Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Windows Vista SP1, the Dream Crasher

Three months ago I switched from Windows XP to Windows Vista Home Premium. On the web Vista was practically crucified. So I was pleasantly surprised with how it worked on a configuration that was below the recommended. I have a 2.93Ghz Celeron, FX5500 256MB and 512 RAM, and yet Vista with all it's new features worked fine. To be honest it was a little slower than XP, but I didn't mind, plus some applications were in fact faster. Also the incompatibility issue of the programs I had on XP turned out to be non existent, because every program I had worked on XP (and I had a lot) worked on Vista too. So I was satisfied. Windows Vista and the Aero Features looked shiny. I loved it. And also Vista never crashed on my PC.
And then, it came. Windows Vista SP1. And blew away my dreams. I updated my Vista with the 700MB SP1 update file. The installation lasted longer than I installed the entire OS. Ok, I thought, it needs more time to get it together, but when it started for the first time, that was a disappointment. It was terribly slow, and there were 55 processes running. I restarted it again because sometimes it helps, but nooooo. I tried to end some processes , but there weren't any unimportant. I switched the theme appearance to Vista Basic, again slow. Ok , I said , I'll give it a day.
The next day, the story was pretty much the same, so I did the only thing I could, System restore. I hope the people in Microsoft will try a little harder with the final version of Vista's SP1, because this beta officially sucks.

3 comments:

Chaks said...

Readers, Please dont put more on this post as we SP1 Testers know more than what the writer has posted and we do see that the this Beta 1 Build has improved the system lot. If the writer was a beta tester, he/she should have received a Test Case document detailing the changes and how to test those. Hope atleast now people read them.

Ashwin said...

Seriously speaking, how could you expect a "BETA" product to do better than an "RTM" product. Incase you didn't know RTM means Release to Manufacturing and Beta means incomplete, unstable and a work in progress. Clearly using Googles products has ever dimished your view from differentiating the differences. Ah well. Nice way to sensationalise your blog. Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

it is obvious that beta versions have some troubles, but i didn't get why the heck chaks and ashwin crucified the blog owner just because he/she said this truth out loud.

like sp1 and sp2 for xp, vista sp1 will come with more resource consumption, and will not be sufficient because microsoft will find more bugs and continuously produce more fixes. well, it must be good for us mortals, but why do i feel that microsoft always give birth to premature babies?