Adding Windows Vista Device a Hassle for Legacy Shop

Michael Lindenberger

We seldom devote a blog post to point a single article, but we so thoroughly enjoyed Chin Wong's report at The Manila Standard about his experiences trying to use a Windows Vista laptop on a small NT network that we made this exception.

 

Sure, Microsoft has long-since stopped broad support for NT, so anybody using the OS is clearly behind the tech curve.

 

But that's the reality for many SMBs, and Chin smartly walks through his frustrations: Inability to log on to an NT4 file server (later resolved via an overdue service pack upgrade), clumsy work-around to blocks for NT 4 printer drivers, and the relatively huge hardware requirements of Vista that mean few shops will bother to upgrade old systems to handle the load (a position supported by our own recent survey about Vista adoption).

 

Chin also has some harsh Words for Redmond's anti-piracy efforts:

... I see it as an unnecessary imposition on legitimate customers, akin to a security guard at a department store chasing after you to demand proof of purchase after you've left the premises--and indeed, even reached home.

Refreshingly, Chin also notes that the User Account Control feature that so irritated Vista beta testers would be considered typical on a Linux network.

 


Chin's piece is well worth the read.



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Oct 16, 2007 4:59 AM jazlynn jazlynn  says:
Hai,My window vista audio device suddenly gone, can you help to advice what is the cause?By the way, any idea i can free download the audio device again.ThanksRegards,Jazlynn Reply

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