Do you like Windows Vista?

Discussion in 'polls' started by bktII, Feb 17, 2008.

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How does (or did) Windows Vista perform for you?

  1. Excellent

    39 vote(s)
    28.9%
  2. Good

    33 vote(s)
    24.4%
  3. Fair

    17 vote(s)
    12.6%
  4. Poorly

    48 vote(s)
    35.6%
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  1. Osaban

    Osaban Registered Member

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    Vista Ultimate on Asus laptop, Intel Core 2 T7400 @ 2.16 GHz 2 GB RAM

    I've had it for less than a week, and I'm impressed in terms of graphics, elegance, smoothness of operation in conjunction with my new machine.

    Even with a fast computer, I find it fairly slow booting (66 processes in Vista, 36 with XP). I like XP a lot, but it really feels outdated when you try Vista.
     
  2. InVitroVeritas

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    Among other problems, with Vista even a highend recent computer really feels outdated compared to the same material with XP installed.
     
  3. ErikAlbert

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    Yes, I like WinVISTA very much, because I don't have it. ;)
     
  4. HURST

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    What amazes me the most, is the tie between "excellent" and "poorly", being both options the most voted.

    love it or hate it I guess
     
  5. strangequark

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    yeah I'd noticed that as well,
    being of a skeptical nature I wonder if all those who ticked "poorly" have actually used Vista or if some, recalcitrant posters, thought they should make up the numbers :D

    mind you they might say that of the "excellent" tickers :cautious:
     
  6. AKAJohnDoe

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    Vista Home Premium, since June 2007. Vista Home Premium SP1 since March 2008.
    Intel Core2 Duo T7200 @ 2GHz, 2GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400
    None
     
  7. yahoo

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    Vista Ultimate 64bit.

    C2D T7200, 3GB RAM.

    Love it.
     
  8. EASTER

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    Excellent 31 34.44%
    Good 21 23.33%
    Fair 9 10.00%
    Poorly 31 34.44%

    At this point looks like a dead heat between the two farthest extremes.

    A 50/50 result.

    I don't use Vista nor will, but for sake of comparisons thought this might be of some interests to those who do.

    EASTER
     
  9. AKAJohnDoe

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    Mathematically, this is 57.77/44.44, which of course is more than 100%. Likely due to those who checked more than one box, as I did.
     
  10. EASTER

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    No matter.

    Anything new is always going to take center stage irregardless of discovered or even unrealized issues pressed upon by customers with their own opinions of it.

    Frankly, i view Vista as somewaht of a disappointment even in spite of the transitions by many over to it since it's release.

    There has to be something earth-shattering in a new O/S IMHO to drive the masses over to it from the O/S they long depended on and still realize but positive results from it in comparison.
     
  11. rookieman

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    It seems to be running well here.It seems M$ is going to put out Windows 7!Hopefully this one will be liked as much as XP!!!:D
     
  12. Tunerz

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    Vista Home Premium
    Athlon 64 x2 1.7GHz, NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 559mb, 2,048 MB DDR2 RAM.
    I played it for sometime. I like those eye-candy features, but I think that's all I like about it. I really don't like it consuming 512+mb of memory at default, makes me wonder how will I run resource hungry apps if the system is already hungry for more resources. I'm just waiting for software companies to adjust to Vista.
     
  13. RAD

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    I have very mixed feelings, ad gave it a "fair".

    I have been running VISTA Home Premium for about 16 months.

    I needed an upgrade to my home Win98 machine, and I am very familiar with XP pro, as I run it at work and on another home computer. I figured VISTA was 'the future" so I decided to give it a try.

    The first month was hell. HP Printer drivers for nearly new printers unavailable; MS Works spreadsheets had a bug that wouldn't allow them to print at all under VISTA; in short, it might have been only two little problems, but they were the only two things I really used every day, and noone (not MS, not HP) knew how to straighten it out.
    Eventually the probs were acknowledged and patches were issued.

    UAC is very annoying, and boot time was about 5 minutes. Untold number of background "services" keep the hard disk and memory churning constantly.
    At that point I *almost* returned the computer, but Officemax said I could play with it as long as I wanted and they would honor a return at any time, since VISTA was so new and lots of problems had been reported. So I kept working with it, just because I kept feeling "VISTA is the future".

    Over the next year I learned how to turn off most of the annoying services and startup programs, and the "Aero" nonsense, and I have to admit that Vista was extremely stable...though still seems "sluggish" compared to my work computer running XP. (Both computers are running 2.8 GHz dual-cores. Vista has 4 Gigs of Ram, XP only 2)

    ....but Vista was safe and stable, so I began to like it and became somewhat of a defender of Vista in numerous conversations.

    I had tried to get a disk-imaging program to prevent disaster, and that is how I stumbled upon the TI forums. I am a registered owner of TI10, but as we all know, it just really doesn't work with Vista, so I had given up on it and uninstalled it and just considered it a $30 lesson in not being a sucker on the internet. :) Anyway, Vista was working smoothly, so I became complacent.

    I was on the "Automatic Windows Updates". Then, about two months ago, my computer was black-screen when I came home, and I couldn't reboot. Windows Repair could fix anything either, so I did a complete System Restore from my OEM recovery disks and spent the next month restoring all my programs and data from various copy locations. Eventually, by looking at the logs, I determined that it was the automatic update that had disabled my computer.
    This sent me on a mission to find imaging software that really works with VISTA. After extensive testing on the free trial version, I decided on Paragon Drive Backup 8.51

    Then came VISTA SP1.
    It, again scrambled my system....in repeated attempts to install. But at least this time i was able to restore pre-SP1 images without problem. Still, repeated failed attempts, plus attempts at self diagnosis, plus restoration of images, plus MS support techs asking me if I had turned off my antivirus program (duh!) all blew about two weeks worth of working on my computer all night every night.

    In the end, it was all traced to one corrupt Vista system file. The SP1 installer could identify it as corrupt, but then would just hang there. The fact that this wasn't just a simple and obvious problem/fix even to numerous MS support techs blew my mind. I finally found one who knew what he was doing though (Thanks Raja!).

    So anyway, my final opinion is that I have spent countless hours futzing with an operating system that MS released without sufficient testing, and I have ended up turning off most of its "features" to make it as much like XP as possible. I have to ask myself 'What was MS thinking?"?!?!?!?!

    The final straw was that I had been waiting for SP1 because I heard MS had improved the incredibly dumbed-down disk defragmenter that Vista originally came with. That caused me to break into outright guffaws when I saw the newer version !!?!? WHAT ARE THEY THINKING ?!?!? It is almost as if MS is deliberately trying to alienate their customer base!

    So, now, I have bought Raxco PerfectDisk 2008, just to have a defrag capoability that lets me know what XP defragger let me know. (Admittedly PD_2008 has a lot more too.)

    But this just blew any shred of sympathy or loyalty to MS that I may have had out the window. My next macxhine will not have a MS op system, even if I have to learn Linux ! :D My feeling now, is that Vista is an "acceptable" system, but WHY o_O WHAT FOR ?!?!? Why so much meaningless change and retrogression !?!? Is MS using this as a testbed to train new programmers ??
    I just don't get it.
     
  14. Carver

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    I voted fair, while I don't use Vista it does seem to be getting better slowly. While I don't think it can be called Truely Excellent yet, but I hope it will someday.
     
  15. Jadda

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    Yes, I like Windows Vista, and there is no chance I will ever switch back to Windows XP. Vista is working perfect on my PC without any problems. So I'm very pleased.
     
  16. francisw19

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    Hello all,

    I selected Excellent.

    I am running Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1 on the following hardware:

    Intel Core2Quad Q6600 @ 2.80 GHz, Asus P5N32-E SLI, 4GB Crucial Ballistix Tracer w/ LED @ DDR2-800, 2x eVGA 8800GTS 320MB in SLI @ 621/1480/900, Creative SB X-FI Platinum, 2x Lite-On 20x DVD-R/RW w/ Lightscribe, Dual Layer, 3x 250GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATAII, Corsair HX620W, Silverstone Temjin TJ09 w/ Window.

    I have all the 'Bling' turned on in Vista (Aero, Dreamscene, sidebar, etc...) and it runs silky smooth for me. No problems at all! :thumb:

    On a side note, for those interested, my X-Fi is working perfectly in Vista. No SCP issues to report whether it's in games or just listening to music/watching movies. :cool:
     
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  17. sukarof

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    I have had Vista for almost a year now. In the beginning I was not too happy with it. For some reason Vista updates always failed to install.
    It could be fine for a month or so and then suddenly when I looked at the history it had errors and they were not installed. So for a half of a year I jumped back and forth between XP and Vista. (got my license locked by Storagecraft since they felt I moved, (deactivated) Shadowprotect too much :) )
    Now since new year I have used Vista regularly (all the updates install fine now) and I like it. I have no problems (SP1 installed just fine)
    The speed is excellent, I´d say Vista with all the enhancements on are at least as fast as XP ime. I would say a bit faster actually. And I love UAC.
    It was actually my occasional visits into Linux world that teach me to appreciate it :)

    Nowadays I have my FDISR snapshot of XP archived on my USB drive.
    So, I am very happy with Vista 32. I have Vista 64 snapshot too, but I have not played with it that much. Mostly because FDISR and Shadowprotect are not yet compatible. We cant take FDISR snapshots in 64 yet or archives of 64 from the 32bit installation. But as soon as those two are compatible I will start exploring it.
     
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  18. Sm3K3R

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    Used it 4 months, now im back to XP and very happy.Nice interface but too damn buggy.
     
  19. BuzzStone

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    I've been using Vista HP32 without problems since Feb. 07. I believe most complainers have never given it a fair trial (or base their info on hearsay), or have junk computers or lack knowledge as to how to use them. It is faster than my old XP Pro. You should have, however, 2+Gb of ram. My system has 4Gb of ram.
     
  20. bigc73542

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    I had no problems with the Vista on my last comp. And the new comp I just bought with Vista Home Premium SP1 seems to run even better than the last one. :thumb: :D
     
  21. Seer

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    After some heavy features/services tweaking and (most important) ditching Aero for Classic theme, I can pretty much say that I have grown to like Vista. I just still hate the name.
     
  22. tisungho

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    VISTA: Virus, Intrusion, Spyware, Trojan, Ad-ware :D :D :D
     
  23. HyperFlow

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    I was looking for the right words to add my 2 cents in on this poll and i could not agree more with what you say. I like my xp pro and i'm sure vista has some thing that i would like. but until they offer some thing that is going to reevaluation the computer world I will stay with xp until i have to change than i will go to mac. :argh:
     
  24. EASTER

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    MS policy is not acceptable IMO. Many will like Vista for one reason, it's new and different, even if it does have a few extra security preventions, takes too much energy components just to drive it stable. I would call it nothign more really then a Lull untill their next O/S and nothing else.
     
  25. BuzzStone

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    Although I am have no problems with Vista, I fully agree with Easter's view "nothing more than a lull until Microsoft's next O/S".
     
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