it has been a looong night - finally got the first comparison of the my current XP home and the Vista Beta (32bit version, in my case). Please note that this is limited to my m6805 and personal no-name-brand desktop pc.
official download Vista Beta 2.0 build5384http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvist...y/preview.mspx
be patient: 3+ hours download and very loong installation time. i did 1st with an upgrade after backing up the current system and then 2nd with a clean update to be able to run dual boot.
just a quick recap on my current XP:
i have totally cloned the XP theme with FlyaKiteOSX3.5, RKLauncher, Finderbar, Y'Z tools, Mac Search (Spotlight clone), AveDesk, Rainlendar, ..., my system font is Finderbar/Lucinda - as in MacOSX).
The reason being is that simple, i enjoy the Mac Look but many tools and things are still being done in Windows (and Linux).
Current XP xtra features are IE7 (yes the 7th), Windows Media Player 11 (look slick and handsome witht he dark background) and Windows Defender (quirky update schedule). I must say they are good, even though i am a fan of firefox, avast and other non-MS products :-)
Vista Beta looks VERY nice, with loads of desktop applets coming stock - i would say that for a nice looking screen/theming, Vista saves users a bunch of headache going thru collecting tools and apps like i did. But then, on the other hand, with such a looong installation, setting up XP clone is much faster. I expect this will change when the official Vista version hits the ground.
With the "limited" inclusion of drivers inside the kernel, Vista is doing a decent job to get a normal system up. Setting it up is simpler comparing to XP. It is a downside that many much needed up-to-date drivers - network, wireless, graphic - are not readily available. I sense this lacking due to the coordination and participation of vendors. But then again this is only a beta version, and it is the reason why i chose to have a dual boot so not to bastardise my current good working XP.
In the next few days I would try to come up with some relevant test cases to scope out the performance of vista beta. Lot of researches for sure :-)
i found a link to read a good professional input/review of Vista Beta (i m sure that many more are out there):http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/05/31/windows_vista/
oh, and for the cons:http://www.computerworld.com/action/...icleId=9000829