Don’t like Windows Vista? Try Windows Mojave instead

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Microsoft last week traveled to San Francisco, rounding up Windows XP users who had negative impressions of Vista. The subjects were put on video, asked about their Vista impressions, and then shown a “new” operating system, code-named Mojave. More than 90 percent gave positive feedback on what they saw. Then they were told that “Mojave” was actually Windows Vista. “Oh wow,” said one user, eliciting exactly the exclamation that Microsoft had hoped to garner when it first released the operating system more than 18 months ago.

This sad little story tells us one thing loud and clear: Microsoft need to ditch Vista. Whether the negativity toward Vista is founded or not has become a mute point. The name itself is tainted. Microsoft could spend millions trying to change people’s perceptions, but why bother when the name itself has become the biggest stumbling block. So perhaps Windows 7 should be re-thought. Rather than being some major new version, just spruce up Vista a bit, get rid of the idiotic UAC feature and release the next version of Windows this year.

UPDATE: You can now see the experiment results for yourself at its own flashy (literally! One day Microsoft might use their own Silverlight product for such things, rather than Flash) website.

3 thoughts on “Don’t like Windows Vista? Try Windows Mojave instead

  1. I am one of those “die-hard” XP users. I have friends who are IT managers of major corps. and totally avoid using Vista and I myself is hesitant to use Vista. As a gamer, I build my computers and I always use XP on my computers that I build. The caveat to Vista is that, I still like to play DOS games i.e. Doom95 or Wolfenstein 3-D and the ilk. So my major question and hopefully someone can point me to the right direction of upgrading, is Vista compatible with older games, such as the ones I have named??? My friends have said “no”.

  2. Hi James,

    I’m not a huge player of games, so perhaps I’m not the best qualified to answer your questions. However, I do still regularly play Settlers 3 on Vista. The trick is to make use of the compatibility modes that Vista supports. See my article on five Vista annoyances and how to work around them for details of running programs in XP compatibility mode.

    If you want to find out whether your games will work though, I’d recommend borrowing a Vista disk off someone (you can trial Vista for a month or so without having to register it, so this is perfectly legal) and use something like Easy BCD to enable you to dual boot your machine with XP and Vista (see http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vista_with_xp__stepbystep_guide_with_screenshots.htm for example). That way you keep you current XP setup and get to check your games run on Vista before committing to buying Vista.

  3. Hi David,

    Thank you for the help, luckily though, I did not need to partition my HDD since I did have one more HDD allocated for another OS (Vista!). Alas it is saying my Creative Soundcard is not compatible, and I have been scouring to find a downloadable driver to make it work. Filefront.com is what I found to be the best on what I read. Perhaps you have another choice? Its a Creative Sound Blaster Live! soundcard. Any help would be great!
    Thanks-
    James

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