I’ve been using Vista on my home laptop since it shipped, and can say with some conviction that nobody should be using it as their primary operating system — it simply has no redeeming merits to overcome the compatibility headaches it causes. Whenever anyone asks, my advice is to stay with Windows XP (and to purchase new systems with XP preinstalled).
My own Dell PC crapped out a few hours before a critical presentation so I had to go retail for a replacement and retail means Vista these days. My own personal Vista stinkbombs are,
- I can’t connect to a XP hosted printer share, at all, ever. This seems to a common problem judging from my web searching, one that Microsoft hasn’t addressed.
- All the bells and whistles on the new windows explorer just make my head hurt but the one consistent feature I used on XP (the ability the view a folder of photos as a film strip) has been removed.
- It takes way more memory
Stay away as long as you can in the hope that the sound of all us early adopters wailing will make Microsoft see sense.
Vista reminds me of an old skit on X-Windows so with credits to Phrack:
Vista. A mistake carried out to perfection.
Vista. Dissatisfaction guaranteed.
Vista. Don’t get frustrated without it.
Vista. Even your dog won’t like it.
Vista. Flaky and built to stay that way.
Vista. Complex nonsolutions to simple nonproblems.
Vista. Flawed beyond belief.
Vista. Form follows malfunction.
Vista. Garbage at your fingertips.
Vista. ignorance is our most important resource.
Vista. It could be worse, but it’ll take time.
Vista. It could happen to you.
Vista. Japan’s secret weapon.
Vista. Let it get in *your* way.
Vista. Live the nightmare.
Vista. More than enough rope.
Vista. Never had it, never will.
Vista. No hardware is safe.
Vista. Power tools for power fools.
Vista. Power tools for power losers.
Vista. Putting new limits on productivity.
Vista. Simplicity made complex.
Vista. The cutting edge of obsolescence.
Vista. The art of incompetence.
Vista. The defacto substandard.
Vista. The first fully modular software disaster.
Vista. The joke that kills.
Vista. The problem for your problem.
Vista. There’s got to be a better way.
Vista. Warn your friends about it.
Vista. You’d better sit down.
Vista. You’ll envy the dead.