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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First impressions
by OMRebel on Fri 25th Jul 2008 14:07 UTC
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First impressions are often lasting ones. When I had Vista on my laptop, I really tried to get it to work. But it was sluggish on a brand new laptop (Inspiron 1501), and unzipping a file took FOREVER. I was running Vista Home Basic, so it's not like there was any eye-candy going on. Yes, I know that I could download 7-zip and be done with waiting, but I'm one of those people that does not like having to install extra applications on a computer just to get something as basic as unzipping a file to work correctly.

I eventually wiped over the pre-install Vista, and reinstalled it myself to see if that would make any difference - it didn't. Still sluggish. A new OS should not require more memory. It should be refined to be quicker and better. Instead, it was bloated, and navigating through windows wasn't as quick as it should be.

I dumped Vista 6 months ago, and haven't looked back. If I have to use Windows, then I'll boot up XP in VM. But Microsoft missed a huge chance with Vista. I'm hoping their next version of Windows won't be so sluggish, bloated, and memory hungry. They need to take Vista, clean it up, take a look at Linux for how to prompt for system changes, and then release it. Vista, to me, is nice looking, and if it was quicker, then I'd probably have my laptop dual booting with it. But as of now, it's garbage.

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