Windows Vista Rated One Of The Worse Products Ever

Last modified on November 26th, 2007

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Windows Vista rated one of the worse products ever by CNET:

Any operating system that provokes a campaign for its predecessor’s reintroduction deserves to be classed as terrible technology. Any operating system that quietly has a downgrade-to- previous-edition option introduced for PC makers deserves to be classed as terrible technology. Any operating system that takes six years of development but is instantly hated by hordes of PC professionals and enthusiasts deserves to be classed as terrible technology.

Windows Vista conforms to all of the above. Its incompatibility with hardware, its obsessive requirement of human interaction to clear security dialogue box warnings and its abusive use of hated DRM, not to mention its general pointlessness as an upgrade, are just some examples of why this expensive operating system earns the final place in our terrible tech list.

Given that the first purchase of a Mac I made this year was basically the result of me installing Vista on my laptop, I can totally understand this.

Anyone reading this actually use Vista and like it?

10 responses to “Windows Vista Rated One Of The Worse Products Ever”

  1. Skick says:

    So my best friend just got a new computer at work and of course it came pre-installed with Vista. Problem is he cannot remote access unless he has Vista Ultimate. So the company had to purchase Vista Ultimate just so their employees could use remote access.
    It gets better though. It took him two days to upgrade!
    First, some pre-installed Microsoft applications needed to be uninstalled in order to upgrade, but then it turns out that some of the security features in Vista Home Premium would not allow Vista Ultimate access so the upgrade kept failing. He ended up having to do a clean install.

    It is pretty hilarious to be walking downtown in Seattle and overhear people complaining about Vista. 🙂

  2. Eva says:

    It makes me dread the eventual upgrade of our system at work. We’re currently running Win2K and the plan was to skip over XP and upgrade straight to Vista. However, it seems that there have been delays because some in-house applications won’t work on Vista. Not sure when the projected dates for upgrade will be….

    Thankfully, if I had to use windoze, I have Parallels running XP.

  3. Tawcan says:

    A lot of the laptops I test at work use Vista and I always get so frustrated. I really “love” these new popup security features. My favourite is probably trying to copy a file from a memory stick into the Program Files directory – about 6 “security” windows will pop up and ask you for permission.

    And what’s with that useless 3D flip thing…whatever it’s called. It doesn’t make you more productive at all!

  4. When you buy something “built for Vista”, down grade with caution. PAINFUL.

    HP is not making drivers for XP for laptops built to run Vista, making some functions of your laptop unusable unless you are willing to hack something together or get lucky enough to find others out there who are smart enough to do it for you.

    I’ve played with Vista for about an hour. Not impressed. Looks cool, but that’s about it. XP is a work horse. They finally had a good thing going and they mucked it all up. Oh well. Keeps the I.T. industry going, and I wouldn’t be too surprised if that was the intention.

  5. Oh yeah, Office 2003 won’t run on Vista. Also, we can’t get Office 2007 files to open in Windows 2003. Can you say cluster fuck?

  6. Eva says:

    John: Funny you should mention HP. All of our PCs and laptops are HP. Our IS/IT was outsourced to HP a few years ago. :p

    I’ll make a note of this.

  7. Windows 98 and I are best friends.

  8. PatZ says:

    there’s a few people in my class who swear by it. probably because they don’t know any better.

  9. Duane Storey says:

    I imagine they are swearing *at* it, not by it.

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