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User Surveys

The Most Problematic Products With Vista

Overall, half of the users we surveyed had at least one program that wouldn't work under the new OS, while slightly more than a third of users surveyed reported at least one problem getting their hardware to work with Vista.

HardwareSoftware
Graphics adapter (38%)Antivirus (37%)
Sound card (28%)Firewall (17%)
Webcam (17%)Media player (17%)
Wi-Fi adapter (15%)System utility (15%)
Media card reader (10%)Browser (13%)


Pretty, but Not All That Fast

Vista's Aero environment, or interface, is far and away the biggest improvement over XP, users say. But only about half of those surveyed say Vista performs noticeably faster.

FeaturePercent that rated Vista much better than XPPercent that rated Vista somewhat better than XP
Interface5429
Security3239
Navigation3135
Networking3128
Performance2526


Full Survey Results

PC World heard from approximately 1000 Windows Vista early adopters about their experiences with the new operating system. We've put the full results of our survey into a PDF file, viewable with Adobe Reader.

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