C'mon, Vista really isn't that bad

C'mon, Vista really isn't that bad

Summary: Picture the scene. A small country pub in Canterbury, a warm, autumn evening, surrounded by friends drinking and smoking in the beer garden; relaxing after a difficult, hard day at work.


Picture the scene. A small country pub in Canterbury, a warm, autumn evening, surrounded by friends drinking and smoking in the beer garden; relaxing after a difficult, hard day at work. The birds are singing, the breeze is light and feathering our very souls. This is heaven.

And then the nerds arrived and I was already preparing my 8 feet of rope and looking out for a ceiling fixture. Within minutes, they'd taken no regard to the peace and quiet, solidarity and gentle nirvana we had around us; they'd started to talk about Vista as if it was serial sex-offender, part-time puppy and kitten contract killer, who deals crystal meth to teenagers.

I thought I'd kick off another testing conundrum, in previous search engine style. With these different tests, I want to show you that Vista really isn't that bad after all. Sure, some won't ever be satisfied, some will bitch and moan and claim Linux, UNIX, Mac or even OS/2 to be the best operating system in the world...(bless). To the lot of you, don't bother. It's not important. The point I want to make is that after years of criticism, Vista is pretty good.

Consideration 1 - Security Microsoft products are "renown for having security issues". There are many parts to this:

  • Worlds most used operating systems: more chance of an attack as a result. Bigger user base, bigger target audience.
  • Easy to plug-into: the Windows operating system is really easy to develop for, thus making malware easy to work.

Not only that, many don't use anti-viruses which ultimately causes problems. Then again, you'll always get the porn addicted idiot who installs every plugin they see. I used two computers, my desktop with Vista SP1 and my laptop with XP SP3 for 24 hours, switching between them every 30 minutes or so. Browsing, email sending/receiving, downloading, researching; the results of malware detected I find quite interesting.


Kaspersky scans more files and detects less malware on Vista than XP. Many debate whether Vista is more secure than other operating systems, however the facts speak for themselves when Vista has less vulnerabilities per month than XP, unlike almost double for Linux and Mac OS X. Let's just brush under the table that Windows 2000 is more secure than the lot of them...

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Consideration 2  - Reliability Being reliable includes many factors: not crashing, crash-recovery, overall stability, running smoothly, being able to access something on-demand, and problem solving. Vista has all of these.

When people say "Vista's crap, it crashed twice last night" or something similar, I can almost guarantee it's not a problem with the operating system; rather likely a problem with the hardware interaction. Maybe I'm lucky because I'm running a specialist system? So many people have said that Vista is slow, sluggish and doesn't work as fast as XP, but then again there is a fairly simple explanation for this.

Back in the day when Vista was being rolled out, computer's were not as fast as they are today. Buying an upgrade package back then was practically idiotic as the computer running XP probably wasn't even near up-to-spec as Vista needed. Without any factual evidence or even bother to Google, I honestly reckon that most people whinging about Vista now are running machines which are at least or close to 2 years old.

Get a new computer; it's about time anyway. Failing that, revert back to XP because if you're whinging and bitching about it so much, you're still using it - aren't you?

Consideration 3  - Networking networking.PNGThere are two flip-sides to this - the user interface and the ways of connectivity I personally find a bit convoluted and complicated. I don't particularly like the fact it loads up a different window for each option I want to change, but hey - I'm picky. If something goes wrong, it'll tell you why. If something doesn't work, it'll help you fix it. If it can't fix it for you, it'll give you steps to solve it.

Sure, it's a long way off giving me a foot rub and running me a bath, but at least it makes an attempt to fix the problem for me. Another thing people whinge and whine about is how slow things are being sent over a network. Well, if you'd turned on Windows Update or installed Service Pack 1, you'll find you can send a 1GB file over a wireless network in the space of 5 minutes; copy an entire movie onto a flash drive in less than 2 minutes, and all down to an entire rewrite of the network stack.

Consideration 4  - Compatibility I don't have too many applications on my computer but I have the usual ones. Naturally you'd expect the Microsoft applications to work, and indeed they do. However when you start looking at older applications, third-party products, network application and services, things could well get a bit patchy.

Or so I thought. I've had one single problem with compatibility since using Vista, and I've been using Vista since it was called "Longhorn" and build 5112. The only application I've found that doesn't seem to work properly - is Theme Hospital. Not really surprised because it's 9 years old and runs in DOS still.

Many will have had compatibility issues - so I'm not ruling this one out completely but it just doesn't seem to be much of a problem. Vista SP1 has a great compatibility roll-back feature which emulates previous Windows operating systems which I've used from time to time, but I just don't see a major problem.

Just don't start on the whole "Apple" and "iTunes" things. It's clear to me and many that Apple simply can't write software for Windows very well.

Consideration 5  - Collaboration/integration projector1.PNGYou can't deny the fact that Vista really does help with getting people, things, items and files together. Windows Live plugs into Vista like a hot knife through butter, your hand through water or Brad and Jennifer Angelina. Windows Meeting Space is often overlooked but can make life so much simpler for those on LAN connections, even though there's no mention of it in Windows 7.

With Vista on a laptop, you can literally plonk it down anywhere in an enterprise, and connect to a wireless projector and start presenting. This used to be made possible with confusing and expensive third-party applications, and has now been simplified into a Start menu shortcut.

My personal conclusion, even though you couldn't care less So, after all this, I can't complain too much about Vista. Sure from time to time Windows Explorer will crash or freeze for no reason, and sometimes by mouse will freeze and I'll have to plug it into another USB port, but these are probably through my own doing.

Vista, two years on from initial release, isn't that bad at all.

Topics: Windows, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software

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  • wow...

    "Sure from time to time Windows Explorer will crash or freeze for no reason, and sometimes by mouse will freeze and I?ll have to plug it into another USB port, but these are probably through my own doing...Vista, two years on from initial release, isn?t that bad at all."

    What a sad conclusion. After 2000, after XP, and even after SP1 you still have major OS problems. The fact that you believe Explorer crashing and frezing and your mouse not working are your "own doing" is really sad. My Explorer never crashed under XP and my mouse never stopped working either. Ubuntu was the same - never crashed.

    This is NOT what you should be expecting from your OS. If you are, you seriously need to reconsider your tolerance levels. Have Explorer crash and not only accepting it, but blogging about it being successful (for only crashing a few times per day?!?) is a travesty and a shame to Vista. These are problems that should not be happening with any current OS.
    • Major issues?

      Please. Just stop.
      Sleeper Service
      • Yes...major issues...

        The author stated that his Explorer still crashes occassionally and his mouse stops working.

        Are you implying that having explorer crash is NOT a major OS issue? If so, that is really, really sad to expect so little from your OS.

        Your OS should not crash on you and your mouse (I'm assuming it was a Microsoft Mouse? Oh the irony) should always work.
        • I wouldn't know...

          ...as mine doesn't crash.

          So, let's see... some isolated examples which don't cause much bother and which are idiosyncratic to Zack's PC.

          Major issues? Really?

          Honestly. Just stop. Please.
          Sleeper Service
          • Re: Honestly. Just stop. Please.

            Yes, please do, you're cracking me up.
            Arm A. Geddon
          • I think we'd agree that you're cracked.

            Sleeper Service
          • RE: Sleeper Service

            I agree - it's just an isolated issue with my PC and my mouse ISN'T a Microsft mouse.
        • Unlike OS X or Linux, correct?

          I mean, those operating systems [i]never[/i] have any issues.

          Even right here, in these very pages, over the past few months, the same authors have written about many of the bugs and problems that Apple users and Linux users have been experiencing.

          I guess it is acceptable, and should be overlooked simply becuase it is not Windows?

          To paraphrase: [i]how really, really sad to expect so little from your OS[/i]
          • Re: Unlike OS X or Linux, correct?

            Yes your comments are truly sad.
            Arm A. Geddon
        • Finder crashes

          Finder crashes occassionaly but more than that is a piece of garbage. Comparing Finder with Explorer is like comparing an old Skoda with a Bentley.

          Ubuntu apps crash - a lot more than in Windows or Mac OS X. Anyone who has tried to use Ubuntu productively will know that its next to impossible. In the end you crack go back to Windows/OS X and wait for the next release of Ubuntu or Fedora or SuSE or Mandriva etc and hoping that it will bring you salvation. But its always the same always seems like next year will be the year of the Linux (GNU/Linux) Desktop.

          Anyway Vista is about as solid as a consumer OS gets.
          • Greatest companies who build technologies use 2000/xp

            Companies like TI, Ratheon, intel, etc. they have their machines using 2000/xp even the $20,000,000.00 machines + robots, and tools run on 2000/xp, do you know why? I'll tell you why, if they use 2000,XP on their ETCHERS,CDSEM, PHOTOLITHOGRAPHY etc, is because they can control, the robot/tool Operating systam, if they use vista they will be controlled by vista. if we were to use vista we have to strip it from many app. That are dangerous for the company, that is the reason why XP is at the user side, Vista is like having a Microsoft guy behind your back watching what you do.
    • Remember...

      Mediocrity is the new standard of acceptance in America and with American products! Windows users are so accustomed to it, no wonder they have issues moving to a new platform that doesn't have the same issues! ]:)
      Linux User 147560
      • Agreed

        People like to deal with the problems they know, they don't want to swap out manageable problems for impossible problems.

        [i]It is better to eventually arrive at your destination, then to never arrive at all.[/i]
      • Mainly because it doesn't actually exist.

        Sleeper Service
        • Repeating it doesn't exist

          over and over again is called denial. And when there are hundreds of thousands of reports of these issues, it makes your denial sound as though it is backed by fear. Face it, it is a problem. People are complaining about it and then a blogger even validates the problem. ]:)
          Linux User 147560
          • Zack didn't validate anything. He merely pointed out a problem with...

            ...his system. I have not experienced Explorer or mouse problems on my Vista systems (nor any other system for that matter).

            And to pretend Windows is the only OS that has problems is dishonest.
          • Of course ye...

            you never have any problems ever with any of your Windows systems. We get it, you are the Windows gawd. ]:)
            Linux User 147560
          • No one said Windows was problem free. What they're saying is...

            ...it's not nearly the problem ABMers make it out to be.
          • Reading comprehension is your friend.

            "...moving to a new platform that doesn't have the same issues!"

            Which doesn't exist.

            Sleeper Service
          • No, my reading comprehension is far better than most...

            And yes the platform does exist, you just can't seem to figure it out. ]:)
            Linux User 147560