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PC Mag on "most annoying" Vista features

updated 03:20 pm EST, Tue January 30, 2007

Vista's "most annoying"

PC Magazine has listed the nine "most annoying" features of Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system. Vista's inability to determine the source of actions believed to pose a security threat couples with some features 'floating' in space to annoy reviews editor Lance Ulanoff. Even changing the date and time in Windows Vista requires several steps that end with a required user confirmation, according to Ulanoff, and little has changed deep down in the operating system with regard to the good and the bad. "You can always drill down in Vista's settings to find familiar controls, but I have to wonder why confusing divisions among the settings for the Windows Desktop ('Color and Appearance,' 'Desktop Backgrounds,' and 'Themes') remain." Confusion with "All Programs," a lack of serial support, and late-to-the-game driver preparation accompany questions with no answers and a switch in the bundled games to make up the top nine annoyances.




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  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    maybe it's just me

    I don't work all day on Winblows so maybe it's just my day-to-day familiarity with OS X... but doesn't it seem like Windows makes it awfully hard to change user settings? I know whenever I have to help a less clueful person change their desktop image or do a network setting, it takes several more steps than it should. Not intuitive at all. With OS X, I just call up System Preferences and it is all right there.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: maybe its just you

    It could be just you. Its just what one's familiar with. You know how to change your desktop pattern, so you know to go to the desktop & screensavers option in sysprefs (why those two are together is beyond me, but that's beyond the point).

    WRT changing network settings, it would be sooooo nice in Windows would come up with anything close to location manager in OS x. (Of all the things they could steal, and they've yet to steal that???)

    As for changing the date/time, you also have to go through the hoops to change the time on your computer (i.e. authentication). But, seriously, how often does one need to change the date/time? (Time zone, that's a different story). However, OS X has the same issues. You can't restore your own ipod without having an administrator allow you access. That just seems so wrong.

    And I notice the guy's complaining about a lack of serial support. If Apple did this, they'd be lauded as looking ahead. MS does it, and its called out as an annoyance (but, really, does ANYTHING use serial ports anymore, or is the guy trying to use a 10 year old modem?).

    Of course, isn't it kind of grasping to be whining about the change in included games? I mean, was he buying it because he thought it came with a specific game???

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    One other thing

    It would also be nice if Apple restored the Internet control panel so a user didn't have to open up Mail.app to change the default mail program, or open Safari to change the default browser.

  1. webraider

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    On other thing thing

    It would be nice if Apple restored the internet control panel for the user.. but not for Apple. Apple takes some things from Microsoft sometimes.... If they make it "not so easy" to change the preferences... people will continue to use Safari and Mail. Unfortunately even Apple is not "Apple" anymore. Still better than Microsoft but anyway.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: one other thing

    Yes, it would be nice. But there are freeware utils out there that can do what you want. But I agree - should be a standard system pref.

  1. devilla101

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    pretty pathetic

    That is pretty pathetic what the PC Mag stated. I agree with Testudo. How often do you need to change time zone settings and also Serial support? C'mon! The guy complaining must be 70!

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Just 9?

    The only found 9 annoying things? How about the whole thing belongs in the trash and off the market.

  1. JEB

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    #10

    #10 - "It's not OSX. Period."

  1. corsair

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Mac settings are odd too

    I don't like the divisions in OS X system prefs either. I change the preference panes listing to Organize Alphabetically so I can find them by name.

    OS X is also a step backwards from OS 9, where you could see multiple preference windows at once. In OS X, you get only one prefs window, so if you're coordinating prefs in two panes, you have to jump back and forth.

  1. whelkboy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Too many options!

    Windows offers a bewildering range of options for customising this and that. Office is the same.

    Less is more, I say!

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