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Windows Vista: Another Bumpy Ride

22-Dec-06 04:38 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Well if you’re looking for a nice, secure operating system with lots of applications that run perfectly on Windows XP, but feel they’re running too well and need a few more problems – Vista is your baby.  Yes, one can eventually get everything working.  But good Lord, does it take one heckuva lot of work to get things you’ve taken for granted on XP for years to just install on Vista.

And it’s pretty clear this isn’t all Microsoft’s fault.

The wing-nuts (and there are more than a few) who dot the landscape calling themselves advocates of "Open Source" and of Java and of liberty, motherhood and apple pie – but who are mostly, really just Microsoft antagonists – have successfully managed to make the successful OS nearly completely useless with obstacles that, yes, prevent unauthorized use, but at the cost of having anything useful running.  Let’s take a single example: Adobe Reader.  Now here’s an app everyone needs.  The typical user can’t install it because the installer creates a Temp folder in the user’s own folder hierarchy (in Vista this is within "C:\Users" instead of "C:\Documents and Settings") which has default security on it that doesn’t allow anyone but the Administrator (and by that I mean the Administrator account, not a user with "Administrator" priveledges…because letting anyone allocate Adminsitrator creds is also far too risky nowadays) to run the setup.msi that Adobe downloads off the link on its website to your system.

Fortunately, I was able to locate a workaround that discussed the issue at some length, but IMHO – Vista isn’t "there" yet because there are going to be way, way to many problems getting the average business environment setup.

And home users?  I suspect a great deal of frustration will ensue, along with some declining sales in Windows OS’es on the home front.

Ironically, Microsoft’s detractors kind of wanted this all the long…and one has to wonder seeing the antithesis of what has been Windows in their eyes: an insecure, buggy operating system – evolve to a point where there criticisms were directly addressed.  And now the bloody thing doesn’t work at all.

And maybe that was the point, hrmmmm?

I say bring back the insecure OS!  Let the noobs who can’t figure out to not click on the .exe they were just mailed flounder in their incompetence and ignorance so the rest of us can get something done.

Merry Christmas, all!

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