I’m moving in to my new Vostro 270 Windows XP system today.
I am SO sick of the Windows 7 issues that have plagued me for the past 9 months. When I saw someone selling a brand new Core-I3 system with XP I snatched it up immediately.
I started building the new system last Friday. Put in a 1TB Velociraptor hard drive (10K RPM), a better video card, and a 2TB 7500 RPM drive for backups. So far it has been a pleasure to use this system.
The Windows 7 system is a hi perf Core-I7 with 16GB of memory and I hate to see it get relegated to a secondary system, but it will simply be used to run the 4 virtual machines I used regularly (mainly development systems).
I have had a Win 7 Media Center system for 3-ish years and while it silently rebooted a lot the first year , it has been solid since. But heaven help me for trying to run old apps and hardware on Win 7 – it has been horrible in regards to backwards compatibility.
BTW, the new system is the first system I’ve ever built with a permanent Linux (Mint) partition so I can dual boot to Linux for maintenance. Just looking to the future when I finally drop Windows completely.