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#1 Atomic Wanderer Chicken

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 22:13

Windows Vista was considered a flop by many. If you had the right hardware that ran Windows Vista, then Windows Vista would run fine. I used Windows Vista for a short period before getting a newer computer. It felt like a prettier and slower Windows XP with many good improvements. The design of the UI was striking and the Aero glass was quite nice (now considered cheesy and dated).

 

The Good

 

Setting up Windows Vista was like setting up any other version of Windows.  I had a fully compatible PC at the time, so I didn't have issues with Vista not fully working. Windows Vista introduced many new features that to today are in Windows 8 even. The windows explorer was overhauled with search integration and many other things.  Windows Vista introduced tab browsing in Internet Explorer which I really loved when it came out and still do.  Windows Media Player received a big facelift but it took time to get used to it.  I never used gadgets on the desktop with Vista but they were a very interesting and cool feature. Some other things that were nice was Windows Live. Windows DVD maker was a plus to have for making DVDs. The coolest part of Vista was the new start menu. The start menu in Windows Vista was more sophisticated with a search built in, the programs scroll up/down and expand rather than cascade outward, and when you hover over the right on my pictures for instance, the icon changes. Windows Vista introduced a lot of the core features that set the foundation for Windows 7 and later Windows 8 which makes Windows Vista an important step in Windows evolution. The security in Windows Vista is better than Windows XP, but the dialog boxes can become irritating.

 

The bad

Driver support in Vista was horrible at times and sometimes did not have drivers at all for some devices.. The requirements for Vista when it was launched were too high for a lot of computers , and many computers couldn't fully run vista as a result. Windows Vista says minimum requirement was 512mb of ram, but in reality Windows Vista needed to have 2GB at least. Windows Vista additionally loved chugging resources. The pricing of Windows Vista was fairly high at the time as well.

 

 

Overall

Windows Vista was a good experience if you had a computer that had 2gbs of ram, a dual core CPU and a compatible graphics card. The UI in Vista was nice with the Aero glass, and the Flip 3D. Windows Vista was unpopular OS and was disliked by many. Windows Vista set the foundation for Windows 7 and 8 and was Vista important OS in moving forward.

 




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Posted 29 October 2013 - 22:18

Never experienced any problems with it. Worked fine just like any other OS. I had a mediocre PC back then. Didn't quite understand all the hate towards it



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 22:24

here's my take on things with vista

 

it wasn't a flop in of itself. the only true problem with it was it's memory management wasn't the best

every other problem with vista was ###### ups from OEMs and hardware companies. OEMs where putting vista on hw that had no right even have vista on them and other hw people such as ati and nvidia were sloppy about their drivers at first

 

besides all that vista was a fine OS especially once SP1 came out



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 22:27

I forgot how beautiful Vista was. I wish i could make my Win8.1 look like that easily.



#5 fusi0n

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 22:30

Vista was pretty awesome if you had higher end hardware.. OEMs were packaging Vista with slow CPUs and 1GB\even 512MB RAM.. Vista wanted the MEGABYTEZ and if you had them, it treated you well.. It took a while for hardware vendors to get up to speed with drivers.. but, as others said, after SP1 for Vista came out.. It was a pretty solid OS if you had nice hard.. the OS wasn't really optimized or polished like Windows 7.. Glad Microsoft got it right. 



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 22:34

Did I just time travel to 1985 2007? 

 

I ran Vista on a circa 2004 HP off the shelf tower with a single core Athlon and never had any issues. I know many here will find this hard to believe, but I was considered back then to be a "Vista fanboy", and gave it much praise. It was a breath of fresh air compared to the rotten Windows XP, and never regretted upgrading at all. I ran Vista up until 2011. :yes:



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 22:38

I loved Vista myself but a couple of friends had major problems with it. They were driver related. I think that was  lot of the problems with Vista and what gave it it's bad rep.



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 22:39

As a sidenote, "vista" actually means chicken, or more precisely, a hen in my native tongue. Imagine the lulz.

Noble birds, but the OS itself was so damn hated for the reasons which are all too clear now. Perhaps if hens had a proper lawyer, they'd sue for libel :laugh:



#9 Dot Matrix

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 22:43

I know it was much hated, but the changes Vista brought were much needed. Microsoft was smart to ditch the XP codebase. 



#10 Athernar

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 22:49

Vista was a victim of it's development cycle, the large accumulation of changes requiring reworks or entire rewrites of drivers/software, which were then unoptimised and buggy - and caused it to be hated.

 

Look at 7, more or less the exact same OS underneath with some added UI gloss and yet it is/was much loved.



#11 jimmy_jazz

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 22:55

I remember "wowing" XP users with the amazing win+tab effect which still works in 7. Does it still exist in 8?



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 23:03

Vista was a victim of it's development cycle, the large accumulation of changes requiring reworks or entire rewrites of drivers/software, which were then unoptimised and buggy - and caused it to be hated.

 

Look at 7, more or less the exact same OS underneath with some added UI gloss and yet it is/was much loved.

 

A lot of the problem was companies just sit on their butts and didn't update their programs or their drivers until after Vista was released and after public outcry they all blamed Vista. 



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 23:26



#14 PeRTeX

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 23:45

Windows Vista can only be installed on computers that have 2nd generation Intel processors [Sandy Bridge] but not on newer generations. Intel does not have drivers for Windows Vista to work with Intel HD Graphics 4000 and newer. Not sure with desktops since it may have a graphics card of a different brand. Even with a laptop that has NVIDIA 600M series graphics card, and the latest NVIDIA driver, if the default graphics card is Intel HD 4000 and newer, you will not be able to make it the default one. Changing default graphics card is only available on Windows 7 and newer versions. If only the features of Windows Vista were still available with Windows 7 [Windows DVD Maker, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Mail, classic start menu, classic themes that were the same with Windows XP, etc.] then for sure more and more people will stick with it same with how people remained using Windows XP.

 

Even with a long development period, Windows 7 is still way better than Windows Vista. And yes, Windows Vista paved the way for all the features that we are using until now.

 

When Windows 7 arrived, Windows Vista felt like a half-baked Windows XP/Windows 7 mixture with majority of Windows XP still intact like calculator, paint and wordpad.



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 23:50

I never had any problems with vista, same with many friends of mine. The root of the problem was subpar hardware, ancient machines that just couldn't handle it.

I also never had driver problems, I think its unfair that we bash vista about driver support, when that is up to OEMS and Third Parties, yet Windows XP was tons and tons worse in the driver department around launch and after launch compared to Vista.