Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Jul 2008 22:04 UTC
Windows As someone who uses Windows Vista practically daily, I've always wondered where all the negativity in the media comes from. Sure, Vista isn't perfect (as if any operating system is), but I just don't see where all the complaints are coming from. It runs just fine on my old (6 years) machine, all my software and hardware is compatible, and it's stable as a rock. Microsoft has been wondering the same thing, and after a little test, they may have found out why people seem to dislike Vista so much.
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I hate Vista for real reasons..
by looncraz on Fri 25th Jul 2008 05:52 UTC
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Okay, the reasons I hate Vista:

1. EXTREME Bloat - natural consequence or progress, sure, but this is just overkill in Vista.

2. DRM - need I say more?

3. EXTREME hardware requirements.
My Radeon 9200 SE is unable to run Aero, though it
is very capable of running Compiz in Linux without
MUCH effort - and with considerably more effects!

4. Slow to boot compared to XP (but not Linux)

5. I just installed Vista Home Premium this evening and the installation already corrupted itself. Trying to shutdown always causes a bluescreen. No power management works ( this is NOT a laptop or OEM box, but standard generic home-grown machine which runs nearly every OS thrown on it (except Vista) ).

6. User interface design & immutability - Why, oh why does the machine just shut down when I hit the icon which at one time ( read: in XP ) was used to Shutdown/Restart/Hibernate/enter Standby?? WHY?? Why is 1/3 of my screen always taken up by something USELESS??

7. UGLY ( without Aero [and with, IMO] ), seems at least a LITTLE effort could have been put forth to ensure that the Home Basic look&performance was improved ( ESPECIALLY when the Vista is a 'Premium'
version, but the graphics card 'cannot' support Aero ).

8. 40 GB Partition minimum ( in Premium, anyway ), it doesn't matter that the partition is an 1 TB drive, only that the partition is 39.998GB, which is less than 40.00 GB.. grrr...

9. Partial loss of compatibility. Either do it all the way, or not at ALL. Microsoft should have kept Vista as a new line of Windows requiring new programs, and provided an embedded XP for compatibility on all levels.

10. Integration of the old w/ the new : It just seems stupid to click on the cute little link "Change Display Settings" and have a d**n Windows 95-era dialog pop up! This is INCREDIBLY prevalent in Vista and terribly inconsistent.

Now, don't be mistaken, I understand why Vista is the way it is: Poor management, incoherent & loosely enforced UI guidelines, 'market' reasons ( HW vendors need more money... though they will get it anyway through the OEM channel, some companies will fair better than others ), among many other reasons.

But regardless, I hate Vista MOST OF ALL, because it is the most difficult POS to work with when trying to repair a customer's machine. In XP I could do most things in just a few clicks ( on my first try ), with Vista, even after much experience, it will take me MUCH longer.

True, I charge by the hour, but I have other customers waiting in line, and either I look like a freaking idiot trying to do something simple ( though much of the simple things are still easy enough ), or it looks like what I'm doing is 10x more complex than it is, which causes my customers to refuse to try and get a grasp of what I'm doing for their own benefit.

I work on computers mostly as a hobby, my efforts go entirely to trying to ensure my customers only call me when they themselves screwed up, were infected with something beyond their control, are having hardware problems, or want to upgrade their computer.

I want to be there for two hours and be able to charge for two hours, because I'm not paid between sites. When I have to work on a Vista machine, I can pretty much be assured the customer will be unwilling to learn the simple ( yet complex in appearance ) tricks to avoiding their re-occurring issues.

Of course, many of these concerns applied to XP when it was new, but there at least I found many more improvements than detriments. Vista has its upsides, but they are far outweighed by its many pitfalls.

--The loon

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