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Vista capable? Rrrrrrrriiiiiigggghhhhht…

You could see this one coming.

Two sets of plaintiffs are trying to make their lawsuit over Microsoft’s “Vista-capable” claims into a class action tiff.

Vista has hit more than it’s share of  bumps since general release early this year.

This just proves that with Microsoft’s claims, buyers better beware. Solution providers had long warned that even so-called “Vista capable” PCs might technically run Vista, but the experience would be anything but delightful. So much for underpromising.

Lesson? While dispensing “I told you so’s” to customers is never smart, this might be a time to remind them that you, not the vendor, should be their trusted advisor on new hardware-and software-purchases.  

Barbara Darrow, a Boston-area reporter, can be reached at   

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I've been a systems analyst for over twenty years and Vista is the most frustrating, user "unfriendly" OS I've ever used. I've always avoided being on the "bleeding-edge" of technology with regards to what I recommend to my customers. With that in mind, I purchased a new Dell system with Vista installed about six months ago as a test platform. I've had nothing but trouble with it. My recommendation to my customers is to stick with XPpro until at least service pack 2. After what I've seen in the first release of Vista I would not be in a hurry to jump on service pack 1. I read an article a couple of weeks ago about some of the hardware vendors quietly offering an XPpro downgrade. As yet, I've been unable to substantiate that with Dell.