Looking to get Windows Vista, Why windows 8 or 10 may be better.

If you have a computer which is from the early 2000, you may find that you have Windows Vista installed. What is this system? It is very clear that Windows has not marketed the platform, apart from the small space of time that it was being released with their computers. There are no upgrades, no tech support, nothing. It is as though it never existed. And there is a reason for that. The OS was Microsoft Windows debacle and unless you personally have a system with Vista, you are not apt to find it. If you have an older system with Vista, or if you have an older computer and are trying to determine if you need an upgrade, consider windows 8.

The major issues

While there are many opinions as to why Vista failed, there are some which are dominant with surveys and user groups. These problems include the User Account Control, specifically the dialog boxes which redundantly asked are you sure. UAC also “hijacked” the computer making users interact with it rather than suggesting use. The secondary problem was that the computer ran slower with the Vista program. As the OS was intended to expedite use, this was a major flaw. Third, as the Vista system was developed before the days of the mega-huge hard drives and the terabyte computer, the memory required to run the system was inefficient and quite substantial. Fourth, the drivers on Vista continuously needed to be updated or re-installed. Programs would just quit working and an error code would come up. The user would have to find the code, figure out what driver was missing and then update or install it. Finally, Vista’s failure was due to the tremendous switch from the XP system. Those who used 98, 2000, or XP had grown accustom to a standard layout and functionality which simply was not present in Windows Vista.

Windows 8

With the outcry against Vista, Microsoft quickly developed a solution and Windows 8 and then 8.1 was released. This OS system is oriented to the Metro Interface, driving the user to a more app related experience than to that of the traditional start menu configuration. The UAC is no longer a dominant feature on the system, though you can control it through the run function. And while the OS is substantial in the required size to run the platform, it does perform rather quickly. The major benefit of the windows 8 system was that those who had smartphones, touch tablets, and such mobile devices could easily have the system on those devices. Microsoft failed to see, however that by taking away the start button on Windows 8, that they limited the use for PC and laptop users. This was remedied in Windows 8.1 when the start button was re-introduced. Overall, the assessment was that those who are comfortable with the sliding and touch screen navigation could make use of the system, while those who did not have those functions would find the system a bit cumbersome. However, most people agree that the OS is far better than Vista ever was.

Windows 10

Based upon the feedback with Vista as well as Windows 8 and 8.1, the company decided to take a step backwards and to layout the Windows 10 operating system much like the XP and 7. The desktop and the navigational menu is re-introduced to the main screen. Additionally, the desktop and start menu are the primary navigational tools. While there are app access panels, and there is the ability to switch to the pure app based layout that was common on windows 8 and 8.1, this is not the default.

Windows has announced that windows 10 will be the last version of the software available. Upgrades and features will be ever changing for the Windows 10 operating system (with perhaps 10 being dropped from the OS name and a simple WINDOWS label being placed upon it). In essence Windows 10 will be 11, 12, 13, etc. but not called such or requiring a full system update.

Why not Windows 7?

While there was huge success with the Windows 7 platform, it is more beneficial to use windows 8 or 8.1 over windows 7. Older computers may require windows 7 in which case you would need to have a Windows 7 Pro Key. Since Microsoft does not offer keys or upgrades to windows 7, you will need to acquire one from a third party. If possible, it is advised that you upgrade to windows 8.1 or to windows 10 as these still have support from Microsoft. Keep in mind that if you are upgrading from older systems, you may need to upgrade to windows 7 before you can upgrade to windows 8, 8.1, or 10. Check your computer’s memory and processor before transitioning away from Vista.