Vista. Not good. (Dell isn’t either)

I spent much of the time between lunch and dinner yesterday “fixing” my father-in-law’s new Dell computer, a process very similar to how I spent a similar amount of time “fixing” my mom’s new Dell notebook a bit ago. I say “fixing” because I’m sure Dell would claim nothing was wrong with it — only Dell’s bloatware. Dell puts so much nonsensical junk on its computers to make the machine nearly unusable. Programs loaded so slowly, and froze so frequently, that only critical tasks were done on it. Everything else waited for him to go to his office, and use his Lenovo ThinkPad.

About half the time went to removing general bloatware, and the other half to getting rid of the awful antivirus program.

It really makes me angry how bad Vista is in general, and Dell’s bundling in particular. A lot of people are like my mom or father-in-law: smart people who are new to computers, and have their experience really degraded by this nonsense.

A little more than two hours later, most of the junk was removed and localized versions of Firefox and 7-Zip were installed. At the beginning of the day I offered to install a fresh copy of XP, but by the end I had turned off most of Vista’s bugs (UAC, the annoying popups, etc) so that it was almost as good as a computer bought 2 (or 20) years ago.

7 thoughts on “Vista. Not good. (Dell isn’t either)”

  1. Pssst… Windows Home Server will soon be available in Chinese… now would be a great time to get ready to pick up a copy and use it to back up the machine in it’s (near) pristine state so that if he ever wants to return to it… he’s just a few mouse clicks (and a boot from a CD) away.

  2. There was a follow-up problem, caused by Norton apparently sabotaging the system on its way out. The solution was to uncheck the sever certificate revokation and enable TSL in IE’s advanced internet options panel.

  3. I agree with you, Dan. Both Vista and Dell are tragic to say the least. But I’ve had issues (though not as many) with my Lenovo ThinkPad. First the battery failed, then the system. Several reinstalls later, it works again. Of course, the timing couldn’t have been worse: all of this happened during an external audit. At home, I switched to Mac; I haven’t had any major problems (yet). When my iPhone failed though, the tech at Apple who serviced my call was an ass.

  4. Good point on the unreliability of these computers in general. The pace of change puts most of us on a natural upgrade cycle anyway (we are not all like Mother of tdaxp, with 11 year old iMacs!)…. The downside of progress.

  5. I am also a programmer, almost all my programs don’t run in vista. Vista is the most … poor Os(Operating System) ever made. Why they let this happen? if I am an end-user, I will not want to learn computer anymore because of this nonsense software. anyway, as a programmer. I change the registry of vista in my laptop. I use a low language software to get rid off the bugs that poor programmer,analyst, and administrator who made this nonsense vista. Sorry for my attitude. for those who is concerned. Pls. if you want to upgrade any system, do it for everybody’s sake, not yours. Make a good, reliable, friendly user system, application software to benefit People ware. Thank u!!!

  6. Huzzah — Windows 7 was released this past week! The Vista tyranny is dead!

    (Fittingly, I got a phone call the day of the release, because Windows 7 activation wasn’t working for a bit. But everything worked out OK.)

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