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Windows 7: In defence of Vista

14 Jul 2009   #1

XP multi boot with Windows 7 RC
 
 
In defence of Vista

Yes it is basically the boat anchor of Os's and yes it is bloated beyond belief and yes I want to take to UAC with an axe but there were a few useful things I like about Vista and I would hope they only improve with Windows 7.

Before you get too excited there was nothing about Vista while you are actually in the OS that I liked.

What I like is its ability to find and fix itself from a boot CD and the options it presents from the PE environment it uses. As a tech I also like that it automatically moves the important stuff aside when doing a reinstall over the top to fix various issues. I often boot to a Vista disc rather than an XP disc now to run chkdsk from the recovery console even on an XP installation. I find it is more thorough and fixes issues the XP recovery console does not.

Has anyone used a Windows 7 disc in a repair situation yet and if so what extra things are there that XP/Vista did not have?

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14 Jul 2009   #2

Windows Vista, Server 2008, Leopard, Suse
 
 

Vista is a great OS, no need to apologize

I must assume that Windows 7/Vista are the same when it comes to the install DVD, both use the same PE environment.
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15 Jul 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Build 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sjaak327 View Post
Vista is a great OS, no need to apologize

I must assume that Windows 7/Vista are the same when it comes to the install DVD, both use the same PE environment.
great, yes, compared to sucked xp, but 7 eats ~50% less resources so what we have now is the minimal requirements of xp with vista super possibilities
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15 Jul 2009   #4

 
 

Vista IMO is a great OS but only if you have the hardware to use it to it's full potential. Se7ev on the otherhand works almost as well (as an OS) on a machine with less than half the memory I have

Microsoft have listened this time & for that I have to thanks them
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15 Jul 2009   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I don't see any difference in speed or responsiveness between Vista and 7 on my machine. Very little difference in resource usage also.

Probably be different on the average laptop.

The Recovery options are the same. However, there is much more automation with 7 recovery.

IMO this is the best thing about 7 for the average user.

I recommend downloading the 7100RC for Vista users - just to have the Recovery options available - they work very well on Vista.

I have 7 Winre on my Vista partition and have added it to the boot menu options.
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15 Jul 2009   #6

Windows Vista, Server 2008, Leopard, Suse
 
 

To be honest, I have yet to see a big performance difference, and I use quite old hardware, it is all down to what you throw at it I guess.

Yes they have gained some performance in services and tasks, but that seems to be about it really.
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15 Jul 2009   #7

 

In defense of Vista... Oops, I missed my block.

I just see this from a business man's perspective. As an OS, Vista is what Vista is. As a product offering, Vista was not unlike New Coke.

My Vista DVD set is the most expensive item I never used. Unless you consider the '93 RX-7 I bought for Cailin, a month before she dumped me.
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15 Jul 2009   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Vista was something that, at release date, failed to deliver on Microsoft's numerous promises and advertisements. But after 2 service packs worth of fixes and updates, Vista is undeserving of about 95% of the criticism it still gets. People loved XP and IMO that wasn't a good OS until after SP2 as well.
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15 Jul 2009   #9

Windows Vista, Server 2008, Leopard, Suse
 
 

Vista rocked from RTM onwards, but of course it differed greatly from XP, and had driver and compatiblity issues, XP was never a particular good OS, and is still the most insecure OS ever developed by Microsoft.
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16 Jul 2009   #10

XP multi boot with Windows 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sjaak327 View Post
Vista rocked from RTM onwards, but of course it differed greatly from XP, and had driver and compatiblity issues, XP was never a particular good OS, and is still the most insecure OS ever developed by Microsoft.
Clearly you are not old enough to remember ME or Win95 with (no) USB support or suffer through a driver installation on anything pre XP SP2
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