I find more and more that I’m using this blog as an outlet for my daily frustrations. Today for example, I’m feeling particularly belligerent towards Windows Vista (64-bit Ultimate). I feel like I may be in the minority of people feeling this way, but my experience thus far has been a huge disappointment. First, I should probably shed some light on my situation.
I am working as a freelance web designer/developer over at Element42, and I specialize in PHP, WordPress, Photoshop, HTML, jQuery, and CSS. I’ve loved and worked with computers for as long as I can remember, and have used them as my gaming consoles for my entire life. I’m not great with the really advanced Windows stuff (ie. registry editing), but I know my way around fairly well and can generally ‘figure something out.’
In late 2004 I bought my first mac (iBook) and was instantly convinced of Apples superiority (especially with regards to software). Since then, I’ve been primarily involved with my shiny-new metal MacBoook. Although I still use my Windows desktop as my primary music repository, as well as my gaming platform (nvidia 9800GS).
A Real Chance
I remember hearing about Windows Vista and being really really excited. I’m the kind of guy who really enjoys using the most up-to-date software and hardware, so much so that I actually downloaded and used the free Vista RC1 version for a couple months. After another stint with XP I finally got Vista 64 Ultimate.
There were definitely some problems with RC1 (aka drivers), but my experience was generally pleasing. How quickly tides can change… because my current Vista situation has become an unimaginable nightmare. Even basic tasks like using iTunes are so frustrating that I want to smash up my desktop. It’s soooooooooo slowwwwwwwWW…. in a way I’ve never experienced before.
What makes this worse is that I was originally a Vista apologist! I actually thought the problem was on my end! I even went out and bought an extra gig of nice RAM in the hopes that something would change. Oh no, it’s still the same old story. I start it up, and after around 4 minutes of downtime I need to login. Once logged in it’s at least another 3 minutes before Windows is actually useable. It just keeps hitting the hard-drive…
I’ve already disabled all the Aero effects (which helped a little), I’ve installed SP1 and updated all my drivers, and my Vista install is really fresh (I’ve already reinstalled once). So I’m really starting to think I should move back to XP. Even right now I can hear Vista scanning through my harddrives, it’s been going on for at least 30 minutes… just really intense hard-drive reading. I’m not even using that computer and I already know this is one of those times of the day when I just can’t use my Vista box. Not until it’s done “thinking.”
How Did We Let This Happen?
What I don’t understand is how Microsoft managed to release this? They have thousands of well-paid and enthusiastic employees who are constantly trying to improve their product and this is the best they can do? I can’t believe they’ve done this!? I actually want to go backwards and re-install XP. It just really makes no sense at all.
Now I know there are going to be people who want to respond to this post with accusations that my hard-ware is probably not good enough, or that I am probably just stupid with computers or something, and that’s fine. But be advised that my specs are good enough to play through fallout 3 (mid-high settings) and I fully understand that I am probably in the minority of users having these problems. I am just sick of hearing about everyone who is “perfectly happy with vista.”
Anyways, this rant is over. It’s probably a little heated and not well thought out, but it’s as real as can be and it was written on a MacBook because Vista was not up to the job.