Sep 15, 2008

My Thoughts on Windows Vista: Not So Bad

I realize that I may get crucified for this article, but I am willing to take that chance. I am fully aware of the popular opinion of Windows Vista which is that it is a friggin' piece of flaming crap operating system. People at my school refer to it as Windows XP ME in comparison to the miserable failure of Windows ME which was basically a crappy repackage of Windows 98.

I decided to upgrade to Windows Vista not too long ago to finally get involved with Vista because it just wasn't going away so I figured I better get familiar with it. That is, after all, how the IT business works. As new technology comes out, you had better get to know it or you will soon find yourself out of a job.

So I installed it, and after using it for a bit I decided that it wasn't that bad after all. From what I can tell, the reason most people don't like it is that there is a slight learning curve to get to know it. After all, when Windows XP came out it really wasn't that much different from Windows 2000. In Windows Vista, a lot of changes have been made for the sake of change, and it is those changes that take some getting used to.

Also, many people complain that Vista is too bloated, and is a resource hog. That can be true as well, however there are a lot of unnecessary things in Windows XP that take up resources as well. Most of us have just been so used to shutting those off after a fresh install that we no longer think about them. For instance, I shut off all the pretty stuff in Windows XP except Visual styles, Drop shadows, and Common tasks:

Windows XP Performance Options

The same goes for Vista, you can turn off all the extra bells, whistles and do-dads for a more enjoyable, and less resource intensive experience. Just do a quick search on Google, and you will find hundreds of how-to's on boosting performance in Vista.

In conclusion, I don't think Vista is all that bad. If you just take the time to learn the differences, and how to work Vista, everything will be okay. Change isn't always a bad thing.

What's your take on Vista? Good? Bad? Hit me up in the comments.

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