Ha. Ha. Ha.
I love it. I must be the only person in the world who knows that Windows XP is beautifully stable. I've been running on one format for about two years now for the sole purpose of being able to say exactly that.
I've had Premiere Elements crash on me three times. FinalCut Pro... 27+.
Windows has crashed four times on me, each time I was able to fix it, because I sent an error report to Microsoft's servers, and they told me the problem seemed to be caused by "ATI Technologies Inc," where, magically, when I downloaded and installed my latest drivers everything worked fine.
About 4 times a year.
About 4 times less than Mac OS X.
Oh, spyware? Do we want to get into spyware? And how Windows machines are the most targeted ones in the world? Man, that sure is funny... seeing as how I DON'T HAVE ANY.
I run Spybot - Search & Destroy coupled with Microsoft AntiSpyware -- both free, mind you. Alongside Symantec Client AntiVirus and Symantec Client Firewall, this team of security agents is unstoppable. I can customize my firewall to my preferences, you know, deny Quicktime access to the Internet and such. Each of my programs runs at certain scheduled times that have already been predetermined, so... in effect... my PC flawlessly takes care of itself. Self-defragmenting, self-virus scanning, self-antimalwaring... need I go on?
Wait... wait... I forgot to mention my physical security. System Passwords. BIOS Passwords. Things like that. With XP Professional, you can customize your PC so as to prevent it from reading CD's, Floppy disks, USB Drives and other such removeable media unless there is a user logged on. This prevents bypasser "hax" such as Jack the Ripper, etc.
But... hey. Let's look at logistics. Symantec Client AntiVirus plus Firewall is a $700 investment, with the lifetime updates support. Well, fortunately, $80 plus Windows XP will give you the protection you need in the form of Norton SystemWorks alongside the XP Firewall. Many people chide this as an insignificant means of defense, but ... considering my father's computer runs this exact setup and has no malware... those people can collectively eat their words.
I formerly used my father's custom-built PC as my own. Now, I do the exact same things I did on that one on my new PC. It runs fine. I do video editing. I do 3D animation. I play games. I run benchmarks. I surf the internet. Hell, I even took a dare from a friend to go to a notoriously maliciously scripted website, as he expected my computer to go awry with three viruses... that were immediately quarantined.
I might add, I have gotten every
damn PC I have ever worked on to run stably. My mother's Dell. My father's custom-built PC. My grandfather's Dell. My friend's eMachines. My friend's Dell. My friend's custom-built PC. Hand me any x86 PC, and what you can do on one, you can do on any