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Vista 7 Hard to Install, Slower Than Vista Sometimes

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Summary: Computer expert wrestles with Vista 7 to no avail; benchmark of Vista 7 (RTM) delivers bad news to Microsoft

KVUE-TV has this rather enjoyable new article where the reality behind Vista 7 is shown in a semi-direct comparison with GNU/Linux. It says:

Linux is an alternative operating system that is freely available. I had squirreled away several discs (bonuses from British computer magazines) that let you boot up to Linux from a CD without the need to actually install it.

Guess what?

My computer ran with Linux and didn't shut down.

That would seem to indicate that the computer hardware is just fine, right?

I had a copy of the new Windows 7 operating system ready to go; perhaps whatever incompatibilities my L100 had with Vista would be rectified with Windows 7!

So, I started installing Windows 7, and things seemed to go pretty smoothly... at the start.

But after 51 minutes, guess what? The installation shut down!

When I pressed the power button, the "Windows Error Recovery" screen popped up.

After following all the directions (and attempting to load Windows 7 several more times), I finally stopped trying.


What will happen when Vista 7 hits the shelves and many ordinary people have similar problems? Yesterday we wrote about a nasty new bug in the to-be-boxed version of Vista 7 and John C. Dvorak believes that Microsoft's policing of the image of Vista 7 is going out of hand. In his latest column, he seems to refer to Microsoft's perception management [1, 2], which we last mentioned in our complaint to the FTC -- a complaint that they responded to.

Why has Windows 7 suddenly fallen off the track with negative publicity? What happened? What changed?

This is one of the strangest developments I have ever witnessed—even rivaling the reverse publicity that began to pound OS/2 beginning around 1987, which eventually destroyed that OS as a viable alternative. The OS/2 destruction was orchestrated by Microsoft; who is orchestrating this?

I knew something was up beginning a few weeks back when studies and reports began to emerge about how businesses will not upgrade to Windows 7. Everyone is trying to save money or something. It was never fully analyzed. The data point that sticks out was one report that said 60 percent of businesses are going to hold off on Windows 7 implementation. And these are companies that probably did not upgrade to Vista.

These announcements came on the heels of an extremely positive pre-publicity campaign that was probably orchestrated by Microsoft or one of its agencies. In January of this year everyone—and I mean everyone—was raving about Windows 7. Microsoft gave out the beta, which was praised, and then gave out copies of RC1, which was also praised. It was the best thing ever!


Some Web sites that wrote negatively about Vista 7 got targeted and their authors humiliated by Microsoft employees at times, including those who dared to show that Vista 7 was about as heavy as Vista [1, 2, 3, 4].

Another new benchmark which includes Vista 7 simply shows that it is slower than Vista in some tests. SoftPedia showed the same thing a few months back.

Interestingly, the results were mixed. Boot times, despite dedicated tweaking from Microsoft were slightly worse than in Vista SP2 or XP SP3 (by over a second). Shutdown times, though, showed much improvement over the slow XP, and even some improvement over Vista.


One Boycott Novell reader added that "With benchmarks like that, Microsoft is stuck talking about "look and feel", but it's hard to see what kind of good feeling a slow, buggy system will yield."

Fewa responded by saying, "that's what happens you insert huge DRM schemes into your products, making them less useful and performing."

"My initial evaluation of Windows 7 shows that it's really just Vista with a fresh coat of paint."

--Randall Kennedy

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