Microsoft Windows Vista Review

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kiyawhite's review of Microsoft Windows Vista

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“Windows XP, released 2000/1, was a huge hit. It has...”

Written on: 24/07/2007 by kiyawhite (56 reviews written)

Good Points
>Great new interface
>Is compatible with all Microsoft software
>Is the same RRP as XP

Bad Points
>Too pricy
>Missing drivers
>High hardware requirements
>Not many differences to XP

General Comments
Windows XP, released 2000/1, was a huge hit. It has been Microsoft's biggest hit of an OS. Microsoft had even bigger hopes for Windows Vista, stating that the "Wow" of the technological world would begin with this new installment of Windows...but Microsoft has been passionately wrong.



In the view of many, Windows Vista was a big mistake. I think that is has been released too early, actually needing far more development to make it worth while.



I won't state all of the obvious good and bad features, like saying what Aero is about, but rather would like to discuss the more IMPORTANT things.



Bad point.

The Windows shell used in this release matches that of Windows XP. This reflects that Vista may soon develop the same registry, start-up and error issues as it's predecessor suffered from. Many onlookers were hoping for this not to be the case.



Bad point.

Microsoft had outlines plans for a new filing system that would be far more intelligent and useful; than the previous NTFS system featured in XP. However, it was left out; Bill Gates' excuse was that is was a little ahead of its time. I say that maybe Microsoft just couldn't be bothered.



Bad point.

64-bit versions of the OS are lacking support! There's so much hardware out there that claims Vista compatibility, but the issue here is that a lot of those instances cover only the 32-bit editions of Vista! So for many, the joys of having a 64-bit are now in reality only a few.



Now positive.



Good point.

Aero, despite what Microsoft claims, doesn't require too much a recent GPU. When I first used Vista, I used it with integrated GeForce 3xxx graphics and Aero worked very smoothly with a graphical Windows rating of 3.0 (our of 6). This is quite pleasing.



Good point.

The multitude of editions of the OS mean that you can really only buy what you bargained for, and even then OEM versions are cheaper than expected so you might be able to save a bit of money off your budget.



Good point.

Vista is still a kid! No big, to-be-worried-about threats have been thrown at it yet, and Windows Vista firewall provides all of the base security against hackers that new users really need, so some vendors of new PCs are keeping their prices low by sacrificing money on additional security software.





I quite like Vista - I'm in love and will never move from it. :) But if you've got XP, please stick with it for as long as you can!

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Degbert's Response to kiyawhite's Review

Written on: 25/07/2007

I work for a software firm where our "IT" department sets up all PC machinery for us hacks to play with. They are pretty sharp guys when it comes to operating environments. They reckon Vista is fine apart from some of the new networking configuration options, which are a bit of a nightmare to set up and appear counter-intuitive.
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<br/>Given most desktop applications won't make use of 64bit technology for a little while to come, I fail to see why I would go through the learning curve of another Microsoft upgrade until it adds value to my job.
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<br/>Until then I'll be taking this advice and staying with XP.

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Lawis's Response to kiyawhite's Review

Written on: 09/08/2007

I'm sticking with Windows XP till Vista brings it's service pack out because I've had problems with with games and hardware and more, I love Windows Vista: really easy interface but lacks drivers and needs to be a more stable operating system

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