Like many others, I was also eagerly waiting for the Microsoft Windows Vista after hearing about its many goodies, sleek sexy interfaces and improved security features. I was having a notebook given by my company that came pre-loaded with Windows XP, and I very much liked it for its performance on this system powered by Centrino Duo, 2 GB RAM and 64 MB nVidia graphics.
During the last quarter of 2007 there were various offers by vendors such as HP, Dell and Acer, and my brother was wanting one Compaq notebook powered by AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor and 1GB memory. The good thing (at that time!!) was that the notebook was pretty cost effective and it included the Vista Home Basic 32-bit version, and a HP Webcam & HP stereo headset were complimentary. My brother and I were fascinated to lay our hands on a Vista-loaded computer, and finally we bought it!!
Well, we were not very enthused on seeing the Vista installation ‘time’ that took nearly 81 minutes, which to me is at least 80% to 90% more time than it would take to install Windows XP. Anyways, we were restless to see the Vista blooming on our new notebook screen, and finally it happened. The first few days of using the Vista-powered notebook gave us a feeling that the operating system itself is very very very slow, and we repeatedly frowned at the ‘Designed for Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic‘ sticker twinkling on the notebook.
After a few days, I got vexed with this so called intelligent (what crap!!) operating system and installed a legal version of Windows XP – getting rid of Vista. The system was blazing fast with the good old XP, but there were a few drivers (e.g. wireless adapter, Bluetooth) that were missing. I tried downloading and installing them over the Internet, but with little success. I contacted HP support (text chat) and asked for the drivers; they were kind enough to supply me with the drivers, however kept insisting that the notebook is designed only for Vista, and XP-specific drivers for my notebook model is not available as yet. Anyways, the drivers that they gave me failed to work, which left me with no choice than to load that God-forsaken Vista on my new notebook.
Typical problems faced:
1. After ‘Welcome’ screen, you have to wait at least 2 minutes to get into the desktop
2. Click on ‘My Computer’ or ‘Network and Sharing Center’, and 6 out of 10 times, you have to wait for more than 45 seconds before you could see your hard drives, removable disks, webcam, network connections, etc. – Ridiculous
3. 5 out of 10 times, my notebook will not shutdown properly – come on buddy, XP is a scorcher!!
4. Click on ‘Save as’ or ‘open file’ on notepad, Wordpad, MS Paint, MS Word/Powerpoint/Excel, it takes a lifetime to open the ‘location’ on disk.
5. If a program stops responding, it throws three options on you when you try to close the non-responsive program, one of them being ‘close the program’ – which again takes 34 seconds (sometimes even more!!) to close the program. Never click on ‘Wait for the program to respond’ – I would stop counting in seconds if I clicked on that, I’d start counting in minutes rather!
Well, I thought the above complaints were restricted to Vista Home Basic, which just had a dual core AMD processor and 1 GB memory to run on. I was wrong!!
Recently, my company gave us the option to upgrade to Vista Enterprise edition, and also listed the desktop and notebook model numbers that are compatible with the Enterprise edition. As I mentioned above, my notebook is powered by Centrino Duo, 2 GB RAM and 64 MB nVidia graphics, and was also listed under the ‘compatible models’. All of the timings that I’d mentioned above for the various tasks are TRUE in the most powerful Enterprise edition on a equally powerful notebook configuration.
Microsoft – what have you given us?? Are you indirectly asking us to switch to Suse Linux Enterprise Edition 10 or Ubuntu? I guess, if this is going to be the case, soon all research papers from IDC, Gartner, Forrester, McKinsey, and so on, would list Windows Vista’s annoying nonperformance as the key driver for greater Linux adoption in many countries, if not most!!
Wake up! I want the speed of XP and the elegance of Vista. Looks like I can’t eat the cake and have it too
Watch out for more pics on this slowest and most annoying operating system from Microsoft!!
Updated Aug 29, 2008:
So here ‘m armed with a screenshot of a local file transfer…
I’m just so frustrated with this stupid operating system that I wanted to shoot all those developers and the community supporting this OS on their knee caps. I downloaded a couple of movie files on my hard drive, about 700 MB each, and wanted to transfer them to another folder on the same drive. So how much time do you think this simplest of operations would have taken on a Windows 2000 or Windows XP? Take a look at the screen shot below…