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I still don't love Vista

  • Apr 16, 2008
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I hadn't yet tried Vista Ultimate nor SP1, so this was a welcome opportunity. I tried it on one of my newer computers with moderately fast CPU and graphics adapter - and when I say moderately, I mean exactly that.

The install was trouble-free. But performance is still problematic with anything but really fast CPUs and graphic adapters. And the messages! The endless messages are enough to drive one mad. I didn't notice any spectacular performance gains over Vista Home Premium. Of course, I didn't sit there with stopwatch in hand either. Vista still seems to be sluggish. I definitely would not install it on any of my laptops which are not as powerful as the desktop I tested it on. I imagine the laptops would struggle with this version of Vista as they have on others.

One cool feature of Vista Ultimate is BitBlocker which is an effective encryption system.

The Vista GUI still does nothing for me. I am not a big fan of eye candy, so the Aero interface doesn't do anything to get my heart beating faster. Likewise the changes to the Start Menu and Control Panel turn me off. I don't like them. The addition of the sidebar widgets is a big ho-hum.

Finally, a number of the specialty programs I use still aren't Vista compatible.

I am a big Microsoft fan. I've been working with computers for a long time and think that Microsoft has done more for the industry than any other company. But occasionally they simply miss the boat. Windows ME was a good example as was Word 5. With Vista, I think Microsoft has gone off in the wrong direction. I would have preferred that they spent more time developing it and included some of the features, such as the dramatically revised file system, they first announced than deliver the half-baked ideas in Vista.

I will be using Windows XP Pro for as long as I can unless future Vista Service Packs make this OS more desirable.

Jerry

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