|I've mentioned this a few times now & I'll state it again: Vista is NOT for everyone; same thing with Windows 7. |
Heck, even XP
wasn't isn't for everyone, as there are folks still happily running Windows 9x on their productivity machine(s) because they're simply not ready nor prepared for the code shift. Sadly, I'm acquainted with two or three individuals that fit that profile to a tee. They are content with the expansive world of 9x & have no need nor desire for a machine that offered more ... pretty scary if you ask me, but I'm ok with their logical reasoning. Moreover, I have long since quit helping them fix their machines, because "upgrading" seem to always find its way into the discussion & it isn't an option, which in my opinion made my support withdrawal decision a win-win for all :-)
What's the point to all this? Truth be told, XP is in the PAST -- no matter how good it WAS & how religiously people want to latch on to it for years to come -- it is NOT the FUTURE. Now, regardless of the subtle or dramatic positive/negative differences between Vista & Windows 7, it is a bit of a stretch to strongly claim that XP is BETTER OVERALL than these two heavyweights are or ever will be ... the insinuation is arguably beyond ridiculous that it is borderline laughable.
BTW, Sisko, what is the actual specs of this machine & what OS came preloaded on it - Vista Basic, HP, Business or XP? I seem kinda lost on that one. Your OP indicates you loaded Vista on it & in the same vein suggests that you had XP on the same machine (perhaps at some point) before you loaded Vista on there & possibly removed it before finally going back to XP ... which is which?
At any rate, your choppy playback might be codec or driver related, but it's tough to say since you didn't seem to troubleshoot the issue at length. Reloading the OS on a machine might solve most software issues short-term, but it is a band-aid fix for something that goes a little deep in nearly every situation. And without a clear attempt at unraveling the issue at hand & isolating the cause, you lose whatever potential you may have at understanding the problem ... but hey, if reloading works for you, I guess that's good enough for the folks likely to help you in terms of time & energy saved on your issue.
But make no mistake about one thing: This is 2009 & XP is NOT the
better best OS, overall, among the three.
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