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Is Vista better than XP?

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Two days ago I had Win XP and loved it. I screwed up my computer so bad (BidDefender rescue Cd files went to HD instead of disc and would NEVER allow me to get into XP)that last night a tech came to my home and could not fix it. Since I had an upgrade disc for Vista that I never used, he put that on. Thank God I had backed up everything, online, with Mozy, so loss should be minimal. The question is: how many things did I have that will no longer work with Vista? Overall, if the general consensus that Vista is good or not? If not, should I upgrade to Win7 or go back to XP, which I am told I can do. Your thoughts?
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Given a choice between Vista, XP and 7. I would go for 7 every time. Xp is now becoming more insecure as MS ends support for it and Vista is just a slowcoach of a system with 3Gb of RAM it crawls.

If your computer can accept Vista then it will accept 7.

As an example boot time for Vista is 2.5 minutes and I run a lean system, the 7 partition takes 35 seconds. Same programmes running at start on both partitions

Dependant on which programmes you were running on XP they may run in compatability mode on 7
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I have Vista at home and have been struggling with it a bit. I certainly wouldn't recommend it. I have 7 at the office and it has been faster and more stable for me. I do still have XP at home and will be sad to see it go. I keep it mostly for compatibility with old hardware and software.
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