When Windows Vista was released, it had high anticipation for its quality as a new OS (operating system). The software quickly became popular; not as a reliable system however, but a rigid, slow processing security hound.
Windows Vista became well known for its poor attempts at running programs properly and security issues. After personal experience with using the operating system, it also does a poor job with running several programs at a time smoothly. After a month or so of normal computer wear and tear on the software (installing, uninstalling, download/moving files, etc.) Vista seems to slow down dramatically; especially on systems with average specifications.
Honestly, the problem with these people is they can’t tell the difference between Windows Vista and Windows 95. Sure the Windows Vista program looks nice and basic programs like Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player decently run a couple episodes of Seinfeld reruns (in standard definition). Fact of the matter is you can’t just stick a couple dozen people into a foreign room with a copy of an operating system that hasn’t been customized to the client’s standards. Customizations for computers are different for everyone, and changing the computer’s settings into how the client likes it doesn’t happen after a couple program installs; it takes time.
I personally had high hopes for the new Windows Vista software to release after seeing some of the reviews and screenshots of the improved visual interface. Too bad the animations they use are choppy, 3rd party programs that are normally installed on computers have numerous security issues, compatibility with older programs is slim, and for most you either have to go through numerous options to change compatibility/administrator issues before it might work. For the most part the people who cared enough just had to release extensive patches to fix issue with old software (including the compatibility steps previously explained).
Now, I’m not alone when it comes to people complaining about Vista’s poor capabilities and compatibilities. In fact after the release of Windows Vista, it simply gave Microsoft an adamant reputation: Crap. A fair percentage of former Vista users even downgraded (upgraded rather) to Windows XP. Even though Windows XP may be missing some of the modern capabilities that were attempted to be implemented into the newer OS, the speed and blatant ability to operate keeps XP as the preferable choice.
I am included in the “upgrade” from Vista to XP. When I purchased my laptop, Vista was the included operating system. I was looking forward to being able to switch operating systems and try out some of the new technologies that may make the computer easier to use or maybe even more entertaining. I was wrong. After installing a few programs and stressing some of the computer’s capabilities, I found that the system’s hardware specifications should have been able to process my tasks more quickly. I found myself waiting for long periods of time for simple tasks like copying files from one folder to another. My carpel tunnel still hasn’t gone away from having to click away all the security notifications. After about a month of increased finger pain and frustration, I wiped the harddrive and installed XP.
On December 27th, 2008 copies of the Windows 7 beta had begun to leak on the internet. People knew that Windows was working on a new operating system that would be released to the public fairly soon. Fortunately it was spread unexpectedly and the public now had access to try out the beta. Since then the Beta was formally released as well as the a Release Candidate (Commonly known as RC1).
So what now? Windows has been increasingly viewed as a poor operating system since the release of the PC v. Mac commercials released by Apple. Of course Vista definitely contributed to Microsoft’s growing reputation. If Microsoft releases Windows 7, and doesn’t improve their OS to meet today’s standards, who knows what kind of damage they would cause to their company.
Fortunately I’ve been able to test out the new operating system for myself by signing up to use the Beta and RC1. When I first installed Windows 7, I was directly comparing its capabilities to Vista. I find that in today’s standards, people want efficiency and speed. I found that Windows 7’s speed was exceptionally faster than it’s former sibling Vista. I was able to navigate through the system much more easily, and switching through programs was a breeze. Not to mention the interface is like eye-candy. Transitions from one window to the next is much smoother and easier to follow. Whats even better is they have implemented a new style of task bar that looks better and is much more organized. Instead of seeing 30 boxes on the bottom of the screen each saying “Internet Explorer”, it uses icons instead and organizes all of the active windows into visual lists so you can navigate through them so you can find your way around more quickly. Windows does still have the system notifications pop up for various needs like program installations, but fortunately it has been cut to a minimum.
Its about time that we can finally search wordpress.com endlessly all day without the hiccups of pointless issues. I’m not saying that Windows 7 is going to change the world, nor will it ever surpass Apple’s standards of a “clean” OS, but I feel that upon the release of Windows 7, Microsoft can walk away with a little dignity again.
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