Chris Pirillo says he just went back to Windows XP from Vista. For Chris, Vista just had too little support for his current USB hardware and he missed the way XP just worked. His suggestion?
“So, why recommend VMWare’s software over Microsoft’s own Virtual PC? That answer is exceedingly simple: VMWare is an amazingly robust virtualization tool – and it’s the only one that supports USB 2.0 device passthroughs. Virtual USB device support *ALONE* is makes it possible to run your XP-happy hardware on Windows Vista. Virtual PC is an inferior product by comparison – no arguments, my friends.”
That’s an awesome endorsement from a guy who is more Microsoft friendly than most other outspoken tech bloggers/podcasters.
I too have just had it with Vista and tossed it out. I bought a brand new laptop last weekend from my local big box electronic chain which had Vista preloaded on it. Sure looked nice and shiny in the store. Got it home and much to my dismay a lot of my software had issues with Vista, not to mention I couldn’t run my copy of VMware Workstation on it. Arrrgh!!
Now, me is smart, so I thought I’d be able to load up my old XP cd into it and load my trusty old XP operating system; as Chris said, it just works. Well, the XP boot cd could not sense any hard drives in this laptop. Probably a SATA drive thing, but I didn’t want any battles. Back to the store went this laptop, and back home I came with a discontinued model with XP on it. Thank-goodness. Just got it by the skin of my teeth as they were selling out fast.
People are going to be really unhappy with Vista I think. The short time I played with it I found it a real pain in the butt to use. I’m going to be much happier running XP and of course my VMware guest operating sytems!
And I can’t wait for VMware Workstation 6!