Originally Posted by ViN86
That's a shame. Vista's bad rep is not deserved imo.
Most of Vista "bad rep" comes from two sources:
- people massively stealing Vista using cracks to activate it (these cracks were, due to much better antipiracy protection, highly unstable), screaming all over the net about "horrible experience" with their cracked version -> so they went back to XP, were cracks were more "mature", bashing Vista
- people with 5 year old PCs w/ 1GB of RAM, who experienced performance drops comparing to XP, do not taking into account Windows Search, Windows Defender and other services built-in into Vista, but not XP
People who purchased Vista and have decent PCs are extremely happy. Rock-solid OS, in SP1 with identical kernel to Windows 2008 Server.
I viewed Windows 7 as "Vista SP2", but there are some nice things, like virtualization, that make it a bit more. I have no problem with Microsoft selling "Service Packs". Apple is doing this for ages (10.3, 10.4, 10.5 OS X updates include very little new stuff, even less then you can freely download for Microsoft OSes - Windows Defender, excellent Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Photogallery, Windows Desktop Search, IE8, Microsoft Earth, Office 2007 compatibility packs for Office 2003, and myryads of other apps are available freely for Windows XP as well). Can you imagine Apple giving so much apps for free for 8 year old OS?
In fact, Microsoft is too generous most of the time