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CNET says:

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Perhaps we're spoiled, but after more than five years of development, there's a definite "Is that all?" feeling about Windows Vista. Like cramming an info-dump into a book report the night before it's due, there certainly are a lot of individual features within the operating system, but the real value lies in their execution--how the user experiences (or doesn't experience) these--and like the info-dump, we came away shaking our heads, disappointed. quote


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7.5
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  • Ease of use
    7.0
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    6.8
  • Configurability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
    7.6
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5.8
89 reviews
8.0
CNET Jan 23, 2007

Windows Vista is essentially warmed-over Windows XP. If you're currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we see no compelling reason to upgrade. On the other hand, if you need a new computer right now, Windows Vista is stable enough for everyday use.

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8.0
New York Times Dec 14, 2006

Vista is better looking, better designed and better insulated against the annoyances of the Internet. At the very least, it’s well equipped to pull the world’s PCs along for the next five years — or whenever the next version of Windows drops down the chimney.

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7.0
PC Mag Jan 29, 2007

Vista offers a lot of improvements over Windows XP, but most of them are conveniences rather than essentials.

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7.0
AllThingsD Jan 18, 2007

Gradually, all Windows computers will be Vista computers, and that’s a good thing, if only for security reasons. But you may want to keep your older Windows XP box around awhile longer, until you can afford new hardware that can handle Vista.

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8.0
PC Advisor Jan 30, 2007

If you want to keep up with the bleeding edge of technology, and make the most of the innovative applications that will make the most out of Vista's advances, the temptation to upgrade sooner rather than later will be hard to resist.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Jan 30, 2007

The extra security tools and new applications are worth the money and the hassle of the upgrade alone, and there are enough improvements to the interface and basic productivity tools to make living with it a lot easier than earlier versions of Windows. Compared to XP, Vista is a breath of fresh air.

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5.0
Forbes Feb 26, 2007

As Bill Gates winds down his roles at Microsoft, Windows Vista may be the chief software architect's swan song. It's a shame his legacy is something so utterly unimaginative, internally discordant and woefully out of tune.

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9.0
bit-tech Jan 30, 2007

Without considering the gaming advantages of Vista, it's clear to us that the new MS OS is worth the asking price ... get a disc and start the installation - you'll never go back to bland old XP again.

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6.0
USA Today Jan 25, 2007

In most respects, Vista is a better Windows. But you'll need patience, money and a powerful system to upgrade. The overhaul isn't so dramatic that you couldn't hum along with XP awhile longer.

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7.0
kilo23 kilo23

Vista was a trainwreck at launch, but after much updates and refinements, it has become a respectable OS. Now, its reputation is much much worse than its bite. But still, its pretty meh.

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8.0
budzy22 budzy22

Has some kinks here and there. Sometimes it randomly uses a bunch of ram at once. This can lead to potential crashes. But other than that, I have had no problems with windows vista! Everything I use works great on it!

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7.0
JTMaustin JTMaustin

Contrary to a lot of stuff I read, I find Vista Ultimate to be a great Windows O/S. It has been very solid and is feature rich. Why Microsoft released other semi-braindead versions has always puzzled me, though.

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4.0
GeekOfComedy GeekOfComedy

Man, in terms of speed it ran fine on the machine I had it on at the time but was sluggish on my Moms Laptop which was thankfully eligible for the Win7 upgrade program.

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10
piers piers

To the millions out there who hate Vista: You slated it because it was slow, right? And then you complain when Windows 7 isn't as samey as Vista was to XP? Yet you love it when Apple completely change their OSes? Make your minds up. People had been stuck in the XP rut for years, and didn't want...

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4.0
cskillz cskillz

Has to be the worse OS delivered by Microsoft. Buggy, slow and drivers seem to always go missing. Waiting for Windows 8 before i buy another PC.

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7.0
sreid95 sreid95

Windows Vista is a great operating system when you first get it. It offers a refreshed look over Windows XPs plastic look. Its easy to use as it has the same general layout as previous versions of Windows. However, after using it for a while, performance seems to drop dramatically. It becomes so...

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6.0
migo migo

Windows Vista wasn't actually a bad operating system, but it wasn't well designed for normal users. For me to go from XP to Vista wasn't a shock, because I'd already set XP up from a security perspective to behave the way Vista did. 3rd party software would warn if a program would make changes to...

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4.0
Witold Witold

The best detailed review I can think of without using expletives is this. Windows Vista is the Windows Millenium of the NT kernel.

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5.0
kevnjevon kevnjevon

Windows Vista is good overall with less problems than Windows XP and below. The overall graphics and UI design is not bad but Windows 7 has that under control.

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