Why I still don’t hate Microsoft Vista?
|Don’t just kill me for saying this but but I seriously don’t hate Vista and I have been using Vista for quite some time from the beta RC builds to the current Home Premium version which is on my primary computer, I also have patched Vista with SP1 RC that was released last week and it did seems to iron out a few bugs it had earlier, so I would recommend you wait for SP1 to release officially if you are planning to upgrade to Vista.|
|It’s not that I like everything about Vista, Microsoft did a lot of stupid things that still annoys me, like having a Zillion flavors of the OS, why didn’t they just have two versions like they did for XP, or even better just have one like Mac OS, but I guess their Marketing dept things otherwise…… and the insane pricing of Vista Ultimate, I feel having so many versions just confuses the end user and lets not even talk about the Vista Home Basic version, why the hell do you even have that!|
The most stupid thing according to me that Microsoft did with Vista is to let PC / Laptop Manufactures ship Vista machines with 512MB Ram, even now I see ads of great laptops and
If you had a computer with XP with just 128 MB Ram you would know how frustrating it is to operate it just booting it and arriving at the desktop screen will make you mad likewise vista with 512 MB is like that, I feel the bare minimum for working with XP is 256 MB ram, and for Vista that figure is 1 GB RAM (4 times the RAM) XP with 512 runs great and likewise vista with 2 GB RAM is great to work with, now you must be thing I must be mad to recommend an OS that requires 4 times RAM than XP, yeah the cost of RAM if you see is so low these days, for less than the price of 256MB about 4 years ago you can get a Gig or more of RAM, as of writing this story the cost of 1 GB DDR2 RAM is around Rs 1,200.
Second thing important after the RAM is the kind of processor you use, I seriously don’t recommend vista if you computer is more than 2 years old or to simplify things its should be at least a dual core machine (I earlier had a AMD XP 3500+ machine with 1 GB Ram that runs Vista fine I used it a lot with the Beta RC builds but with a dual core it was much better) dual core or quad core is the way to go, My current machine on which I work is a Intel Quad Core, with 2 GB Ram and it runs Vista like a dream, on a side note currently a dual core is more than enough coz we don’t have many Quad core applications yet.
What do I like in Vista?
|The number one reason I would recommend novice users to Vista is the better Security model that is built right into the OS, from the Protected mode in which Internet Explorer works, to the built in Defender, UAC and the firewall which all makes Vista more secure than XP out of the box also things like the integrated search which make searching documents / files / emails a snap to the much more elegant desktop with the Aero, the sidebar with Gadgets, Improved movie maker, photo gallery and built in support for DVD writing also worth mentioning is the improved Media Center experience and a lot of improvements under the hood like superfetch and readyboost and DirectX 10.||
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