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Are you sick and tired of Windows Vista?

Like I said I am frustrated with Windows Vista. I am to the point of formatting the whole drive and just run Linux on it.
Windows Vista can't find updates.
It is too slow.
It freezes constantly.
Never finds drivers for the hardware that I have.
It asks for your permission for almost everything it does.
I can't install the software that I want.
Do they think that I am another gullible fool that it is going to run to upgrade to Windows 7? No way! What do you think?


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I'm not saying Vista is great - not by a long shot - but there were many contributing factors that gave it a bad rap from the beginning.  In your case, it sounds like there are several non-Vista issues, including possibly not enough RAM and corrupt system files (which would require a complete reinstall but would fix it entirely).

When Vista first came out, it was undercooked and needed a lot of patches to get it functional.  However, most of those issues were fixed in the first three months, and the remainder solved in the first six.  Since then, Vista has matured to be a stable (if a little clunky, due to its antiquated memory handling) OS.

The main problems since then have been due to manufacturers who didn't start building up-to-snuff computers for Vista until just a few months before Windows 7 came out.  Almost all the computers I work on with Vista came from the factory with between 512 MB and 1 GB RAM; Vista, since the beginning, required at least 2 GB to function normally for most applications (and still does).  It's almost as if the release of Vista caught them with their pants around their ankles, and stockpiles of XP computers that they didn't want to put extra money into - so they threw Vista on them without any necessary upgrades and sold them.

It's worth mentioning that if you have trouble getting your hardware to work with Vista, you'll have an impossible time finding drivers for Linux.  While I will say that Linux supports many things very well and usually has most devices installed on first boot, anything that it doesn't install right away requires a lot of effort to install (usually requiring you to compile drivers from source, if they're even available).  To install my printer, for example, I had to download Australian drivers and compile them by hand - and I still can't get my scanner to work properly without another afternoon of installation and configuration.

Bottom line: check your RAM.  If you have less than 2 GB, install more (and more than 2 GB if you want to be future-proof).  Back up your files, then do a complete recovery from the factory image, either located on the hard drive or the discs you were supposed to burn when you first got it.  Perform Windows Updates until you have everything beyond SP2, then install your anti-virus and other software.  You'll be a happy camper.

If you want to change OS's, I highly recommend Windows 7.  It's everything Vista should have been.  After getting your clean installation of Vista with updates, just drop in the upgrade disc.  Three hours later, you'll boot into 7 and you will thank me.

If you must go Linux, bear in mind that since most manufacturers thrive on proprietary closed-source drivers, many of them don't give Linux the time of day to either make their own drivers or open-source them so someone can create their own.  As a result, it's up to the valiant efforts of die-hard nerds to write drivers for these devices, unpaid and on their own time.  You must research the availability of these device drivers before you install, and be fully aware of the pitfalls (which Linux users are more than happy to complain about on multiple forums).  Also, the Windows programs you use may not have Linux analogues, and may not work well under WINE (the Windows-to-Linux translation layer).  Be informed, and if you still want to try it, use Wubi (a live installation that is reversible if you decide not to keep it) or dual-boot (which can come with its own problems depending on the computer).
+1
I'm no Microsoft booster, but Win 7 is actually pretty good. So much better than Vista....
Seconded.  I consider Vista to be another Windows Millennium - Forced onto the market early because of marketing pressures.  Win7 is the finished product.
Burf7 years ago
I went directly from WinXP to Ubuntu Linux , going on 5 years ago now. I've never regretted it for an instant. Not considering the money I have saved on software, (every single piece of software on my PC is free, open source) I have rejuvenated several older PC's and laptops with various versions of Ubuntu.
I completely by-passed Vista and never looked back. There was an early learning curve, adjusting from  DOS based system to a Unix variant but it wasn't all that difficult thanks to the help I got at Linux forums andthrough Google.
There has been a couple of times when I have completely snookered my system while nosing around with the Ubuntu OS. The fix was relatively easy, re-install the OS and restore the settings, config and a couple of other files from a backup and it was as if nothing had ever happened.
Needles to say, Microsoft has permanently lost me as a customer.
Microsoft thought they had me right where they wanted me!,after playing around with ubuntu's last 3 releases I made the jump with 10.04 and don't regret it.The winner of this post although being very honest about HIS experiences I myself have had no hardware compatibility issues what so ever . The learning curve for this distro becomes less steep with each passing version as they begin to drive their focus towards the home PC experience. 
I am currently using 10.04 too and it is really an exceptional O.S.
The only hardware issue I have ever had was early on with version 7.04, I think, and was with an Nvidia video card.  One question at the Linux forum gave me a workaround solution. I have upgraded to each new subsequent version without a single hardware problem.
rickharris7 years ago
My experience of vista was OK until after a couple of years and many updates it started to freeze.

My PC & graphics card were getting old in the tooth and I think that had much to do with it.

New PC 4 gig ram - dual processor, 1 gig video ram  and Win 7 - so far great,.
orksecurity7 years ago
I'm not sick of Vista... because I refused to go near it. My Windows boxes still run XP. My "work" boxes run Linux -- they can dual-boot to XP , or bring it up in a virtual machine, but for the tasks I'm dealing with that hasn't been necessary in several years.
lemonie7 years ago
No, I wasn't foolish enough to try it.
A good rule for Windows is to give new editions six months to year, then consider buying them. Then you get the experience of others and time for Microsoft to fix the faults etc.
Also you get the chance to learn that Microsoft are producing another edition to supersede the that one, and maybe it's worth waiting a bit longer...

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Jayefuu7 years ago
I skipped Vista and went straight from XP to 7. It's great! No problems at all so far. :)
FuyuKitsune7 years ago
Vista was crappy but 7 completely pwns. Supports all Vista drivers + the 5-bajillion drivers made for it, emus 32 bit very well, can run in compatibility mode nicely, and can be tweaked pretty well.
I'd suggest Home Premium, and if you want to run the RDC server then you can mod/replace one of the system DLLs to allow that.

And you can turn off the asking-thing by disable UAC (User Access Control) :P Google it.
nickodemus7 years ago
I'm running Windows 7, and I've got to say, I love it. Maybe it's just the 3gb of ram, but it doesn't run slowly at all. Startup is super-fast, the new toolbar design is quite nice too.
So far, no compatibility issues ( I've installed: Itunes, Audacity, Quicktime, Skype, Firefox, 7-zip, winRAR, McAfee Antivirus, Sphere Game Editor, Blender, and numerous games. They all run great.)
I really find Windows 7 to run quite smoothly. If you have any more specific questions about it, or if I missed anything, just ask.
Re-design7 years ago
I kinda like vista.  I have it on my laptop.  Doesn't seem slow to me.  I have been able to install everything I've tried even Autocad 2007.  Bunch of games etc.

But my 3 desktops still have xp.

Guy that works for me has 2 home computers running 7 and he really likes it.