Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate
Oh, that is so wrong. Vista was a god-awful OS. I had been thinking of an iMac anyway, cuz it's just oh-so-sexy, but my experience with Vista was definitely what made the decision final for me.
I have used Win 7, though, and it's a lot better. Faster, smoother, more stable. And it doesn't pop-up that annoying Administrator Confirmation thing every damn time you try to change some settings.
I have to say that I agree with HJ and that I'm another one who had very few problems with Vista - my current rig had absolutely no problems at all. Indeed, it ran pretty well.
At the time, Vista was a huge step up from XP. Sure, it ran hotter and slower, but the things you could do made it worth the upgrade. I won't argue that it wasn't a resource hog, that it wasn't slow and that it didn't have it's problems, but it was a decent OS.
These days, Windows 7 is definitely my weapon of choice and I'd never go back to Vista simply because Windows 7 is so much better - a year and a half of running it and I've not had a single problem.
Maybe MS shouldn't have listened to feedback and released Longhorn, rather than re-developing it as Vista... who knows what might have happened? We can all bash MS and Vista as much as we want these days - isn't hindsight a wonderful thing?
Windows 7 does pop up the UAC box, just as Vista did - the copy of 7 you used just had it turned off (as could be done in Vista).