All lot of the people hating on vista on here have probably not tried vista sp2. I had windows 7 for the longest time, and decided to install vista for the fun of it. It actually runs faster than 7 on my machine. SP2 drastically reduces the draw on hardware components. The pin to taskbar in windows 7 is fine, but I would rather have the long vista style text tabs on the taskbar. I also love the switch between windows in windows Vista that is not in 7 (This window switching does a 3d scroll of all your windows open). I also like, as said on here before, that Vista does not rely on Live stuff like 7 does. I do not want all my stuff backed up with a micros. account or whatever. My PC data stays on my PC, unless I copy it to a device, as it should be. Vista was sluggish for most because they were 1. Running original or sp1 (but the damage had been done and no one gave SP2 a chance), 2. They were trying to run it on an XP computer that was mid-range at the time and couldn't handle vista. (A lot of this was fixed in SP2, but again damage was done no one cared).
Media Center In Vista SP2 is almost, if not completely, identical to the one in 7.
You forgot the major drawback of Vista compared to 7: performance improvements. Windows 7 is superior in practically every way to Vista, and even Windows 8 in some sense. If I could have just the performance improvements from 8 ported back to 7, I'd be so happy.
Performance problems were alleviated with SP2, and 7 is a redressing of Vista, with minor gui changes (AeroSnap, etc), and minor software improvements. Service Pack 2 was released within 2 months of 7's release to bring Vista up to Par with 7, and it did that wonderfully.
Now, that said, Windows 8 I don't like, I have Windows 8.1 preview on my Acer Tablet, and that's the only use I see for it, touchscreens
And even on there I find it annoying and clunky.
I agree with this. I would rather have a full blown Vista or XP on a tablet that dumb Windows 8.Microsoft made th mistake of thinking that people wanted desktops and tablets to be the same. They were wrong. Desktops should always look like Vista, 7 or XP. (Start Menu, Taskbar, Windows, Icons) and tablets should be in there own category. I personally use android for my mobile device. Microsoft should focus its effort on its most profitable devices, the desktop and the laptop. Thats not to say they cant enter the tablet world, but they cannot go that route and expect Traditional Desktop Users to follow.
Isn't Windows 7 less secure by default?
No, even Vista's extended support runs until 2017. as long as Microsoft is Providing updates, they are patching security loopholes. Windows 8 claims to have more security features, which it may have, but that only is designed to protect the novice or average user. Windows 8 is just as vulnerable under a power user as any OS. Its just a matter or a virus writer building the right code to circumvent the security measures. It may take them a little longer to do it, but its not impossible. Virus software fills the gaps that updates dont, but nothings perfect.
I guess I just got fed up with Windows as a whole. I haven't used anything else since my first computer back in 1998 and I feel like I need a change. :)
Thats your choice, but I bet youll miss some windows only programs. See yo uback on Windows in the future, lol.
Not only the only one sticking with it, but probably the only one silly enough to admit it! :s
Biggest POS Microsoft ever did. Not even Windows 8 is that bad. It's just to different for normal users.
Windows 7 will rule for quite some time, no matter how many times or how fast MS updates Windows 8!
You sir, have made an enemy. Windows 8 is the POS. 8 is not a desktop its a tablet pretending to be. Microsofts heavy users will always be Desktop Users, and that is where they should maintain their efforts. They can enter the tablet world, but they must keep it seperate from the Desktop World. A single OS across both platforms is just not necessary or desirable. I would however, love to see windows XP, Vista or 7 on a tablet. A full blown x86 one. That would be beast. Wndows 7 and Vista will dominate for a long time, with 7 ranking higher because of Vista's premature negative press. They will dominate most likely untill Microsoft pulls their head out the sand, and makes a truly desktop OS again.
I used vista in beta and when it was released and it was a terrible OS. It was only with SP1 where the bugs in the system were fully ironed out. Windows 7 is everything Vista was supposed to be.
There were problems with USB, problems with media and network access, problems with sleep and resuming. This wasn't a case of computers not being powerful i tried it on a lot of different pc's and the results were the same, it was a buggy release, nvidia and intel didn't help with their drivers, microsoft didn't help with the vista certification allowing rubbish computers to come preinstalled with it.
There were a lot of bugs and problems with Vista, like i said SP1 solved most of them, but that wasn't to say it was a good release.
Windows 7 and 8 on the other hand have been excellent releases and have built upon the tech introduced in Vista.
Ah, you are correct, and you also solidify my point. Vista became great, equal in performance and features (aside from snap, etc) in SP2. But by that point, people had already thown it in the trash and didn't give it the chance it deserved.Vista got knocked down hard, and got back up stronger than ever, but nobody saw it because they had all left the stadium. The USB, media, and sleep problems were all fixed in SP1 and SP2.
Yeah, good luck with downgrading to an OS released 7 years ago...
I still have a system running Windows XP. I have run a triple boot before with Vista, XP, and 7 all on the same pc. The drivers are still available for all of these. There will be no trouble other that locating drivers, which are all available, they just take a little time to find.
Another Thing that i didn't see mentioned on here was Vista huge driver database. Vista knows more drivers by default than Windows 7 or XP. This is a huge advantage.
In conclusion, Windows XP, Vista, and 7 are all great, with imo the avantage going to Vista because of its innovation, its comeback, and its features. (I actually missed the sidebar in 7)
Windows XP would have been the winner, as it allways has been, other than the fact of the UI improvements and features added in Vista.
Thanks, for reading by rambling,