Please Don't Upgrade to Vista
I’ve kept an open mind regarding the new Vista operating system but I can’t be quiet any longer. Over 5% of the traffic here on Bits from Bill appears to be coming from Vista users. If Vista fails to take off there really could be an impact on our economy. I really want it to succeed but to be true to my readers, at this time, I must recommend against it.
I received the following today from my nephew currently serving our country in Iraq
Hi Uncle Bill,
Hope all is well. I have a question about Microsoft Vista. I bought a new laptop that came with Vista; I am having a lot of problems, it seems that every time that I try to load AOL it causes the computer to “crash”; It has given me the “blue Screen of Death” and won’t shutdown properly.
I really like the graphics that Vista has, but I am ready to load XP instead and try to get it (Vista) running correct when I get home. It takes FOREVER to download on the network, really slow…
MSG John N. Cavaliere
Camp Striker, Iraq
John is on his 2nd tour in Iraq and still has 5 1/2 months to go. He purchased the laptop to keep in contact with his wife and kids who are struggling with his absence. While I’ll admit my reaction today is a bit emotional I’m not alone. I’m also willing to blame AOL but I thought the Blue Screen of Death was a thing of the past.
A number of popular Windows experts have quietly jumped ship and are recommending against upgrading to Vista. Even Ed Bott who has been defending his promotion of Vista has acknowledged he’s baffled by error messages telling people their version of Vista is invalid.
BambisMusing: Trouble in Vista Paradise … Paint me surprised.
USA Today: Vista causes an array of problems
BBC News: Falling into the Vist trap
PC Advisor: Vista cuts off broadband users
Associated Content: Vista Slowing Down Broadband Users Worldwide
InfomationWeek: Dept of Transportation Bans Vista Upgrades
Microsoft Channel9: How to uninstall Vista