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).
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.
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.
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.