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Windows Vista on only 39 percent of new PCs in 2007

Bill Gates’ keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show 2008 revealed a rather startling statistic with regards to the sales and acceptance performance of Windows Vista.

Gates told the audience that Windows Vista has sold more than 100 million copies since the operating system’s launch in January 2007. When comparing pure numbers against Windows XP, which sold only 89 million copies in its first year, Windows Vista appears to be a hit – but looking at the big picture sheds a different sort of light on the matter.

With the PC market at nearly twice the size today as it was in 2001, InformationWeek surmises that Windows Vista captured around 39 percent of the new PC market in its first year, while Windows XP managed to grab 67 percent of the new PC market during its initial period.

The rather lukewarm response to Windows Vista must be troubling for Microsoft. In response to customers with cold feet on the new OS, Dell in April 2007 brought back the option for its customers to choose Windows XP. Microsoft then took things another step further by allowing OEMs to downgrade Windows Vista Business and Ultimate installations to Windows XP.

In December 2007, PC World named Windows Vista the #1 Biggest Tech Disappointment of 2007.

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Die UAC, Die
By aos007 on 1/8/2008 6:20:03 PM , Rating: 2
I've been using Vista Ultimate 64 bit for a few months now. I can deal with hardware issues (compatibility and drivers) - if I could stand to deal with 64-bit Linux, I can certainly handle 64-bit Vista. The situation must have been much worse when it launched but other than my scanner (shame on you Canon) everything else works. Well, the other big problem is my professional E-MU 1210 sound card for which only beta drivers exist and which does not want to coexist with Creative X-Fi (the machine will not boot after installing the mixer - you need to boot into safe mode and uninstall drivers or disable the card - I did not expect such low tech solution from Vista).

But that is all par for the course (other than Microsoft should be ashamed for not making Vista 64 bit support MANDATORY in order for manufacturers to be able to advertise their products as working on Vista). No, the only major thing that annoys me in Vista is UAC. I tried to be a good boy and let the thing be there "for my protection". I can get used to clicking on "allow" many times a day for pretty basic stuff (like running cpu-z). I get pissed off but can still handle the UTTER STUPIDITY of often being asked the same thing TWICE (this has to be a bug - only a moron could DESIGN a system where you get two prompts for essentially the same thing - with 512MB min requirements you can surely find a BIT somewhere to store the info that I just initiated AND APPROVED the launch of an application and not ask for the privileges again for the launch that was initiated half a second ago and is already in progress). But now I am starting to get fed up. The latest problem I have no solution for - startup programs which need admin privileges are not allowed. Specifically stuff like RivaTuner which can be set to adjust, say, clock of your video card. A necessity for crappy 8800GT that have been factory overclocked beyond what they are really capable of. Well, ok, I thought it must be possible to do something to tell Vista that it's ok. After all, windows defender does have the "allowed" list.

But guess what, there is NO WAY to add a program to that list!! You're told that the program is added automatically if you click on such and such choice when the prompt comes up (at the time you attempt to launch the application). However this never happens for a start time application - you get notification in the tray but no attempt to run it so you are never able to tell Vista that it's ok. (Never mind that even when the prompt comes up, the required button to permanently allow the program is never displayed!) Furthermore, there is this whole fancy interface for classifying startup programs and enable/disable them. Except that the "enable" buttons are grayed out on some items with no explanation given!! UNBELIEVABLE. Why the hell create the whole interface if YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED to change anything that really matters? I am now really close to just disabling this UAC thing for good. Or was I crazy for not doing it in the first place?

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein

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