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5 responses to “Conspiracy Theory: the Vista-ization of Windows 7 has Started…”

  1. Conspiracy Theory: the Vista-ization of Windows 7 has Started… – Enterprise Irregulars | LubyG

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  2. Andre Da Costa

    First of all, Windows Vista was never a failure, at one point it was on over 400 million systems world wide. I personally ran Windows Vista from beta 1, beta 2, RC 1, 2 and the RTM until Windows 7 build 6801 came along and also had Vista on my other systems. A lot of Vista’s problems were more perceptions than realiality. What happened in January of 2007 was due to unfortunate circumstances beyond Microsoft’s control. Microsoft had provided a pre-release version of Windows Vista build 5048 at WinHEC April 2005, this was at least 15 months before Vista RTMed and code was frozen meaning, the driver model was solid and IHV’s which was the target audience didn’t have to expect any surprises. It was the same case for ISV’s at PDC 2005 who had already received the first beta 2 months earlier (August 2005). These two groups had gotten ample time to get their products and technologies ready for Vista. But you know when they chose to actually start testing and getting their products ready? When Vista GA’ed January 31st 2007.

    Regardless of this though, many manufacturers got their hardware updated within 2 months of the operating systems release with regular driver updates made available through Windows Update and manufacturers website. As for ISV’s some took a bit longer such as Intuit, Peach Tree and some developers, but most applications continued to work while some industry standards took an additional 6 months. Most of which were solved within that time frame. Many persons said that maybe Microsoft should have waited that extra 6 months just to avoid what became its life long perception on the market.

    There were other issues too that were resolved such as the performance of the OS, with the release of SP1, then again, if you look at some of the systems that were being sent out of the factory with Vista pre-loaded, they would be more suitable for a 2001 OS, not an OS of 2007. My sister in law bought a laptop from DELL with 512 MBs of RAM, Sempron and Vista Home Basic, it was dog slow, no to mention the shared graphics made things worst. I immediately formatted it for her and reloaded XP. On the other hand, I got a laptop in December 2006 with 2 GBs of RAM, discrete graphics, 2 GHz 64 bit processor running Vista 64 bit and it was amazing running it, performance, boot time, everything just worked according to plan. When you contrast it what a lot of people were experiencing when they were trying upgrade their old 2001/2002 systems or running it on cheap computers that manufacturers purposely sent out, then you could understand why Vista wasn’t liked. If you compare Windows 7 and Vista’s minimum system requirements, they are basically the same.

    In 2008 though, I started seeing a lot of capable laptops come out on the market that were Vista ready, in late 2007 when I started doing some IT courses, a girl doing accounting had I HP with 4 GBs of RAM and Vista Ultimate 64 bit, on campus, everybody wanted to use that laptop, another girl had a similarly configured laptop with Vista Home Premium 64 bit and it was wooing the guys who used it every chance they had. Many more systems going into 2008 I started seeing popping up with Windows Vista, I took moment when I had the chance and asked these people, what they thought about Vista. Most responses were positive, its great, I like it, no problems here. Its unscientific, but I can guarantee, none were negative.

    Part of what made Vista look bad was the execution of the OS into the market place, Apple and Linux spreading propaganda (and they were extremely loud with it).

    Now as for your Windows 7 systems. I want to note, I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit on the same laptop I upgraded from Windows Vista Ultimate SP2 and its still running great, even upgraded it to SP1 recently and its been solid. Updates install without any issues, shuts down, hibernates, sleeps and awakes from these power modes without issue. As for your issue:

    >> For a month or so four Win7 computers in my household can’t go to normal sleep:
    Usually, this means you need either update your BIOS or chipset drivers.

    >> they have unexpected shutdowns
    Have you installed any new hardware or software recently? Have you made drivers for common components such as Network, Audio, Video are all updated? Also, try ejecting and turning off any external storage devices before shutting down. Make sure all your applications are updated. If you use iTunes and its the last program you close out, sometimes it can take some time to stop being resident in memory, especially programs like Microsoft Outlook.

    >> causing startup next time in Recovery mode,
    You should be taken immediately to the option to repair your computer, which is the right thing to do if you are improperly powering down your system which I suspect means you are doing a cold boot.

    >> they keep on trying to install the same Win Updates again and again,
    How to troubleshoot Windows Update or Microsoft Update when you are repeatedly offered an update
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/910339

    Hide Windows 7 Updates that you do not Ever Want to Install
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ff382716.aspx

    How to Hide updates or Restore hidden updates in Windows Vista
    http://www.itechtalk.com/thread5013.html

    Troubleshoot problems with installing updates:
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Troubleshoot-problems-with-installing-updates

    I would avoid installing a lot of updates at the same time. My recommendation would be to install the updates in batches, such 5 at a time, exclude hardware/driver updates. Avoid installing a combination of Microsoft Windows and Office updates at the same time. Also, try installing the small updates first. Avoid installing things like .NET Framework and SQL Express Updates.

    Restart each time you install the updates (its a chore, but it guarantees a more reliable experience). Try starting out with Microsoft Office Updates for programs such as (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).

    Another thing, try downloading the updates then install them. When prompted to restart, disconnect from the Internet and restart your computer.

    Proceed with installing the additional updates.

    If the computer continues to become non-responsive, try the following:
    You can reset Windows Update components by running the Fixit on this page. But, if there’s malware present, it will continue to reset the connection to the update servers:

    How do I reset Windows Update components

    Suggest you download and save the Fixit. Then configure the system to Clean boot prior to running it:

    How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista/Windows 7

    Once the Fixit has been downloaded and the system booted to the Clean state, check to see that the native Windows firewall is now On if a 3rd party firewall was being used previously. Now run the Fixit and choose the Default mode. Restart once it’s done and see if the system can connect to the update servers. If it can not, then run the Fixit again and choose the Aggressive mode. Restart when it’s finished running and check for updates.

    I know persons who are still running Windows Vista and enjoy using and say they have not interest in upgrading to Windows 7. Their systems are running fine and Microsoft has not in anyway sabotaged them. Microsoft has committed to supporting Windows Vista business editions until 2016, so, I believe its good support cycle, considering that Apple and Linux distributions tend to obsolete their previous versions with a successive release.

  3. Padmarag

    I got the same issues, but I resolved it by hiding the failing updates and instead installing Service Pack 1 for Win x64.

  4. Bashar Lulu

    Maybe it’s a virus running havoc in your home network? Did you consider that?

  5. gentleman

    mac overpriced crap.
    buy a pc , make it hackintosh(works on some laptops too,more specs for half the price,and if you want a good screen buy an LCD with remaining money,connect it) or install linux.
    and i agree on your opnions,fully upgraded win xp is shit,vista was shit and got better with upgrades (after people bought win7 of course) now win7 is becoming shit so people would buy win 8,then they will fix win7 and break win8 to make people buy win9