I have just taken delivery of my new Dell XPC 420, running windows Vista Home Premium. I think I probably prefer Windows XP (what I've read about Vista has been almost universally negative), but it's a model sold with Vista only, and frankly the deal meant I was getting more bang per buck than I could get from any Dell XP machine, and even from Dells Linux range (shows how cheap an OEM Vista licence must be).
My plan was to nuke the disks and then start from scratch with my own copy of XP x64 Pro, though when I tried installing the XP boot CD I get a stop error. Reading some sites (particularly http://www.motherboardpoint.com/t174227-p-installing-xp-pro-on-xps-420.html
) there's a lot of helpful information and it sounds like XP Pro could be manhandled on to the machine, with a lot of effort.
What I am asking is.. Should I really be trying to do this anyway. What's the general opinion out there??
Is it really worth pushing ahead and jamming XP on this thing, or am I just commiting myself to a world of pain, when XP is on it's way out anyway?
I plan to use the thing in part to play video games, but mainly as a host OS for a number of home grown VM Machines.
Please no mindless version bashing, there's enough sites filled with that. Just wondering what you guys thought. Any other peoples experiences of trying to put XP on this hardware much appreciated.