Purchased new desktop with Vista 64-bit (only OS available these days). It will cost me upwards of $800+ to upgrade my other software and hardware for compatibility issues. This new desktop (4 weeks old now) has been crashing/locking up since day one while on internet explorer or MS Office 2003 Pro. I have another PC running Vista 32-bit but it crashes regularly too.
I have a netbook with XP that had to be reloaded but, because it is a netbook, it did not come with an option to create a recovery disk nor did it come with a recovery disk (it has no CD/DVD drive). Now I am trying to reload it using an actual, legal, authentic MS XP CD (that is not loaded on any other machine and I own it). It will not work with the legal, actual, authentic MS XP product key. Called MS customer support and they are telling me that the netbook manufacturer would have to send me a new disk. The netbook manufacturer wants to charge me $39 + S & H for that CD.
MS is taking advantage of the consumer. I am buying the products and adhering to the letter of the law and Microsoft just keeps finding another way to screw me. I have previously registered this product key in my name on the same machine but they don't care.
Bill Gates may be giving millions to charities every year but the way I see it, he is stealing from the consumer and giving the consumers money to those charities in his name. Bill Gates and all MS executives should be ashamed of themselves. How do they sleep at night? I have lost several hundred dollars in the last month because I could not deliver work promised on time. I am not going to cheat my customers... If you cannot honor you promises and commitments to your customers, you should not make them pay. Hey Bill, that is what you call "good customer service"!
Oh by the way, I am sending this complaint on my new MacBook Pro!! The netbook is going in the garbage, I have loaded Linux on the 1-year old desktop and the 1-month old desktop is going back to the store. I want nothing else to do with Microsoft. This MacBook is sweet. The software for Mac's tend to be less expensive and work great. Oh, wait, that is because Microsoft did not manufacture those software programs.
Hp, Acer, ASUS, Sony, Fujitsu, Dell, Gateway, E-machines...take notice. This hits your bottomline just as much!!! Should you be putting your reputation on the line for Microsoft?? I won't anymore! Sleep tight Bill. About me...I am have had training on and have built hundreds of PC's.
I was perfectly happy with my XP laptop. But at five years and beyond, it was slowing me down. I decided to upgrade to a new laptop a few months ago, and bought a VAIO laptop with a Vista OS on it. I am not a tech junky, but as an engineer and having used MS products from the days of MS DOS, I am quite familiar with the Windows OS. I also work in a network environement that uses Mac servers, and I do use Mac OS quite often. I cannot comment on every technical aspects of Vista, but as an end-user utilizing a small number of available functions, I can tell you what Vista doesn't do for me.
My XP Home had no problem networking with the Mac network at my office. Vista Premium makes it very difficult to network into a Mac environment. Most "fixes" available by googling recommend upgrading. Why pay extra $100 just to network? It actually took tweaking a registry to get my Vista networking without an upgrade.
What about the tens of thousands of pre-2003 pocket PC's? Vista does not allow my pocket PC to synchronize with Outlook 2007. With my XP, synchronizing the two devices was seamless. One of the reasons that I bought a PC (even though I had access to a new Apple computer in the office) was because I could not synchronize my iPad with Entourage (another MS product) without going through some intermediate steps. I could understand a MS product not connecting with Mac. But Vista not recognizing MS Windows CE????!!! I am definitely not buying another Windows mobile device. My next PDA is going to be using Palm OS.
I see no discernible advantage (visual or otherwise) of using Vista. It actually feels slower than my XP machine, especially when it's starting up. I do not find the graphical interface any better (if you want good graphical interface, get a Mac). If I ran an XP on my current Intel Core Duo machine instead of Vista, I could imagine it being incredibly fast.
So for the XP to Vista upgrade (including a faster hardware), I lost out on ease of networking, and connectivity with my PDA, but did not gain any speed or graphical/user interface advantage. Yes, about the Sidebar...I have no use for it and have it turned off because it just clutters up my desktop. If Sony or MS were to offer an XP OS as a replacement, I would gladly take it.
I am certainly not a tech-head or even a whiz on computers but I do use it for my work and to surf the internet for relevant information that I need. I have to say that two months after purchasing my Vista program, some serious glitches started to appear and since then more problems have been occurring. The first problem is what everyone complains about is the speed or more so the lack of it. It takes forever to load a page up. The next is that programs stop responding altogether for no apparent reason and that is very frustrating.
But the biggest problem is that Microsoft is not there to support. It's the first step to failure, no matter how big a company can be, if it ignores its clients, it will quickly diminish in the eyes of the consumer and that long journey that it made to get to the top will be a far shorter journey on the way down as the weight of discontent propels it to its downfall. There are alternate programs around that are not as flashy but at least they work.
My nearly two-year old Windows Vista laptop experiences the blue screen of death on start up. Won't even work in Safe Mode long enough to do anything. Fault module and exception errors are identified, but Microsoft wants 60 bucks to provide any specific information as to how to repair. By now it should be front page news...fixes are available all over the net, but drilling down to your exact problem is a daunting task. Microsoft should provide all they know about these problems for customers without charging. How many time does one have to pay for a program that actually works? My next computer will absolutely NOT run any version of Windows.
KIHEI, HAWAII -- I was downloading music from our old computer (XP) to our new one with Vista (no choice unless you go with a Dell Inspiron). Anyway I could not find the way to covert the audio format from mp3 to audio CDs as there was on XP. I called customer service, never got to speak to anyone, because the computer is under warranty and I should contact HP, which is stupid because my ? was regarding the software. After an hour and a half of reading through their problems site on the net, I found out it can't convert the songs, you have to buy another program to be able to do what you could in XP for free.
SYDNEY, MASSACHUSETTS -- I can't believe how useless Vista is. Every update stuffs up and now with latest update when you ask for a new folder, it sends the folder to 'n' in an alphabetical sense before you even type in the name. What is this crap that is supposed to be better than the previous operating system?
I think with all the compatibility problems with existing software and consistent stuff ups, Bill Gates & Microsoft are a pack of blood-sucking leeches who provide nothing for the consumer and everything for their bloodsucking shareholders. Guess what we all don't invest with Microsoft but we use your ** product everyday. Fix it, you bloodsuckers because you have a responsibility to your consumers as well as your shareholders. Vista is a disgrace.
Both my wife and myself went to Best Buy and received advice and direction on computer purchases. We were instructed to add Vista as an operating system. We were told even though we wanted XP which we were told was about to be unsupported! So we got the systems with Vista. Now, we're being told that Microsoft will discontinue to support Vista starting in July 2011. You might think two multi-billion dollars companies might have some business practices that included lying, misrepresentations to get a few $$$ makes me SICK.
After what Microsloth did to us with Vista, why would anyone throw more cash their way? This company has been doing it to consumers for years and the not unlike Evita, the money keeps rolling in. I will never understand. Can we spell Apple?
Was on the phone for over 2 hours, given several different numbers that brought me to the same lame customer service dept. that asked me the same questions over and over. Never received the help I was looking for. Then asked to pay a shipping and handling fee for a defective product that I already paid for. What a bunch of jerks. I HATE MICROSOFT! Just bought a Mac. WOW, love it.
I have found Microsoft's new operating system to be problematic at best. I took a class on office XP not too long ago and it seems as if with this new OS, my skills are now obsolete. Is Microsoft just trying to make more money on tutorials and classes? It feels like kind of a waste of time and money to me? Hopefully the next few upgrades won't deviate too much from this software so that we'll all have a time to adjust to it.