I am thinking about writing article about Windows Vista – after spending some time trying to find useful resources, I can see that internet is FULL of Vista myths… I encountered this article about Windows XP myths: http://mywebpages.comcast.net/SupportCD/XPMyths.html and I would like to write something similar dedicated to Windows Vista tips.
I think it is really great – next time you will argue with someone, just send him this link 😉
But back to my problem – Vista myths…
If you encounter any myth/web/forum post, PLEASE post it as comment – I would really like to create a list of myths for this great OS 🙂
1.) Vista requires high-end GPU (graphic card)
This is simply not true – Vista will even run on integrated GPU. What requires high-end GPU is Aero Glass – but if you dont have capable card, you can still use old fashioned GUI.
2.) USB SuperFetch/ReadyBoost technology will expand your RAM
Again one of the really popular myths – it will NOT expand your ram, it will be used for SuperFetching.
3.) Microsoft is going to rewrite 60% of Windows Vista code.
I am sure original posted didnt never tried to program – can you imagine rewriting such big amount of code??? But I think I know where did myth come from – Microsoft rewritten about 60% of KERNEL code – but this is NOT whole Windows and it IS already done.
4.) There are already viruses for Vista
One of my favourites – these “viruses” are simple Monad scripts… In fact they wont work by default, because of monad security. These viruses would work if they would be deployed AND launch on target machine – which is not achieved. It is the same as I would say that Del c:\*.* is one of the most powerfull viruses. Dont get me wrong – that scripts are interesting, but they are NOT viruses at all!
5.) There is DRM in Vista – MS is spying on us
Popular MS-Spy stories attacks again 🙂 As far as I understand, there is integrated DRM-client in Vista – same client you would need now with DRM server, which is not active if you domain administrator didnt select it to! About DRM(TPM) – there is only BitLocker, which is in fact really useful technology and not a spy
6.) Windows Vista is build on top of WinFX
Isnt that little bit hard if there isnt WinFX installed by default? 🙂
7.) Windows Vista can eat all of your memory even when it is idle!
Again – I remember similar messages with Windows XP. Really nice article describing this can be found here: http://thelazyadmin.net/index.php?/archives/396-guid.html#extended
8.) Whole kernel was rewritten – it is similar like 9x -> NT
This is also incorrect information – Vista is still based on NT kernel, however to be honest, really big part of it was rewritten and it is the biggest NT-kernel change ever.
9.) You will never need to restart your Windows Vista.
Nope, this is not possible with *nix/Windows architecture – there were few atomic OSes that allow this, but Vista WONT. However with Restart Manager it will be possible to really reduce the required number of restarts.
10.) I hear Windows Vista is based on Windows Server 2003 – does it mean it will be less userfriendly?
Nope, this is absolutely wrong. Every new build is based on latest available kernel – right now it is Windows Server 2003 SP1. There was quite problem with understanding which OS build is Vista based on – it was because first it was build on XP, later they decided to change it, because they wanted to have more componentized OS.
11.) There are really big problems with drivers in Vista. (April 13, 2006)
Based on my personal experience – there WERE big problems, but we can see really HUGE improvements from build to build. Latest build I am using (5353) installed EVERY driver without problems – including my SATA disks during installation and drivers for Axim X5. First build didnt even installed Audio and Network driver. So this is not exactly myth, however it is currently out-of-date information.
Do you know about any other Vista myths? Share it! 🙂