is the perfect OS for me. I did the experiment and I was happy. It just could had been supported more. You can find all posts of it here: http://personalitycafe.com/isfp-forum-artists/57370-isfp-confessions-thread-170.html
If you are too lazy to click there, then I would copy them here:
Installed Windows Vista Ultimate and all I can say, that this thing is beautiful and completely underrated OS. It feels like better version of Windows 7.
Windows Vista experiment day 2:
I wanna burn my PC down, but it's not Vista's fault. It's Firefox. For real it's one of the worst web browsers in history. It's slow, it doesn't display lots of content correctly, it has icons in wrong places and is ugly (well that's subjective). Installed Opera and now I'm happy to some extent. I installed Vista on 5400 rpm HDD, which is slow by itself. Windows boot times aren't the shortest, but no abnormalities found here. I recall Windows 7 being slow as fuck with 7200 rpm HDD.
No BSODs or crashes noticed yet. Vista is very stable yet. It's all good and works as expected. There are only few things, that don't work quite well. First is that Windows updates are stuck at checking for updates and nothing happens. This happened to me on Windows 7 before too. So I'm not going to bash Vista here too much. I downloaded manual update installer and since support is ended, I won't ever need to care about them. Second thing was that Opera installation didn't start. It only started when I enabled Administrator mode in privileges, because normal Administrator mode didn't work. Also I noticed some hangs in OS, but I think, it's because of my slow HDD. Anyway there's nothing too bad with Vista.
User experience with Vista is good. It's quite beautiful OS and is more user friendly than 7. That makes it one of the most user friendly OS on Earth, that's good. My Ultimate version feels superior to Windows 7 Ultimate. It offers me more functionality or at least shows more of it. + for user friendliness. Hibernation mode is very fast, faster than any other Windows version and even beats modern Windows versions with SSD. Security on Vista is very user informing in good way. It lets you know if computer is secure and no notifications, everything is in control panel. I tried out customization too. It offers many options, but some things are lacking. There's no freedom, when it comes to window border color choice. There are only some presets and slider for opacity. 7 offers more choice, but Vista has much more options, when it comes to start menu. There are more styles. Wallpaper variety is very nice too. Windows help is useful too. OS offers great help and welcomes user when he opens new software to introduce it and guide user. That's something, that has been lacking in modern Windows versions. Vista is fast and snappy yet, good, because it has opposite reputation.
Now let's talk about flaws. No Windows snapping isn't good. It's useful feature. Downloads folder isn't a library, so it requires some searching. Display settings are buried somewhere in control panel instead of right clicking on desktop. Some fonts of websites are missing, so for perC and Youtube it's different. As OS is unsupported, software support for it is ending too. It means, that I already couldn't install my beloved Google Chrome and it will only get worse with the time
Overall Vista is good OS, that definitely didn't deserve all that bad reputation it has. It was innovative at the time and was way much better looking. It's stable, user friendly, beautiful and fast on right hardware. Under the hood you can find same kernel used in Windows 7, 8, 8.1. All mentioned Windows versions are good. Too bad Vista is dying fast and still has bad reputation created by stupid users and stereotypes. Soon we will have to say 'hasta la vista' to it. Sad, it was good OS. Better than XP.
Today I had to download and install MS Office. Vista is old, so latest office isn't supported on it. The latest supported is 2010. Quite old one, but it will be fine. As I'm good pirate I went to The pirate bay and downloaded Office with activator. All software in Vista worked perfectly. One thing, that is quite unusual to me is that Vista likes to slow after clicking on program icon to install it. After installation real productivity started. I had to edit presentation for school. Fix fonts and stuff like that. All I tried to do was actually faster than in Office 2013 with newer Windows version and one thing I must mention. MS Office 2010 is so damn beautiful and it's not annoying, unlike 2013 one. It feels like every function in Office 2010 was made for humans and 2013 feels like it was made for robots. Icons in Office 2010 are perfect and go along with style of Windows Vista perfectly. All I can say, that MS Office 2010 is complete pleasure to use and I didn't feel any lack of functionality. That's good. Plus after Office installation fonts in perC are fixed, so I guess I lacked some.
As to stability I have no complaints at all. I even tried sleep today and it's super fast, doesn't require password and it was very reliable. In Windows 10 and 8.1 sleep mode sometimes didn't work correctly, resulting in random wake ups. Ouch.
I installed Avast due to obvious reasons. It's still supported and works good on Vista, maybe even faster than in newer Windows versions.
Overall Vista today was pleasure to use, I kinda understand the hate of mobile integration into desktop OS, it's just not a good place for that. Besides being outdated, unsupported it's really good. So far it's actually better than it's successors, which is just comically horrible and it even has bad reputation. That's unfair.
I kinda wish, that MS didn't remove Aero glass environment, it's pure porn for eyes. Plus it makes my computer feel more high end than some colorful rectangles.
Actually Terminator got it right:
... or at least I currently think so to some extent...
Windows Vista experiment day 4:
I haven't been at home this weekend, so I couldn't use my PC, because it's desktop.
This description will be short.
I'm finally feeling somewhat at home with Vista, in only 4 days. That's not long, but neither very short. Honestly it's longer than any other Windows version. In the end it's irrational thought, because my usage wasn't affected at all. Anyway Vista perfectly stable OS. I remember my experience with 10 and 7, those two are more sluggish than Vista is. Those two ran on SSD and Vista runs on 5400 rpm laptop hard drive, which is slow as fuck. I finally found one problem with Vista, some Youtube videos aren't playable, due to end of support for some component, that let's you play videos (maybe decoder). It's not browser problem here, because it happens on Firefox too. So Vista uses older version of that component, but it can't play some modern videos. That was only one video, but I think, there will be more of incompatibility later. I get it's really old OS, so this is expected, just sad to witness death of Vista, which is really good OS. Anyway Vista truly shouldn't deserve much hate. It's not bad at all. Basically hate for it killed it sooner than it should have died naturally. I personally think, that Vista is best OS from MS yet, because it still takes on newer OSes and beat those.
Vista experiment days 5/6/7:
Nothing too much to say, so I skipped some writing. Finally I saw one downside of Vista. Sometimes graphics performance is sluggish. Maybe could be drivers, but who knows which is there? I installed game "Starsky and Hutch". It's old, but worked fine. Overall Vista is stable and reliable so far. Besides support and questionable performance issue it's good OS. Definitely didn't deserve all the hate it has. Too bad people aren't always smart. My experiment has ended. It's been week long experiment and I turned on Windows 10 again on SSD. It was disaster. I found 10 ugly, not really functional, lacking customization options and most importantly hated two control panels. It's not broken installation of 10, it's how it naturally is. It's not that good. I wanted to get back to Vista fast. Vista is much better looking, more functional, more customizable and feels like it was made to be monolith. Everything in Vista is 'Vistaish'. Every icon, style, start menu is made as one OS in mind. Windows 10 borrowed something from Vista, 8.1, 7 and introduced something new, mainly icons. It has weak sense of unity. Plus Vista Ultimate has premium feeling, in Windows 10 you get feeling, that you came back to geometry lesson. It's not beautiful. I have all my files and stuff when I connect Windows 10 hard drives and SSD. I don't have any of that with Vista. Actually I came back to Vista. It's overall better OS and I fully understand people who stayed with 7. I know, that I won't last long with Vista, but I don't really desire to come back to 10. Feels like downgrade and no more beautiful aero. I love that glass environment, feels more high end than just colorful boxes. Vista has the last control panel, where you can actually find something.
Vista isn't bad at all. It's pleasure to use, if it works. It mostly works perfectly. Didn't deserve all that hate. It was worth it to try it out.
That's how my desktop looks (everything is done by Vista customization tools and it's Vista's built in wallpaper):
2017, still no hasta la vista to it. Terminator is patient.
End of experiment:
I finally came back to Windows 10 from Vista. I'm not impressed.
Okay I can't be serious about using it today, it's somewhat obsolete already. The thing is that it's one of my favourite OSes of all time. it was really good experience with it. I liked it a lot. Too bad it's discontinued. Now I'm just sitting with Windows 10, such a boring choice, but to me it's one OS that could be very good for daily usage, offers perfect value (I got it for free) and it simply just does everything fine without wanting to install my head into wall (linux experience was exactly like that, pun was intended). Overall Vista is something really good, but rather was than is. Little known thing is that after expirement I loaded Vista again and it was slower. I just forgot that OSes slow down after some time on HDDs, yet I'm gonna say, that it was spectacular experience (performance too).
To somehow help this thread, I gotta say that I prefer Windows over mac OS. Windows just makes sense for me, Mac OS is more like some sort of magic, that is unfortunately not very pleasurable. Mac OS just feels strange and out of hands. Linux is by itself most user unfriendly OS I have ever used. Pure torture for simple user. I would likely use DOS over linux.
Plz don't make wrong assumption, that I just want to defend Vista. I genuinely liked it at my experiment.