I have to say: comparing Vista to XP: I prefer XP. Maybe Vista-updated is ultimately faster and has improved features, I don't know, but I've found its 'features' annoying. Well, of course: were it my computer I'd locate the preferences immediately and hopefully be able to take care of some of those little annoyances . . . at any rate, for the sake of Vista users everywhere: I hope that's possible. If so then I suspect one can get used to the OS and end up preferring it to XP... although I've heard it's more buggy than XP.
More buggy? No. More secure, which for some people means more confusing, which for some people means more buggy? Absolutely.
Vista was redesigned from the gound up. They did this to overcome a lot of the fallacies/complaints of XP in regards to security. Microsoft went to all of the hardware manufacturers and said," Here's the new OS, it's different, its better, this is what you need to design your drivers to work with." The hardware peeps dropped the ball on driver development, and the OS ended up being released with shitty drivers. This is the biggest reason that Vista got bad press, which ultimately it was unsuccessful in stopping. Despite the fact that less than a year later it was a rock solid OS, people didn't forget. Worse, they told all of their friends, and all of a sudden all of these people who'd never even seen Vista were experts on why Vista sucked.
Check out the Mojave Experiment
. It was great.
I also don't like how they mixed up the shut down button with the coma button (and I say coma because you can't get out of it, you have to literally unplug the computer or switch off the surge protector.
All I can tell you is that sleep mode has always caused headaches in Windows, because of the vast amount of different hardware configurations. In Windows 7, there's just the "Shut down" button (unless you click on the little arrow that gives you more options). I leave my computer on all the time so I rarely click on it.
Bernie, why do you like Windows? It's an absolutely wretched OS. The only reason I'm willing to tolerate it again in the future is because of those compatibility issues I've mentioned again and again.)
I like to build my own computers, and I like to play video games. At the end of the day, I don't give a damn who's operating system it is as long as it can do what I want it to do really well. Unfortunately for them, OSX and Linux can't do what I want them to do.
Analogy Time! I have a newspaper (web browser), and a chessboard with some fancy chess pieces (video game). I'm shopping for the best desk on which to place/store my items.
I walk up to the MacOS desk, as it catches my eye right away. It's beatifully designed, with a curved, flowing shape to it. The newspaper sits on it just fine (it has a pre-designated spot just for the newspaper), but the chessboard seems to have trouble balancing on the curves, so the pieces keep falling off. On top of that, I can't store the board and pieces when I want to put them away. Sure, it has storage space, but it's all sealed up so it can't interfere with the aesthetics. All that's left to do after I'm done playing is slide the board off the desk into the trash. It appears simplicity comes with a cost.
Next, I approach the Linux desk. Man, does this thing look cool! It's like something out of a Transformers movie... it can adjust its height, width, depth, even change its shape! There's a mechanical hand that holds my newspaper and even turns the pages for me. There's about 900 seperate compartments for storage... but they get in the way of placing the chessboard... sometimes the board sits fine, other times the board gets knocked over by a randomly opening door. The only way to get the board to sit properly is to use a "flat surface emulator" attachment that allows the board to hover above the desk. To put the board and its pieces away, you have to close some of the drawers to open others... and there's compartments inside of other compartments. It's the only desk in the world that comes with a 1000 page manual.
Finally, I saunder over to the Windows desk. It's a fairly plain looking beast... four legs, for drawers, and a flat desk surface. The newspaper has no problem hanging out on top of the desk, and there's plenty of level room to use the chessboard. The drawers are customizable with dividers, making organization pretty straightforward and not overly complicated. Sure, when I pull open a drawer to store the board and pieces, the rollers sometimes gum up and require a little extra tugging effort, but it definitely gets the job done. It won't win any beauty pageants, and certainly it won't save the universe, but it's just a freakin' desk. What else do you need it for?