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MS Windows Vista Home Premium
Member Name: gavallan2020
MS Windows Vista Home Premium
Advantages: Looks smart, useful system restore function
Disadvantages: breaks down daily - impossible to use normally
Having had Vista home premium on my laptop (had no choice in the OS); I have experienced firsthand how it works. Yes it's all very good seeing the smart blue layout and the windows logo as the start menu button. Although under the hood, has anything really changed? I am sure you have heard the stories about Vista crashing etc. but have never actually seen it. Well I'll tell you what happened with mine.
I honestly can't see much that has changed with the new Vista, apart from the nice little colourful menus and buttons. The only difference with the menus is that there is now a search button at the bottom of the start menu. In fact, Microsoft have just made the system harder to use. Before Vista, everyone was using Windows XP or 98 right? So wouldn't it be logical to keep the names of the functions the same and not change all the names. It honestly is unbelievable; all of the functions on the start menu are exactly the same as XP. Although we now have all sorts of different names in which I can't see any real point. The only helpful thing that has been added to the Start Menu is a shortcut to the Network which is all very well. Until you get to the Network page, you are used to fixing your wireless internet through XP. Try fixing it on Vista, every single button has been moved, all of the names changed and the whole layout is different. You could spend more time working out what to buttons to press than how to fix it.
To be fair with Microsoft though, there is one, very, very helpful feature on Vista which is the System Restore function. Basically, if your computer gets a virus in it or if Vista stops working right. The System Restore will restore all of your files to a previous time when your computer was working properly.
Although why exactly would I have to use this function so much?
I would rate Windows Vista around 1/10 for reliability, and that is being generous. If I count the amount of times I had to do a system restore last year, I would say it would be about 8 times; not mentioning that my laptop is only a year old anyway. At least with a System Restore you get most of your files back. With a complete PC Restore (which I have had to do 3 times), you lose absolutely everything, including personal files and programmes. In fact, I had to do one 2 days ago as Vista wouldn't start (for the 2nd time in a month). The Dell customer support aren't very helpful either if you are out of warranty. Within the warranty they couldn't be more helpful and restore your computer for you via the internet. Although when I was only a week outside my warranty with a long history of problems. I couldn't make any contact with them what so ever, not even by email. All I wanted to know was what button to press to run the Windows installation disc. To get this one word of information, I had to pay them money. Pathetic in my opinion.
So overall, Vista is a truly dreadful Operating System. If you have half the problems I had you will want to smash up your computer.
If you do need to do a PC restore, insert the Vista installation disc into your computer. Restart your computer and hold down F12 (when the computer starts) until the system diagnostics comes up. Select boot from CD/DVD drive and then the Windows Vista disc will guide you through the rest.
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