[QUOTE=debro;2648320]Vista had some teething issues, manufacturers produced products that were under-spec and stuck vista on it, and the changeover from 32bit to 64bit was handled badly.
There was nothing inherently bad about Vista, except people experience alot of problems. Service pack 1 basically fixed most major issues.
Windows 7 was beautiful from day 1. Everything in Vista was fixed (it’s the same OS, right), it had a few new features. The interface was more polished.
Windows 8. Heavily Optimised for newer/current technologies. It performs faster than windows 7. It’s quick, it’s beautiful. It has the worlds most useless Graphical User Interface for PC’s. It’s basically useless for anyone that intends to WORK on their PC, and when I say work, I mean serious email, internet and Office type applications.
I’m dreading my next (work) PC upgrade.
My Home PC, I can just butcher and upgrade parts and keep windows 7.[/QUOTE]
Actually Vista is more like a Ferrari body on a modified Corvette frame,
if you actually look there are things visible in the folder structure., folders that are not actually there, but are in fact “Redirects”
Vista is in essence a “prototype” that should have never seen the light of day outside the proving ground… the fact that they made it work
(eventually) and sold it doesn’t negate the mistake.
Windows 7 is the “Ferrari” in the analogy, the fake folder redirects are gone.
as an educational experience take a hard drive and install it in a C2D or better computer and run a vista installer on it, install all the drivers
and verify that all is working… run upgrades until none are found and then make a note of space used on the HDD… Now run a windows7 upgrade on it watch while the installation SHRINKS by nearly 5gb.
to carry that analogy a step farther Windows 8 is the "Chevy Volt"
of operating systems, it does things we don’t want and won’t do things most of us want it to do.