"worst os ever"on by jimbo2793
Pros no pros at all its very slow and annoying wouldnt recommend any1 even bother using vista basic ..
Cons slow,hardware conflicts,confusing to use,it is very annoying when the whole system freezes up over a simple operation!!
Summary i used vista for about a month it waz a nightmare it takes ages to start up it then runs slow kept getting a blue crash screen when i tryed to use the wireless internet its a complete disgrace microsoft are really making there money by ripping people off with this joke of a ting.better off sticking with xp or change from windows like i did to ubuntu linux have no slow problems its alot more like windows than windows users tink!!and also no viruses spyware or malaware to worry about with linux!!!
"I hate Vista"on by beverleeanne
Pros Some functions are fast, visually it is more interesting.
Cons I do not use Windows email, search, etc. Mainly I download files I received via gmail, and the process of doing that now is way more complicated than with XP. It takes me twice as long to download files, text files for my work.
Summary I like the speed, but that is probably due to buying a new computer with more memory. Otherwise, I would take back XP in a flash. I don't much like enough of Vista to be satisfied, but guess I am stuck. I woudl NOT recommend anyone trade XP for Vista. Mostly, it makes me nuts.
Pros It is more modern than xp for sure.
Cons No Aero, No Media Center, No Codecs pre installed, no eye catching features
Summary It would be well worth your time and money to go ahead and get Home PREMIUM instead.
Installation: Easy to clean install. Upgrade can be hectic especially from xp to vista.
Uninstallation: Cannot downgrade. Easy to upgrade.
Interface: Clean and modern compared to xp. Similar to premium but no aero.
Easibility: Easy, but can be frustrating at first if you are coming from xp.
Features: VERY bare boned.
Support: Microsoft support is a nightmare.
My Computer Specs:
Windows Vista Ultimate Sp1 64bit
Intel® Core?2 Quad
640gb Hard Drive
Pros It comes with one or two nice default desktop backgrounds
Cons Those wallpapers lose their appeal after a week or so. Annoying to do direct system backup from my old XP machine without a male to male USB. It's slow, Bad layout in windows explorer, I'll explain more below.
Summary Firstly, I bought this brand new Dell (Inspiron 530s desktop which ISN'T all that bad in itself) with Vista basic in December of '08 (approx 3 months ago)
Now I should mention the reason I went with basic, was firstly because I was in desperate need of a new computer because my current one was very close to blowing up. So I was on a strict budget at the time and needed a cheap decent computer that just worked.
I decided on Vista Basic purely for the reason that my friend had Vista Home Premium, and she had lent me her computer for a week or so so I could share some files and get her all set up. Now THAT OS is absolutely atrocious, every time I tried to do anything it would "double-check" with me that what I was doing, was what I actually wanted to do. "Allow?" "Deny?" the PC vs. Mac commercials do NOT lie. Plus I hear with all the media center and such that there are many back door big brother issues involved.
SO I decided that Home Basic would do, mainly for the above reasons there are less security features to hassle with. The GUI isn't so intense that it'll take up half of your RAM. Not any back door issues that I'm currently aware of.
First start-up... Starting up the computer up for the first time didn't seem too bad and I was actually somewhat surprised at how much I didn't mind it. It was a big jump up from Home Premium in a sense that it wasn't TOO fancy looking, nice and simple, decent customization options as far as the look of your GUI goes.
As time goes on, I realize how different Vista really is from XP as far as the layout of your general files and programs goes. They've changed up their "My Documents" to just "Documents" and rather than ALL of your documents being in there, it's strictly just a folder for your documents. (And your My Received Files from Windows Live Messenger WHICH I might add has also taken a large turn for the worse (as of March '09)) Back on subject. In this "Stephen" folder, which I find is basically now the old "My Documents" folder on previous versions of Windows. In there you have your "Contacts, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Favorites, Links, Music, Pictures, Saved Games, Searches and Videos" (Yes I had to look at the window for that.
Now this little addition SEEMS nice at first, but then once you notice that for some reason all of your downloaded files start ending up in random places, you realize that you have to do all of this organization yourself. This was a normal practice for myself when I did have XP, but because Microsoft hadn't changed the overall layout of the OS from 98 TOO much I got used to it. Trust me though there are many other underlying differences within Windows Explorer itself. I really don't enjoy having to search for everything all the time.
Next up is the not so lovely Start menu.
It SEEMS nice and relatively similar to that of the Start Menu in both versions of XP, until you try and access your Programs folder. WOW... All it gives you is a tiny window to view ALL of your programs with. And once you find the folder you want next (for instance Accessories) you actually have no option BUT to click on the folder which isn't THAT big of a problem. But once you do it takes a second or two to even open that folder for you.
Now I'm also a bit of a hobbyist when it comes to photo editing. So I use Photoshop CS2 quite frequently, but I am by no means a pro. I just like fiddling around with photos, applying filters, cropping for facebook and such. And for some unknown reason no matter what I do it asks me every time I start up Photoshop if I'd like to allow the Adobe Updater to run. YES I DO ALLOW PLEASE AND REMEMBER NEXT TIME. That feature REALLY kills me on this OS.
Now another issue, is security. Yes I know I wanted less security than other higher end versions of the OS, BUT I didn't say I wanted no security at all. During 7 years of having windows XP, I have never had a virus or my computer slow down as a result of some spyware etc, mainly because I consider myself a smart surfer in a sense that I avoid ads, don't stray too far from the site you were currently on through links. And ever since my "free trial period" of McAfee has ended, I've had startup problems resulting in having to boot through safe mode and use system restore.
I'm running out of room to talk so I'll make a big blunt point here.
If you have a good machine running XP... KEEP IT as long as you can, take damn good care of it because it's a gem and must be protected. Once you've exhausted that resource, simply? Get a Mac of any sort. I have used them quite frequently through friends and such and as soon as I can get the dough this piece of junk is either getting dumped or donated...
Pros You will have time to do other things while you wait for the system to start up, open a program, or the longest wait for sure shutting down. It convinced me to try a MAC and I love it.
Cons SLOW. Trouble loading software. Block start up programs, it annoyingly reminds you forever. Blue screens of death and random shut downs. Do something, it asks you if you really want to do it way to often. Robs you of the beauty of the computer speed.
Summary I've been using Vista, it think it is going on two years now. I'm not sure what feature makes it so slow but I've gotten so feed up that I vowed to never again by a computer with a Microsoft operating system. Now I'm going further by writing reviews to warn others not to make the same mistake. Avoid Vista if you like a responsive system. Just opening a program for example. Click on the icon and bam it's open with my MAC. With Vista no response for a few seconds... then I get the newly designed hour class for 30 secs of so then then it disappears. I'm left wondering okay is it opening... Did I really click on the icon... oh wait the hour glass again... Then slowly as if it isn't really sure it wants to open the program it opens. Oh, you'll love this one. Click open a document you get the same thing then the program opens to and then it tells you it can't find the document so you have to click on it again and wait some more. What was Microsoft doing when then put this out??? Vista is to MAC what dial up is to DSL. Do yourself a favor make the switch to MAC the learning curve is minimal and you will never regret the switch.