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July 30, 2008 01:47 PM PST

Microsoft finally goes after Vista's pervasive negative image. I'm surprised they waited this long. It's pretty funny, and sneaky actually. Now admittedly I'm not the biggest Vista advocate, I don't run around trying to convert people. But when the topic of Vista comes up in casual (non geek) conversation I am amused at many people totally slam it without 1. every having ran it or seen it, and 2. even knowing what they are talking about. Public opinion is a powerful thing, you really don't want that against you.

Comments (5)
Paul, July 30, 2008 03:16 PM:

I run Vista on my Thinkpad and bootcamped on my iMac, and it's nicer than XP.

However, the Mojave "experiment" is crap, and Wil Shipley explains why.

John, July 30, 2008 10:34 PM:

Ha ha, what a rant. Typical Shipley. Of course Mojave is not an 'experiment' -duh. If it were it truely would be bad science. But it is not bad marketing. The point is not to convince you that Vista is all that, rather to get you to doubt that it is as bad as you've heard. Maybe you should give it a second look, or in most cases a first look.

J, July 31, 2008 11:29 AM:

I run Vista, and in general I like the UI better. (Remember I said years ago that they should have just put luna on XP and sold it). The thing is, with Vista, my hard disk is just constantly chugging at random times for no apparent reason. I've turned off auto indexing and everything. The other issue is that the security warnings are just a total FAIL. I get multiple warnings on single applications, and there's no option to "not remind me again for this app."

The security issue is more of a rant, but the HDD action really gives me the impression that something is not right or optimal in the core of the OS, and for me that's what really hurts Vista.

I do agree that people that don't know anything about Vista view it negatively though due to bad press.

John, July 31, 2008 12:39 PM:

Microsoft has released a performance and tuning guide for Vista. Maybe this will help out on some of those machines with boarder line specs.

I know what you mean with the HDD use. On my UMPC I must have disabled about a dozen services to get the hard drive to calm down. I basically disabled everything not required for my normal operation. Now my battery life is good, but I can't run Windows update without turning a few back on. There is much more going on than just indexing (which is the first thing I disabled). I haven't upgraded that device to SP1 yet, maybe I should give that a try.

Ian, July 31, 2008 06:30 PM:

I feel like a lot of Microsoft's problem is Steve Jobs' magical hold on the conscious of journalists and hipsters everywhere. I mean Apple makes fine products, but I don't feel like they're head and shoulders above Microsoft's offerings.

Except for maybe the iPhone. Windows Mobile is downright retarded.

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