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Windows 7: What killed Vista will make Windows 7 fly

17 Jan 2009   #1

Windows 7
What killed Vista will make Windows 7 fly

I'm one of those users who has been using Vista with no problems ever since Microsoft gave out RTM copies to beta testers. However, as a writer, I've watched the media completely destroy the public opinion of Vista, leading many to stick with Windows XP or to look for alternatives, even before they had tried Vista. Even with SP1 out, many have not bothered trying Vista on recent hardware and therefore could not realize the fact that it really is worthy of being XP's successor. If I had to lay the blame on one party for Vista's poor public opinion, I wouldn't lay it on Microsoft, I wouldn't lay it on hardware companies incapable of producing good drivers, I wouldn't lay it on the fact that XP is so good, I would lay it on the media for blowing things out of proportions.

Yes, the problem is exaggeration (it's in this article's title too, in case you missed it); bloggers and journalists alike use their personal experiences to prove their point in their writing. The blame doesn't solely lie with us, as Vista was by no means perfect, but we did manage to amplify the problems beyond reason. And if the beta is anything to go by, Windows 7 is going to fly. This is, by far, the best beta operating system the software giant has ever released. The media has locked on to this, and is using exaggeration already, before Windows 7 is even ready for prime time.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Beta 32bit, Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit, Ubuntu 8.04 32bit

Nice find! And I agree with it 100%. Microsoft would have read all the complaints and bad reviews about Vista and have made 7 amazing (the Beta). Hopefully they add even more between now and the release date. :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2009   #3

XP/Vista/Windows 7 builld 7000

i agree with a lot of the points. deep down though, as the owner of an IT company, i had to look at clients and make my recommendations to them based on reality. reality was, the knock em dead laptops for the road people were going to run like dogs and while we could strip away, up the performance a notch or two, have it run stable and cripple a lot of the annoying system still ran like a filly having pulled a leg on the last turn and limping for the barn.

my personal laptop lay mostly unused because I just didn't have the time for the start up, hop on one leg, and shut down required of intermittant use. my HP pocket pc did things just as well, and a thousand times faster while mobile. that isn't hype, that was fact.

you're right though, this one is a winner but it is still very early days yet. what we want to see is MS keep it lean and mean. start up, shut down, do what i want and preferrably now. add stability and we are away, finally a reason to move on from xp. i am suspect of the quality of the feedback going MS way, i would not be surprised to find they actually stick to their original beta testers although they seemed to have largely avoided professionals in that rank too, at least in the early stages. making decisions which are essentially technical in nature i cant see being made by popularity polls. still, we are onto a good thing, let's hope it comes out the other end with both legs.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

17 Jan 2009   #4

Win7 Ultimate x64 on Desktop / Win7 Ultimate x86 on laptop / Win7 x86 Starter on Netbook

I agree with you also. Vista is an excellent OS. I beta tested and then got Ultimate for business and pleasure. It was such a huge improvement over various XP versions (32bit & 64bit)
The first thing I noticed was, NO CRASHES! Of course the interface and speed improvement was also a big plus point. The hardware support was abysmal and the public and press blamed the OS for the problems.
Win 7 is based on Vista, but this time they have improved things still further and hardware companies are working more closely with Microsoft!
The drivers from hardware mfg's also have to be tested for a certain length of time before Microsoft will approve them for release.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2009   #5

Windows 7

Mt thoughts exactly...well said.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2009   #6

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

Hello Slimy,

Welcome to the Seven Forums and thank you for the article.

Since I never used XP, mostly due to the bad press *it* received in the beginning, I can't make a comparison, but I am very happy with Vista. Yes it takes a long time to boot, but I don't do that very often so no big deal.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2009   #7


I liked Vista, but recently i started having BSOD's constantly. Coudn't figure out what the problem was. Finally, the W7 beta comes out and i insta-installed it, couldn't be happier.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2009   #8

Windows 7 build 7000 x86

Yeah I have to say, that for a beta, this feels very finished. Most of the hassle with it is incompatibilities with applications and games, but that's only to be expected. I don't want to go back... ever.

Does anyone know if the Beta versions will be available up until launch?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2009   #9

Windows 7

No, it will expire before that. But there will be a public RC, so don't worry
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2009   #10

Windows 7 build 7000 x86


*caress Win7*
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