Ballmer blames pirates for poor Vista sales

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 25-Feb-2007 09:18

Comment by paradoxsm, on 25-Feb-2007 13:17

Vistarr is a dud.... Slow, No support with old hardware and DRM ridden, It's just XP with a skin and widgets, totally copied off the mac and done years ago with "themeXP" and "Windowsblinds" Serach the web for the spoof videos, Bill gates rabbling on about the new vista features and the whole video being shot by someone doing the actual Vista tasks....... on a mac. It's all very yawn yawn now... It's just too complicated and restrictive.. I have witnessed customers in the shop saying "it seems very complicated", Wait till they get to the whole "activation" part and "updates" and when thst first security hole appears......ugh. I bought my mum a Laptop just recently.. they had just one machine left running WinXP,.... "I'll take that one please", very easy choice, and got $300 off!

Author's note by sbiddle, on 25-Feb-2007 18:10

One of my mates who works in a retail store selling Vista has had large numbers of people comment that they "will buy Vista once all the bugs are sorted out" and to be honest that public perception is something that MS are going to have trouble changing. The number of issues that we are selling pop up including NVidia drivers as an example is enough to maybe suggest that Vista was released far too early.

Comment by bradstewart, on 26-Feb-2007 00:02

Don't take this as me automatically jumping to the defence of Vista, but I have been usuing the final version of Vista since Nov. It runs perfectly fine. The only issues I have are driver releated and the is the fault of Nvidia etc. They weren't ready for Vista they had 5 years but still can't get it right.

It's not an issue of Microsoft releasing a product too early but the hardware companies not being up with the play.

I am yet to see a problems with the OS itself.

As for paradoxsms comments to it being slow and not supporting old hardware...

Well it is the built for newer PC's as are all new operating systems and I have it running here fine on an old Athlon 2200+ with 512Mb RAM. The difference between XP and Vista on that PC are not noticeable.

On a Athlon 64 3200+ with 1Gb RAM its much faster than XP.

Comment by paradoxsm, on 26-Feb-2007 00:52

hmmm i must have done something wrong, my rig seems ok but ran vista like a pig. p4 2.8ghz ht 1gb ram dual channel 512lgb hard disks ati 9600 video adapter. it should run it well then....

Comment by bradstewart, on 26-Feb-2007 01:18

Yes something is wrong there. Maybe drivers? Vista should be running rather quickly on that

Comment by JAMMAN2110, on 26-Feb-2007 13:20

I was offered Vista Home Basic for $48 yesterday. (Yes a fully legal version from a retail outlet) I declined.

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Steve Biddle
New Zealand

I'm an engineer who loves building solutions to solve problems.

I also love sharing my views and analysis of the tech world on this blog, along with the odd story about aviation and the travel industry.

My interests and skillset include:

*VoIP (Voice over IP). I work with various brands of hardware and PBX's on a daily basis
  -Asterisk (incl PiaF, FreePBX, Elastix)

  -xDSL deployments

*Structured cabling
  -Home/office cabling
  -Phone & Data

*Computer networking
  -Mikrotik hardware
  -WAN/LAN solutions

*Wireless solutions
  -Motel/Hotel hotspot deployments
  -Outdoor wireless deployments, both small and large scale
  -Temporary wireless deployments
*CCTV solutions
  -Analogue and IP

I'm an #avgeek who loves to travel the world (preferably in seat 1A) and stay in nice hotels.

+My views do no represent my employer. I'm sure they'll be happy to give their own if you ask them.

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