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Is Windows Vista really THAT bad?

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I recently picked up a Toshiba Satellite L305 laptop computer with Windows Vista installed. But rather than just delete it and install something else, I decided to actually give Vista a try. My verdict is that with sufficient processor speed and RAM, and with all of the updates and Service Packs installed, Windows Vista is mostly the same as Windows 7, expect with a few annoying quirks. Of course, back in 2007, when it had well-known compatibility and performance problems, my opinion was much different!
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Sir Kibble (6 days ago)
Y e s.
Gamerplush123 (12 days ago)
Windows Vista doesn't have a Windows logo while it is starting up.
cristian si mep (14 days ago)
Windows Vista can't even play solitare
Jared Lieberman (16 days ago)
Why do you hate the regular start menu
VWestlife (16 days ago)
I _prefer_ the regular (Windows 95-2000 style) Start menu.
Not An Uploader (20 days ago)
Windows Vista is the dawn of "WINDOWS DOES NOT RUN ON HARD DRIVES AT ALL, PLS BUY AN SSD" which I hate. 7 is equally doggish on your average mechanical drive...
Connor M. (30 days ago)
Vista isn't that bad and it looks really good.
Joe Blow (1 month ago)
Remember when some were saying that Vista was "Defective by Design" ? I was reading all the bad press coming out about Vista back then, including the claim that it took a long time to boot up. So out of curiosity I went to Circuit City and tried a laptop out just to see if that was really the case. So picked a laptop on display that was running. I shut it off and started it up again and waited five minutes for it to boot, for real. Turned out it was a low end model that had 512 MB of RAM. Anyway they were fun days reading all the banter going back and forth about Vista and most curiously were the antics over at "Microsoft Watch" between some named "Goblin" and "Andre". Allegedly as the story goes, supposedly this "Andre" received a FREE high end Vista laptop from Microsoft and supposedly went on all these different forums (including Microsoft Watch) and claimed that "Vista was well loved" and how people thought that it was the best Microsoft product ever and all kinds of hype. Naturally as one would expect, quite a few took Andre to task about his claims (and his alleged free high end laptop) including "Goblin" . Anyway it made for interesting reading. I believe around this time was when I started hearing about Linux and how it was a viable alternative to Vista and how 2008 or 2009 was going to be 'Year Of The Linux Desktop' (because of Vista's alleged failures). Thanks for the nostalgia, I can't believe how fast 10 + years went by so quick.
OldNewComputers (1 month ago)
I don't want to be rude, but I think it took a long time to populate the list because you had more programs on there than any other PCs you've used with XP or 7.
GTX Koopers (1 month ago)
I used Windows Vista back in 2013 and had no problems with it. Ironically I had more problems with Windows 7 back then, but I'd say it could be blamed on Windows 7 Starter.
wclifton968 (1 month ago)
Windows 1.0 - Revolutionary 2.0 was NOT Windows 3.0 - Revolutionary 3.1/3.11 was NOT Windows Chicago Beta and 95 and NT 4.0 - Revolutionary 98/98SE/ME/2000 was NOT Windows XP/Server 2003 - Revolutionary Windows Vista/ Server 2008 - Revolutionary windows 7 was NOT Windows 8/Server 2012 - Revolutionary windows 8.1 was NOT Windows 10/server 2016 - Revolutionary See a trend? every major release is Revolutionary after the previous 1-3 operating systems
EM3RALD GAM1NG (1 month ago)
the computer likes you and hates the past owner because the past owner is a total noob at tech
Captain Cringe (2 months ago)
Every time the windows vista theme plays I bust a nut
Captain Cringe (2 months ago)
Vista is best
NewAgeDerpDerp (2 months ago)
I have a very similar system in my possession: Toshiba Satellite A205 Differences-------------- VGA port has screws Mine has an S-video port USB ports are arranged differently An incredibly small mini-Firewire 800 *I THINK* connection Different position for the wireless switch Indicator LEDs are blue- power is bi-color blue/orange Additional USB port on the right side Modem jack is on the right side, instead of the computer's a** My whole system is mirrored vertically My LCD panel is significantly less glossy Mine does not have Skype or a webcam No media controls Power button is a long rectangle The inside is a silvery color, with a black keyboard and hinge area
Afnan Azam Faez (2 months ago)
people doesnt like Windows Vista.. but when you compare with Windows XP Windows Vista is more popular. ._. https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?q=Microsoft%20XP,Windows%20Vista
Hayden Mould (2 months ago)
it is not the os its the computer
Dave Rodjesian (2 months ago)
that's a pretty nice laptop for the time period. I wish other laptop manufacturers still made the analog volume control wheel. That is a feature I really miss about old Toshibas.
Now.. I think windows vista is NOT that bad.. It was the HARDWARE. It was too ahead of its time.. When Windows 7 came out, computers can finally handle it.. and they never gave Vista a chance...
Max Tivey (3 months ago)
Another 2gb of RAM would have made all the difference in the world.
Zephyr (3 months ago)
the windows vista startup doesnt have a logo, ir just has the loading bar
Connor M. (30 days ago)
It's really baisc, but i love it.
Star Gazer (3 months ago)
Imagine if this was the first computer we ever saw. How amazed we would be.
Cara Groves (3 months ago)
why is the Samsung RV 510 is not a good laptop as it cost £599.00 so please tell me why
howtobebasic1 (4 months ago)
what i can tell is that windows 7 is a improved veersion of vista cuz when vista come out it demained a more powerful pc to run it eventually they relased service pack 1 in 2008 and 2009 no one cared windows 7 fixed all the issues from vista and vista was the most hated os of all time untill windows 8 and 8.1 replaced it as the worst os ever made
Guillermo Sempron (4 months ago)
Is not Windows Vista. Is Windows BOSTA (poop of cow in spanish).
Qwakkeddup (4 months ago)
That Toshiba is infected with McAfee malware.
VWestlife (4 months ago)
Not by the end of the video when I gave my final conclusion.
Christopher Carey (4 months ago)
One thing I miss that was on Windows vista or XP, Windows Movie Maker.
RoyThePynappl3 (4 months ago)
Dude where is this computer recycling center because I'm looking for old computers to collect
Beau - (4 months ago)
Windows vista was the worst operating system i have ever used. A massive downgrade from Xp.
Filltered Toast (4 months ago)
i has windows vista and it runs gmod at 123 fps
Filltered Toast (4 months ago)
oh thats why mine has 4 gig ram i core 3 possessor, and its a 64 bit operating system
no vista is my favorite os
DestroyedEDGE (5 months ago)
Windows Vista never had a startup logo.
Brittany hebert (5 months ago)
And windows 7 graghics
Brittany hebert (5 months ago)
I still like Windows vista It has windows 7 startup sound
Armanelgtron (4 months ago)
Windows 7 came out after Windows Vista, so Windows Vista isn't using anything that would have originated from 7.
Landy 5000 (5 months ago)
i had windows vista and it worked just fine and it recognized the devices almost instantly
Marcus Volpicella (5 months ago)
Vista itself wasn't that bad. It's system requirements were just WAY to high for its time. It was also fairly buggy and unstable at first (at least from what I can remember). I have an old laptop that runs Vista w/ Service Pack 2, and while it's obviously not great, it can do basic tasks with no problems.
gönül yıldız (5 months ago)
Roblox Studio will not supported in Windows Vista.
random stuff (5 months ago)
I would rather windows 7 vista than windows 10 GIMME YOUR WINDOWS XP OR VISTA
first last (5 months ago)
As soon as I heard that start-up sound I started having flashbacks (was going to make a joke about war flashbacks here).
Mateoski (5 months ago)
Windows 2000, Vista, and 7 were the best OS' Microsoft created.
farpointgamingdirect (5 months ago)
I had absolutely no issues with Vista. I was running it on a Dell XPS 15
VisualCoder (5 months ago)
Windows Vista more like... Windows Asta la vista
ItsMeTommy (6 months ago)
(Reads title) yes
Windows Vista (6 months ago)
How rude! I am perfectly fine with being horrible! How dare you!
I agree.
MATAM (6 months ago)
My dad had the same laptop.
MATAM (6 months ago)
But without the camera and microphone.
Bram vandenbroeck (6 months ago)
Vista is pretty snappy, clean this laptop from all the mal/crapware and this beast should run nice and smooth, i have the exact same cpu in my macbook and i can asure you, its WAY faster than this laptop
Filips May (6 months ago)
Windows Vista got much better after all the updates.
utubehater666lol (6 months ago)
this guys stupid lol
Di523237 (6 months ago)
I see why you’re saying you don’t like vista but vista is like one of the best Microsoft os I have used
Tonny (6 months ago)
Personally, I like Vista. I like the look of it. I have it installed on my SERVER (SP2). It never crashes, and its really faster than 7 and 10. If you give it a good computer, it will give you back with good performance. but most people running it were running it on a Win98 or XP computer.
Kener Ramirez (7 months ago)
Yep is bad
casa (7 months ago)
Yes, it is.
AdrenalineMC (7 months ago)
I love Vista!
Mohamed Ibrahim (7 months ago)
Windows XP is the best windows I wonder how windows 11 would be ??
Aine Thornton (7 months ago)
Aine Thornton (7 months ago)
Poo poo
TheFake VIP (7 months ago)
I haven’t watched this video in awhile, so feel free to shout at me, commenters, if he’s already done this, but I’ll be interested to see what happens if you reload the factory version of vista onto that laptop. I had a very similar one back in the day and it ran pretty fine.
melbytvenge (7 months ago)
Sounds like a Resource Hog with Vista.
I had the same Laptop and it runs Vista Just fine! Since end of Support i Upgraded to Windows 7
Pixoo (7 months ago)
Whos team Windows7?!
aa999xyz (7 months ago)
Vista was a resource hog even on a dual core machine! And I used it with a voice activated program is much like watching paint dry!
Asbestosstar Gaming (7 months ago)
YOu should of has SP2
Luis Gonzalez (7 months ago)
That laptop looks like its infected with a fuckton of viruses and adware. I remember having a Compaq c500 and it did fine with Windows Vista, until the LCD backlighting gave out.
TopHatterProductions (7 months ago)
This video is pretty biased as you're running vista from an old, broken, virus infected laptop...
TopHatterProductions (7 months ago)
VWestlife I did... Vista doesn't have any glitches nor is it a 'BETA Version of Windows 7 (unless you look at the whole timeline view of things.) It is unfair to judge an OS when you are using it on a practically garbage machine (which of course could be restored to it's former glory (then it WOULD be a fair test)) And at the end of the day Vista is a good OS. It's not my favourite - that's gotta be either XP or 7. The only reason people don't like Vista is because it was rushed due to the quick demand on the release date. Because of this the architecture wasn't that stable and it didn't work well with modern hardware. People just started rattling on about how they hate Vista and a ton of people who didn't know what they were talking about created all of this nonsense about how Vista was a bad OS... All I'm saying is it's not fair to judge an OS from the hardware you are using or by the state of the machine. For example if I was running windows 10 on the Pentium 3 and did a review of it, it wouldn't be fair as the machine would be so underpowered (This is taking into account that the Pentium 3 isn't compatible but we'll overlook that) Then if I ran windows 10 on one of the fastest i9 skylake processors I would see a world of difference. Another example would be finding a laptop in a bin that ran XP and then buying a laptop in mint condition that ran XP. It would be completely different. You can't review an OS when you have a faulty infected machine!! Woah this comment kinda got long... :D
VWestlife (7 months ago)
You obviously didn't watch until the end of the video.
Zapthos (7 months ago)
Windows vista isn't the issue, I had a slow windows vista laptop, I upgraded it to 7 and was just as slow
Art Of Nothing (7 months ago)
Windows vista is not slow i have a designed for windows vista. And i dual boot IT with vista and 7
defob (7 months ago)
I would sure like it if you said vista is the best
BritainFan (7 months ago)
2GB of RAM?! What the actual hell?
Aidan Standing (7 months ago)
ive known windows vista to say something like it couldnt find the account i was trying to log into (cant remember the exact error)
meow (7 months ago)
Windows Vista is not bad at all. I got a very expensive laptop for Christmas in 2008 with Windows Vista. Everything went very fast, and I loved this Aero surface. I've always wondered why my friends at the time detested Vista. Everything went well for me, not a single mistake, games are going well, I was able to hear good music while drawing with my graphics tablet. Today I still use this laptop, with Windows Vista. I've had to pick a "trick" on the internet so I'll still get updates until 2020. Meanwhile, I tried Windows 10 in the dual-boot, and I'm disappointed. There are so many unnecessary apps running in the background, it looks so cheap and has made many problems, even games I could not play properly. I love this laptop, and especially Windows Vista. I'm going to be so sad when I need to upgrade to Windows 10.
Inside Out Fanatic (7 months ago)
AnishGorakavi 787809 (7 months ago)
Win Vista is in 2007
VWestlife (7 months ago)
It was released to manufacturing in November 2006.
Fridgemusa (7 months ago)
Vista 64 was a lot more stable than the 32 bit version.
it is not the windows it is the laptop
Nadir Boutef (8 months ago)
if you want to go to your Computer (means to see all your hard drives .. ) just use the Windows (Key) + E (Key)
Merlin Athrawes (8 months ago)
This was almost as bad as Windows Mistake Edition.
Social Spit (8 months ago)
I remember working on one of those laptops, when Vista came out the person who owned the laptop didn't want Vista, and since the laptop was made with it and for Vista, I was able to find a package of drivers for the laptop that somebody had compiled for windows XP. It ran pretty well like that. When Windows 7 came out a year later we put that in there. Eventually we added an SSD. The only problem with vista is The way that it handles ram, as if all of the ram is being used all the time and windows vista metes out pieces of the ram to the programs that are running, which causes all of the programs to run very slowly and you can't run more than one program at once sometimes. if you have a lot of start up programs, The system becomes very unusable. But I have seen a few people tame it, and I do like the graphics. Oh yah: Babylon toolbar is a VIRUS! actually several of the programs I see in there as you're going through them are blatant viruses you should run an antivirus on it as soon as you can!
Milk (8 months ago)
SpeedUpThatComputer (8 months ago)
my toshiba sattelite c55d-b5012 laptop's left hinge broke. toshiba's laptops are known to have easily broken hinges.
91.5 the phoenix! (8 months ago)
I'm glad to see you got something out of Windows Vista though.
91.5 the phoenix! (8 months ago)
Two words, Microsoft Ann, :-)
kirby march Barcena (8 months ago)
Thanks to this failure, Microsoft tried to improve more on their "suck"ceeding products. I guess they think that laptop manufacturers in the mid-2000s will beef up their models higher than what Vista is mandatory required to have not realizing that it would take them more than a decade to do so.
swoopae (8 months ago)
i actually own this laptop lmao
SomeGuyWithMtnDew (8 months ago)
I have no clue how windows vista is bad, I mean, I used it on my dad's laptop and it wasn't bad
Einfach Yannic (8 months ago)
when i whas getting the windows XP laptop of my grandpa the programm list whas 3 times so long
whahappa (8 months ago)
Vista is the best
Mini Mic (8 months ago)
Can I have it?
mamgigyu sharingan (8 months ago)
i have the same pc
Donnerfuß (8 months ago)
I never had any real problems with it
The YouTuber Guy (8 months ago)
6:22 even a virtual machine on my pc has a higher windows experience index lol
The YouTuber Guy (8 months ago)
I have a core2duo pc and it runs really fast (I use windows 10 in it)
Sarcasm Studios (8 months ago)
Answer: NO!!!
Austin Taylor (8 months ago)
My first laptop was one of these. I upgraded it to Windows 7 3 years ago. I now have a MacBook pro now which I'm watching this video on now.
Cave Johnson (8 months ago)
Factory rest?
Patrick Johnson (8 months ago)
In the video around 7.50 he says there is no recovery partition in it to reset it back to the factory default and he has no recovery disks, otherwise he said he would have done a reinstall.
Dragunov Bushcraft (9 months ago)
Before you "evaluate" an O/S, on an older system, CLEAN IT UP!! By that, I mean, the O/S.
Dragunov Bushcraft (9 months ago)
My apologies. :)
VWestlife (9 months ago)
I did.
Lewis Johnson (9 months ago)
If you refer to Windows Vista as a buggy beta of Windows 7, then yes, it’s pretty nice. But objectively, as a standalone operating system, it’s a disgrace, and I wish Longhorn wasn’t scrapped.
Lefteyehawk (9 months ago)
reviewing vista on a heavy used (and invected) installation is very bad... i used vista for years, it was never bad, 7 is better, but i like vista, it looks good (like 7, and better than 8, 8.1and 10) if you review a system, os or whatever, pls, use a clean system....
Lefteyehawk (9 months ago)
i did, installed toolbar are not a sign of a clean system
VWestlife (9 months ago)
Please watch the entire video.
Nikola Milicevic (9 months ago)
You can upgrade to windows 7
VWestlife (9 months ago)
I already did!
Boris (9 months ago)
Vista would allow you to delete your recycle bin !!!
LOLDONGS (9 months ago)
Vista was bad on release edging on unusable but now with all the patches it's ok.

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