colaboration of IBM.
  • It is based on Windows NT, wich I never installed on any computer, just used it at school.
  • True multitasking / multiuser.
  • Very stable.
  • Also known as Win2K.
  • Recommended for very old computers, if you want to be WinXP compatible but the computer doesn't support WinXP.
Windows XP 32 bits
  • I'm usign this OS right now.
  • Based on Win2K kernel.
  • Not the best OS, but the most used around the globe, so it's easier to find software and drivers.
  • Now I realize that I love this OS.
Windows Vista 32 bits
  • Great graphic interphase - I love how the Aero looks like.
  • Microsoft says that it is fully compatible with Windows XP, but it's not "fully compatible."
  • Needs a lot of resources (My computer has 3G Ram, and only the OS uses 1.3G Ram, almost half of it.)
  • I don't care what benchmarking says, as a final user the processes feel like slower than Windows XP.
Windows XP 64 bits
  • Very fast OS.
  • Based on Win2K.
  • True 64 bit OS.
  • There aren't that much drivers and support for it, so you are by yourself.
  • It has no compatibility with the 32 bit programs, so it's a Windows that isn't compatible with Windows.
  • Very not recommended.
Windows Vista 64 bits
  • If you have enough resources (At least 2G Ram), it is very fast, far more than Windows XP.
  • Some compatibility problems with WinXP and Win98 programs, specially with Win98 programs, even with compatibility mode.
  • It has a 32bit emulator within the OS, so you can run 32bit programs, but you have to know all the tricks to do it or you'll feel lost.
  • Did I mention that it is very fast with enough resources?
  • You need to find the right drivers (64bit support drivers), there are all the drivers on the net, but you have to look for them one by one.
  • I don't recommend this yet, because you can't really use all of its poteincial since all the programs are 32bits yet. Since the 32bit programs run under the emulator you aren't using all it has, so until there are more 64bit programs, I don't remend this OS unless you wanna try it.
This is more less my experience with Microsoft's OS. System configuration is always a problem each time they change versions, I can and I am willing to learn again, I can live with it; but stability of the OS, speed of processes, and system requirements are issues I care about. Compatibility is also one thing I expect. Maybe not with Win98 since it's too old and have different kernels, but I expect full compatibility with Windows XP.

1 notes:

Yisus said...

Hey!!! tenia el deseo de instalar vista en mi laptop, pero despues de tu review.... Creo que la mejor opción es quedarme con el XP, solo que la version que tiene el windows media center, no me agrada, a ver si despues me prestas el XP, "normalito"

ahí te ves!!!

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