Why Vista Gets a Bad Rap

I know, it’s cool to bash Microsoft. And sometimes, it’s appropriate. Windows ME was truly bloatware, and Internet Explorer didn’t really shape up until the competition showed the way. But Vista is a worthy extension of XP, and all it gets is grief.

Microsoft Vista

As an old gray beard who’s been a geek tweaking PCs since before the words “geek”, “tweak”, and “PC” took on meaning, I’m amazed that the armchair techies — whose jobs depend on the existence of Gates, Microsoft, and Windows — can find nothing to like in Vista.

And then it hit me. Every negative comment or review about Vista carps about (a) cost and activation, and (b) UAC — User Account Control. And that’s because they’re techies, not end users!

Techies have multiple computers and like to switch systems and play. Software that’s not free and not authorized for multiple machines, is a pain for techies, who are notoriously clever but impecunious.

And techies, almost by definition, are continually downloading, installing, configuring, and reworking new software — all conditions that trigger the UAC pop-up in Vista. For a techie, UAC is a toothache that smarts with every chew.

But for the great mass of users — one machine, and very infrequent technical changes — Vista is fast, fun, sexy, safe, and stable. Would they like it to be free? Sure, but what a silly idea. In the real world, users expect to pay for their cars, their combs, and the computers, including the operating system.

Now that it’s out of the starting gate and over the speed humps, what’s not to like about Vista?

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