…Let me count the ways.
I do believe that if I’m ever at a point where I have to purchase a new computer and the only Windows option is Vista, I’ll buy a Mac instead. I’ve been working with Vista on the laptop I got last August, and to say that it’s frustrating is an understatement. This morning one of my tasks will be to blow away the current operating system and knock it back to Windows XP.
Here is a short list of my complaints…
- Slow – Vista is a memory hog. I have a brand new, fast laptop, and everything drags on it.
- Over Protective – Vista assumes you’re incompetent. Therefore, there are lots of warnings and defaults that at the least hinder, or worse, prevent you from doing what you need to do. There are warnings every time I try to install a new piece of software, or even try to look at the system settings.
- Forgetful – My laptop with Vista can’t even remember what devices I have installed on it. Every time I switch networks I have to do a device search to remind the unit that I have a network card installed.
- Stubborn – It doesn’t matter what applications I set as my default, if it’s something other than a non-Microsoft application, I have problems. Firefox and Google Earth are perfect examples. If I click on a link in Google Earth it will open in Internet Explorer, despite the fact that I have Firefox set as my default. Even more frustrating, it takes over 30 seconds for IE to load the link because it’s got to scan everything and make sure that all is hunky-dorey (see #1 & 2.)
…in short, I don’t need my new laptop acting like a senile grandparent.