I don't buy into all the "Windows Vista is rubbish" rhetoric that's been floating about. Rather than rely on collective hearsay I much rather collect my own data. Also, when it comes to operating system reliability problems that look like they are down to the OS are usually down to something else - a bad driver or a rogue application, for example. Over the past few months I've been keeping a close eye on my system's reliability and taking steps to improve reliability.
To do this I've been using Windows Vista's own Reliability Monitor and using the information that this provides to help track down issues and fix them.
In case you’ve not come across the Reliability Monitor, here’s how you get to it:
The Reliability Monitor gives you access to a lot of varied and useful information.
Here's the data I collected for an 89 day period (for the previous 133 days, check out this post):
Here’s a breakdown of the failures that I encountered over the 89 days (note that multiple failures can occur during a single day):
Let’s now take a look at each of the categories in detail:
Here is an updated chart containing system upgrade details and information on some of the crashes.
Looking at this data I feel that overall the system has been very reliable - if I ignore the day when I had eleven CloneDVD mobile crashes and the two days when I had a handful of FoxIt PDF reader crashes (where I was hoping that re-running the application wouldn't result in another crash ...).
Over the past few months I have been aggressive in tracking down the causes of instability and eliminating these. Some of the steps I have taken to reduce problems are:
It's my believe that Windows Vista is about as stable and reliable as it's going to be, and in my experience, Vista is as robust as XP, if not more so. Yes, it took time (maybe more time than it should) but the reliability is now there.