10 reasons why I don’t need Windows Vista

XP vs Vista
Image from CustomPC feature: XP vs Vista

The Christmas edition of PC Plus arrived this week. This month’s issue contains a “Wishlist 2007” booklet, at the back of which is an article entitled “Wow! 10 reasons why you need Windows Vista”.

  1. The interface looks amazing

    It does. I’ve used Windows Vista, not for long, but long enough to know that it does indeed look lovely and cool. But in truth, I don’t really care about looks. Windows XP looks fine for what I need.

  2. Simple but powerful photo gallery functions

    The tagging facility would be quite cool, to be honest, but it would require me to manually tag the 40,000+ images I already have stored on my PC, which is why I don’t use that facility with Google Picasa or Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI at the moment. I’m an information architect — I have a way of organizing my photos which works perfectly for me.

  3. Supremely fast file-searching facilities

    I really do know where most of my files are — that’s years of working out a filing system that works for me. For the few files that I can’t find I use Agent Ransack which is way quicker than the built-in XP file search.

  4. All you need for top class gaming

    The article argued that Vista treats games differently. So do I: I have my own dedicated games partition running XP.

  5. You can get Windows Media Center built in

    I don’t want Windows Media Center. I watch the odd DVD on my PC using WinDVD, and listen to MP3s with WinAmp. That’s about it.

  6. Speed up in a flash

    Does ReadyBoost really work? Besides, I’m quite happy reinstalling XP every year. I really am. I can decide what I want and what I don’t. It’s like a spring clean.

  7. Foolproof to set up

    The XP installation is simple. I’ve got it down to a fine art now. And with Norton Ghost 2003 the job is made much simpler and quicker.

  8. Parental controls

    I’m not a parent.

  9. The super-handy little Sidebar

    One word: Yahoo! Widgets. Okay, that was two words.

  10. A secure safety net for you to perform over

    I admit that Vista is more secure. But perhaps at the cost of asking too many questions: do you want to allow this? do you want to allow that? Some friends have said that it’s more annoying that ZoneAlarm’s ever constant pestering! If you’re careful though, you can make XP pretty secure.

So … that article hasn’t convinced me that I need Windows Vista. I may be forced to buy Vista in the future, but at the moment I certainly don’t need it.

I can do everything that I want to do, quite comfortably with Windows XP SP2, thank you very much. And besides, XP happily talks to my Psion via PsiWin 2.3.3 (some Vista users have had terrible trouble getting it to work).

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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