In preparation for a presentation a plasma display decided that colour was all too hard and degraded into 2 bit black & white display mode. The presenter apologised, while rebooting in an attempt to fix the problem:
"I'm sorry, I'm using Vista, it must be causing problems"
Another presenter plugged in a Windows XP Machine which displayed full living colour;
"XP works, it must have been Vista problem!"
Previously I have used the same display for presentations with no colour problems at all. I was using a machine running, you guessed it, Microsoft Vista.
What proportion of "the problems with Vista" are not really Vista problems and just bad drivers?
As I contemplate a move from XP to Vista, for 64 bit, I was interested to see David Cohn's real world comparison of XP & Vista with design software. One aspect that surprised me was the minimal impact of the "Aero" graphics system in Vista.
A comparison of the two operating systems yields some interesting results...