Yeah, I’m an network guy who works in IT, and I think that Vista sucks. I did a clean install on my Dell D600 Laptop today and it was a joke. The specs of my laptop are as follows: Pentium M 1.3GHz, 1GB RAM, ATI Radeon 9000 Mobility, etc.
It took about 45-60 minutes to install. Upon first boot it had all this stuff running and widgets on the desktop. It was using 372MB RAM running just itself, and it had taken up 7GB of space just for the install. What a hog.
The Start menu (that no longer says “START”) is horrible. It’s small and the “All Programs” menu just automatically covers the main menu when you over on it. I hate that.
I went into “Device Manager” and before I could even get there I had to say “Yes” to a security window asking me if I wanted to let this happen. Duh, yes I want it to happen I was the one that launched it. Having a popup box ask you if you really want to run something is dumb. Unless you are going to make it more like Linux and have the user input the “root” password it’s useless. That will be an annoyance to everyone that uses Vista.
It didn’t recognize my Broadcom 570x ethernet card (edited to say that after doing Windows Update it found the driver for the card and started working), and I can’t find drivers for it either on the web. So instead of getting to run things at 1Gb, I will have to accept 54Mb from my wireless card.
After all this, I decided to just put XP Pro with SP2 back on my laptop.
I will be buying a new computer around Christmas time. It will be an Apple computer.
You couldn’t get me to run Windows Vista if you gave it to me with a brand new laptop. I would refuse to use it and I would rather spend my hard earned money on an Apple computer that costs more money.
Please see my most recent post.
I still think it Vista sucks but the outlook is a little better.