"Many users had to upgrade the firmware of their routers or replace them (if unsupported) because of Vista autotuning (there was even an article on slashdot about a full provider having that issue), because Vista requires a special non-standard OPTIONAL
DHCP flag that many routers don't support to get an IP address. Sources: (1) (2) (3)..."
I swear to god, that I haver never heard about this issue until now. I am not saying you make it up or something, since you provided the links and all, but seriously, I have never heard it before. And I had never trouble with routers.
I never had problems with providers. Actually, my PC is directly connected to the DSL modem now, never had a problem with the provider.
I think this issue was not that widespread, otherwise the noise on the internet would be much louder. Imagine the Apple ads: "Vista kills your router!"
"Because you have a core2duo, try on a slower machine (like an Atom-based UMPC) to play a video on WMP both on XP and on Vista and you'll see an huge speed difference, it's so huge that even putting the mouse over a tooltip could make the video skip (there's
even a funny KB about the issue on Microsoft's website. Solution? Don't move the mouse while playing...)."
Sorry, but this is purely anecdotic, because I have a story too:
In 2006 my best PC was an Athlon XP 2000+ with 512 MB RAM(!), 80GB HD and a Geforce FX 5600 graphics card. Not really hightech for that time. I have installed the Vista Beta back then on that machine. And it worked. It wasn't really fast, (the main problem
was the disk trashing), but workable. Tried some games, like Warcraft III, they worked, without much slowdown. And, I was able to play videos in WMP without any audio skipping issues or other problems. I tried mpg, avi and wmv videos. Streaming worked too.
And this was ON THE VISTA BETA! With BETA DRIVERS FROM NVIDIA!!
This experience was the reason I bought Vista in 2007 when I got a new PC.
That's why I am not convinced by your horror stories. I am not doubting that they happened, but it seems that Vista was not the sole factor for all that problems people had. by the way, you are just one guy on a forum that had negative experiences, I had
positive. Does it prove something? No.
Judging by forums, Mac OS would be the biggest pile of crap on Earth:
Cannot restore Mac OS X to previous version with time machine
gmail wont show any emails in mail?
10.5.7 Macbook sleeps once, freezes second time
10.5.7 update deleted all mail accounts except MobileMe
Mac os 10.5.7 update messed up my mail. cant see message viewer!!!
Stand-by problem with 10.5.7
10.5.7 update problems
Internet is ~8x slower on Mac than in Windows
Irritating pop up from old deleted app...please help me get rid of it!!!!
Looping blue screen with 10.5.7 install
Distorted graphics in Leopard when scrolling
Time Machine Error - again again..
And so on and on for wooping 7207 pages!
Some anecdotic problems that some people had doesn't explain the massive hate against Vista.
"Longhorn was set to be released 3 years before Vista and was planned to have major changes not just in the UI but Microsoft decided to do a "reset" of Longhorn development because they couldn't finish it in time and all people got was an OS with a superficially
pretty UI where many features were delayed, cut or just left half broken because even after the reset they had to rush to avoid releasing something outdated."
Agreed, features were cut. But this fact doesn't explain the negativity. Most people don't give a crap about cutted features or delays of an OS. I still think my explaination that I gave in my first posting in this thread is more valid for the negative image.
"That video is not so amazing according to today's standard but it was really astonishing in 2002-2003. Vista was really too little and too late and the high hardware requirements, bugs, missing drivers and that resident unfinished feel certainly didn't
help its image."
It was not THAT astonishing. And of course, all eye candy was badmouthed from the get go, here is an article from 2004:
Longhorn Tastes the Apple
Wed May 5
Richard Fisco - PC Magazine
The first day of WinHEC 2004 (the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference)
in Seattle had, as expected, a major track on Longhorn. It focused on the
new user interface and what Microsoft is planning for its next-generation
operating system. A big part of it could be summed up in a word: 3D.
3D graphics on a PC have long been stuck with a "for games only" reputation.
Of course, you could rightfully argue that 3D performance has been the
driving force behind most recent PC performance increases; usually, the
"application" that needed all the horsepower your PC could muster wasn't an
application at all, but a high-powered 3D game. But now the shroud of
illegitimacy is about to be lifted, as Microsoft prepares to rely on 3D
performance to power its Longhorn operating system.
Microsoft's demonstrations were interesting and somehow familiar. After
looking at some images and icons that grew bigger or flipped when chosen, I
couldn't help but think of the dock on Apple's OS X. There's more to
Longhorn, of course, than just that dock. Microsoft is looking to have
applications add useful, related information in bars alongside open
documents, like upcoming appointments and related cases if you're in a law
program, or favorite-show information if you're in a TV search tool.
Overall, though, Longhorn still had an Apple look to it. I suppose imitation
is a form of flattery, after all. It'll be years before Longhorn launches,
but it should be fun to watch it develop. Microsoft is giving out early
copies of it at the end of WinHEC, so there'll be lots more written about it
in the coming weeks.
So, Vista was badmouthed pretty early already, and the eye candy was one of the reasons. If Vista would have been released with EXACTLY the same GUI as in that Video, it would be damned anyway, because of the reasons I wrote in my first post.