I’m kind of intrigued by the praise, upgrade fever, and unfortunate fan-boy-ism over Win7 coming out. The basic talk on the forums/street is this: That Vista blows *ss, is completely useless, and a train wreck. Win7, however, is the messiah come to rescue Microsoft. I however, find this really weird.
See, I adopted Vista when it first came out. And yes – it had problems. The primary being because they changed the driver model, you were at the whims of your hardware vendor to come out with a working driver. And many vendors (Creative Labs being one of the worst offenders) simply never made working drivers for their old hardware. They either simply didn’t make them, or you were stuck with crippled or wrong drivers that just happened to sort-of work. I had lots of trouble with sleep/wake/power problems, but honestly, I had about the same number of problems with Windows XP. Sleeping/waking has never worked well in Windows in my experience. There were a number of niggling annoyances with my sound card not switching to Dolby correctly and so forth – but I got them sorted out well enough to be happy with it. After all – the actual stability of Vista, and the Aero effects simply made it worth it to me. When things did work – I could sleep/wake my machine for weeks on end without a reboot. However, it didn’t really reach that stage until we hit Vista SP1. And with the latest updates in SP2, it’s just about right.
Now when I put win7 on a test machine, outside of the much faster speed, I’m not noticing a lot of differences between it and Vista SP2. Sure there have been little tweaks, but honestly, out of the box – it felt and looked just like Vista to me. It feels more like an upgrade from Win95 to Win98 than the all-out amazement that the forums/popular opinion seems to be. Maybe it’s just because people wrote Vista off so badly and haven’t seen it lately.
Oh, I’ll get a copy and upgrade when I need to do an OS re-install. Just kind of surprised where the public opinion is. She’s fickle.