It’s true, the other day I sat down and restaged my PC back to Windows XP Professional, but not so much due to any failing on Vista’s part. For the not-quite-a-month or so that I ran Vista I had very few problems. The biggest one was the audio driver for my motherboard as nVidia isn’t including it with their standard driver package like they do with the XP drivers and the default one from Microsoft would work fine for a bit, but tended to corrupt sound in games for no apparent reason. A quick visit to the Realtek website for their latest AC97 Vista drivers was all it took to smooth out that problem.
No, the reason I switched back to XP is because I started playing World of Warcraft once more after landing the job at Meijers. WoW runs just fine under Vista, but I’d previously gotten into the habit of running dual monitors while playing WoW with the game on my primary screen and my secondary screen set aside for looking up info as needed such as good grinding spots for getting your jewel crafting skill up. Having both WoW and several browser windows going at the same time eats up quite a bit of memory and while 1GB of RAM is enough to pull this off under XP, Vista uses up a bit more RAM and as such made trying to do the same thing a bit more of an annoyance.
That’s the only reason I switched back. Because I was spoiled in how I was used to playing WoW. If I had 2GB of RAM I’d probably still be running Vista. Most of the other games I tried playing under Vista worked pretty well, though I didn’t get to test all of my usual games. Civ 4, F.E.A.R., and Half-Life 2 all ran without a hitch and day-to-day use was just fine as well. I’m still working on an entry about what installing and using Vista is like, but thought I’d mentioned that the experiment is at an end for the moment.