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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Windows in the Machine

Received an email that reflected a negative opinion because I 'dissed' Vista Business. Well, I did - not intentionally. Let's put the facts straight. In the beginning there were many problems with all flavors of Vista and many people rushed to buy the 'new' Business version. It received a lot of criticism. Since the Vista Operating System went retail Microsoft has diligently made corrections and Vista is now a good operating system. Granted, Microsoft should have not rushed to market, but they did and you can either throw a fit and put Vista in the trash or download the updates and enjoy a very streamline, slick OS that has a beautiful GUI.

Don't get me wrong Windows 7 is the Big Dog in this arena. Does Vista equal Windows 7? No. But it's almost there with Windows 7 after all the updates, patches, etc. IMHO, Vista is better than XP. Yes. You didn't read that wrong, Vista is a better OS than XP. Bring it. I look forward to your e-cards and e-letters... XP is a very good operating system especially Pro 64 bit. Just remember that somewhere between 300 and 400 updates, patches, etc., were made to XP depending on the version and time of issue. So get over it. You are missing out on neat stuff. By all means, please feel free to skip Vista and go straight to Windows 7. And STAY AWAY from ANY version that has the word 'Basic' in it. If you are running Vista it's certainly okay to stick with it for now. Still, upgrade to Windows 7 when you can. Use the 64 bit version if possible. Home Premium is good, but it won't hurt to get off that hip pocket for the Pro or Ultimate version. Make sure your hardware is substantial. Huge hint: Be sure and have at least 4 gigs of RAM.

The machine being used to relay this post is a Vista Ultimate PC. It's fine. It's also up to date and has anti-spyware run every day as well as CCleaner. I use AVG Free and it does a great job. WebRoot is great if you have the money and TrendMicro is pretty good. Still, I'd probably opt to pay for the AVG offering if upgrading. Any of the three will afford great protection if used properly. Folks, please don't delay Windows Updates. If that icon pops up in the bottom right corner of your screen, take a few minutes and keep your system up to date. You won't regret it. Usually the updates only take a few minutes and a very legitimate excuse for a coffee break. If you have a boss that gets upset, find another job where more intelligent people work.

"Sharks are as tough as those football fans who take their shirts off during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent. " 
~Dave Barry

1 comment:

Ashby Rhett Culpepper III Jr. Esq. said...

Ahh.........you MUST have VISTA to use the upgrade version of "7" installing on an xp machine (if it will run 7) is gonna require the old format or delete partition "trick" and then install the os plus all your old proggies.