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Windows 7: It is all about perception

27 Apr 2011   #1
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
It is all about perception

Just the mention of the name “Vista” was enough to scare off potential users. In one marketing campaign users rated Vista 4.4 out of 10 but gave a new operating system named “Mojave” 8.5 out of 10. Mojave was just Vista with a different name.
Now compare that with how Windows 7 was received. PC World named it one of the best products of 2009. CNET described Win7 as “what Vista should have been”, giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Techradar called it “the best Windows OS ever”.
Win7 must have been a major rewrite of Vista for this kind of turnaround, right? Nope. Windows 7 is basically Vista with a few focused, incremental enhancements such as a new Taskbar, transparent window borders, and some performance tweaks. The system requirements are the same as Vista, and the drivers are the same.
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27 Apr 2011   #2

Win7 Home Premium x64

Bottom line for most people though, Vista was insanely buggy, especially x86, prior to SP1. 7, though nothing drastically different, was Vista simply improved and refined to the point it should have been prior to launch.
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27 Apr 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I really never had any problems with Vista. And I got it on Febr.1, 2007 which was the first availability day.
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27 Apr 2011   #4


I never had any serious problems with Vista when I used it. I did wait a few months until I upgraded, but it was nothing to do with thinking Vista was crap because I hadn't tried it personally, so didn't pass any judgement. When I did finally upgrade to it due to having some constant problem with XP, I didn't have that problem with Vista.

I think a lot of people forget XP wasn't always the OS it is today and that did have it's fair share of problems when that was first launched too I remember my Dad installing it my PC when it was first released and I do recall having quite a few problems with it.
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27 Apr 2011   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

I thought Vista was/is great.

I didn't get it till just after SP1 - and most importantly, didn't have any 5 year old perpherals.

Seems to me a lot of complaints were from those trying to get ancient printers, etc to work.

Manufacturers hadn't provided updated drivers ( and why should they ).

The uninformed blamed the o/s.

By the time Vista 2 (7 ) was released there were drivers for most things, so it didn't get the same moans.

Also, the journalists were losing jobs, mags were closing, lappy sales were down - that guarantees they will big up the new o/s.
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27 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1

It's failings led to a much better OS, so I'm not complaining.
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27 Apr 2011   #7
Commodore Pet

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1

When I think of it, I have not had any major problems using any of my Windows products over the years.

3.1, 95, 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7
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27 Apr 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I think with Windows7 we are really looking at Vista SP3. If you compare that to XP SP3, Vista did pretty well. The name change of Vista was only because it's legacy.
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27 Apr 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I bought Windows Vista once it was released and N E V E R had problems with it. Even today I get tremendously irritated when people come up to me to say that Vista sucks, is slow, nothing works right on it and shit like that. I had the personal pleasure of inviting some of these people to use it on a machine that was not as Windows 2000 / XP as theirs, and the result was obvious: I found myself talking to "other people" about Vista. The truth is one: human beings are averse to change, and Windows Vista has brought a lot and so sudden! Why I migrated to Windows 7? Because I love innovation! Windows Vista was an innovation, and I still love Vista!
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27 Apr 2011   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

I think what affected Vista was the lack of drivers available at the time it was released, or I should say the lack of cooperation on drivers from hardware manufacturers.

The early reports of hardware problems created an aura of bugginess from which the OS could never recover.

MS did an exemplary job in collecting drivers for the release copy of W7 (and spent a bundle doing it I have read) and I believe that has made all the difference (in perception).
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