1. Too much nagging: Vista’s User Account Control (UAC), designed as a security feature to prevent security breaches, did its job a little too well. Its pop-up warnings, preceded by screen blackouts, appeared when users attempted even mundane tasks, such as setting the system clock. Newbies were scared; experts were annoyed. There were workarounds, of course, but most users didn’t bother. Windows 7 will be considerably less pesky.
3. You never liked my hardware: Users often grumbled about Vista’s lousy driver support, and industry analysts questioned the thoroughness of Microsoft’s driver-testing process. Will Windows 7 be any better? Some early testers have managed to get Win 7 running on decrepit, XP-era hardware, but not without the occasional driver glitch. Hopefully, Win 7’s trimmer code means it’ll run better than Vista on older PCs.
4. Blasé backup: Vista’s File Backup utility was too feeble. It wouldn’t let you backup specific files and folders, and it bypassed files it thought were part of the OS. Window’s 7 improved Backup Center correct these deficiencies, and also lets you backup to a network volume (but only in the Professional and Ultimate versions).
5. Too many garbage apps: Say, Vista users, when’s the last time you fired up Windows Movie Maker or Windows Mail? As every Windows user knows, apps bundled with the OS generally aren’t very good. As part of its slimmer, trimmer approach to Windows 7, Microsoft has left out these two lackluster utilities, as well as the equally forgettable Windows Photo Gallery. Still want them? Go to Windows Live Essentials. They’re free to download.