Windows Vista on its way out?

Several rumors are sprouting over the web that Windows Vista, the newest Microsoft OS, is heading on its way out.

John C. Dvorak, editor at, recently wrote an interesting article titled, The Vista Death Watch.  In it, he sums up that Vista has shown little activity in stores perhaps due to its many confusing versions and overpriced retail value.  Vista itself does not add any really new applications aside from a shiny new look and increased security protection.

Alot of people have reported that Windows XP is considerably better than Vista; so much that Windows XP service pack 3 is scheduled to release early 2008 to keep it up-to-date with Vista's patches.

But here's the other crazy news…according to, the next version of Windows (known as Windows 7) is slated to appear in October of 2008.

If you want to update your windows, you can download a hack that wil manually patch SP3 through windows update. I haven't tried it myself, because its only a release candidate version, which basically means its similar to a beta testing of the next SP.  A word to the wise, though, download at your own risk.

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3 Responses to “Windows Vista on its way out?”

  1. 1 Ross November 29, 2007 at 6:56 am

    Actually, about 90% of Windows Service Pack 3 for XP is a roll-up of all the patches to date. This is primarily intended for people to slipstream into their existing installation CDs so when you reinstall XP on a machine, you don't have to go through an additional 5 hours and 10 reboots of installs via Windows Update before your machine is fully patched.Although there ARE some Windows Vista-related items that have been back-ported to XP, these are in the majority.Dvorak is known for his shock-stories in the tech world. If I recall, he said that Apple was doing the wrong thing by going to Intel-based computers in 2006. To get an alternative (and in my opinion, more balanced) view, I'd recommend checking out some sources that are known for their unbiased reporting of Microsoft products, such as Paul Thurrott's website and podcast that he does with Leo Laporte, called Windows Weekly.As for Windows 7, Microsoft has been very forthright about the fact that the 5 years development time for Vista was an aberration, and that they are getting back on track to release a "new" OS every 18 months from here on out, much like Apple has released new versions of its OS every 16-24 months. The crazy bit isn't that Windows 7 will be out in 2008, but how long it took them to get Vista up and ready for the market in the first place. For the amount of features they cut out, it too should have only been a 2 year development cycle.Vista has a large % of code that was rewritten from scratch to provide increased security and new methods of operation. I would consider this as the equivalent to a Windows 95-type product – it functions, and does (mostly) what you expect, but the next version will have some major fixes that will make everyone flock to it over the existing products. If you recall the number of people that scoffed at Windows 95's release when they were "just fine" running Windows 3.1 and DOS, you'll find it easier to make the comparison.

  2. 2 patapete November 29, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Wow, thank you for that informative post. I've always thought Dvorak was very opinionated from listening to him in TWiT and his Cranky Geeks podcast. There are times when I find myself agreeing with some of his views, despite his take-it-or-leave-it approach.I've not yet listened to Paul Thurrott's podcast, but from your recommendation it will definitely be on my playlist in the future.I'm still puzzled about Vista; I've heard good reviews from Steve Gibson among others. I'm curious to hear what you think about Vista also, since the only version I can afford is XP. And as far as Windows 7, if Microsoft can turn it into a success, that would mean good news for the rest of us consumers.

  3. 3 Ross November 29, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    I agree with most people that Vista is an unnecessary upgrade for anyone who has Windows XP on their computer already – the added security is nice to have, but most of that is what is getting ported in that 10% back into XP in the service pack.If you're getting a new computer, though, I'd recommend going to Vista if you can afford the system requirements (like 2+ gigs of RAM), in spite of what people are saying – the product is only going to get better and MS is notorious for having problems with upgrades in places where clean installs on new machines run fine. Also:People complain about drivers and peripherals not working, but I have a decent amount of legacy hardware and I haven't had any problems other than a sound card that Creative wasn't going to support in Vista – it cost me $12 to buy a new Vista-supported sound card (I got the OS for free from Microsoft as part of a giveaway they were doing to promote Vista and Office 2007 last year, so my total upgrade to Vista cost was this $12).Others are complaining about the speed – I'm running Vista on an old P4 2.4 GHz computer with 1.5G of RAM, and while it's not super-quick, I haven't noticed any problems with slowdowns or lagging or problems running everything I want all at once. I could probably do with a boost in both processor and memory attributes on this computer, but all that means is someone buying a new computer today (probably dual core, 2 GHz+ and 2G+ RAM) should have no issues with slowdown. The new service pack isn't expected to improve speed, but I wouldn't put it past MS to get some streamlining stuff into Windows 7 to improve performance and then backport it into Vista as a "final" service pack before they stop selling Vista and move on to bigger and better things.

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