I recently purchased an Acer Aspire laptop that came with Vista installed and to be frank, it's a bit pants. Mainly it's the speed - starting applications / explorer / printing and so on. There might even be a driver issue with the touchpad.
Now, is it worth getting the Windows 7 upgrade for about £20? Will I get a better, more responsive user experience. Has anyone done this yet with the aforementioned Acer Aspire laptop? Just what can I expect from the upgrade?
(Pre-emptive: Yes, I have tried an Ubuntu live CD and it worked great, even connecting to my network via the wireless card, but, it's not my machine, although I have tried to convince the missus to change)
I installed Ubuntu onto the laptop last night with dual boot and did some trivial speed comparisons between Ubuntu and Vista. I've not tweaked the default installation for Vista and for Ubuntu I've put the desktop effects up to maximum. From selecting the OS at the grub menu, I timed the following for both OSes:
Log on to wireless network (automatic)
Open explorer (requires mounting the NTFS partition which required entering an admin password when using Ubuntu)
Navigate to an open office document
Open document (double click it, opens a one page open office writer file)
Wait for print job to complete
In Vista this took 2:50 and in Ubuntu it took 1:40.
As I've noted in one of the comments below, a couple of times when using Vista (pressing Win+E and Ctrl-P to print) I had that 'did I actually press those keys' moment as there was no feedback for quite a while.