The Most Hated Windows Versions & Why They Were So Bad
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For some time, it’s been a joke that every other version of Windows is great. People liked Windows 98, hated ME, still love XP Why Windows XP Won't Be Going Away Anytime Soon Why Windows XP Won't Be Going Away Anytime Soon People cannot let go of Windows XP. In businesses and homes the world over, it will stick around. We spoke with three Windows XP users from different generations and backgrounds to find out why. Read More , abhorred Vista, clung to 7, ridiculed 8, and now for the most part enjoy Windows 10. This leads to many people staying on popular versions for as long as possible, while those who get stuck with an off version try to upgrade as soon as they can.

What we haven’t examined is why the “bad” versions of Windows were so hated. Let’s take a look at the three most hated Windows versions — Millennium Edition (ME), Vista, and 8 — and see what was so terrible about them.

Windows ME

This edition of Windows, often nicknamed the Mistake Edition, launched in late 2000 and was the last entry in the Windows 9x line.

ME’s Background

Windows 2000, launched earlier that year, was mainly intended for business use. Windows 98 was only a few years old, but XP was still in production and not ready for use. Microsoft wanted to launch a new consumer version of Windows to generate buzz; thus ME was born.

The short-term nature of Windows ME ended up hurting it badly. Because Microsoft rushed it to meet an arbitrary deadline, it ended up feeling incomplete and was an awkward bridge between the Windows 9x years Start Me Up - Windows 95 Turns 20 & Still Rocks Start Me Up - Windows 95 Turns 20 & Still Rocks 20 years ago the Rolling Stones cranked up "Start Me Up", and Windows 95 was born. We revisit history, discuss why Windows 95 was a big deal, and how it compares to Windows today. Read More and Windows XP.

ME was only sold for about a year, and XP became a smash hit when it released a year later. While Windows XP still has a 10 percent market share fifteen years later, ME isn’t even on the map. This speaks to how poorly folks received it.

ME in Everyday Use

On the software side, ME was basically Windows 98 with a few new features slapped on. However, some of these features, like System Restore, suffered from bugs. ME also removed the DOS mode present in Windows 98 and earlier that let users install older software.

Instead of a new and exciting version of internet Explorer Why You Should Upgrade To Internet Explorer 11 Now Why You Should Upgrade To Internet Explorer 11 Now Restoring Internet Explorer to a browser that people actually wanted to use was always going to be a hard road, but it's just possible that with Internet Explorer 11 this stage has been reached. Read More (IE), ME treated its users to the in-between IE 5.5. In those days, this was much more important. Windows and IE were tightly integrated, as IE had a big hand in Windows Explorer and other features. Additionally, other browsers Which Browser Is Best? Edge vs. Chrome vs. Opera vs. Firefox Which Browser Is Best? Edge vs. Chrome vs. Opera vs. Firefox The browser you're using right now may not be the best one for you. The browser arena changes so frequently that your conclusions from comparisons made last year may be completely wrong this year. Read More weren’t as prevalent as they are today, so having a lousy IE version likely had a hand in ME’s issues.

Prevalent throughout the operating system were crashes, slowness, and strange performance issues. People’s mileage varied, but most users experienced bugs and other annoyances that made the OS hard to use. Many users reported that when returning to their machines after a few minutes, just moving the mouse caused ME to crash.

We can attribute most of these problems to the aging Windows 9x architecture coupled with a rushed product that simply wasn’t ready for release. Windows ME was quickly replaced with the superior XP, and people never looked back.

Windows Vista

Those who never used Windows ME think of Windows Vista, released in early 2007, as the worst Windows version ever.

While Vista was also hated, it doesn’t have the same story as ME. Vista was actually much different from XP, so it didn’t bring any baggage with it like ME did. Because Windows XP had so many security problems Windows XP Security Risks: They're Real And Heading Your Way In 2014 Windows XP Security Risks: They're Real And Heading Your Way In 2014 Given the extensive coverage, you could easily think Windows XP end of support was just a hype. Sadly not. Without security updates, the aging operating system becomes a Trojan horse in your home or business. Read More , Microsoft focused on making Vista a more secure OS. In practice, this led to some of its many annoyances.

Are You Sure You Want to Do That?

Perhaps the most infamous problem introduced with Vista was User Account Control (UAC). This came to be because of a major security issue with Windows XP. Most software in XP required an admin account to work properly Windows Administrator Account: Everything You Need to Know Windows Administrator Account: Everything You Need to Know Starting with Windows Vista, the built-in Windows Administrator account is disabled by default. You can enable it, but do so at your own risk! We show you how. Read More , so Standard user accounts could do next to nothing. Thus, people were using admin accounts all the time, which isn’t safe.

To keep programs from running with administrative privileges willy-nilly, UAC prompts the user to confirm that they want to run Stop Annoying UAC Prompts - How To Create A User Account Control Whitelist [Windows] Stop Annoying UAC Prompts - How To Create A User Account Control Whitelist [Windows] Ever since Vista, we Windows users have been pestered, bugged, annoyed, and tired of the User Account Control (UAC) prompt telling us a program is starting up that we intentionally launched. Sure, it has improved,... Read More a program that could make changes to their computer. It’s still present (and greatly toned down) in every version of Windows since Vista, but it was overwhelming in its initial state. It seemed that every time you clicked an icon, you had to confirm something.

Apple mocked this and other Vista problems in its famous ads An Apple (Ad) A Day: Top Ten Commercials You’re Likely To Remember An Apple (Ad) A Day: Top Ten Commercials You’re Likely To Remember Apple is a company that you either love or hate; there's very little middle ground. This is because you either buy into the company and its culture or reject it outright. Seeing as I don't... Read More , which certainly had a hand in the public view of Vista.

Compatibility and Hardware Problems

Vista also required much beefier hardware to run than XP. This makes sense, since it launched six years later and had more features. However, Microsoft ran into issue with PC manufacturers. Despite Vista running horribly 4 Tips to Speed Up Your Windows Vista PC 4 Tips to Speed Up Your Windows Vista PC Read More on low-end machines, it still placed “Compatible with Windows Vista” stickers on computers that barely met the minimum requirements. This led to people becoming frustrated with their new machine’s sluggish performance.

Finally, Vista came with lots of compatibility issues. To work on the security problems of XP, Microsoft changed the driver model to make the system much more stable. This greatly cut down on the number of blue screens Why Does Windows Crash? The Top 10 Reasons Why Does Windows Crash? The Top 10 Reasons Oh, great. Another blue screen, boot issue or frozen screen in Windows. Now you have to restart and lose most or all of the work you’d been trying to accomplish. It’s frustrating both because of... Read More , and Vista was able to recover from graphics driver crashes that would have taken down XP.

Since these changes were significant, they also resulted in a learning period for developers. Older drivers also didn’t work under the new model, so many people trying to use old software or devices found that they didn’t work or crashed.

It’s clear that many of the problems in Vista arose from necessary changes from XP. Vista became a testing ground for these changes. Just two years later in 2009, Microsoft released Windows 7. Windows 7 is what Vista should have been and fixed the majority of the problems it had.

Windows 8

Windows 8, which released in 2012, is still fresh in most people’s minds The Windows 8 Guide The Windows 8 Guide This Windows 8 guide outlines everything new about Windows 8, from the tablet-like start screen to the new "app" concept to the familiar desktop mode. Read More . Let’s review why 8 got so much hate.

For most people, the big problem with Windows 8 was that it changed so much for no reason. Windows 7 was only three years old, and people still loved it. After the rocky Vista, it was refreshing to have an OS that not only looked great, but was rock-solid and fast as well. Ignoring all this, Microsoft followed its vision for a multi-device OS and Windows 8 got rid of the Start Menu, a Windows staple since the 90s.

That was only the beginning of the issues, however. Windows 8 introduced the Windows Store, an attempt to have a central location for downloading Windows software. However, it quickly became filled with garbage Don't Be Fooled! 5 Tips To Avoid Fake Apps In The Windows Store Don't Be Fooled! 5 Tips To Avoid Fake Apps In The Windows Store The Windows Store has been spoiled by useless junkware and scams. Microsoft recently purged many fake apps, but the store still features questionable apps. We show you how not to get scammed. Read More , and most people knew where to download the best Windows software The Best Windows Software The Best Windows Software Windows is swimming in a sea of free applications. Which ones can you trust and which ones are the best? If you're unsure or need to solve a specific task, consult this list. Read More already. Windows 8 also included some Modern apps that confusingly duplicated normal software’s functionality Desktop vs. Windows Store Apps: Which Should You Download? Desktop vs. Windows Store Apps: Which Should You Download? On Windows 10 and 8.1, you can either download and install a Desktop applications from the web, or you can get an app from the Windows Store. We explore the differences between Desktop and Store... Read More .

Windows 8 suffered from a split personality. The traditional desktop, almost copied and pasted from Windows 7 minus the Start Menu, was still present. However, it was clear that Microsoft wanted you to get invested in the new Modern apps The Best Windows 10 Apps The Best Windows 10 Apps Windows 10 Store apps have come a long way. Meanwhile, you can choose from a considerable selection, free and paid. We have picked out the ones worth your while. Read More .

You Want Touch Screens, Right?

These Modern (or Metro) apps were aggravating. Apps on smartphones make sense because they’re more efficient than mobile websites. Websites are already built to cater to desktop and laptop browsers, so apps weren’t a fit.

Changing settings required finding whether your desired option was in the new Settings app or in the old Control Panel. Opening a picture on your desktop could send you into the Photos app, totally breaking your chain of thought.

Though nobody wanted it, Windows 8 also prioritized touch screens 5 Ways to Add Touch to a Windows 8 Computer 5 Ways to Add Touch to a Windows 8 Computer Windows 8's Start screen and "Modern" apps can feel awkward to use on a non-touch PC, but they really start to make sense when paired with a touch PC. If you're not ready to go... Read More over sensible user interface design. Features like the Charms bar activated by swiping the side of a touch screen Everything You Need To Know About Windows 8 Swipe Gestures On A Laptop Everything You Need To Know About Windows 8 Swipe Gestures On A Laptop With the introduction of Windows 8, a lot of brand-new touch-friendly features have been added to make the operating system enjoyable to use on touch-enabled devices. However, for typical laptops which only have touchpads for... Read More , but those without a touch screen had to use awkward mouse gestures. When the OS launched, people panicked because they couldn’t even figure out how to shut down the computer How To Shut Down Windows 8 How To Shut Down Windows 8 Windows 8 brings the biggest changes to the familiar Windows interface since Windows 95. The Shut Down option isn’t where you’d expect to find it – in fact, the entire classic Start menu and Start... Read More .

In the end, Windows 8 shows that mobile and desktop user needs are quite different Why A Windows 8 Tablet Cannot Completely Replace A PC Why A Windows 8 Tablet Cannot Completely Replace A PC A Windows 8 tablet can theoretically replace your beefy desktop computer, cut your electricity bill, and let you work from anywhere; except that it can't. Hear the pros and cons from someone who tried it. Read More . We can’t ever be sure how Microsoft thought that Windows 8 was a good idea. It did release Windows 8.1 to correct some of the issues with Windows 8, and while it’s nowhere near perfect Easily Fix These Common Windows 8.1 Frustrations Easily Fix These Common Windows 8.1 Frustrations Windows 8.1 can be frustrating, not just because of how different it is. We're talking about blurry text, laggy mouse pointers, touchpad issues, and SecureBoot problems -- typical Windows annoyances. Here's how to fix them. Read More , 8.1 is a more usable OS. Microsoft has already dropped support for Windows 8, so everyone should upgrade Why to Upgrade Windows at the End of Extended Support Why to Upgrade Windows at the End of Extended Support Eventually, support for every Windows version expires, leaving PCs full of holes, entry points for malware, and opportunities for hackers. Windows 8 recently reached end of support status - we show you why and how... Read More .

Which Versions of Windows Did You Hate?

Thankfully, we’re in a pretty good pocket of Windows versions now. Many people are still running smoothly on Windows 7, those who hated Windows 8 could upgrade to Windows 10 free Missed the Free Windows 10 Upgrade? Psst, Here's a Backdoor! Missed the Free Windows 10 Upgrade? Psst, Here's a Backdoor! The upgrade to Windows 10 remains free for users who depend on assistive technologies. However, Microsoft doesn't check whether you really do. We show you how you can use this backdoor to get Windows 10. Read More , and Windows 10 is pretty great 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 Windows 10 is coming on July 29. Is it worth upgrading for free? If you are looking forward to Cortana, state of the art gaming, or better support for hybrid devices - yes, definitely! And... Read More . Since Windows 10 is supposedly the last version of the OS, Microsoft might have finally broken the cycle of good/bad.

No version of Windows is perfect, of course, and there are things that annoy us about Windows 10 7 Things That Really Annoy Us About Windows 10 7 Things That Really Annoy Us About Windows 10 It's not a secret that Windows 10 isn't perfect. Cortana borders on being intrusive, mandatory updates can cause issues, and much appears half-baked. We present our top 7 of most glaring Windows 10 annoyances. Read More , too.

Which version of Windows was your least favorite? Tell us your worst Windows ME, Vista, or 8 stories below!

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  1. UnaulindVII
    September 4, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Windows 10 is the worst...
    Back when I used it in 2015, it takes over 5 minutes to boot, takes long to open the friggin' Start Menu, and Flash Player always crashed in Firefox.
    I don't like the fact that it has telemetry, always phones home to microsoft, shoves updates down your throat, is slow whenand needs updating every 6 months. Also the UI makes it look like "Windows 10 years ago".
    It is an absolute pile of rubbish.
    Plenty of people have lost their work, college degree, and time all because Windows 10 forced an update. This made me think that the best way to run Windows 10 is to run it as a VM guest in a Linux host, with no Internet access given to the VM.

    WIndows 10 isn't Windows anymore. Whenever I use it, I wonder if it's even Windows I'm using... And when it first came out back in 2015, I actually believed it was a hoax, and not really an operating system.

    DirectX 12? Yeah, thanks, but no thanks. DirectX 11 still gives me picture quality that never fails to amaze me. UWP? Don't get me started...

    I plan to stick with my Windows 8.1 (it's actually my favorite OS, but Metro is NOT the reason why, you can ask me that later) even beyond January 2023. And after that I'll move to Linux and see how things turn out, since I've sworn never to touch Windows 10 ever again.

    What I hate more than Windows 10 is the fact there are no graphics drivers for Windows 7 and 8.1 for newer Intel chipsets. I run a 7th Gen Kaby Lake laptop and I had to use an inf hack to get Intel HD Graphics to work. But as for 8th Gen Coffee Lake, Intel UHD Graphics simply won't install. I find it CRAZY. I mean, come on man, you still support Windows 8.1 until 2023, so why no drivers?

    New hardware is incompatible? Well, when this Kaby Lake laptop running Windows 8.1 that I'm typing on breaks, I'll get a used Haswell, Skylake, or Kaby Lake. I consider computers that don't support those OSes defective or "Linux-only".

    We should petition to Intel to release a graphics driver for Coffee Lake and later processors!

  2. roastedwookie
    August 24, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Windows 10 is a complete junk. Talking about bad quality in Windows Vista..well that same bad quality is here. Dull design, buggy updates that cannot be controlled and the same junk yard app store...a complete wreck

    • UnaulindVII
      September 4, 2018 at 8:53 am

      I couldn't agree more! But what's worse than Windows 10 is the fact that newer chipsets don't support Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.

      I bought a Kaby Lake laptop instead of Coffee Lake due to driver problems, and plan to stick with it for years to come. If this one dies, I will replace it with a used Haswell/Skylake/Kaby Lake laptop

  3. T
    June 14, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    Windows 10 for sure!

    Thanks to Win10 I am mostly using my personal laptop at work with dualboot Linux and Windows 7.

    Meanwhile the company laptop with Windows 10 is busy doing 1hour long updates containing random bleuscreens...

    I have even noticed the LAN network card disabling itself when there are updates available. Enabling it won't work, a full reboot is required forcing those updates.

    If it keeps on evolving like this, I am going full Linux...

  4. Tom Hartzell
    April 27, 2018 at 4:50 am

    The absolutely worst version of windows is Win 10. I downloaded it on Win7... and to reformat my HD to totally remove it. I thought it so bad that I went to SUSE Linux. I still use my great Win7 system for specific windows software. And yes, I still have an XP computer with software that will not run on newer OS.

  5. Truelitistnot
    January 26, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Windows 10 is pretty horrid. It is certainly on my bad list.

    • Ski
      February 8, 2018 at 10:55 am

      Extremely true!

    • Ski
      February 8, 2018 at 10:55 am

      True! Windows 8.1 is awesome!

    • roastedwookie
      August 24, 2018 at 10:50 am

      Yep, true.

  6. Josh Miller
    January 24, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Windows xp was my most hated. nothing but blue screens and "not responding" programs. i can safely say that 7 was the upmost best. 10 is awful as well.

  7. Tree
    January 4, 2018 at 8:55 am

    I just bought a new computer which runs 10, my old comp ran 7, which I loved. I hate 10, it feels too cluttered (I have ADHD and it doesn't need to be exacerbated by all the flashy useless garbage that they throw at me with 10). I feel that Microsoft abandoned what worked, an interface that was intuitive and streamlined, for something that is flashy, cluttered, and less user friendly-a veritable rainbow-riot. My computer isn't a touch screen which may be contributing to my distaste for 10, but I really wish that Microsoft had decided to stay with what worked at least for those of us who don't have touch screens. In all honestly, in my opinion at least, 10 was a waste of money.

    • roastedwookie
      August 24, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Windows 10 is worse on touch screens than windows 8...much worse. The tablet mode is a pathetic attempt in continuing the touch friendly UI concept.

  8. PropWindows
    December 20, 2017 at 2:01 am

    The Windows Vista I Have To Say Was The Worst Well Because Well Admin Accounts Are NOT Safe Well First It Has Way To Many Holes With It And I Think That’s My Reason For The Worst

  9. Ihatewindows
    December 11, 2017 at 5:58 am

    I bought a mac but am forced to use bootcamp to allow me to run windows to run certain programs. Im very tech savvy and young so i know my way around a computer. I have to say that windows is the single worst operating system i have ever used in my life. It pains me to see the windows symbol while opening my Mac. I just love how it will randomly restart in the middle of the night when i had important internet pages and illustrator files open for class and have to go find them again. Bottom line is that windows is a huge f-ing inconvenience.

  10. Matt
    May 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    To further split some hairs and preserve the version alternation going backwards....
    Windows 98 SE was great, 98 First edition was hate, 95 OSR2 was great (the first to sensibly manage large drives with FAT32) while 95 was hate compared to the pinnacle of the DOS+Windows line, Windows 3.11 (after the "hate" of 3.0, which would deliver a fatal UAE - Unrecoverable Application Error whenever it felt like it).

    One tale of ye old Win95, a friend had a hard disk that was just a few MB over the 1GB size, and I actually got more space out of it by using a partition changer to snip it down a little and change cluster from 32k to 16k.
    In another case, I got quite a bit of space back on another machine (OSR2) by converting to FAT32 - and then immediately defragmented to congeal the space which would otherwise have been scattered 4k holes all over the place

  11. David Bobb
    March 31, 2017 at 5:07 am

    I'd have to say Vista, due to having sluggish performance (it was 'bloated' at the time when lower-end machines did not have the specs to run it reasonably well) and didn't really offer much over Windows XP.

    That said, i'm becoming increasingly annoyed with Win10. Not only have I had to deal with compatibility problems with some legacy apps (a given, for a new OS) but also spontaneous unasked-for update reboots, in-OS advertising (for Edge, Dropbox), MULTIPLE machines that have been rendered unusable after automatic updates, and some UX issues here and there (such as Windows Search and Printer setup having watered down functionality).

  12. jack
    March 19, 2017 at 1:15 am

    i use 8.1 it was bad with the start screen but i got classic shell my worst version of windows is 10 once i upgraded my pc wouldn't turn on i am pretty sure it was a corrupt download (during free upgrade period) but still i don't trust it

  13. Phil N
    February 6, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Vista was a great version. The problem wasn't the OS it was people getting to run it on old hardware when it was designed for current gen hardware. Win8 is one of the best versions ever. It's a real shame they had to step it back in 10 just because some morons had knee-jerk reactions to something different.

    • Ski
      February 8, 2018 at 10:57 am

      Yes, Phil. That's my opinion too!

    • Ski
      February 8, 2018 at 10:57 am

      True, Phil! I agree!

  14. Phil N
    December 4, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Vista was really nice once you turned off UAC. ME was "meh". Consumer version of Win 2000. Win8 was pretty much the 2nd best version they've released. 10 being the best of course.

    • Gordon47
      October 17, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Nobody cares about your stupid Vista love. Most of us hate it, it was terrible, slow, spent too much time protecting the computer from its user than real threats. Windows 7 is everything it failed to be, and Vista was a total disaster. Its hilarious yo had time to reply to almost everyone here (you have almost half otf the total 24 comments here) with the same rant t"that you liked Vista". We dont, we saw better than Vista before it came (Win 2000 was my most fav pre Vista OS), and we saw better than Vista after it came (Win 7 is the best), so stick to your now obsolete crappiest OS ever, bt no one else gives the slightest damn about what you think or how many time you keep commenting to try to prove your baseless point!

      • henry Who
        April 22, 2018 at 12:50 am

        Vista was not voted the WORST OS on any platform for no reason. It sucked at EVERY level. It used too much RAM, is was slow, it was unstable and BLOODY annoying.
        Vista caused thousands of users to drop Windoze and buy crApple instead. Poor bastards should have have just gone back to XP and waited.
        I'll be running Windoze "7" until on my Windoze machines until I can get rid of Windows completely and use just Linux.

  15. x
    December 4, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Pointless article...

    • HenryWho
      April 21, 2018 at 12:36 am

      More important it is not very accurate. Windows 98se was the best version of Windows at that time. MircoSnot had released Win2000 but the uptake was slow. People liked 98 and were sticking with it. So MicroSnot released a DELIBERATELY dodgy version of windows that had the "98" name and the "2000" look. Because it was called "98" people looked at it as an UPDATE to there beloved version and installed it. Most liked the new "2000 look" but found their machine too unstable to use and so the uptake of Windoze 2000 improved.
      Now Windows "7" is by far the best version .. or is it. There is in fact no Windows 7, it does not exist. The so called windows 7 is in fact nothing more than what "Vista" was supposed to be. Windows Vista is Version 6 of Windows.
      Windows "7" is version 6.1, yes check it for yourself. Windows "7" is just Vista (repaired). Vista was was rushed to the market before it was complete because MicroSnot was getting so much flack about the endless delays for the release of their new OS. By the time MicroSnot finished Vista properly "Vista" had such a bad name that they couldn't call it Vista with SP? or even Vista V2. So they called it 7.

      Windows 8 is hated for good reason, change for the sake of change alone.

      The needs of the Desktop user are indeed different to those of the tablet user and the simple fact is that a correctly set-up desktop environment is so much quicker and easier to use than a touch screen environment. Touch screen Desktop computers are just stupid.
      Windows 10.... well the Evil Empire tries again. MicroSnot want more money, information and power, so software as a service is their way forward. THEIR way forward! not yours as a user. SAAS ( Software As A Service) is pure Evil and has no Pro's for the end-user only Con's.
      End users will pay more and get less. A win-win for the service provider and lose-lose for the user. Stop buying into the hype, slow down your brain and THINK for yourself about it. There is NO way for end users to be better off with SAAS.
      Aside from that Windoze 10 is just horrible to try and use and as slow as a month of rainy weekends.

      Ive been in the IT industry professionally for over 30 years and was an enthusiast long before that. I've lived the consumer computer industry from the beginning, that's why I use Debian Linux for all serious work and have Android powered touch screen devices. When it comes to phones/Tablets you only have two choices, the Evil Google empire or the even more EVIL crApple. So the lesser evil wins. Why, do you think, it is that MicroSnot can not get, even a foothold, in the Phone Tablet market. Android is more stable, faster and EASIER to use!. Girls, because they think it looks pretty, and those who don't know what they are doing, buy crApple. Everyone else buys something else and and for phones and Tablets Windoze just doesn't cut it.

      Windoze 10 is basically being forced on new PC buyers. Some machines simply don't have "7" compatible drivers, so you can't upgrade from 10 back to "7", yes "upgrade back".

      To sum up: If you must use Windoze, stick with "7" for as long as you can! The future for Windows users is just sad.
      Get a Linux computer. The linux OS is free, as is most of the software, and not that hard to use if you install the "Mate Desktop Environment".

      Hey my Linux computer does not have VLC installed, easy, use the GUI and type VLC and a couple of clicks later it's installed or even easier open a CLI (Command Line Interface) and type "apt-get install VLC". No need to leave your Desktop environment and head to the WWW to "find" software. Linux comes with an already ready to use MASSIVE database of software that is a simple command or a few mouse clicks away from getting installed.

  16. littlemuch
    December 4, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Windows Vista doesn't that much hate IMO. Just like the article states, it's released way ahead of its time, developers and manufacturers aren't ready yet for that kind of change for the better. It helped pave the way for Windows 7 though. Imagine if we all resist the changes brought by Vista, 7 wouldn't fare that much better.

    • Phil N
      December 4, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Same goes for 8. 8's biggest problem was that it was designed for current hardware and people kept installing it on 5 year old computers.

      • Bruce Epper
        December 4, 2016 at 7:37 pm

        Nope. The biggest problem with 8 was the fact it was designed for touch devices and completely ignored the fact most people were not using Windows on touch-enabled devices. The overall usability factor was abhorrent.

  17. Donna
    December 3, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I used Vista at work for a while and it was terrible. Slower than a wet week, it also threw a fit each time there were updates so I was always having to restore it to the previous version, which didn't always work. Ghastly!

    I'm pleasantly surprised windows 10 which thus far is proving mare stable than my beloved windows 7

  18. Sliddy
    December 3, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Been running Vista since 2008. Never really saw what the issue was. Sure the questions were a little annoying but meh, there's worse things in life to get your panties in a wad about. Finally upgrading this year though.

    • Phil N
      December 4, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      I bought my laptop when Vista was out. It still runs Vista and it's great. Just had to turn off the UAC questions.

  19. LooneyTunes
    December 3, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Not keen on apps at all on my desktop and laptop non-touch computers. They are just fussy programs when programs worked fine and faster loading.
    Vista was horrible while Windows 7 tops all.

    • Phil N
      December 4, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      I enjoy apps but if you don't like them you don't have to install them.

  20. Marty Monroe
    November 30, 2016 at 8:58 am

    "and XP became a smash hit when it released a year later"
    XP became a smash because ME was carp, but to be perfectly honest XP was pants until SP1. Many businesses stuck with 2000 until XP SP1 was available.

    "and now for the most part enjoy Windows 10."
    I wouldn't say that - most users have W10 forced upon them because XP and W7 are end of life. Users don't like the nonsense that constantly appears in W10 without us changing config. Did users really ask for Candy Crush, popup ads, Cortana, etc?

    • Phil N
      December 4, 2016 at 7:06 pm

      Nobody had 10 forced on them. Of course it's the best version released so you'd be crazy to not install it. Especially when it was free.

      • Tina Sieber
        December 5, 2016 at 2:11 pm

        "Nobody had 10 forced on them." That statement is debatable. Some people sued Microsoft for the misleading upgrade process, which had them wake up to Windows 10 one day, and they won.

      • Josh Miller
        January 24, 2018 at 12:36 am

        Windows 10 is worse than XP was, and believe me, I HATED XP. vista was good, but laggy, and 7 is the very best. I HATE 10.

    • Bruce Epper
      December 4, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      SP1 was still borking systems. Most businesses I worked with didn't make the move until SP1a.

      One of Microsoft's biggest mistakes with 10 is carrying over the idea of multiple locations for settings from 8. Either keep it all in the Control Panel or move it all into Settings. Skip the bipolar crap.

      • Tina Sieber
        December 5, 2016 at 2:08 pm

        They had to release something and they weren't done moving the Control Panel to Settings. Now they're taking their sweet time with it.

        With every new Insider Preview version, some more settings disappear from the Control Panel. Most recently, the Control Panel itself disappeared as an option from the Power User Menu.

  21. AdaptivePC
    November 30, 2016 at 3:06 am

    This just made me think about the hard drive thrashing issue in Vista the hard drive was always working hard on something for no apparent good reason.In addition I always had to turn off indexing and shadow copy to fix this major flaw.

  22. Ancient One
    November 29, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Microsoft BOB.

    • Phil N
      December 4, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Yes it was horrible, but it wasn't Windows.

  23. Doc
    November 29, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    [Windows] "ME also removed the DOS mode present in Windows 98 and earlier that let users install older software."
    Um, no, it only removed the ability to *boot* to DOS mode. Windows 9x's "" windowed command line would let you easily install anything DOS could (famously, Duke Nukem 3D was one of the first games to boast installing and running from Windows *or* DOS), as well as the ability to install and run almost any DOS program or game.