10 Reasons Why Vista Isn't Terrific, Just Not That Bad

Over at Gizmodo they have what I believe is one of the best articles I have read about why Vista isn’t that bad. What I enjoyed about the article was the way it was written and the choice of wording. Some positive points were almost apologetic in the writers view. There were also 5 things the writer did not like about Vista.

So I took a look at some of the ones where the wording was cautious in the description of what the writer liked:

2. It’s the best looking Windows yet.

I agree. Vista Aero is mighty pretty compared to previous versions of Windows. But what I liked best was this one sentence at the bottom of how pretty Vista is:

If you want to disable Aero for certain applications for performance or compatibility reasons, see here.

It’s pretty but you might have to turn it off sometimes. Strange!

3. Games work just about as well as under XP.

But than there is this:

There’s a slight performance degradation under Vista when compared to Windows XP using the exact same hardware. Is it noticeable? Probably, but it’s somewhere around the level of 10%. 

If I read this correctly, it can than also be stated that Vista doesn’t perform as well XP when it comes to game playing.

7. User Account Control is useful for some people.

This feature is so great that the writer admits turning UAC off. He goes on to identify who the ‘some people’ are but admits UAC is a step in the right direction but still needs fixing.

Now for the bad stuff, some of which I embrace as well,  and also dislike in Vista:

1. Things aren’t where they used to be

Have you seen the new 2009 model cars? In order to use the brakes, you need to lower the passenger window, make sure your car radio is tuned to AM station 1040, and have your wipers set to low speed. There are only six steps to accelerate.

Every time that Microsoft comes out with something new, the minions in Redmond think it is necessary to bury some of the standard stuff under layers of menu’s that the user needs to wade through. Hello! Just because you move something around and change the icon it uses does not make it new!

Overall I think you will enjoy the 10 best and 5 worst things about Vista article. But don’t take it to serious. It all goes back to one thing and one thing only. If you enjoy using Vista, sticking with XP or use an alternative OS  you have the perfect OS already. :-)

Comments welcome.


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  • Mike

    While I agree that some features may be nicer, better, faster, etc. with Vista I disagree completely with the idea that something can be consider “not that bad”.

    What the hell happened to the quality of things made in the country including Microsoft’s money pot of OSes? How did things get to a point where we, as customers, are just happy to get something mediocre or half-done or fair?

    While I understand that putting out an OS is quite a project and no one can expect Microsoft to cover all bases on the first release. That said, it seems that they dropped the ball more times than they should have and the ONLY thing that saves them is that Windows rules the world right now as far as Desktop OSes go…hopefully things will balance out over the coming decade and customers have more “say” in the quality they demand.

    As for Vista…I still think it is just another WindowME all over again..

    XP works and is now solid after many updates and SPs…why should we think Vista would have been any different? I blame the media for all their worthless hype…at no time do they never really dug into it and did hardcore research into whether it was actually all that Microsoft claimed in the early release…and customers lined up with credit cards at the ready…

    Unfortunately for Microsoft the Corporate crowd is a little more savvy and not easily swayed into dropping millions on some flashy new OS that provides no cost benefit in the short term or even long term from what I gather.

    Anyway, it’s an interesting comment you make but I still think we, customers, deserve better products and services in this country and we just aren’t receiving that anymore. We’re all just thankful to have something versus nothing even that “something” is just, well, mediocre at best.

    Peace all…stick with XP OR go with Linux and put the money saved into savings…sounds like more people need that rather than this “new” OS…

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi Mike,
    Thanks for sharing your opinion.

    Regards, Ron

  • Julio

    Vista works fine for me. I have XP computers and an Apple. I find myself on my Vista box the most. It ain’t perfect, but a year or two after XP came out, it wasn’t perfect yet either. I don’t think that Vista is for everyone. But, I am in that 0.0001% of idiots for whom Vista has worked quite well. Do I like the UAC? NO! I don’t even turn it off that much though. I have gotten used to having to allow certain programs to do certain things. I know one thing… I won’t be going back to XP! All of my software and devices work perfectly, if not better under Vista. Pro Tools works, Reason works, FL Studio works. Call me what you want, but I am not going to be one of these people that are STILL complaining about Vista. You don’t like it fine. But, I think people are underestimating the number of people that are having a pleasant experience with Vista…

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Heh Julio,
    I am glad to hear that you are enjoying Vista. I believe you are correct when you state that many others are enjoying it as well.

    Regards, Ron

  • http://www.bindermichi.de bindermichi

    As if I’d hand them my phone number

    • http://www.facebook.com/Digimichan Digi Chan

      I hate that so much lol