Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Dec 2008 22:26 UTC, submitted by rexstuff
Windows Windows Vista has been out and about for a while now, and it has already been updated with a service pack, with a second service pack on its way. Vista's successor, Windows 7, is also getting closer and closer to release, but despite all that, Windows XP is still going strong, and demand for the operating system remains high. Because of that, Microsoft has yet again extended Windows XP's lifetime for OEMs and resellers.
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Choices? So now having options is bad?
by ssa2204 on Tue 23rd Dec 2008 02:35 UTC
ssa2204
Member since:
2006-04-22

Let me get this straight here, you people are bitching that there are too many options available for Vista? Huh? In other words if there was only ONE version of Vista, let's not bullshit here, you would be complaining that there WASN'T any choices...you know kind of like how it was a few years back with XP! Back in 2000/01 people whined that there was only 2 options, home and professional.

Majority of people do not pay for retail Windows, they get their copies OEM with their PC. 95% of business either get theirs OEM via the MFR, or through a volume license purchase. So comparing Windows prices to Apple is really such a fruitless endeavor.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Let me get this straight here, you people are bitching that there are too many options available for Vista? Huh?


Well, I might be interested in a version with full support for open standards and without the DRM/WGA/other un-removeable closed software. If software is removeable, there is no incentive for the software vendor to put things in it that are against my best interests (as the purchaser and end user of the software) ... because if they did that then I would remove the software.

Since I cannot buy any version of Windows that does not contain un-removeable software that works against my own interest, then clearly there are not enough versions of Windows such that any version at all appeals to me.

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manjabes Member since:
2005-08-27

Well, I might be interested in a version with full support for open standards and without the DRM/WGA/other un-removeable closed software.
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Since I cannot buy any version of Windows that does not contain un-removeable software that works against my own interest, then clearly there are not enough versions of Windows such that any version at all appeals to me.


You want THAT from Windows? You might as well put "RMS's face as the boot-up logo" in your list too, because that's equally likely to happen.
Too bad, apparently Microsoft will have to skip out on the potential Mega$ that you'd have given to them because they have failed to please tha great lord.

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aaronb Member since:
2005-07-06

Let me get this straight here, you people are bitching that there are too many options available for Vista?


Well yes. In Windows 98 / 98 you could simply choose what components to install either when it is first being installed or later from a control panel tool.

If you wanted something more robust than Windows 95 / 98, Windows NT 4.0 was the way to go.

Now all versions of Vista have the same contents on the DVD, but you have to buy the correct key to "Unlock" the features required. This is not optimal. (You can test this by booting from your Vista DVD and opting not to enter the key you will be presented with a screen listing the editions available to install).

Now add bonuses such as:
1. Windows Product Activation (WPA) - Insult people who have bought a copy of Vista.

2. Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) - The perfect way irritate uses if the WGA servers have a fault.

Now for others to compare:

Ubuntu Linux - You install either Kubuntu or Ubuntu as a base system and can add or remove components after install. (I think other disto's like Open SUSE or Fedora let you customise at install more than *buntu) No WGA / WPA.

MACOSX - At time of install you can select the optional components. (I think you can add and remove components after install (Someone who uses MACOS more than I can confirm?)). No WGA / WPA.

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DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"Let me get this straight here, you people are bitching that there are too many options available for Vista? Huh? In other words if there was only ONE version of Vista, let's not bullshit here, you would be complaining that there WASN'T any choices...you know kind of like how it was a few years back with XP! Back in 2000/01 people whined that there was only 2 options, home and professional."

Absolutely correct. Were you not aware that only Linux is allowed to have hundreds of options, and if Windows has options it is too confusing?

NOTE: This is a joke. Please take it as such ;)

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