I have been using Windows Vista for over a week now. Why I chose to review Windows Vista I am unsure, but for reasons unknown I installed it. In the future I will review Windows Vista SP1 even though it’s likely the changes will be small.
The specifications of my laptop are as follows:
- AMD Turion 1.6 GHz tl-50 Dual Core,
- NVidia Geforce Go 6150
- Broadcom wireless
- 1GB of RAM
- 80 GB Hard Drive
I’ll be covering these topics:
- The Hardware
- How does it run?
- What I like and dislike
I was not surprised to discover that Vista is a resource hog. It takes about 2 minutes to boot the OS, log in, then load wireless, sidebar, and a whole lot more stuff. The Windows side bar takes the longest to load its five widgets. I use a clock widget, weather reporter, CPU usage monitor, calendar, and currency converter. The CPU usage stays over 10% all the time, even when I’m not doing anything. That makes me sad.
Vista: a turtle could probably crawl up and down the stairs a couple of times before it loads. There is nothing that is clearly slowing it down, except maybe all the sidebar widgets. The overall visual theme is a lot better in my opinion than XP’s and previous versions. Applications seem to load quickly, though they should be with all the RAM and CPU power this computer has.
Here are my likes and dislikes about Vista:
First the good:
- The default wallpapers are very nice
- The visual theme is pleasant to the eyes.
- It runs smoothly, without any stability problems.
- No BSODs!
And now the bad:
- Takes almost 2 minutes to load.
- The lack of visual customization makes the interface get boring after a while.
- Microsoft need to find a way to get it to run faster.
- The Microsoft help line always asks you to restart your computer.
- The wireless can get screwed up after waking from hibernation.
Overall, Vista is better then XP but does not beat Linux. I may be biased individual, but I think that Linux loads and runs faster as well as being more customizable. I do like Vista and I may come back to it, but I can’t help liking Linux a lot better after all the problems that I have been through with Vista and other Windows versions.
3/5 for usability
4/5 for GUI
1/5 for customizability
3/5 for performance
11/20. An okay OS, but it can’t beat the competition.
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