Windows Vista is potentially the most hated operating system ever. The operating system from Microsoft has been out for nearly four years now. While a lot of people switched to this OS, most of them wish that they had not done so. They would much rather go back to Windows XP, or try a new operating system like Linux.
Released in January of 2007, Vista was supposed to be easier to use, more secure and more up to date than Windows XP. However, Vista failed to uphold its promises. Even Bill Gates admitted that Vista, originally known as Microsoft Longhorn, was the worst product they had ever created. Proof of this failure is shown in the number of people that do not want to stay with Vista, or refused to switch in the first place.
Reasons for Failure
There are many reasons Vista failed. One of the biggest reasons it failed is that there were so many editions it confused users. To make it even more confusing, different editions had different system requirements. The most commonly known reason for its failure was the user account control, or UAC. The UAC was supposed to offer more security, but instead became an annoying nag. Another annoying feature was the digital rights management technology, which prevented users from copying digitally protected material.
Another reason Vista failed is that a lot of hardware that came out before Vista was incompatible or would not work properly. Many versions of hardware did not even have compatible drivers available for Vista. This made most users have to choose between upgrading their system or ditching Vista altogether.
Overall there were no ground breaking improvements to Vista, other than the pleasing appearance of it. There are slow file operations problems, with many users complaining that it takes several minutes if not hours to copy and delete files or burn CD ROMs. Booting the system even took longer than XP, even if the system exceeded requirements. Overall, the system was so much different in appearance from XP and other earlier versions of Windows operating systems that it made it difficult to use.
How to Get Rid of Vista
A lot of people who wanted to try Vista now want to switch back to XP or even Linux. It is very easy to upgrade to Vista from XP, but going backward can be tedious and difficult. The longer you use Vista the harder it is to go back. You have two options on how to do this.
Option one is to reformat your hard drive and reinstall your old operating system. This is fairly easy to do, because reformatting of the hard drive is fairly automated in most systems. However, reformatting your hard drive means losing all of your files, documents, mp3s, pictures, and anything else you have stored on there. Make sure you back up everything you want to keep before your reformat.
First, insert the Windows XP CD in the drive. Next you need to boot into the XP installation program. To do this you have to set the BIOS to boot first from the CD ROM drive. To access the BIOS, press the first key you see on the first screen you see when you boot up your computer, usually F1, F2, or Delete. Go to boot priority or options and tell it to boot first from CD. Save your settings and reboot your computer to boot from the CD.
Follow the basic instructions provided by the CD. Select the drive that you have Vista on when it asks where to install XP. Next it will tell you to reformat your hard drive. Tell it to use NTFS as your file system and choose the quick format option. After the formatting is complete, XP will begin loading on your system. You can now leave your computer and come back in thirty to sixty minutes. Next you will have to enter your product key. Within a few minutes, you’ll be finished and have XP back again.
Option two is to run Vista and another OS on a dual boot. The advantage to this is that you can keep your files. Running dual operating systems is easy. You simply follow the same instructions as the first option, but choose a different hard drive or partition. You should consult the operating manual for Vista to better understand how to dual boot systems.