I never said Win XP is “on par” with Win Vista, 7/8… but they do ‘act up’ more than my XP machines. This has to be because they are connected to the internet, keep wanting to update themselves on nearly a daily basis, and are generally ‘exposed’ where as my XP machine never update, nor is there any exposure. Everything in it has been proven.
When you have the element of exposure, you obviously then have to measures to fight off every virtual Thomas, Richard & Harry. That’s what my more modern/up to date machines have to deal with. And by the way, they are all laptops on Vista, 7 & 8. For my XP machines, take away the prime offending element, INTERNET, and all is well.
Actually, I LIED above…I did indeed connect my last XP DAW build I did a few months ago to the internet…I connected it for several minutes trying to find ONE driver for the video card, directly off the manufacturers site…guess what, things went screwy immediately afterwards…much of it getting SPAMMED from Microsoft themselves, trying to convince me I need Win 8 and I should get a new computer! I ‘was’ just about going to Reformat/reinstall Windows again, being it was just a Win XP install so far, but when I brought it back to the music room, everything seemed on again…so I went ahead and installed a minimal music software selection.
Traditionally, I’ve found that with some music software (rare), but especially the written XP pro audio ASIO drivers for my audio interfaces tend to act up, and have never been 100% totally stable. But still, my XP music machines are more stable than my Vista, 7 & 8 internet machines…even though they’re protected.
And, I total agree with the statement that the various Cleaner software out there, and in my own experience some of the well known anti-virus software causes more problems than it claims to help.
Aside from the threat of having my internet machines somehow hacked, my sensitive information compromised, I’m sure that if say a Windows 8 DAW machine was kept off the internet from DAY ONE (if that’s even possible!) it would run fantastically for a long time without issues…that is, once everything is hunky-dory with software installs, updates & proper drivers…it THAT’s even the case yet