It’s been 10 years since Windows Vista really came into play, and I will have to say that I actually liked Windows Vista. I’ve used it for the majority of my life until I got a laptop with Windows XP in 2012. I used Vista Home Basic from 2006-2010, and even that was a great version of Windows.
I’ve seen lots of hate regarding Windows Vista, and there still is a lot of hate. Most people just go ahead and jump on the bandwagon and say that it was terrible, and I will admit, the launch was terrible.
One of the main reasons the launch was terrible was because of Vista’s demanding requirements compared to that of its predecessor, Windows XP. This caused a lot of outrage from people who are upgrading from their older XP machines. Clearly, the people who upgraded didn’t take into consideration the necessary components they needed in their machine to run Windows Vista. This just proves that some of the people who complain about Vista to this day were just ignorant for not reading something as important as the basic system requirements (or in this case, recommendations).
Expanding on the paragraph above, one of the other big problems with system requirements and system recommendations was the fact that almost all manufacturers continued to use the same system components to run Windows Vista that they ran on XP. Some people (including my mother who bought the Vista computer that I used for 4 years) were really agitated when their PC was too slow because the damn manufacturer didn’t know any better.
The computer that was used was an Emachines W3609…a Cedar Mill Celeron PC. Specifically, it had:
CPU: Intel Celeron D 356 (64-bit processor with single core @ 3.33GHz, 512K L2 Cache)
RAM: 512MB of Samsung DDR2 533MHz memory
GPU: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 945
MOBO: Intel Desktop Board D945GCL
OS: Windows Vista Home Basic (32-bit)
The computer was usable but still extremely slow, especially after it got cluttered after being in use for four years. We had it reset and we also got an extra 512MB of memory. It was later upgraded in 2014 to these specs:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo e6700 (64-bit processor with two cores @ 2.66GHz, 4MB L2 Cache)
RAM: 2GB of Kingston DDR2 667MHz memory
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro
MOBO: Intel Desktop Board D945GCL
OS: Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
One other big problem that people gripe about is User Account Control. Although I will admit, it was annoying, but after several updates you could turn it off. This was a turn-off for most people and it was actually much more annoying than XP where you would have to log off and go to an administrator account to complete something that could affect the PC. It wasn’t as strict as XP.
Another problem was (and still is today) is drivers. Many companies had years to prepare for the release of Vista, but didn’t come out with drivers until the last second or even months after the release of Vista to pop up with compatible drivers and support.
Other than that, it’s more or less an “in-between” of XP and 7, because Vista offers similar features from XP and it offers a lot of the features in 7.
My opinion: It’s fine. While certainly almost unusable in the real world in 2016 because of lack of driver support and shunning from most software vendors, it’s still a great operating system. People just weren’t expecting it to be so high in demands.