I'm with this guy. I like XP for myself but it seems to work well on my gf's machine. She was always getting adware on her old xp box, despite my efforts. Vista is locked down so hard by default that her box is as clean as if I just installed it. The only bad thing is that its slow as heck. Mebbe the next version will be like XP to ME (vista).
I have done 3 installations on my main machine, each with varying success. The first installation would cause 2 (apparently) different network connections, each one causing different problems and really slowing down my internet service. Every time that I'd delete the copy, it would return on rebooting.
In the second instance, I installed a utility that was supposed to be Vista compatible but always seemed to run into problems. What happened to the backward compatibility philosophy? I don't expect something that worked on Win 98 to work on Vista, but something that works on XP should, without flaw. So far I have found about a dozen of my favorite software packages that are incompatible, most likely because of the Aero graphics.
My third try, I made a concerted effort to not install anything that wasn't 100% compatible. All device drivers were good, but the computer was slower than I expected. It turns out that my 6 month old nVidia card with 256 mb memory was insufficient for the Aero graphics. I bought a newer card with a faster GPU and the computer is much better.
Sometimes when opening Outlook it freezes. This is not an unknown problem and I've seen it happen with XP. My guess is that Outlook hits a snag whilst trying to synchronize with Hotmail. Normally this is solved by killing the Outlook process and restarting the application. In XP the Task Manager is quick to pop-up and allow you to delete. I have waited up to 3 minutes for the Task Manager in Vista, but most of the time I've hit the reset button first. How did Microsoft ever let Vista get released without a quick responding task manager?
There are numerous other problems, but not all is bad. Some of the mechanisms, while irritating, are better for security purposes. Sure it's annoying to be asked if I want something to install or to be asked if it's OK to use administrative privileges, but the risk of a virus outbreak outweighs the inconvenience.
The bottom line for me is that Vista wasn't ready for prime time and therein lies the problem. Every time I turn around there is something new in development. If I could give any advice to Microsoft it would be slow down. In less than 5 years we're already beta testing .NET Framework 3.5 and many developers are still at version 1.1. Meanwhile some of the bugs in ASP.Net 2.0 go unresolved.
Frankly, if IIS 7.0 and DirectX 10 were available for Windows XP there is no question that I'd be re-installing Windows XP.
I have had little or no problems with running any of my software. Have you considered that your tool wasn't following the guidelines. And I'm not talking about specific Vista guidelines but ones that have been there for a while. If your program had followed the guidelines it should work on Vista very easily. With a little additional tweaking you can also get around the UAC irritation also.
I don't think there were every any guidelines for Windows development that you could take seriously. I remember once reading in a MSDN artical "you should avoid writing to the registry too much". MS apps themselves broke that one, writing kbs to the registry with wild abandon.
You're right, there are quite a few people out there that do like Vista. I'm not one of them. One of the things that drives me nuts about each new operating system from Microsoft is the new interface. I understand the current XP interface just fine. Then the new one comes out and they change the look and feel of it. I understand that things need to change or we would still be stuck in DOS or Windows 3.1, but I wonder how much better the new interface makes things. One of the first things I noticed (and I do use Vista for testing at work) is the renaming of "Add or Remove Programs" to "Programs and Features". It took me several minutes to find this. It makes me wonder what other things I can't find cause they changed the name of it. The functionality seems to be the same.
I could go on, but I'm sure you have heard it all before. I'll eventually adapt, but I would prefer a more consistent interface while bringing me new features.
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