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Vista Report Card


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A description of the pros and cons of Windows Vista

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Vista Report Card

  1. 1. Windows Vista- a Report Card Vic Laurie
  2. 2. Vista Comes of Age <ul><li>Released for home use Jan. 30, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Service Pack 1 now out </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Service Pack 2 on the way </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Windows XP no longer generally available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>System builders, “netbooks”, downgrades </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hardware drivers now more or less available (but not for older equipment) </li></ul><ul><li>New PCs pretty much Vista capable </li></ul>
  3. 3. Vista’s Reception <ul><li>General consensus has been lukewarm at best </li></ul><ul><li>People expected more after 5 years of development </li></ul><ul><li>PC World chose it as the biggest tech disappointment of 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>SP1 not seen as a big enough change </li></ul>
  4. 7. Is Vista Bad? <ul><li>Vista is not a bad system but it is definitely disappointing </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft made many promises that were not kept and it over-hyped Vista </li></ul><ul><li>Vista was late but was still released too soon </li></ul><ul><li>The system is too complicated and slow </li></ul><ul><li>The hardware requirements are very heavy </li></ul><ul><li>Drivers weren’t ready </li></ul><ul><li>Security measures heavy-handed </li></ul><ul><li>No compelling new feature, except possibly security </li></ul><ul><li>It costs too much </li></ul>
  5. 8. Study of Vista Resource Usage <ul><li>“ Aside from the obvious fact that they run slower than they did under Windows XP (in many cases, by 40 percent or more), there are some fascinating changes going on under the hood. If you compare the typical workload of a Windows-based system, breaking it down by per-process thread count and CPU utilization, you see that a Windows Vista PC is using roughly 21 percent more CPU cycles per thread than a comparably configured Windows XP PC. This is in addition to the fact that Vista is spinning almost twice as many execution threads …” </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  6. 9. Recommended System Requirements
  7. 10. Vista Annoyances <ul><li>User Account Control (UAC) </li></ul>
  8. 12. More Annoyances <ul><li>Many operations are slower </li></ul><ul><ul><li>File copying really slow- better in SP1 </li></ul></ul>
  9. 13. More Annoyances <ul><li>Boots are slow </li></ul><ul><li>Hard drive churns a lot </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Operations in background such as indexing, defragging, Windows Defender </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Menus gone from Windows Explorer </li></ul><ul><li>Other things rearranged </li></ul><ul><li>IE7 security can be heavy-handed </li></ul><ul><li>Some older software doesn’t work </li></ul>
  10. 14. On Vista but Also Available for XP <ul><li>Internet Explorer 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Windows Defender </li></ul><ul><li>Windows Media Player 11 </li></ul><ul><li>.NET 3.0 Framework </li></ul><ul><li>Sidebar- equivalent in a number of free programs </li></ul><ul><li>Desktop search </li></ul>
  11. 15. Anything Good About Vista? <ul><li>Better security </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A lot of increased defenses underneath </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Explorer runs with restricted system access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parental controls </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fancy graphics- a matter of taste </li></ul><ul><li>Many new tools for system administrators (but of little interest for home users) </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless networking easier (maybe) </li></ul><ul><li>Searching and file management easier (possibly) </li></ul><ul><li>Better backup (but not in home edition) </li></ul>
  12. 36. Why the Lukewarm Reception? <ul><li>Too many broken promises </li></ul><ul><li>Released before it was really ready </li></ul><ul><li>Drivers weren’t ready </li></ul><ul><li>Requires too many resources </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing really compelling </li></ul><ul><li>For many, XP is good enough </li></ul><ul><li>If released today, Vista would probably get better reception </li></ul>
  13. 37. FWIW, My Advice <ul><li>Don’t rush to upgrade an existing Windows XP system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If more performance is needed, add RAM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add some of the new features that work on both systems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wait to buy a new PC until Windows 7 </li></ul><ul><li>If you need a new PC now, present models work fine with Vista </li></ul><ul><li>Consider a Mac if you do not use a lot of specialized software or hardware </li></ul>
  14. 38. What’s Ahead <ul><li>Service pack 2 for Vista </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometime in early 2009? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roll up patches since SP1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Burn Blu-ray natively </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Windows 7 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mid 2009? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-beta just released to developers </li></ul></ul>
  15. 40. What is Windows 7? <ul><li>Based on pre-beta release, will be built on Vista, a kind of grand Service Pack </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One new feature is multi-touch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May be a lighter OS- some features removed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Windows Mail, Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Movie Maker removed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faster than Vista </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Somewhat different interface </li></ul></ul>
  16. 50. THE END