XP V.S Vista

Funny Vista promotion video.

Windows XP V.S Vista (pronounced vis-tu)

I responded to a post on This website and this is what I said, this will include the questions also.

The questions.

Is Vista on its way to becoming the next Windows ME?
Is Vista just mis-understood?
Is Linux the best alternative?
Is OS X, despite the need for new equipment, a route you would take?

My answers.

Vista might fail but that’s because of a few reasons.
1. The fact that Vista wasn’t compatible with all software was a big one for most. What Microsoft should have done is make Vista able to run all software.
2. Vista didn’t work with everyone’s hardware and if you bought a $300 iPod and couldn’t run iTunes then you would go back to XP now wouldn’t you?
3. It was NEW and because of this it had some glitches and in turn those glitches were big enough for the people with iPods that they couldn’t use to condemn Vista.
Vista might fail, people need to go back to XP for awhile and wait for Vista to get it’s kinks worked out.

Vista is mis-understood, I mean, it’s not like when you went from typing in lines of code (MS-DOS) to using Icons to run programs (Windows 1.0), it’s not that big a technological advance.

Linux is a good alternative but people are going to have some of the same issues they’re complaining about while using Vista I.E, Software compatibility etc. Have you ever wondered why you never hear about Linux users complaining? because it’s not an operating system from Microsoft. I’m not saying I don’t like Linux, I do use it, but it’s just not a plausible option for some.
I would buy a Mac, yes, but not as a actual alternative to XP. Maybe though.

Well here we are looking at the new versus the old. At first glance you would probably think Vista beats XP by far, It uses the Aero Interface. You can’t download it for Windows XP as far as I know. Too bad, but you can download TrueTransparency. This program let’s the border of the window look like it would if you were running the Aero interface, the Mac interface, Contact interface etc. We could build our own Vista, maybe, imagine that. Modifying XP’ interface so that it not only worked how we wanted it to but it also looked like we wanted it to. I guess Vista is somewhat improved. It supposedly only improved on the Looks not the technology. I haven’t used Vista so I can’t really comment on that. That’s about it. I mean, look at Sascha Segan, he kept coming back to XP for much needed applications that Mac and Vista didn’t have. I guess there are some good things about Vista, none I know of (Because like I said, I haven’t used Vista) but here’s a page with plenty of Vista Info Vista Info

This doesn’t mean that there aren’t any good features to Vista, there are plenty. If you do decide to buy Vista then definitely use this guide. Your best bet is to dual boot Windows XP and Vista on one computer. If you could.

A guy at a Dell Service store said, and I quote “I would rather but a Mac than buy a PC with Vista. I run a flight simulator and it took me ten days to tweak Vista so it would recognize the software.” End quote. Wow, that was a really negative review, I mean, I’ve heard plenty of reviews (most bad) but this one, wow. He works with Dell PCs every day, he must know every trick, shortcut, and way to fix anything that goes wrong and he would “…rather buy a Mac than a PC with Vista.”

More on switching back to XP By Tech-for Everyone.

Another option if you have Vista would be to run a Virtual PC. This comes built in with Vista I think but if not you can download it at this website. It will give you the option for a 32 bit or 64 bit.

John C Dvorak said in his latest page in PC Mag –> Inside Track “What keeps some companies from developing a new OS for the basic PC architecture? Fear of failure? Fear of success? Fear of Microsoft? It’s amazing that someone hasn’t taken a look at Microsoft’s margins and profits and money in and said to himself “Wow, why can’t I do that?”
until Vista nobody had considered the possibility. After all, we’ve got the Apple MacBased on a Linux-like underpinning And Linux. These two products have probably discouraged developers more than anything else, since they have not taken over the world. Apple’s OS X has the reputation that it runs only on propriety hardware, so it doesn’t count.”

Some people condemn a PC and use a Mac just because Vista wasn’t great. As this website points out, some of the people that worked at Microsoft were actually saying what they thought, and it wasn’t good, about their own product, you have to know that there’s something wrong here. This article says a lot about the subject too. So Vista isn’t great yet. (I’m going to go out on a limb here and defend Vista) So what? XP probably wasn’t at the time either, although going from typing in strings of code in to open an app (Application) to double clicking icons was a pretty big technology jump. There aren’t a bunch of drivers for Vista. That’s because there’s not enough people using Vista to warrant the effort of creating the drivers to enable you to run your printer etcetera. It’s the same with programs. The only reason you can’t go to all websites and download a program the will run in Vista is because there aren’t enough people running Vista to warrant the effort of the programmers to make the program for Vista.

I downloaded Vista Start Menu and it’s awesome! I especially like that I can type something in and choose to use the Run command, search the internet for it or search my computer for it. Very cool.

Check out This article from ZDNet called How can Microsoft overcome Vista’s lingering image problem?. How can Microsoft overcome Vista’s lingering image problem? is a good article worth reading.

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