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Old 12-26-2009, 02:39 PM
 
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I was wondering, does anyone here think there will be a Windows Vista SP3? And no, Windows 7 is NOT Vista SP3, it is a refined version of Vista in a similar way to how XP was a refined version of 2000.

I think that such an update might be a good idea for those who currently cannot afford to upgrade to Windows 7 immediately. While I definitely think Windows 7 is a worthwhile upgrade, some may not be able to afford upgrading due to the economy, so a Vista SP3 might come in handy.
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Old 12-26-2009, 03:43 PM
 
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Not likely. With every other new version of Windows, there was some downside to upgrading, usually with respect to increased hardware requirements and loss of compatibility with old apps. So Microsoft has continued to support and update older operating systems even after new ones came out.

Windows 7 has changed that. Not only does it run better than its predecessor on the same hardware (a first in Microsoft land), it has better legacy support. There's no reason for anyone to choose Vista over Win7 when buying a new PC so there's less reason to keep upgrading Vista. The installed base of Vista machines out there is relatively small and Vista SP2 is good enough. Developing, deploying, and supporting an SP3 isn't going to accomplish much. It took forever for them to roll up 100+ updates into an SP3 for XP and XP's installed base was huge. Microsoft wants to close the book on Vista and in a couple of years there won't be many of them out there anyway.
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Old 12-27-2009, 07:23 AM
 
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I wouldn't be surprised to see it, there are people that will be staying with Vista and Microsoft knows that, so they need to continue supporting it, I'd put my money on 2010 or 2011.
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:12 PM
 
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A lot of the pressure for service packs for legacy operating systems comes from corporations with huge installed bases and no desire to upgrade to the current OS. Vista doesn't have that.
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:15 AM
 
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A lot of the pressure for service packs for legacy operating systems comes from corporations with huge installed bases and no desire to upgrade to the current OS. Vista doesn't have that.
We shall see
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:35 PM
 
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There's no reason for anyone to choose Vista over Win7 when buying a new PC so there's less reason to keep upgrading Vista.
Was down at Best Buy not long ago shopping for monitors and overheard one of the sales guys talking to an elderly couple who was considering buying a desktop. The man was clearly computer literate as he was asking questions about the specs and the OS, and wanted to know whether he should leave 7 on there or downgrade to Vista SP 2 as he'd heard it was superior. The Best Buy rep said (quote):

"They're the same OS. The only difference between 7 and Vista is that 7 looks nicer."

It was all I could do to not slap him. But the reason I tell you that story is that your statement above isn't true. There's a whole world of reasons to choose Vista over Windows 7, first and foremost of those is the use case, and I speak from direct IT experience.

If you're buying a beast of a machine - I'm talking some type of ASUS monster machine that will be used for hardcore gaming - Windows 7 isn't going to perform in line with the specs of the machine unless you disable desktop composition/Aero. It's not a terrible performance hit, but it's definitely noticeable compared to the performance of Vista on the same machine when you're scrolling through windows or trying to open apps or anything like that. Vista SP2 is light years beyond Windows 7 in almost every way except for UAC and the categories.

If you're just getting a netbook or some other low end PC (do those even exist anymore?), then Windows 7 is definitely going to win out over Vista, because 7 is designed to work well regardless of the base specs. 99% of the machines out today are going to run 7 Ultimate with no issues. But don't expect to do any sort of hardcore gaming on it without performance impacts.
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:40 PM
 
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I think you're the first person I've ever seen claim that Vista is better than Win7.
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:43 PM
 
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NO, Vista is ME, and M$ would love to be shed of supporting it. In never got a foot hold in the business world, and had to be crammed down the throats of consumers by simply refusing to sell XP any longer.
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Old 05-31-2010, 09:00 PM
 
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I think you're the first person I've ever seen claim that Vista is better than Win7.
Pay attention this time. I said Vista Service Pack 2 is superior to Windows 7, because it is. It also depends on your hardware. Vista isn't going to run on any netbook, period. 7 will. However, if you get a high end machine and throw 7 and Vista SP2 on it in a dual boot and do metrics you will easily see that Vista SP2 will run circles around Windows 7. It also has less security holes than 7 does because of the service packs.
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Old 05-31-2010, 09:21 PM
 
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Pay attention this time.
I was. You don't have to be a douche bag.
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