Installing Windows XP from Scratch on VAIO VGN-UX390N

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  1. One small nitpick: as someone who has been running Vista x64 on his primary desktop between late 2008 and mid-2018, I object to slandering its name 🙂 Microsoft eventually did “fix it” (and in some ways it was more that the hardware vendors came out with stable working drivers). Post SP1 Vista is rather solid, and I found it even a bit more stable than Windows 7. With that said, on a 1GHz/1GB system, such as this VAIO, neither would be able to provide a satisfactory user experience.

    I know the pain in manually hunting for manufacturer drivers for specific OSes. Kudos for providing the step-by-step. 🙂

    • Jason says:

      I worked in IT when Vista came out and we rolled it out to hundreds of machines. It was very problematic at first. To be honest I never really used it personally (I stuck with Windows XP until Windows 7 came out), but I do remember having to roll back a ton of machines to XP because our business customers weren’t happy with Vista’s stability, speed, and compatibility with software. On a full PC I don’t imagine it would be that bad after the software fixes (you mentioned SP1) but on this VAIO it was pretty slow. The VAIO is just too underpowered to run it well at all, and with only 1GB of RAM, there’s just not enough to keep it from doing a lot of memory swapping via the slow EMMC SSD. I’m still looking for those Sony apps. Haven’t found them yet. :-/

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