The Windows Vista operating system has been seen by many to be quite a failure. Indeed, as of now,
very few users actually have it installed on their systems. The vast majority of computers now run
either Windows 7 or the older Windows XP. But what happened with Vista? Why is it seen as such a
failed product?

There are a few explanations for this. One of the “official” ones by Microsoft was that the price was too
high, which served as a deterrent to some users. But even as the company slashed down prices on retail
versions of the OS, consumers have been slow to adopt it.

Simply put, the Vista operating system got a bad reputation right from the start. As soon as it was
released in its final versions, stories started flooding technology blogs and news sites about serious
compatibility issues, as well as other kinds of problems. Some systems, especially laptops, had a lot
of difficulty with the new visual effects that Vista brought. Many users reported that Vista was a lot
slower to load than Windows XP and would sometimes hang during the boot process for no apparent

Then there is another major issue. Compatibility problems with many programs and peripherals.
While Microsoft has made some efforts to ensure that software programs that were able to run under
Windows XP would work correctly on Vista, in reality this wasn’t always the case. Especially some of
the more advanced tools like graphics and video editing programs.

Many peripherals, like scanners, printers, cameras and more didn’t have drivers that were compatible
with Windows Vista. This naturally made a lot of users angry that they couldn’t use their PC like they
did before when they were running Windows XP. Because of this, you could read quite a few stories of
people who decided to go back to XP after trying Vista.

But luckily, Windows 7 works a lot better than Vista. While it does retain many of the new visual
elements that were present in the previous Microsoft OS, it simply runs much better. Many software
and hardware compatibility issues were completely ironed out. And even though Windows 7 is not a
perfect OS and has had its shares of issues when it was first released, it has consistently shown to be a
lot more stable and has had much less complaints so far.

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