Mostly Micro$oft is to blame
by rellefn - 3/14/07 11:04 PM
In Reply to: Who's fault really by stueyg
M$ should have made sure Vista was backwards compatible with XP so that any software or hardware that worked with XP, would still work with Vista.
From my point of view, Vista is a total waste and I feel sorry for anyone who has it. It's not really any kind of improvement, aside from a couple of "bells and whistles" graphic feature, (aero glass), and it is a real resource hog. Making it virtually unusable without significant hardware upgrades. In a test lab training, we had Vista running on a machine with 512MB, (which MS claims as the minimum req). It ran, but just booted to the OS, not running any other apps, it used up over 400MB of RAM. That doesn't leave much for other things.
I work as a tech support specialist for Gateway Business Systems. Besides all the compatibility issues, sometime on or just prior to last Sun (3/11), there were some Windows Updates to Vista, which people got on their machines, (many w/o even realizing it). These updates caused Vista to crash and they were booting to the BSOD. Did MS miss people getting this and that is why they sent this latest update. We have had numerous calls all week with this same problem. Fortunately, it only took a couple days before we had a fix, booting to the OS DVD and running 3 DOS bootrec commands, that resolved the issue. But how many people aren't going to get this? How many people are going to reload, and loose all their data. Or maybe even worse, reload and not realize that Vista, by default, (unless you delete the existing partition during the reload), just installs another copy of Vista on the HDD. I had one customer who wound up with 4 copies of Vista on his HDD before I got him. I walked him thru a reload, deleting the partition, then making a new one, then loading Vista. After we turned off automatic updates.
All that said, there are some unscrupulous vendors who are taking advantage of this situation to bleed customers dry. One of my customers told me that his copy of QuickBooks would not run on Vista. He was told by Intuit that they would not be releasing a patch for this and he would have to purchase their latest version. This smacks of nothing more than a way to try and force people to buy software they would otherwise not need. I fully suspect a major conspiracy of collusion between M$ and hardware/software vendors.
It is so bad, another customer asked me how could he reload his system to XP, as he also owns a full retail version of XP.
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