Windows Vista User Reviews 2007
As I eagerly await my forever delayed delivery of my new highly
upspec’d Dell 1520 loaded with Microsoft Windows Vista Business,
I decided to take a run around the traps to assess user reviews
on Windows Vista. And the word is
not as good as I had hoped.
Nearly six months after the launch of Miscrosoft Windows Vista,
promises of improved desktop search, graphics and security are not
sufficient to overcome users angst over issues of inoperability.
With Vista deemed to become the world's dominant PC operating
system it seems to be a case of either learning to live with workarounds
or sticking with Vista's predecessor, Windows XP.
Even Microsoft enthusiasts asked for early feedback on Vista are
none too impressed. And it seems to stem from incompatability with
peripheries such as printers and advanced Network software such
as VMware, a
program which provides partitioning to all multiple operating systems
to run on a single machine. Being a great fan of VMWare this does
not bode well for my future with Vista.
Aero Eye Candy
Aero desktop interface is an array of translucent icons and translucent
window borders. Taskbar tabs zoom, with graphical preview thumbnails
showing the window's contents, all only serving to distract you
from what you really want to get to....functional ???? eye
candy - definitely. And it demands about three times the processing
resources of XP.
I sense from reviews that Vista is suffering the same self destruction
from feature bloat that Trend Mico 2007 died of. There is so much
crap function that most users dont want, but if you turn it off,
you get continually bombarded with flashing warnings and dialog
boxes every time you start up or attempt to do simple online functions.
I don't need the thousand and one parental controls but Vista does
not allow me to turn these off - and then leave me alone. It just
feels it has to remind me...continuously.
The directory and file organisation, and the overall look and feel
have a real Apple Mac feel [ I can hear the Mac enthusiast rebelling
at this comment]. But it appears Microsoft got this bit right. Overall,
search is now much faster, easy to configure and has improved indexing.
The location bars [address bars] have been changed, making it easy
to navigate. Just mouse-over to reveal a button to take you back
to a previous or higher location, and click. No more back-buttoning
to get there.
I find the scrolling menu a real pain and not good for those who
already suffer from RSI. Users have found it more difficult
to find programs to launch. However, the frustrating delay
in opening expanding menus is gone.
Call them gadgets or widgets, the Vista sidebar, houses a collection
of utilities and other apps such as clocks and timers and news feaders.
Useful for some, but distracting for others.
Wizards And Dialog Boxes
The user interaction with windows is now much easier and intuitive.
Both dialog boxes and wizards are now cleaner, and actually quite
It is very difficult to know which edition is right for you, and
packaging and sales information is extremely poor in advising on
The Home Premium upgrade, cannot be used with Windows XP Pro, as
it is not backwardly compatiable with some of XP Pros's more advanced
features. It does not give the user the option to disregard, it
just wont let you do it. So if you have XP Pro, your only option
is a clean install, or install an old version of XP and upgrade
from there. Terrific!!!.
Upgrading from XP can only be done from XP SP2 Home or Media Centre
Edition or Vista Home Basic. And don't expect to find the packaging
or sales people much help. You will need to check this all out online
Expect an increase in noise of your laptop cooling fan, as it will
run continuously to drive the hefty grahics cards supporting Aero.
There have been a lot of complaints with the audio systems. Users
report Creative X-Fi cards and expensive surround speaker systems
no longer functioning.
Overall, you are going to enjoy the entertainment value of Vista
or you will hate its intrusion and incompatability.
The only solution….. back to XP. Sounds similar to problems
I experienced with IE 7.0; but unfortunately, reverting back to
IE 6.0 was even more problematic.
With MS Windows running 93 percent of PCs worldwide, [IDC] this
does not bode well for computer users.
As of early May 2007, Microsoft claimed it had distributed 40
million copies of Vista; how many of these are actually in the hands
of users remains to be seen. Forrester Research estimates just over
12 million of 235 U.S. consumer PC’s will be running Vista
by the end of 2007.
As for the compatibility problems, in spite of claims that 2 million
devices, such as cameras and printers, run on Vista, the real story
lies with the users. So please post your experiences on the
This post will be updated as new feedback comes to hand.
Todays Word is...wait for SP1
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