Top 5 Things Microsoft Must Fix In Windows Vista In 2008
With Vista's first service pack due for wide release early next year, Microsoft is intent on addressing the many things which need to be fixed in its still-young operating system. The question is, are they going to fix the right things? I think not, since the problems this time around aren't bugs so much as performance.
1) Good Performance From SP1.
There's currently a debate raging about just how well the upcoming Vista Service Pack 1 works. You and I can't know for sure, since SP1 is currently in the hands of a select group of testers.
However, a release candidate of SP1 is supposed to hit the Web very soon, at which time we'll be able to put it through its paces. Early word is that it focuses far less on raw performance than on fixing all the little nits that a first service pack for a new Microsoft operating system has to address.
That's the wrong approach. Vista is actually fairly bug free. Where it falls down is in the performance category. Things in general are too slow and hog more processing power than they should. If you have a performance meter as one of your sidebar gadgets, you see how both CPU cores -- my main machine is a dual-core Pentium D 940 box -- often rise to 90% when a new app is launched.
2) Faster Boot-Up.
The more I use Vista, the more I enjoy its look and feel. I'm sorry; maybe I'm shallow. I know many people have criticized Vista's glitzy Aero interface, which relies on good looking eye candy that sucks up a lot of graphics processing horsepower. Okay, so in computer terms Vista is as wasteful as a GMC Yukon. Get over it.
More to the point, Aero's computing requirements have nothing to do with Vista's lengthy boot process. It's the fact that the OS is starting so many darn services. Can't it launch the essentials, and do the rest in the background after the welcome screen has appeared? Oh yeah, it already does. Which just reinforces the idea that there's too much going on here, and it's too slow. Paging Linux.
Since Vista doesn't crash anywhere near as often as earlier Windows incarnations, you may be wondering why I don't just boot up on New Year's Day and leave my PC on. Mostly, it's about the heat and fan noise (and secondarily about electricity costs). Plus, I like to pretend that I have some time at home where I'm not thinking about or using my computer. So, when there's just one last thing I absolutely have to check after I've logged off for the fifth time for the night, I'd love to be able to boot up in 30 seconds. That's not asking for too much, is it?
Want to know the other three top things that Microsoft must fix in Windows Vista in 2008? Read the rest of my blog post.
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