What's Vista's One-Year Grade Point Average?

Windows Vista's one-year anniversary is Wednesday. Microsoft released the software to everybody on Jan. 30, 2007. A day earlier, Microsoft held a launch gala for Vista and Office 2007 in New York. In this post, I score how well Vista has done in 12 areas since its real launch 12 months ago. Microsoft also launched Vista on Nov. 30, 2006. But the release that matters—when businesses or consumers could buy PCs—happened two months later.

I chose attributes that I believe matter most in evaluating Vista's real relevance, particularly in relationship to Windows XP. The scoring is my own, based on my personal experience using Windows Vista for nearly two years and on my assessment of other users' perceptions and experiences, including Microsoft customers and partners.

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Stability. Vista is rock solid. A.

That statement deserves a big, fat WTF. Well, he apparently wasn't grading on a curve compared to other OSes.

Vista was rock solid for me. You might want to check the person using the computer :P

Seriously, it is as easy to use as XP, and in terms of stability, it is by far one of the most stable OS's I've ever used bar none. In my honest opinion, not even Linux or Mac OS stand a chance against the stability of Vista. Yep, call me different.

I've had no problems with Windows XP or Vista. I dunno if I could go as far to say "Vista is rock solid." But I haven't had any stability problems on the two systems that I have it installed on.

I've had more stability issues on Mac OS X 10.4 on a Mac Mini 1.2GHz PPC, and Ubuntu Linux on a P4 3.0GHz (yes I have both installed on machines...). But I think that stability has more to do with the hardware you are running combined with the driver support. I've experimented with the Mac Mini and do not plan on purchasing another Mac anytime soon as I wasn't as impressed as some other people are. Right now my Mac Mini is a glorified alarm clock/jukebox for my room. As for Linux, yeah its fun to tinker with. But none of my programs that I need will run on it.

I agree with you lbmouse....

Let's hold off on that thought a sec...

Vista was rock solid for me. You might want to check the person using the computer

Seriously, it is as easy to use as XP, and in terms of stability, it is by far one of the most stable OS's I've ever used bar none. In my honest opinion, not even Linux or Mac OS stand a chance against the stability of Vista. Yep, call me different.


hmmmm..... "Vista WAS rock solid for me". That statement coming from someone who's right hand doesn't know what the left one is up to.

XP was not as stable as you know it to be now. Hence SEVEN long years of code tweaking, bug patching, driver updates, ....etc, etc, etc, etc. Till now.... present day, when a nice new install of SP3 makes you breathe a sigh of relief. However, if you don't believe me, I still have good 'ole fashioned XP fresh out da box!! You can install that baby with no service packs and see how stable it is.... or how long it remains on the net without getting crushed by malware.

Every OS goes thru it's ups and downs.... and believe me when I tell you, when I hear 1 out of 100 tell me it's stable, and I work with the other 99... you'll understand why it's difficult for me to just toss in the towel and go with the one individual.

A fresh installation of Vista is stable.... once the boat is launched, the seas get really rough. And it will continue to be that way until Vista's code gets more time in the shop being fine tuned.

First year grade for Vista: I'd give it a "solid" C-. If I was the coach, I'd have to tell Vista..... "ya got potential son, now take the summer off and get some private lessons"

I give it a B+

It's not as bad as people think it is. I think it's still undergoing the "Let's hate this new OS from MS for no reason" stage from people. Sure, XP went through it, and look where it is now. I also find it funny how people comment on Vista without even using it.

Before Vista came out, people ragged on XP for being an "insecure" OS. Now, that Vista comes out, everyone is praising XP This is the typical life of MS OS. It's pretty sad that an OS has to go through this. Look at Leopard, I've read so many complaints about it, but Mac users still love it and say it's "better" than Vista.

Crap reference to a crap article by a crap blogger. Excuse my while I crap on the quality scale. *drops drawers*

"Technology. Vista isn't exceptionally better than XP, but nuances do matter. Improved manageability, networking, search and security—the plumbing—are worthwhile benefits. B. "

Went over to my brother-in-law's to compare laptops. He had a new HP with Vista Home, I had an older Fujitsu with XP. Oddly mine had no problem seeing his network and internet. His took a couple of hours of poking and prodding to finally realize that that yes, there really was a gateway to the internet.

A guy from work says that he had the same experience with the business version and he is our network admin. "It's great that they improved the network stack, but why screw with the way networking is setup? Change for the sake of change is just frustrating."

What I think is a bit amusing is the fact that this is not just a Microsoft issue. While a high percentage of Windows Vista have complained, so to have Mac users with Leopard and Linux users with (the latest Ubuntu and Fedora releases). It seems that no one is happy. To be honest, most people think of computers like they do a car, TV or coffee maker. Can you imagine having to buy a new car every two years to four years and it was required, not optional.

As for Vista, I would have to give it a B. There are some software issues (not many, mostly games), decreased performance (which should be expected with new software), but the list of hardware still not supported bring it down an entire letter grade. An issue that comes to mind was the delayed and than buggy version of APC Powerchute (working since July) and than the long delay for Brother to release Vista drivers that support Duplex printing (again in late July). Another is the crappy video and audio drivers that seem to be making it to market.

Finally, I have three scanners (which are old): the HP ScanJet 5200c, Umax 2100u and Visioneer 9020. None of them are supported on Vista. I really do not want to have to purchase a new scanner (I have enough junk as is).

Summary: it gets a B (software issues, hardware device support and at least one important missing feature)

I'd have to give Vista an A- because there has been 0 need to use spybot, adaware, spywareblaster etc... (even panda scan) all that comes up are tracking cookies, no threats even when venturing into infected websites. They did SOMETHING right right? As for software/hardware compatibility, everything seems to be ok... probably if I upgrade then I'll see something different. But for now I like it a lot better than the rest.

vista x64 is a solid B+. very fast and very stable. i have performance issues with some stuff (mainly file copying, and yes i installed the patch) but most of it is quicker than xp. especially boot and log-on time

all the bad coments people have for vista are mostly due to them trying it out when it was first released (and they somehow think that nothing has changed in the past year) so they comment from their experiences a year ago. and they read all the problems of other people and hop on the bandwagon.

scanners, printers, etc. not being supported on vista is NOT vista's fault. it's the programmers that need to release new drivers.

bad drivers, non-certified programs / hardware, and crappy programming has nothing to do with microsoft's part of things. stop marking down vista for stuff that isn't microsoft's fault

hopefully SP1 will bump it up to an A for me

(LTD said @ #26)
So how much should we like it *this* time??

lol.

Dunno... Google sez:
"vista sucks" = ~308,000 hits
"leopard sucks" = ~414,000 hits

I guess we should like it at least 106,000 hits worth...

(GreyWolfSC said @ #26.1)
Dunno... Google sez:
"vista sucks" = ~308,000 hits
"leopard sucks" = ~414,000 hits

I guess we should like it at least 106,000 hits worth...

Definitely. We should also like it 347000 hits over its predecessor.:D

(GreyWolfSC said @ #26.1)

Dunno... Google sez:
"vista sucks" = ~308,000 hits
"leopard sucks" = ~414,000 hits

I guess we should like it at least 106,000 hits worth...

All you did was find "leopard" and "sucks" in any context.

If you're google-savvy, you'll know that you need to wrap quotations around terms so google finds the exact phrase.

Looks a bit different, then . . .

"vista sucks" = 145,000
"leopard sucks" = 2,490

I give it a overall C and I have to agree that it's the most stable version of Windows I've every had right out of the box, and I've run every version since 3.11.

Definitely need decent hardware to enjoy this OS though.

(Glen said @ #27)
I give it a overall C and I have to agree that it's the most stable version of Windows I've every had right out of the box, and I've run every version since 3.11.

Definitely need decent hardware to enjoy this OS though.

Maybe, but Vista runs fine on my Thinkpad T40 with 1GB RAM and ATI Radeon Mobility (no Aero)

I would also agree that it's stable while I've been running every version of SP1 on 3 different machines.

C-

Vista has a long way to go. It's immature and needs to grow into development. Give it time and we will love it like 2000/XP

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