Links against Windows Vista

Last Updated: 30-September-2007


This is a page that collects links, jokes and other resources that have discovered faults in Windows Vista. An important caveat is that I have yet to actually try using Vista, and that this page is just a way for me to collect these links so I won’t lose track of them.

  1. Bad Vista - a campaign by the Free Software Foundation to oppose the adoption of Vista and promote free software alternatives.
  2. Slashdot - Is Vista a Trap - a coverage of an article on the BBC about the problems with installing Vista.
  3. item (in Hebrew) on Microsoft buying “neutral” articles which are supportive for Vista in the Israeli press
  4. Vista not playing well with IPv6
  5. Slashdot: “Microsoft Pleads with Consumers to Adopt Vista Now” - also read the comments. (Via Ben Collins-Sussman).
  6. All about Linux - 25 Shortcomings of Microsoft Vista OS
  7. “Forget about the WGA! 20+ Windows Vista Features and Services Harvest User Data for Microsoft”.
  8. “Vista Makes Forensic PC Exam Easier for Lawyers”
  9. PC World: Vista Prevents Users Playing High-Def Content - an article enumerating many problems with Vista. (via Slashdot).
  10. “Goodbye Vista, Hello Again Linux!” by James Carr - a blog entry about why Vista had to be replaced.
  11. “Speaking of Vista problems...” by Chris Nahr - a post to the Joel on Software forum.
  12. “What’s so wrong with Vista?” - a forum thread with many points.
  13. “Playing Music Slows Vista Network Performance?” - playing music on Vista slows down the network to a maximum of 10%.
  14. “Entire city of Vista users can’t access the Internet” - from The Inquirer.
  15. “Microsoft quietly unveils Vista-to-XP downgrade”
  16. “Vista FUD in the Printed Press” - by Lior Kaplan (in Hebrew). The CEO of Microsoft Israel predicted that Vista will be purchased by 100% of the home users by the end of 2007. Kaplan claims it is a way to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  17. “Living with Vista: First 30% Days (PC-World)” - 60% of Vista users have had problems with Vista.
  18. My first taste of Vista by Lior Kaplan (in Hebrew). With many comments.
  19. Consumer Group Demands XP for Vista Victims.
  20. Vista Runs Out of Memory While Copying Files.
  21. Vista vs. The Gutsy Gibbon - Ubuntu 7.10
  22. A Little Vista, A Little DRM (in Vista) (in Hebrew) - blog post of Shachar Shemesh about some problems with Vista.
  23. “Over a Year Later and Windows Vista is still not Worth it”
  24. “Vista at Risk of Being Bypassed by Businesses”
  25. “90% of IT Professionals Don’t Want Vista”
  26. “Open Dot Dot Dot - When the Microsoft Train hits the Brooksian Wall”
  27. “Researchers Sour on Vista Service Pack 1 Performance”
  28. “More Evidence That XP is Vista’s Main Competitor”
  29. “Vista Branding Confusing Even To Microsoft”
  30. “Microsoft Rebrands PlaysForSure to Certified for Windows Vista, Confuses World”
  31. “Vista SP1 Release Candidate Available” - won’t solve the application compatibility issues, and might cause applications to break that were running under Vista.
  32. “PC World - The 15 Biggest Tech Disappointments of 2007” - Vista is No. 1.
  33. “Windows Home Server Corrupts Files”
  34. cosimo - Windows Vista compile of win32::API with MinGW & MSVC++
  35. “XP/Vista IGMP Buffer Overflow - Explained”
  36. “Rundll32 dwmApi #104” - on (in Hebrew).
  37. “Time for a Vista Do-Over?”
  38. “Linux Has Better Windows Compatibility Than Vista”
  39. “Microsoft Responds to ‘Save XP’ Petition”
  40. “PC World Tests Final Version of Vista SP1”
  41. “Local ‘network’ printer” - blog post by runrig.
  42. “TechNet Users Revolt Over Vista SP1 Unavailability”
  43. “Microsoft Had Doubts About the ‘Vista Capable’ Label”
  44. Vista’s Poor Outlook - by Glyn Moody.
  45. “‘Vista Capable’ Lawsuit is Now a Class Action”.
  46. “Microsoft Internal Emails Show Dimsay with Vista”.
  47. “Vista Service Pack One Almost Here”.
  48. “Vista’s Geek Tragedy”.
  49. “Microsoft Tries To Prevent Further Discovery”
  50. “Microsoft Loses Appeal of ”Vista-Capable“ Lawsuit”
  51. “Vista is Slower, But XP Is Still Dying”
  52. Windows Vista Media Center users cannot record American shows due to DRM
  53. New York Times: “Et Tu, Intel? Chip Giant Won’t Embrace Microsoft’s Windows Vista”
  54. - “XP Still Killing Vista in Sales Volume, Says HP”
  55. “The Vista Death Watch” by John C. Dvorak on PC Magazine.
  56. “Microsoft Concedes Vista Launch Problems” (10-September-2008)
  57. “iTunes 8 a Real Killer App: Taking Down Vista” (11-September-2008)
  58. Business Week: “End Runs Around Vista” (15-September-2008)
  59. “Windows 7 to Dial Down UAC” (10-October-2008)
  60. “Why I’m Skipping Windows Vista: IT Managers Speak Out” (4-November-2008)
  61. “HP’s Fury at Vista Capable Downgrade” (18-November-2008)
  62. “Microsoft Moves to Quash Case, End E-mail Revelations” (22-November-2008)
  63. “Reducing [Vista’s] Disk Space Usage” (22-November-2008)
  64. “Microsoft’s Ballmer Must Answer Questions in Lawsuit” (25-November-2008)
  65. “The Outlook for Vista Gets Even Worse” (28-November-2008)
  66. “The Myth of Upgrade Inevitability is Dead” (01-December-2008)
  67. “Ballmer: Vista Does Not Fit on Netbooks” (12-January-2009)
  68. “Should we trash Windows Vista or BadVista” (12-January-2009)
  69. “Microsoft’s ‘Vista Capable’ Settlement Cost Could be Over $8 Billion” (24-January-2009)
  70. “Vista Adoption in Enterprises Less than 10%” (2-February-2009)
  71. “Microsoft to Offer Free Windows 7 Upgrade to Vista Users” (11-February-2009)
  72. “Microsoft Sued Over Vista-To-XP Downgrade Fees” (13-February-2009)
  73. “How Vista Mistakes Changed Windows 7 Development” (11-March-2009)
  74. “Texas Senate Proposes a Budget With a No-Vista-Upgrades Rider” (2-April-2009)


  1. The Manifold Faces of Vista - a Penny Arcade cartoon.
  2. Vista == Viruses, Intruders, Spyware, Trojans and Adware
  3. UserFriendly about Vista - “Cancel or Allow”.
  4. Windows Vista Sucks - video from Blimptv - “Vista - Where are we now?”.
  5. Working Daze Cartoon of 2 October, 2007
  6. Worse Than Failure - Basic Windows Vista Experience.
  7. Noise to Signal - “No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to crash. Repeatedly.”
  8. UserFriendly - Deleting Files in Vista.
  9. “Working with an Unknown Operating System” (in Hebrew) - on Ido Kanner’s Blog.
  10. “UserFriendly - Illiad’s Greatest Opus”