Despite the release of Windows Vista Service Pack 1, which addresses many of the issues with the operating system, at least one South African vendor is still advising its users to opt for Windows XP.
Christopher Riley, CEO of The Notebook Company, says Vista “just doesn’t work properly with some applications and users battle, for instance, to install things like blue tooth adapters and add-on devices”.
He says the company continues to advise its clients to opt for the “more stable” XP operating system and sales between the two are currently 80/20 in the favour or XP.
“We naturally cannot force users to use XP but all our salespeople have been advised to rather try and get clients to buy XP.
“Vista is just not a stable operating system for notebooks. I don’t know what Microsoft is doing about it, but I think some more R & D would be a good idea.”
On the up side, drivers are becoming more available for Vista, which was a serious problem a few months ago.
“But we are still sitting with some third party software issues – although they are improving.
"Our technical guys have been experiencing problems with Vista lately where 3G connections kept being dropped.
"Vista is also very resource intensive – you need a minimum of 1Gb of RAM to run it. And very little is spare after that.”