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#31 +warwagon

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 17:46

Here is my opinion of Windows Vista

It's not a matter of IF Windows Vista will fail to install updates but WHEN!

It also more often than not takes FOREVER to shut down.


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Posted 09 March 2013 - 19:08

Here is my opinion of Windows Vista

It's not a matter of IF Windows Vista will fail to install updates but WHEN!

It also more often than not takes FOREVER to shut down.


I used to shutdown my freshly installed and updated Vista, working exactly as I wanted it, sleep, wake up and boot up, and now I have no 3G Connection any more, no way to create a new one because the services it depended on are disabled and no way to enable them again as the services that THEY depend on are also disabled

Reinstall Vista, shutdown, sleep, wake, boot, no connection again

#33 Jose_49

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 19:19

It also more often than not takes FOREVER to shut down.

Dude, I have forgotten THOSE TIMES when the PC wouldn't shut down.

HELL! No updates, 3 mins. and the darn thing wouldn't go away!

There were times I ended up pushing the power button on my lappy.

#34 REM2000

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 19:41

Vista was fixed primarily after SP1,

However before that there were some nasty bugs,

High memory use,
problems with wifi, not finding wifi, not connecting correctly, tried on 3 different laptops, HP, Lenovo and Dell
Problems when waking a computer from sleep
Problem when playing video would reduce the network connection down so background copies would near enough freeze.
Search was slow and didn't pull back good results.

Generally resource requirements for Vista were high for the time, it should have been optimized a little more before being brought to the market.

Im sure there was something about memory sticks as well, but i can't remember now.

I tried Vista in beta and i really wanted it to be a success as i really didn't like XP either (i love Windows 2000 and used it till it became unsupported/impractical). However RTM was a beta release, this is discounting the various versions, the painful/confusing mess of OEM partners and the Vista capable mislead.

Windows 7 was a massive improvement over Vista, the key thing i love Windows 7 for was bringing x64 to the masses in the Windows world, Vista had a good stab at it and it was one of the positives with the platform.

#35 Som

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 19:54

Apologies for the topic, but it was an area of interest for me. There weren't many Vista topics, so...

After using Vista on a newer machine, I didn't know what all the flak was about. The only issue I had was a missing driver after installation (of RTM), which is understandable since the computer was manufactured in late 2008.

Vista introduced so many nice features. In fact, Windows Vista is the only operating system to have six articles on the English version of Wikipedia dedicated to the new features it introduced!

What was your experience (assuming you had one) with the operating system? What was your initial impression after the first log in? What made you go "Wow!"?


problem with vista at the time was they under speced it. They said it could run on computers that weren't powerful enough and then it was just slow and painful to use for a lot of people. Personally i liked it though until 7 came out and then I truely realised how bad it was performance wise.

New things I liked .... Start menu and the GUI, Media Centre,

New things I didn't like ... UAC, Ultimate Extras (or lack thereof) , sidebar.... even now the OS it's still sluggish

#36 +warwagon

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 20:05

problem with vista at the time was they under speced it. They said it could run on computers that weren't powerful enough and then it was just slow and painful to use for a lot of people. Personally i liked it though until 7 came out and then I truely realised how bad it was performance wise.

New things I liked .... Start menu and the GUI, Media Centre,

New things I didn't like ... UAC, Ultimate Extras (or lack thereof) , sidebar.... even now the OS it's still sluggish


This! Windows Vista Basic on a machine with only 512 Megs of ram was a crime against humanity! It was an abomination!

#37 ~Johnny

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 20:08

Using Vista now is generally fine, most of the issues at the time were that people were putting Vista on machines that really weren't beefy enough to handle it. That, and Intel / Microsoft decided to lower the minimum specs so cheap Intel machines could run it, which hurt it's image.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 02:49

Just like Win8, Vista is/was hated upon because the so called geeks and nerds are hostile to change, there was nothing wrong with Vista that the hardware vendors slowness in updating drivers could have fixed, otherwise it was a huge improvement over WinXP


I think it's mostly a matter of having enough benefits to offset the costs of adjusting to change - which are real costs, since some of the skills and muscle memory you'd built up before no longer works and you have to spend time relearning things. From an end user POV Vista had some nice new features (search, breadcrumb bar) but they just didn't provide enough benefit by themselves, however when Windows 7 added more nice new features the combined benefits of what was new in Vista + what was new in 7 were enough to take it over the top. I would agree that Win8 is in a somewhat similar situation especially since the new UI and app model requires relearning but there aren't yet enough useful apps or powerful features in the new UI / model to justify the relearning cost, hopefully 8.5 or 9 will change that not necessarily by "fixing" things from 8 (though some of that probably needs to happen too) but just by adding enough new useful stuff to make it worthwhile.

#39 redvamp128

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 05:19

Personally Vista was one of those ones that people like to give a hard time to..... I never really had that much issues with it.

It was really bad before service pack 1 then got better after....
It also got better once you disabled the side-bar. (i don't know about you but the double clocks digital and analog were too much for me)

Once I installed ccleaner to help get rid of the extra restore points.

Defragment it is a must at least once a month for me.

It is still running on the Wife's Toshiba Laptop.

#40 gameboy1977

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 06:01

I don't like Windows Vista, because of heavier video game keep crashing often.

#41 Nathaniel Smith_329019

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 06:22

I got Vista Business for free form a link off neowin. I had the beta on my HD DV2000 lol. It was slow but so was the laptop and I think the only problem I had was 64bit sound drivers for my laptop but that was on HP. I enjoyed the new media player and office 2007. Office was faster and the layout was easier to work with. Currently I am enjoying Windows 8 and a $10 copy of Office 2013 pro. This update reminds me of Vista with a drastic change in UI and perforemence wise reminds me of XP and Windows 7. My only gripes are the Charm bar and lack of a true desktop version. I know Windows blue should fix all my complaints though. Vista had its problems that Windows 7 fixed but it brought some nice changes to the desktop.

#42 Driph

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 06:27

I remember beta testing it, that side bar was so gnarly & shinny. That long horn was a sexy beast. Too bad it was damn near useless, & resource hog. Around that time i had built my first custom desktop, Athlon 3200 w/ dual ch. 512 pc3200, getting drivers was a tedious mission. Back then, there were long boot times, long shutdowns, random freezes. It was like a long crowded bus ride on a hot summers day that you had to board, but really you were 2nd guessing yourself the whole trip but still lying to yourself claiming "this is progress". Once windows 7 came out, it was far superior with the same hardware from earlier, i ran with it, and never looked back...

#43 mrp04

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 06:28

I didn't have any issues. I had just built a brand new computer with a Core 2 Duo E6600 and 2GB RAM, which for the time was REALLY damn fast and a TON of RAM. It ran like a dream.

The people who had trouble with Vista were the ones using it on computers with 512MB-1GB RAM, which was (incorrectly!) within Microsoft's specifications. Microsoft just shouldn't have allowed it on computers with less than 1GB RAM and should have recommended 2GB. Unfortunately for most, 2GB RAM at that time was around $250.

Also NVIDIA didn't help with their ****ty drivers for the first few months. Display driver crashes happened a decent amount, but luckily they no longer brought down the system.

#44 Andre S.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 06:28

Well let's see, back in 2007 when this came out...
- NVIDIA drivers would BSOD the system all the time; when they got better and stopped causing BSODs they caused TDRs instead
- It was the slowest Windows to boot up and shut down ever. Yes Windows ME was faster.
- It wouldn't wake up from sleep. I had to disconnect the thing from the wall for hours for the CPU to forget it had been set to sleep. Admitedly perhaps that was a bug with Intel CPUs rather than Vista, but anyhow.
- Many many horror stories about failed updates. Luckily I didn't run into any, but I know several that did.

Still, I found it a revolutionary and exciting OS. It had
- A new driver model
- 64-bit was finally on par with 32-bit
- A new hardware accelerated desktop renderer (Aero)
- Completely revamped security model
- Completely rewritten network stack
- DirectX would stop resetting everytime you alt-tabbed out of a fullscreen game (because of WDDM driver model)
- You never needed to run defrag anymore
- And a lot more...

So it was a really ambitious release of Windows that got delayed because of the .NET rewrite failure, and of course had tons of driver issues because of new driver model + 64-bitness. Overall it was kind of a necessary evil so Windows 7 could be as problem-free at it was. It really pushed desktop computing forward.

#45 +Brando212

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 06:36

there were 3 reasons Vista was disliked (plus 1 more reason if you bought OEM computer)

1. Had terrible driver support when it RTMed (that was the manufacturers fault not MS)
2. Vista memory management wasn't the greatest
3. UAC was in your face constantly for pretty much everything (this was fixed up heavily in the first 2 SP)

and the 4th reason which involves OEMs was they were notorious for putting Vista on computers that had no right to run it (aka the specs were way too low. single core CPUs, not much ram. etc.)



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