We have had some time now to get accustomed to Microsoft’s latest incarnation of Windows with its release of Vista. And it seems the general consensus is….PASS!
If you are considering a new computer, understand the hardware has not caught up to the physical demands set forth by Microsoft and it’s newly born cash cow.
The most important upgrade you could buy to make your computer experience worthwhile is more memory. In other words, the hardware needs to catch up to the software.
Running 512k memory is useless so don’t even bother to buy one with this amount of memory. You have to get AT LEAST 1 gig of memory to even consider running Vista.
But here is a point to consider, why should you have to go out and spend more money on more memory just to be able to run a spreadsheet and watch the latest episode of 30 Rock? Why should any new machine slog along as if it has been subjected to year’s worth of unprotected malware attacks?
Sure there are some great security features built into Vista that pretty much prevent you from doing anything to your machine, but what is the cost? The user experience really has taken a hit with this release.
Why? Vista takes at least 350k of memory for it just to run. WOW! Nothing like streamlining your software Bill since you have only delayed the launch four times.
People have been buying computers for twenty years now and at no time was your new machine worse than the old one! It seems as if Microsoft and the hardware people need to get together and come up with a decent performance standard that would be acceptable for everyone.
Companies like CompUSA and Best Buy are charging consumers $150-$200 to UNISTALL Vista! That’s right, up to $200 to take the software off of your machine. Seems like we really have taken a step back with this upgrade.
The new UI (user interface) is clean and rounded and bubbly and smooth and looks nice. There is a bit of a learning curve with some of the functionality so you want to spend some time going over the built in “what’s new” function.
Microsoft seems to be taking user feedback and using it to eliminate or bury unused features. For example, in previous incarnations of Windows you would get to the “Run” feature (used primarily when your DVD or CD that was supposed to autorun decides not to run) by going to Start>Run.
Vista hides Run – here is your trick. Start>Acessories>Run, not too big a deal, but it is if you can’t find it where you have been looking for it for the last four years.
In short, if you are in the market for a new machine, put your arms around the fact that you are getting Vista no matter what. Just make sure you save a few bucks to upgrade your memory or your user experience is not going to be what you want it to be.