Windows XP forum: Is Vista going to be the new Windows ME?

by: R. Proffitt January 17, 2007 6:02 AM PST

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Is Vista going to be the new Windows ME?

by R. Proffitt Moderator - 1/17/07 6:02 AM

Most of us remember how Windows ME became the least favorite Windows version to date. The changes were deep and bizarre compared to all other Windows at the time even if we include XP.

Why am I suddenly predicting that Vista might be the next Windows ME?

Take a read of this article. -> http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=154

It's not that DRM is embedded deep in the core of Vista, it's that drivers must be signed or else DRM content and maybe other items will fail. If there's anything we've learned over the years is that drivers are one of the weakest areas of support from Microsoft and vendors.

Many vendors will not be able to issue signed drivers for printers, scanners, modems and more so anyone upgrading to Vista will experience deja vu (flashback to Windows ME days) as they discover drivers that will never show up.

So here's my prediction. Consumers on the whole may be OK with new machines, new printers and scanners but others are in for a rude shock.

Why is driver signing not going to happen? The last time I looked, such signing involved setting up a meeting with Microsoft and fees to get your driver signed.

Bob

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