Worst. Windows 7. Piece. EVER!

Worst. Windows 7. Piece. EVER!

Summary: Over on Slashdot is perhaps the worst piece on Windows 7 that I've see so far (I find it hard to believe that this one will be beaten anytime soon ...).

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Over on Slashdot is perhaps the worst piece on Windows 7 that I've see so far (I find it hard to believe that this one will be beaten anytime soon ...).

A few days' testing of Windows 7 has already disclosed some draconian DRM, some of it unrelated to media files. A legitimate copy of Photoshop CS4 stopped functioning after we clobbered a nagging registration screen by replacing a DLL with a hacked version. With regard to media files, the days of capturing an audio program on your PC seem to be over (if the program originated on that PC). The inputs of your sound card are severely degraded in software if the card is also playing an audio program (tested here with Grooveshark). This may be the tip of the iceberg. Being in bed with the RIAA is bad enough, but locking your own files away from you is a tactic so outrageous it may kill the OS for many persons. Many users will not want to experiment with a second sound card or computer just to record from online sources, or boot up under a Linux that supports ntfs-3g just to control their files.

OK, just a few points worth making:

  • Someone messes about with Photoshop in order to crack it, the program then breaks, and that's somehow the fault of Windows?!?!!
  • Why would Photoshop CS4 contains some super-secret anti-tamper system that's incorporated into Windows 7?
  • What DLL was changed? Cracks are very variable and many just don't work.
  • As to the inability to record, this is also an issue under Vista, and is highly dependent on the sound card and sound card driver used. An example of this is Realtek drivers - OEM supplied drivers usually have recording crippled and to get access to full features you have to download the full driver.

The piece goes on to howl at the moon about Windows firewall (describing behavior already exhibited by Windows firewall in Vista).

Utter nonesense.

Topics: Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows

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  • The pot calling the kettle....

    If I see one more article on Zdnet referring to Windows 7 as "Vista SP2" I'll.... puke. If that analogy were true were true then we would all be working on Windows NT 3.5 SP14. Since the only thing that has changed since 1994 is eye candy.
    TheMostToysWins
    • What did I miss?

      I didn't see "SP2" anywhere in the article. Could you point that out? If not, then you've obviously posted to the wrong blog, and you should use the "edit" link to delete the incorrect text from your post.
      MGP2
    • It's not Vista SP2. It's Vista SE.

      They just can't call it Vista because the Vista name has such a bad reputation.
      Letophoro
      • Not Vista SE, Vista Millenium!

        Remember the ME Edition upgrade from 98. Sounds very familiar!
        kburrows
        • No. No it doesn't...

          ...unless you're short bus kind of special.
          Sleeper Service
          • actually it does

            Unless you're Helen Keller kind of blind and deaf.
            akulkis
        • ME was a great OS...

          Just give it the correct drivers and it beat out Windows 98se hands down. I ran it for three years.
          Crestview
          • Re: ME was a great OS...

            Yes, ME was the only OS that ever ran stable for me (once I had it set up right). It ran for four years straight for me until my hard drive started to break down. No other OS was ever this stable. I don't know why everyone hated it so.
            eppervesce@...
      • I don't buy this theory

        Same core maybe, but definately a different feel.
        Crestview
    • That was pretty random and off topic, but I'll play along..

      Windows 7 IS just "Vista SP2". The UI is the same, the functionality is the same, DRM has been slightly modified, and there's a little performance boost.

      If that's not small enough to be called a service pack, then what is? An update to minesweeper?
      AzuMao
  • You're right, and pieces like that

    allow legitimate gripes with valid reasoning to be dismissed by Microsoft.

    It also allows them to make cosmetic changes, with a couple of poorly thought out interface changes, and call it a new revision, worthy of the customer's money.
    chrome_slinky@...
    • RE: You're right, and pieces like that

      Right on! EXACTLY.

      To quote the article:
      "Someone messes about with Photoshop in order to crack it, the program then breaks, and that?s somehow the fault of Windows?!?!!"

      <->
      When a DLL that removes a nag screen, kills a program, it's indication that something has changed. Drastically.
      <->

      "Why would Photoshop CS4 contains some super-secret anti-tamper system that?s incorporated into Windows 7? "

      <->
      How do you know it doesn't? Why wouldn't it? Other companies have done it (remember Sony's rootkit?). Have you examined the source code? Since you don't know, and do not understand, it would be better not to comment on it.
      <->

      "What DLL was changed? Cracks are very variable and many just don?t work."

      <->
      If it worked before, and now it does not, something has changed. Especially if the crack ONLY eliminated the nag screen.

      <->

      "As to the inability to record, this is also an issue under Vista, and is highly dependent on the sound card and sound card driver used. An example of this is Realtek drivers - OEM supplied drivers usually have recording crippled and to get access to full features you have to download the full driver."

      <->
      If it's an issue under Vista, it kinda points to M$ doesn't it? As for crippling features, and drivers, did you happen to ask them about what drivers they were using? I'm pretty sure you didn't. You simply wanted to comment on an article you clearly didn't understand, nor want to since you want to defend M$ against logical, reasonable examinations of the limitations of its OS.

      <->

      "The piece goes on to howl at the moon about Windows firewall (describing behavior already exhibited by Windows firewall in Vista)."

      <->

      Pointing out the fact that the same behavior from an OLDER OPERATING SYSTEM exists in a new one, is a bit relevant. I mean, isn't W7 supposed to be NEW?

      <->
      "Utter nonesense."

      <->
      Only if you don't know what you're talking about.
      svc4you
      • WTF?

        This comment is squarely aimed at svc4you.

        The moment someone "hacks" a piece of software,
        that software *should* no longer work, simply
        because one can no longer prove the provenance
        of that piece of software. How that "test" of
        Windows 7 ended up in a technology review as a
        legitimate concern is beyond me. All it proves
        is that a hacked piece of software worked
        before and no longer works now. If anything
        that's a good thing, not bad.

        Further, you write in your post, "If it's an
        issue under Vista, it kinda points to M$
        doesn't it? As for crippling features, and
        drivers, did you happen to ask them about what
        drivers they were using? I'm pretty sure you
        didn't. You simply wanted to comment on an
        article you clearly didn't understand, nor want
        to since you want to defend M$ against logical,
        reasonable examinations of the limitations of
        its OS."

        I would expect the original Slashdot poster to
        *know* that lack of features can be due to
        driver issues. If he does not know that, he has
        no business writing about something he has only
        partial knowledge of.

        As for you asking Adrian "if he asked the
        Slashdot reviewer about the which drivers that
        poster was using", Adrian doesn't owe him that
        question before slating his review. It is up to
        a reviewer to establish that they have been
        thorough in their examination of a piece of
        hardware or software.

        PS: Writing M$ makes you look like a 14 year
        old (which you might very well be). I'd prefer
        to read either Microsoft or MS. At least that
        way one would have some reason to give your
        point of view some credence.
        khawaja.umar.farooq@...
  • Windows 7 must be good...

    if this is the best they can come up with! Slashdot appears to be down at the moment so can't read the whole story but I agree this is Gutmann bad. A DLL is hacked and a program stops working - shock, horror! I don't know which DLL this is but was it digitally signed? Authenticode?
    planruse
    • A hacked dll can fail any system

      No matter what "brand" it is.
      Crestview
    • Did you even

      RTFA? Or just the first sentence?
      AzuMao
  • In typical slashdot fashion

    It drew all of the ABM'ers out of whatever rocks they
    live under.

    I saw it this morning. To be fair, though, the ABM
    frenzy died out rather quickly and more reasonable
    voices were modded up.

    Last time I checked the discussion the later posts
    seemed to home in on the same blatant FUD that Adrian
    has called out here, as well as aiming some sarcastic
    opinions against "kdawson".
    honeymonster
  • It will crash and burn! &#160; &#160; Wait... It already is

    Is this the way the next Windows release will redefine the personal computer?
    InAction Man
    • Do you think?

      {NT}
      Sleeper Service
      • Shouldn't you be doing some cost analysis or something? (nt)

        .
        InAction Man