why mess with perfection?

Well I’ve spent the last few hours trying out Release Candidate 1 of Microsoft’s Windows Vista, the successor to Windows XP. I like it – quite a bit, I must say. The changes aren’t too dramatic, but the experience just seems better now. After fiddling around with everything I could readily find, I ended up going right back to an old favorite though. And I must say that I’m glad to see that it hasn’t changed much at all through the seemingly dozens of years of its existence:


I’ll probably post some more about Windows Vista later, for anyone interested.

12 thoughts on “why mess with perfection?

  1. how did you get the beta versions? i want to fiddle around with the thing. i think the major changes have more to do with the complete integration of DOS and Windows.

    One of my professors was talking about how even in XP, the visual interface doesnt do anything directly, its just a shell running on top of dos. Also, whats the real time indexing like?

    AND! Scoff at 1GB of ram!

  2. …?

    As far as I know, true DOS wasn’t even in Windows XP (the “Command Prompt” was a crippled version of it), and Vista is moving even further away from it.

    Some helpful reading:
    Link 1
    Link 2

    I believe your “real-time indexing” is referring to the new WinFS file system, which was either postponed indefinitely over a year ago, or scrapped altogether. I’m not sure which, but it’s not coming out in Vista.

  3. oh. i was thumbing through an old PC Magazine i have the other day, and it was talking about some of the features that vista was planning to incorporate. I guess the magazine was older than i though. But i will read those links.

  4. actually, i have a couple of questions about vista, and you seem to know a lot more about it than anyone else ive talked to.

    How much will Vista cost when it comes out?

    Is vista going to be runnable on 32-bit and 64-bit systems alike? Because i work at best buy and a lot of the new computers have a sticker on them that says “Windows Vista Ready” and most have 32-bit processors.

    I have heard a lot of people (uneducated people) say that you will be able to upgrade XP to Vista. Which to me sounds like a bunch of bs, since Vista was supposedly made from scratch.

    I probably have more questions, but i cant remember them.

  5. 1) Vista Home Basic – $199/$99 (full/upgrade)
    Vista Premium – $239/$159
    Vista Ultimate – $399/$259
    Vista Business – $299/$199
    These are equivalent to the Windows XP Home and Professional prices.
    2) There are 32-bit and 64-bit versions. I’m running the 32-bit pre-RC1 because I couldn’t find the 64-bit version. 🙁 Apparently you’ll need the 64-bit version to play high-def movies via HD-DVD or Blu-Ray.
    3) Yep, you can upgrade. I had that option on this version, but opted to install it to a separate partition and dual-boot. I’m not sure how upgrading technically works, but I believe it’s just replacing XP and giving you a discount for having owned XP in the first place.

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