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Rating 2.7 out of 5 stars with 30 reviews

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not Ready for Primetime

    Posted
    supahgrandpoobahnator

    Having upgraded to XP and used that since it came out on 5 different PCs, I was excited to give Vista a try. Being the cautious computer user I am, I didn't go crazy, I just pit it on one of my machines. BEST MOVE EVER. Vista looks nice, and there are some cool things you can do with the plug-in gadgets on the right of the screen (software plug ins that have limited functionality for a specific task that extend the usability of your desktop), but there are simply too many real-world problems to deal with at this time. On top of THAT, you have to have a pretty beefy machine (or upgrade memory/graphics card/maybe cpu) to handle Vista at all. Hunting down drivers that will work with Vista for all your legacy hardware is a pain, and its a DOUBLE pain if you have a Dell where they obscure the true name of the component in many cases so it's hard to find a good match. Then you have crazy bugs and glitches, like the well-documented one where if you're playing an mp3 it will slow down your network throughput. Huh? What's up with THAT?! There's a service pack coming in the next six months or so. I would seriously recommend waiting to see if that fix takes care of the litany of problems with this, then decide. For now I'd suggest buying Windows XP instead.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than many give it credit for!

    Posted
    MrWright110

    I've read lots of reviews knocking Vista, but I went for the upgrade anyway. I'm glad I did! The upgrade process was a breeze! The only OS install I had done in the past was Win 98SE. This is worlds ahead of all that mess! Once the main upgrade was finished, all required drivers and updates were automatically installed. The only problem I encountered was sound card driver issues with my X-Fi XtremeMusic. After some research and driver download, my sound is working great. It was an annoying problem, but Vista can't really be to blame since it had to do with my sound card manufacturer's driver. The only other annoyance I've noticed so far is the constant question of "Are you sure you would like to do this?". YES! I finally hunted down the User Account Control settings and turned it off. Although, I wouldn't recommend doing this until you have installed and upgraded everything, it is a little added insurance to prevent a scerw up. One suggestion I have is to make sure your current computer hardware is Vista compatible (or at least Vista capable) before you decide to upgrade!! It seems to me, most complaints about Vista have to do with hardware incompatibilities. If you have an older system, don't upgrade! Bottom line...if your computer can handle it, get it!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best OS ever used

    Posted
    obiken

    Ever since i bought my vista preloaded laptop i haven't had any serious problems. Very nice look and easier to use than XP. Although i do admit that i also had compatibility issues with my old XP programs when loading them onto my vista laptop. I managed to resolve those issues by running them in compatibility mode which managed to work on most of the programs. I had to call support for the select few programs that still didn't work. Took a while but I took care of it. I also love the windows Speech Recognition software that comes with vista. you can find it in the ease of access section of the control panel.You can use this for controlling your web browser and type all by voice Makes typing a breeze and is fun to use. The software isn't perfect but is a WHOLE LOT better than typing. Overall Vista is a good operating system. However, if you are the type of person that doesn't have the time or patience to deal with compatibility problems. Stick with XP.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    PLEASE, do research before buying this

    Posted
    MichealsWifey

    I bought a new computer since I needed it for school. My new computer has the required 2GB needed for Vista, but my computer will still freeze in the middle of, well, just about everything I try to do. And, I can't use any of the software that comes with any of my textbooks because Vista can't load them. Any papers or documents that I create at home are never formatted or print out the same when using the computers at school (they use XP). If all you care about is having the latest and newest pretty thing on your computer, then Vistas is the choice for you. If want to actually be productive and get some work done, be able to install most software, or not constantly waste time due to frozen computer, then DO NOT BUY Windows Vista! Otherwise, you'll wind up like me, going back to the store to purchase XP and have Vista wiped off my computer, just so I can get some work done.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ignore the Hype

    Posted
    Grenadier

    I have been using Vista since a month after its release, and I have yet to find a program that is incompatible with it. I have used many programs ranging from video games to the Adobe Production Suite, and even more complex 3-D animation programs, and have had no problems whatsoever. Many feel Vista to be inferior because they have not learned how to get around in the program, and thus are unable to perform simple action they wish to make. I hear quite a few complaints about how Vista asks you to cancel or continue with a lot of programs, but on the flip side I have a lot of complaints about malicious software from XP users. It is nearly impossible for programs to access your computer without your permission, which is of paramount importance for anyone who values there privacy and the working order of their computer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrible, nightmarish

    Posted
    Peace

    I remember when Windows 93 came out. It was fancy looking but it was horrible because it wasn't compatible with anything. Now, Windows Vista is just like Windows 93. Nothing that was not specificaly designed for it will crash, or will not even allow you to install it. My fancy external DVD drive that's about a year and a half old will not work. The Power DVD and Nero burner that came with my DVD drive will not work. Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition will not work. Adaware spam blocker will not work. My camera will not work. Macromedia Editor will not work, Adobe Picture editor will not work. That's about over $600 of inverstment that I cannot use with Windows Vista. On top of that... Windows Vista crashes all the time, for no reason, specially after going into hybernation it locks up.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Still has problems

    Posted
    berwyn

    I like vista, but it's not ready for production in my opionion. I would wait untill the first SP1 release which is sometime in the first quarter on 2008. As an example I turned on my computer and received a notification that I had a pirated copy of the software and that Microsoft had disable key features. This was on a Saturday evening and after trying everthing I found a number to call. When I called the number I found out I had to call Monday to Friday. Two hours of my time gone because of their priracy control issues and the loss of my computer for two days. The software has been working for over 6 months. I called and did what they said and I,m back in business. I'm just paranoid evertime I turn on the computer.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good if you've got the POWER!

    Posted
    Angyl

    Vista is just about everything Microsoft promised it would be...if you have the proper system to run it. Most of the complaints people have about Vista boil down to either not being fully proficient in the software's features or not really having a system strong enough to handle it. If your computer is a Dual Core, you can handle Vista If your computer has AT LEAST 2 gigs of RAM, you can handle Vista If your computer's process or has Celeron after its name, you probably CAN NOT handle Vista. With the proper system resources to draw upon, Vista is smooth and efficient, and a little taming of it's more overprotective features goes a long way to improving the experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not a Good OS

    Posted
    Snip3rM00n

    When I upgraded my laptop to Vista, I was excited because of the new look. However, this is a very good case of "don't judge a book by its cover". Although it has a beautiful GUI its very slow, eats up alot of RAM, it took up over 10Gb of my hard drive space and almost all of my programs do not compatible on vista. It also has an annoying security protocal that continues to ask you to cancel or allow it almost everything you do. I regret switching to vista and I'm working on switching back to Windows XP Home. If you want a good operating system, stick with Windows XP.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Buy

    Posted
    murphy0225

    Windows Vista is a overall good operating system. There are some driver issues w/ different machines out there, but i have 2 systems w/ windows vista home premium on them. A Dell inspiron e1505 and a Compaq. The Dell i upgraded and the Compaq i bought with it already pre-installed on the computer. I haven't had one problem w/ the operating system and i find that it leaves me more productive and i am able to get things done a lot more quickly. If you are upgrading from XP make sure you have a least 1GB of RAM. This product works seamlessly with the new windows office 2007.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Stability a problem

    Posted
    SoCalJames

    For those looking for the glitz and glam of a Macintosh type environment, Windows Vista is for you. What you get in looks, however, you sacrafice in stability. Quite simply, Windows Vista crashes -- and it crashes a lot. Don't try to multi task or your risk losing your work. And for the gamers out there that still love the games from the late 90s and early 2000s -- be prepared. Games made for XP or 2000 don't always run well in this environment. If I had to do it over again, I would have gotten the new computer with XP.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Eye Candy - Some problems

    Posted
    MacNut

    I have been using this version of Vista for 3 weeks now. Here are the Pros and Cons: Pros: Nice eye-candy, OS installed w/o a hitch, seems to be quite responsive (assuming you have at least a 3ghz P4). Cons: Must have 1GB of Ram, good video card, and at least 3ghz P4 to run w/o getting frustrated. Some Motherboards will not sleep / wake up correctly and may need CMOS update, installation of updates and shutdown takes a long long long time. Last word: Have you considered academic discount if you are a student?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than I expected

    Posted
    Dutchman

    I installed it on a 2.6 ghz with 1 gig of ram, Celeron powered computer. About the lower limit for Vista Premium. Installation took quite a while but went through without a problem. It finally rebooted with the Vista desktop and notices that my printer driver, Itunes, and Adobe needed to be updated. After going to the respective web sites and getting their latest Vista drivers, everything's working just fine. It's a bit intimidating to install at first, but perseverance pays off. Glad I did it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    micro GOOF

    Posted
    SonnyT

    I have owned the product for 3 days and am thoroughly dissappointed. The graphics and microsoft content work exceptionally well, except for the hang-ups encountered from upgrading from xp. If you are a gadget-person like myself, BEWARE!!! Most of your nice software and pretty brandnew bluetooth gear will not work on this, thus providing a frustating time when for the 10th time you try to reinstall those features, it crashes the new to slightly used computer you own (for the tenth time).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    dont buy yet

    Posted
    kitkat

    I bought a new laptop .I was running win98.I was really excited about getting a new computer.I found out I made a bad deal.Vista isn't compatible with many programs.It also makes you go through too many hoops just to get things done.It looks good but I can do less with this then I could do with win98.I'm very disappointed my next computer will be a mac.I hate saying that but I don't like having a new laptop with problems like this.Don't buy till they do a major overhaul.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Know what you're buying

    Posted
    Mockingbird

    Like most other Microsoft Operating systems, it will get better with time. The interface is slick and modern. It's much easier to set up wireless than XP. The networking aspect seems improved. The UAC is annoying, but it can be turned off. It comes with Media Center which is cool. It's too bad it doesn't it doesn't have all the features like Ultimate version does. Make sure the computer it's going on can handle it. Dual core cpu & 2 gig of Ram is probably the rule now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    a step backwards

    Posted
    animator

    Windows Vista is not compatible with most software that is used for computer animation and gaming. If you are a college student who needs to run any programs ask around first to see if it is compatible. Most likely, you'll have to stick with Windows XP. I would not recommend buying Windows Vista until they can make it compatible with a lot more software. They took a big step backwards from Windows XP- not forward.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    saddening

    Posted
    lander

    i got vista on my new laptop for school and the frist day it was great, then over time i began to see how disapionten it really is every so offten it frezzes up and more offten an not it's unresunable slow dispite all i've done to make my computer work better it still doesn't work. i guess i'll downgrade to an early verson of windows.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    WINDOWS VISTA OR NOT?

    Posted
    ALLEESYI

    Vista is a nice addition to our computer from the xp version before but it took us all day to reformat and load this program and configure it to our liking. We've only had it a few days and it is impressive and we have a lot to learn. But the xp program was very straight forward and this one is just a little hard to get around

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Waste of Money

    Posted
    Distapointed

    No doubt the graphics are fun. However, no new software is compatible. So, if you are never going to buy anything but Microsoft - I am sure you will do fine. However, I actually use my computer. Music, Video, editing. Nothing works. They all work on my XP desktop same brand of computer. None of them work on my Vista laptop.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend