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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My gripes
by Ophidian on Thu 24th Jul 2008 23:04 UTC
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To quote a really good friend of mine (in real life) who is also in IT:
21:53 <(name hidden)> ran intosomething interesting today....
21:53 <(name hidden)> an authentic vista license
21:54 <(name hidden)> pretty colorful little sticker with the key and all
21:54 <(name hidden)> that was INVALIUD!
21:54 <(name hidden)> tried to activate it and microsoft told me i was reading it wrong...
21:54 <(name hidden)> lol
21:55 <(name hidden)> then i read it back 4 times the same way and they said it had to be a misprint and they would not honor it
21:55 <(name hidden)> called the manufacture of the pc and they told me i had it correct and microsoft would activate it
21:55 <(name hidden)> even 3-way called the activation center with microsoft and proved to him that it was invalid...
21:56 <(name hidden)> neither microsoft or the tech would honor it...
21:56 <(name hidden)> how is that for f***** up??
21:57 <(name hidden)> i mean REALLY?
22:06 <(name hidden)> gonna have to take the laptop back... its that simple
22:06 <(name hidden)> never thought i would see a invalid valid vista license, but honestly.. i'm not suprised

Granted, I am sure that this is likely pretty rare, but he had quite the difficulty in returning that laptop (last he told me, he was still trying to return it or get a new license key issued).

Another issue I have is with their decision to severely throttle network file transfers if you are currently playing music in media player, with no option to change the behavior. This one might be fixed now, I haven't been following.

The UAC going overboard on prompting as others have stated, one of the most annoying things on a modern day computer. How damned hard would it have been to provide a "do not warn me about this again" option for specific programs modifying specific things? The firewall gives me the option to allow after one prompt, make UAC do the same, be consistent.

Moving the font scaling option to a place that no one who was familiar with any previous version of windows would think to look for it. On XP it was in the advanced display setting because, well, it is an advanced setting dealing with the display. On Vista it is in the control panel in the list that displays on the left when you go into the display portion of the control panel. There is no way to get to it from any actual control panel icon.

One system tray icon for all of my network interfaces with no option to go back to one icon per network interface.

Lack of hardware acceleration for audio. I know that the core cpus of modern machines are more than capable of doing this all in software, but I want to actually exploit the hardware I bought like I could before. Also related to audio is the lack of being able to change what my preferred MIDI output device is (short of hacking away at the registry).

Cannot temporarily disable autorun by holding the shift key. I have used this feature a pretty fair amount on XP. My choices are now to disable autorun completely, or accept it completely.

Creating my own file type associations is now an exercise in registry hacking rather than a nice convenient interface through the folder options.

Now one thing they did do that I fully support was getting rid of the Desktop Cleanup Wizard, but I would gladly take it back if they also brought back the above and fixed UAC's user functionality

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