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Windows 7: Do You Think That Windows Vista is as bad as a lot of people claimed?

View Poll Results: Is Windows Vista Bad?
Yes 9 19.15%
No 31 65.96%
I never used it 5 10.64%
Sometimes it was good, other times it was bad 2 4.26%
Voters: 47. You may not vote on this poll

01 Apr 2012   #11
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I had absolutely no problems with Vista. And I had used it since day 1 (Febr.1, 2007) and on several laptops and desktops. I think the badmouthing came mostely from people that had never used it. And that was proven by MS with their Mojave Project.
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01 Apr 2012   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by beauparc View Post
My PC came with Vista pre-installed and it was terrible. Very slow, crashing every day on first boot and never really felt right.

I uninstalled it and bought my own copy. Clean install with all drivers. Rock solid from then on. Much faster at loading programmes (FSx in particular) than Win7, on same machine using the same HDD.

In some ways I regret upgrading to Win7.
That's what I did. I bought the upgrade version and did a clean install with it right off the bat. Flawless running to this day.
There's just something with "upgrading" over the top of the previous OS that never worked well for me. Last time I did that was with 95 over 3.1.
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01 Apr 2012   #13
Joan Archer

Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit

I got on fine with Vista and never had any problems. It came pre-installed on my machine but it wasn't one of the big well known brands so wasn't full of bloatware.

If Windows 7 hadn't appeared I'd still be using it, I'm still using the same machine though.
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01 Apr 2012   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Vista got a really bad rap when it was first released due to drives and such not being ready by third parties. It didn't run all that great, and wasn't very streamlined and performance wasn't as good as expected. By the time that SP1 came out, it smoothed out ok and has been reasonably good.

Honestly, we have lots of Vista machines at work and they have wierd problems from time to time...especially with shutting down or hanging on installing updates. Usually when these machines have significant issues, I format and install Windows 7 and things are much better.
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01 Apr 2012   #15

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.

Way back at the start of Vista days new high end computers {Vista Ultimate} were purchased.
Loved it immediately!
Could not understand what all the negative commotion was about.

Came Win 7, yet another new computer with Ultimate.
Ever since...
The favourite OS used most frequently was Vista, until a HD died!
RIP Vista.
IMHO it was the best OS thus far.
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01 Apr 2012   #16

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195

I personally beta tested Vista since Beta 2 and I loved it and was excited for release. When it came out it was just as I expected--good. I'm not sure why people hated it. I personally found it more user friendly with more features. I guess it's because of the missing drivers for old devices. I had a relatively up-to-date system back then.
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01 Apr 2012   #17

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1

I have been testing Vista to see if it will work on my friend's pc with 1.4 gigs of ram and a Celeron D cpu. I turned the settings WAY down in virtualbox and made it about the equivalent of that pc and it runs well. It doesn't run great, but it will probably be WAY better than the horribly slow copy of Windows XP they have on that pc.
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01 Apr 2012   #18


I had no dramas with Vista either. All of my devices worked out of the box and was overall a very stable OS for me.

Although my sisters laptop at the time had a whopping 512mb of RAM and it did run like a dog. Performance was alleviated somewhat using Ready boost until I upgraded her RAM and from then on it was nice and smooth. The difference was night and day really.

However I did find Vista needed to be 'tweaked' a bit on fresh installs to improve performance. Once SP1 and SP2 were released it was a extremely good OS.

The only non-fond memories I have was the amount of disk thrashing it did, particularly on a cold boot.

Most of the hate was was based on '5 min/never actually used it' users. Vista bashing using stale and regurgitated arguments was very much in vogue.

Admittedly though, once 7 came along I haven't looked back.
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01 Apr 2012   #19


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Most of the hate was was based on '5 min/never actually used it' users. Vista bashing using stale and regurgitated arguments was very much in vogue.
Exactly. Ditto to the drivers comment too. As a gamer I knew I'd have trouble so I kept XP on my main machine while I installed Vista on another one just for work. Had zero problems - even worked fine with the laser printer we had. Even now I still have one Vista x32 laptop (mostly because couldn't be arsed to purchase another Win7 license... I'm not made of money lol).

I can buy that some people had issues out of the box but even then I'd eyeball the mobo and assorted hardware drivers first. But all the bellyaching about the OS? Bah. Mostly people who don't have a clue what they're talking about.
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04 Apr 2012   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1

Vista was a decent OS, it was individuals trying to run it on outdated hardware, and driver issues with high end hardware that gave it such a bad rep. I remember people bringing me systems that barely met the minimum requirements, only to complain that it ran so slow it was almost unusable.

Those who bought OEM machines with Vista generally didn't have any issues with it. This is only because OEMs could build to suit the greater demand on resources, and compatible hardware.

On the opposite side of the coin you have hardware enthusiasts and gamers, who waited for months on drivers that were terrible at best. Forget trying to run high end hardware, or game on a Vista box for its first two years of life.
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