Pros Appealing and Smart
Cons Slow for games, huge applications
Summary The vista is all about the visual appeals..... The best new thing is the gadgets...it’s just like a shortcut to virtually anything.
I am working on a 1 GB/ 256 MB ATI mobility card/7200 RPM HDD laptop and the vista works well even with a large number of applications. The problem comes when you start a game...
Since there are many things on desktop which is updating itself regularly, so the cpu usage fluctuates, which make ur system slow.
Following things can improve the speed of ur machine.
1. Use original XP theme in vista..... the speed will increase drastically.
2. Use minimum visual setting in folder options....remove all smooth edges, shadows etc.... the machine will work fast.
3. Don’t use too many gadgets at a time.....
4. while playing game, close the side bar
5. Check ur startup (run msconfig), remove unwanted programs like itune update, java update, adobe reader startup, ms office start file some osa.exe ...., real player, QuickTime etc.
6. use ur updated drivers (for vista), do not rely on vista drivers or old xp drivers. It may work fine, but have some compatibility issues.
7. Remove screensaver, desktop themes etc, even the wallpaper.
8. try to keep at least 10-20% of ur drive space empty all the time (for all drives). If u have less space in any drive, it will significantly impact the speed.
9. use less number of usb plug n play device.
10. increase ur page file size.
11. Do not use windows firewall, use some original software.
12. use temperature control/fan speed control software.
These small steps will definitely improve ur system performance while using Vista or any OS.
Pros It's very pretty!
Cons It's XP with a different skin and "gadgets"
Summary I have been using the beta version of Vista since August of 2006. I currently own three pc's and an iMac. The best way to sum up Vista is this: go to a store that sells Apple computers (like an Apple store!) and play with OS X. That's basically what Vista is--a knock-off of Mac OSX. Yes, Vista is easy on the eyes, but otherwise, Microsoft simply stole elements from OSX and changed the names--like Widgets to Gadgets. They took the Apple "spotlight" and made a search function at the bottom left hand corner, in the start menu.
And let's face it--this is Microsoft, there will be plenty of bugs to work out and lots of vulnerability and security problems the first few months.
Save your money and switch to a Mac--that's what I did and there isn't a day goes by that I don't regret it!
Pros It functions; security is much improved over XP; updates are making it much better than when it came out last year.
Cons Still a memory pig on stilts, sluggish and cumbersome, needs lots of resources to run this beast of an operating system.
Summary I have been using Vista Home Edition for the last 6 months or so, since I got a new Dell Vostro 1000 laptop with 1G of RAM and a AMD Sempron single core processor. NOT very good specs to try to use Vista on, I'm afraid. It ran much better when I upgraded the RAM to 2G(the max I could put on this machine), and uninstalled most of Dell's bloatware, thereby freeing up almost all of the system resources to run Vista. Now, Vista actually runs pretty well. The feature I like the most is the Windows Mobility Center, which makes it very easy to Sync with a Windows Mobile Device, and also it is easy to share an internet connection with a 3G Phone running Windows Mobile. Also, the GUI is a vast upgrade over XP: the icons are very pretty, and it doesn't take much in the form of computer skill to run most applications. The Cons? Well, there are many. My biggest complaint is that it doesn't come with a built-in office program, such as Office 2007. Microsoft charges you anywhere from $200-$1,000 for this, depending on what you need it for. Of course, you can download and install OpenOffice, which is a very nice set of Office programs, for free, but you can't use it to Sync to a Windows Mobile device, which renders the Mobility Center useless unless you have Microsoft Office or an equilant Microsoft Office program. Also, for all of this talk of improved security, Microsoft still doesn't include an Anti-Virus program as part of it's operating system; hence, you still have to go out and buy Norton or some other security suite to protect your data. Shame on you Microsoft. Oh, and one other thing: Microsoft includes the ENTIRE Vista operating system on your computer(Ultimate, Business, Home Premium, and Basic), so Vista is taking up many times more space on your hard drive than is necessary. Why can't they simply install what you need to run Vista Basic, and leave the rest off of your computer?
Pros Can't think of a single thing
Cons This OS was preloaded into my Acer laptop, and it was the slowest OS in the whole world. The laptop had only 512 MB of RAM installed. There is no Aero, no Flip 3D, none of the fun stuff. Even with the SP, it was still too slow.
Summary I'm telling you, folks, bet a little more money and buy Home Premium, because Home Basic is not the kind of operating system for web surfing, work, or anything fun.
Pros what pros?
Cons it doesn't comply with numerous popular programs, doesn't have drivers for printers, locks up, causes intermitent internet, takes forever for a file transfer - minimal in former versions
Summary I cannot comprehend how CNET could possibly give this OS such a high review other than being in the pocket of microsoft. I can't even downgrade back to XP without massive effort. Dell no longer offers VISTA on their new computers because of the high number of client complaints.