Posted 26 October 2007 - 11:45 PM
I am a solid Vista user. This question came up on another site I visit, which is deeply in to Vista help. I published these two answers, which I am reproducing, rather than recompose. The second is appliceable to the site mentioned, but can possibly be loosely interpreted to this one.
My preference for Windows is based on real-life experience, not just habit.
In way too many cases, people condemn operating systems or applications that they've never even used, or that they've only fooled around with for a few minutes or a few hours on a demo system at the store or a friend's computer.
In fact, some of the most adamant criticisms I hear about Vista come from some of my colleagues who have never run the OS. They'll admit that they're basing their opinions on what they've heard from others, but insist that if those others are saying it, it must be true. I hear people proclaim, "I've never used Vista and I never will" - just as proudly as they proclaimed the same thing about XP a few years ago.
A popular comment, for example is that the poster, etc., won't use Vista because "the DRM prevents you from playing any of your previously downloaded music." That's 100% untrue - I play previously downloaded music on my Vista machine all the time and so do many other people, and without any prior configuration. But it's something they have read on the web somewhere, and it has been integratedt into what they "know" about Vista.
There are some good, legitimate, reasons not to upgrade to Vista. If you have older hardware that's not supported and you don't want to buy new peripherals or a new machine, or if you have applications that won't run on Vista, that's a perfectly good reason to keep XP.
But don't blame Vista or Microsoft when peripheral makers fail to provide drivers for their hardware components. Someone commented to me last week that he had bought a new computer and his Epson printer wouldn't work with it because "it's running that stupid Vista." Hey, that's Epson's fault, not Vista's. All my older HP printers work just fine with Vista - because HP has provided Vista drivers for them. He searched the Epson site and couldn't find Vista drivers for his printer; sounds to me as if Epson wants you to buy a new printer instead. I'd recommend that when/if you do so, you make sure it's not an Epson.
Another good reason not to upgrade is because you don't need to. If your XP computer works just fine and it's doing everything you want it to do, keep it. Don't feel pressured to go with the newest OS just because it is new. Just don't condemn the newest OS because it's new, either. And remember that XP went through its growing pains, too. Those who point fingers whenever a security flaw is found in Vista apparently have forgotten all those flaws that have been patched in XP. And those who grumble about Vista's new interface don't seem to remember that they were the same ones grumbling about all the changes that came with XP.
If you just don't want to pay for a new OS, you'll hear no argument from me. But for some, money has nothing to do with it. Many companies pay for the upgrades, although their employees are confortable with their old, familiar operating system. And that brings us to some of the not-so-good reasons for not upgrading.
Some people aren't comfortable with new things, even if those new things are improvements. Likewise, I have colleagues who take one look at Vista's new Explorer or with Office 2007's ribbon interface and immediately "don't like it" without ever giving it a chance. I like learning new things and like to, more closely, examine these changes New features such as the clickable path in Explorer make it easier for me to get around in the file system, and I welcome that. Iit took a little getting used to, like the new Start/menu layout, but now I'd hate to be without it.
In many countries, the criminal justice system is built on the principle that a person is to be considered innocent until proven guilty. New products get no such protection. For those who have used Vista for a few months and decided that they like XP better, we just have a difference of opinion. The relative merit of an operating system interface is a subjective matter and some will always hate what others love. There's no problem with that. But for those who have judged Vista guilty - of user unfriendliness, of slowness, of security problems, or whatever - without ever using it or after giving it a spin for only a day or two, I really can't put much stock in their opinions.
I'll always support a persons individual right to use whatever software works best for them (including Mac and Linux), but can't they go ahead and use it without calling those of us who happen to like Vista stupid or implying that we're nothing but Microsoft shills?
What do you think about the OS wars? Why do people (yes, myself sometimes included) have a tendency to denigrate others' choices? Why do so many folks fear anything that's new? Do you take pride in your refusal to upgrade - or on the other hand, do you take pride in being an early adopter? Have you vowed never to upgrade based on something you've read or heard, without ever actually trying the new software out for yourself? Or are you just sensibly waiting until the first service pack, or for a price drop, or until your current computer dies, or until your mission-critical applications have been upgraded to work with Vista?
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"Troubleshooting and general questions about Microsoft's latest version of Windows."
The sub-title of this forum. I have been disappointed, of late, to find posters on this forum whose apparent intention is to destroy Vista.
Perhaps the facts of, for example, this forum should be examined.
When I logged in this morning, I studied the first 25 posts .16 were not related to any Vista fault, but due to failures, (in 7 cases the fault of the operator) in the software being installed. 3 were requests for help and 2 were similar, but malfunctioning due to the users being unable to navigate the new Vista structure.
The latter was a big mistake by Microsoft and has led to a lot of the so-called "problems" users are having. The remaining 4 were definitely Vista related, but were all solved by following help posters. In one or two instances, the complaints were very obviously as a result of using pirated software - on that I cannot comment. This was in several cases, Windows update related.
I surf the Vista forums, helping where I am able. I have found this to be the trend, on all. Since the release of the retail versions, The requests for help have dropped remarkably, as users get used to the new navigation structure. I have even given up visiting three such sites, as there is no longer much to interest me! Surely this says something for Vista?
If you doubt the above, I would invite you to look at the XP forum. XP is a really good OS, yet after many years of maturity, requests for help, fault related, are still pouring in.
Perhaps the Administrator could start a sub-forum where posters could air their grievances, and we "loyalists" (I believe we are called "fanboys" now) could get on with trying to help newbies and persons in trouble, without those good people being dismayed by unwarranted criticism.