Was Windows Vista THAT bad?

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  • Alessandro Tagliafierro

    - Was Windows Vista that bad?
    - Well, yes but actually no

  • Michael Brown
    Michael Brown 12 hours ago

    Yo man it aint no windows 98se!

  • Daniel Pindell
    Daniel Pindell 12 hours ago

    I remember being excited to upgrade my PC to Vista and once I installed the OS, I was wowed at the new looks. Then I realized that it ran much slower then XP and I hated it lol.

  • Minecraft Redstoneguy
    Minecraft Redstoneguy 22 hours ago +1

    Windows Vista is not so bad

  • Berry Halle
    Berry Halle Day ago

    Yeah, the main and effective reason was because the policy of Bill Gates was: "I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job, because they will find an easy way to do it." Vista and Windows 8 was in the same group of lazy programmers ...????

  • Alejandro Ludovici

    nothing like windows ME, vista was just a baby compared jajajaja

  • Anon Mason
    Anon Mason Day ago

    Mojave experiment made it worse for Microsoft. People doubled down on their hate for it after that.

  • bobsobol
    bobsobol 2 days ago

    I loved Vista, and Windows 7 wasn't Windows 7 at all, but Window Vista SP3. The worst thing about Vista, by that point, was the reputation it had acquired, and I kept arguing that XP, at release was pretty bad compared to Windows 2000 with up-to-date service packs, and XP SP2 actually got *worse*!!! So, yea, I resented having to re-buy Windows Vista to get SP3. You look at the differences between Vista SP2 and Windows 7, and they're considerably less than between XP SP2 and SP3. The rebrand was exactly that. It was a necessary marketing gimmick.

    However, I still feel a little fleeced by it. I adopted Vista early, loved UAC, loved the fact that *lazy* users got annoyed by all the UAC dialogues when they were doing ridiculously insecure things with their computer, because it made them reconsider their behaviour. I'd been using Commodos' equivalent for XP for a while, and because I was used to needing to sudo, doas, or some graphical equivalent on POSIX OS for years, and hated the fact that *every* XP app seemed to need you to be logged in as a local admin with full rights **and** internet access... (something you should never give a user app, let alone a full-screen entertainment app, such as video games, which were the worst offenders) It made users *complain* to software vendors for doing this to them. (which they should have been doing for years) Vista was incredibly stable, for me, and perhaps because I'd already been used to isolating apps in safe non-root environments, with only the access they *really* needed, rather than what they *wanted* me to give them. UAC didn't bother me, and I wasn't beyond changing the XML trust file / resource in a PE executable to make it play nice with UAC etc.

    It utilised my x64 processor and more than 3.5Gig of RAM as it should, and which **no** version of Windows XP would do. (there was an x64 version of XP, but it sucked ass **hard**, and didn't run either x86 or x64 apps well, leading most people to stick to the x86 version and burn the last half gig of a 4 gig system, or fight with PAE extensions which didn't work well)

    I also used it for reverse software engineering with Olly Debug, and would actually correct things in XP binaries which were **not** open-source and just written **wrong** to begin with. So many developers seemed to be ignoring Microsofts' style guidelines because XP had just been the only thing worth testing your software on for so long, and if it worked; Who cares if you're breaking the rules, right? Again, we had Power Users back in Windows 2000 to get around needing low-level access to DVD burners and promiscuous networking and DMA access for accelerated graphics and such... But, no; They insisted you be a local admin or they wouldn't run. There was **no need** for that behaviour, and the fact that that culture existed was only the slightest bit Microsofts' fault, and **none** of Windows Vistas' fault for doing it *correctly*. It's indignation at these poorly written programs was entirely righteous, and justified.

    I *did* get rid of the widget bar, and replace it with Konfabulator, (later Yahoo! widgets) which also worked just fine on XP, and whose widgets were easily portable from Mac Dashboard ones. Incidentally, side-bar widgets from Vista could still be installed as desktop widgets in Windows 7, for a while. I did disable the pre-caching, because it was *too* heavy, and *did* lead to me not having enough free memory at times, and that was tuned down in Windows 7 so that the disabling wasn't necessary, but I still tend to disable on Windows 10 when it *still* annoys me. But it's optional, right? If you don't like it, turn it off. I also turn of the "tiling" when you bump windows to a side of the screen, which Vista introduced, and lives on in Windows 10. I still turn back **on** the underlines on hotkeys for menu items. User preference for, the, win!

  • THO games
    THO games 3 days ago

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  • John Derry
    John Derry 3 days ago


  • Jason Edwards
    Jason Edwards 4 days ago

    I think Windows Vista is a released beta version of Windows 7.

  • Tank R.
    Tank R. 5 days ago

    Yes. Yes it was. Vista was 7: R&D Edition. They released a buggy OS and collected reports to fix the next release. I will give that towards EoL they fixed a number of issues, and aero is pretty neat(seriously, if you havent tried it, hit win+tab, youre welcome). But yes, Vista was as bad as we all remember. Period. End of story.

    Side rant: Why the fuck is there 4 links that all go to the exact same power settings?!?!?!

  • ZephrOli
    ZephrOli 5 days ago

    Windows Vista on an Inspiron is great, Windows Vista is literally my favourite OS

  • Subwoofers Bassin
    Subwoofers Bassin 5 days ago

    When shit hits the fan

  • Edward Aquilina
    Edward Aquilina 6 days ago

    The video is excellent, the studio lighting is better :)

  • News Now News News
    News Now News News 6 days ago

    Linus blames everyone but Microsoft :\

  • Matthew Lea
    Matthew Lea 6 days ago

    Operating Systems now tend to be more functional. They tend not to go with visual appeal anymore.

  • Kresimir Ivkovic
    Kresimir Ivkovic 6 days ago

    You are happy like a child. Please install Linux and your happies never ending. In next video please.

  • Psyonnix
    Psyonnix 6 days ago +1

    Vista was and is the best.

  • Ian Walker
    Ian Walker 6 days ago

    Longhorn was intended to be a "semantically pivotable OS and GUI", backed onto a kind of SQL server... as a means of anticipating high volumes of data and better ways of not just organising that data, but utilising it in a kind of super AI ML DL way. Think fuzzy pivotable venn diagrams. MS failed because they TOOK the original idea and ran with it, without really 'grokking' the original intent. And thus couldn't implement a vision that was not really theirs in the first place. Paradise Lost... All because they did not want to acknowledge or pay the person with the vision(s) in the first place. Heck, they would rather pay cheap assed hackers a billion in cash for implementing tiny parts of the vision in a game... And rely on the MIISC (military industrial intelligence surveillance complex) to fill in the creativity gaps. Stolen fruit tastes sweet, but you just don't get the secret sauce no matter how hard you try... Stupid way to do business, but that is the 'freedom' we have these days, 'eh? Stupidity and greed leading us to an apocalypse via the 'free market' of 'liberal ideas' backed by 'religious freedoms'. Way to go 'market reformists'! Too many dollars, and not enough cents...

  • Ian Walker
    Ian Walker 6 days ago

    and if you want an os that simply screams inside say virtualbox, try nt4 workstation, in 4k no less, using tiny amounts of resources (less than linux) - great for task based work using old style apps - which just poop all over the modern variants (mostly)!

  • Ian Walker
    Ian Walker 6 days ago

    I liked vista, still do, and have often wondered why it was killed off. my echo chamber answered that it was maybe too secure for some types who like to peep and pry, for fun and profit, under the guise of national security...

  • Israel Lai
    Israel Lai 6 days ago

    Windows Mojave 🤔

  • Israel Lai
    Israel Lai 6 days ago

    Even now, Vista is still my favourite OS aesthetically speaking...

  • Hiba Zreik
    Hiba Zreik 6 days ago

    Vista worked perfectly on my laptop.

  • TheYoungSeth
    TheYoungSeth 6 days ago

    If you don't talk about vista bluescreening because of solitaire I hate you

  • iRoXaR
    iRoXaR 7 days ago +2

    Windows Vista.. I always loved it because of its name!

  • Peter Brown
    Peter Brown 7 days ago

    Windows Vista and Windows 2000 were a very good OS Systems I don't know why they were scaped I love Windows 2000 it was very fast and secured.

  • Styx Zero
    Styx Zero 7 days ago +1

    Tbh I regret ever changing from XP ---> Vista. Such a downgrade imo. I loved XP.

  • OffOnOne
    OffOnOne 7 days ago

    windows: Mojave
    apple: hmmm... can we borrow that idea thanks?

    • Siddif
      Siddif 7 days ago

      OffOnOne to be fair MS looked at Apples “aqua” interface and renamed it “aero” for vista

  • Neolid
    Neolid 7 days ago

    I never had an issue with Windows Vista.Was it heavy on the CPU and GPU? Yes. But it was a step forward and not always the industry is ready for change at the time a new product hits the market. Oh and best thing Vista gave us, awesome music. Check it out.

  • Solid Oki
    Solid Oki 8 days ago +5

    I loved windows vista i never had any problems with it as long as i kept up maintenance

  • アルフィー
    アルフィー 9 days ago

    Tl; dr: ye.

  • Twig
    Twig 9 days ago +5

    When speaking of being bloated, windows 8 and 10 are far worse on that. Coming with non-removable software many people dont want or need.

    • The jiro Network
      The jiro Network 7 days ago +1

      YUUP. I really miss Pre-Windows 8 era bundled apps, or lack thereof. They only really came with what you needed to manage your PC and to get started. No candy crush saga or anything like that.

  • Mechapaia Shilla
    Mechapaia Shilla 9 days ago

    Windows Vista is yo

  • Adriano Figueira
    Adriano Figueira 9 days ago

    I've had tons of blue screens with that thing. Driver issues were a nightmare.

  • Caio Vinícius Reis de Carvalho

    trying vista on my blade v6

  • Jan Sten Adámek
    Jan Sten Adámek 11 days ago

    The problem with Vista was not just with drivers, even Microsoft's own software was full of weird behaviour. I remember having no problems copying files from my Linux machine to two different Vista computers while they were unable to access each others shares (they saw them but were unable to open them). Until it started working about a month later. I never found out why. I had similar issues with network printers, one of these computers could access it only on every second boot. Again, very weird with no explanation but at least it was consistent that it was every second boot. And such surprises were common with Vista.

  • Rare Noggin Stuff
    Rare Noggin Stuff 11 days ago

    Windows Vista wasn't bad at all. I've always loved vista. Windows Me isn't terrible either. Windows 8 is another story though...

    • ferret
      ferret 11 days ago

      aka Windows 8DS haha

  • 200K
    200K 11 days ago

    yes... yes it is

  • IT Semih
    IT Semih 11 days ago

    I like windows vista. It works well on my 2005 windows xp laptop and im still using it

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  • Márcio Gomes
    Márcio Gomes 12 days ago

    Please make a video about UI. comparing Windows 7 x Windows 7 x IOs

  • Furzzy the Fox
    Furzzy the Fox 12 days ago

    windows vista, more like

    Windows CEMeNT

  • Poralisium1337
    Poralisium1337 13 days ago

    Skeomorphism was the best in win vista

  • ProductBasement
    ProductBasement 13 days ago

    I miss gadgets

  • Nathan Hardy
    Nathan Hardy 13 days ago

    What is that monitor behind Linus at 0:59??

  • soap mat
    soap mat 14 days ago

    Vista was good but its heavy . The average hardware for that time cannot catch up .

  • Jerrin Francis
    Jerrin Francis 14 days ago

    Unfortunately Windows 10 updates feels like vista, buggy and there is no service packs

    • Jerrin Francis
      Jerrin Francis 12 days ago

      +Dion Perera How did you come at that conclusion?

    • Dion Perera
      Dion Perera 13 days ago

      if its buggy, you need a new computer

  • Niels Vantilburg
    Niels Vantilburg 14 days ago

    To be honest if you pc can barely run a os, you should get a different one.

  • Matt Merrill
    Matt Merrill 15 days ago

    Vista was horrible. Only thing that was good from it was the desktop gadgets

  • akirasattari
    akirasattari 15 days ago +6

    I think Windows vista is a solid os made my Microsoft 😉

  • Edin Omeragic
    Edin Omeragic 15 days ago +4

    I had vista on laptop for about 10 years and it was really stable OS, never had to reinstall or fix anything.

    • Fade In
      Fade In 8 days ago +1

      I've found that it works pretty well with laptops. My old laptop used to run Vista. It came with it.

  • Spλ
    Spλ 15 days ago

    It was shit

  • D B
    D B 15 days ago

    Thanks for the great MS Vista look back. It's funny how I got to see tech move from a landline 56k modem to cable modems. I remember using Windows 3.1 when we all used MS Dos. Windows 10 has come a long way. I just love it.

  • billy ruiz
    billy ruiz 15 days ago

    welcome im linus an idiot who tests old software on new hardware and claims it to not be a biased review ....no linus! win vista sucks i had 2 laptops and if u wnt ill send u one to prove just how bad the fking experience was u troll

  • Ducknoodle
    Ducknoodle 16 days ago

    The first Vista machine I worked on was so bugged by the UAC issue that none of the online solutions worked for it, I couldn't even reset it. I think that is the only PC I have ever given up on and said to take it back for a refund. (it was the same year they stopped shipping the OS disks)

  • Elijah Ford
    Elijah Ford 16 days ago

    Windows 7! Windows 7!

  • uruk
    uruk 17 days ago

    *OS idea club*

    No one:

    Windows developers: "An OS what makes your computer slower."

  • uruk
    uruk 17 days ago

    7:41: WHO IS THAT GIRL!? *WHO IS SHE!?!?*

  • C u
    C u 17 days ago +1

    I liked Vista had way over the specs it needed

  • Jake Paul Sucks
    Jake Paul Sucks 17 days ago

    I remember back 2007 when had Windows Vista my gaming PC, it was crashing while I playing online games.

  • Charlie Blankenship
    Charlie Blankenship 17 days ago

    Watching this on vista

  • Black Foxy
    Black Foxy 17 days ago

    i love vista more than dat shitty windows me

  • WindowsChannelMorezky 29635 IND & ENG

    Yep , So Windows Vista Is S#!t

  • error404uzb
    error404uzb 18 days ago

    Nice software is Zver DVD i like very nice support for application very nice to game olsu

  • Miguel Frontado R
    Miguel Frontado R 18 days ago

    Vista breaks when you play solitaire. It can't even do solitaire well

  • Tyson Edwards
    Tyson Edwards 19 days ago

    That's quite the wobbly monitor you got there

  • NoahBones 12
    NoahBones 12 19 days ago

    I would take vista any day over Windows 8

  • AeroRed YT
    AeroRed YT 19 days ago +1

    Lol, if you ask me, Windows 7 is just a copy of Windows Vista but with bug fixes and a new desktop.

  • HVideos
    HVideos 20 days ago

    Windows Vista was terrible but it lead the way for Windows 7 which is one of the best Windows created

  • Joshua Xue
    Joshua Xue 21 day ago

    Im watching this on windows vista...

    1 Like= 1 prayer

  • Tuna The Pro
    Tuna The Pro 22 days ago

    Maybe Vista needs more RAM to be installed like
    8 GB

  • Charles Aiden De Leon
    Charles Aiden De Leon 22 days ago

    i like the intro

  • Bill Johnson
    Bill Johnson 22 days ago

    Only racists don’t like windows vista

  • Adryzz
    Adryzz 22 days ago +4

    I had a very good gpu and vista runs today (with that hw) very smoothly and i think that oem pc werent enough powerful to load vista.
    If you think on netbooks with win10 they runs smoothly because there isnt Windows Aero.

    • MKN-002 Punk
      MKN-002 Punk 21 day ago +2

      Adryzz *eBay has joined the chat*

  • Flipyap Crysis
    Flipyap Crysis 23 days ago

    "Worst Windows launch ever." Hmmmm, I'm pretty sure Windows 10 is a contender....

  • Flipyap Crysis
    Flipyap Crysis 23 days ago

    I think I was one of the only people that loved Vista. I still love Vista, it was a badass OS to me back in the day.

  • REALDualDesertEagle
    REALDualDesertEagle 23 days ago

    I'll stick with Windows 7 as long as I can or until there's a new PROPER Windows. And if Microsoft keeps making crap like Windows 10 I might aswell switch to Linux and run a virtual Windows just for gaming.

  • Strawcolate
    Strawcolate 23 days ago

    yes lol

  • Mr Banana
    Mr Banana 23 days ago

    Back before this were being optimised for touch screens. Also, I had Windows me, so maybe that's why I don't feel so salty about it

  • Darrell Beard
    Darrell Beard 23 days ago

    You're right, Vista was ahead of it's time. Because of Vista, I learned more cuss words sooner than I should have!

  • xThe BestYTx
    xThe BestYTx 23 days ago

    Windows Vista
    Can’t even play Solitaire

  • IbraCadabra09
    IbraCadabra09 23 days ago

    UI of Vista is the best ever.

  • Michael Shuster
    Michael Shuster 23 days ago

    Was Windows THAT bad

  • Magnus Nilsen
    Magnus Nilsen 24 days ago

    Windows Mojave and Mac OS Mojave

  • FurryFace
    FurryFace 24 days ago

    ubic-quitis ? wtf is that ?

  • FurryFace
    FurryFace 24 days ago

    good example with the popups , made me Laugh , like win 7 ultimate , are you sure you wanna do this or that ? , Yessss Fuck off !

  • FurryFace
    FurryFace 24 days ago

    Really 2007 ? shit i'm Old , lol

  • FurryFace
    FurryFace 24 days ago

    i'm not surprised , its Really not that bad , ME on the other hand was total Crapola !

  • FurryFace
    FurryFace 24 days ago

    ha ! looks like a Dell Optiplex , i got the GX620 with XP Pro on it right now

  • FurryFace
    FurryFace 24 days ago

    no it wasn't , some systems won't install XP but Vista loads in , *Shrugs Shoulders* , i never found it slow or bloated , just saying

  • KajiRider1997
    KajiRider1997 24 days ago

    want to use vista? just turn off wifi

  • KajiRider1997
    KajiRider1997 24 days ago

    I'm keeping the vista sticker on this old laptop....

  • Josh Rudnik
    Josh Rudnik 24 days ago

    that intro was like a movie

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    fake ttv julius yt 24 days ago


  • Frank Blackcrow
    Frank Blackcrow 25 days ago

    I didn't find it that bad on a day to day basis, mainly because I bought the disk, and loaded it on a a machine that had more than 4 gig of ram, window 7 was vista without crap, and everyone seemed to like win7 and didn't even recognize it as vista, which to me seemed like they were dumb and blind.
    It got a bad reputation because the laptop makers were not moving from the 4 gig to any where above it, they soon after it went on to make others of 6 and 8 gig and higher laptops, user account pissed me off till I turned it off.. it wasn't needed.. it was like if that an office was to use one software as their base it made sense from an admin perspective.. but on a single user basis it was a niggle factor.

  • James Hatfield
    James Hatfield 26 days ago +4

    Not as bad as 10, but 2nd worst OS ever IMO

  • Greatest Squrriel
    Greatest Squrriel 26 days ago +23

    I like the Vista User interface.
    The Win10 Ui ar borring and simple...

  • SayNoToErrors!
    SayNoToErrors! 27 days ago