Vista Has Failed: The Case For Windows XP SP 3.
Microsoft has admitted XP sales are at record highs. Vista is flawed and should be skipped. We need XP SP3!
With the recent announcement that Windows XP was selling in record numbers, it is quite obvious that the fat lady has finally sung for the over-hyped, underperforming, enormous bloated chunk of Gestapoware known as Windows ME II... er... sorry, Vista. Just another huge Microsoft misstep considerably greater than the defunct and completely unmourned Windows ME, The S.S. Vista has more dinghys hitting the water than the Titanic. A surprisingly large number of people are "upgrading" back to XP (a not very simple prospect) and all the major computer manufacturers and retailers are rushing XP preloaded PCs back onto their catalogs and shelves.
This is not to say that Vista is a bad OS. No. Vista is not an OS at all. It is an abhorrent, appalling, atrocious, awful, deplorable, dire, disagreeable, disgusting, distasteful, dreadful, evil, frightful, foul, ghastly, hair-raising, heinous, hideous, horrendous, horrid, horrifying, loathsome, lurid, nauseating, nightmarish, noxious, obnoxious, odious, offensive, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, sickening, terrible, unspeakable, vile piece of...
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Hmm.... I wonder if I've just jeopardized that big ad contract with Microsoft... oh well...
Back to the story. Now that it is quite clear that Vista will be seen at "that OS between XP and Seven", we can all merrily get back to the prospect of using our computers instead of armwrestling them. And XP is just the ticket until Vista is finally retired in the near future.
XP SP2 works. It's stable. It's compatible. It's mature. It allows users to do what they need and want to do with a minimum of nonsensical waste of time and energy. However, XP needs a facelift. Many of Vista's much touted features such as flipping and transparent windows, sidebar, instant desktop search, Defender, etc. are already available from third party suppliers for XP so they can be disregarded. There are, however, several technologies which unfortunately got wrapped up into the Vista maelstrom, that most definitely belong in XP, and which should form the core of XP SP3:
DX10: It has already been proven that DX10 video can be adapted to XP. It is time for Microsoft to give up the chimera that gamers will flood to Vista in droves just to play the DX10 games, and "backport" it to XP in SP3.
ReadyBoost: Accessing extra RAM memory via a Flash card plugged into any USB port is possibly Vista's best feature and one that should not be restricted to masochists who actually enjoy suffering under Vista's stiletto heel. This is another easy "backport" which belongs in SP3.
ReadyDrive: A further hardware implementation of ReadyBoost, ReadyDrive takes advantage of new hybrid hard drives which contain internal flash memory as well as spinning disks. By allocating what data gets written to what hard drive subsystem performance can skyrocket. XP SP3 needs this.
With the inclusion of these core technologies into SP3, the current XP dropdead date which marks the end of Microsoft's support has to be extended from 2014 to 2017. This will give individuals and corporations the stability and confidence that they can stabilize their platforms rather than playing catchup with Microsoft through the entire millennium.
What must absolutely not at any cost be "backported" into XP are the factors I covered in my Don't Install Vista Hub, particularly the excessive resource consumption caused by the outrageous and unnecessary polling of the entire system every 30 milliseconds, Gestapo Denial Of Service Via Revocation, elimination of unified drivers, and the direct disabling of functionality should my 320 GB hard drive packed with completely legal content end up having one lousy 45 second mp3 of the Spiderman Cartoon Theme Song which does not meet Vista's Draconian DRM standards. I do not want my OS doing a single damn thing without my explicit permission. My OS works for me, not the other way around. And Microsoft may be learning the hard way that customers are not overly delighted with an OS that simply decides that since you've been a bad boy, it's going to disable all sorts of functions not only without your approval, but without informing you and without any way of overriding it.
Therefore, if we can get an XP SP3 release this calendar year which contains all of the additions (and subtractions) listed above, then I might end up writing a Hub that is complimentary to Microsoft. I may. That is not necessarily a committment, as it might be very painful for me!