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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Vista issues
by WorknMan on Thu 24th Jul 2008 23:51 UTC
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

I think one of the major issues that Vista has is that too many OEMs are shipping it out on computers loaded with a lot of crapware and outdated drivers. If you fix that, you have a much more usable system:

http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=429

Seriously, OEMs might make a little on the crapware, but they're seriously shooting themselves in the foot and steering customers to Macs.

The second problem is the reviews. I've read several reviews where they would install Vista over a copy of XP that had a 3yo version of Norton-something on it. Forget it, you just killed the machine. Upgrading Windows=ALWAYS clean install. I don't fault the reviewers for doing it this way... I mean, that's probably how most end users would do it. But still, I've never known any version of Windows to do particularly well when upgraded over an older copy.

If you start out with fairly modern hardware with compatable Vista drivers and a clean install, things won't be perfect, but they'll be much improved.

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