Microsoft Windows Vista is a Resource Hog

Microsoft Windows VistaMicrosoft Malaysia recently held a sneak peek of Windows Vista, Exchange 2007 and Office 2007. I was very excited in the beginning to learn what Microsoft had to offer with its new operating system. However, having sat through half a day of looking at the offerings, there was not much to shout about.

Apart from the rotating cascading screens and dockable “widgets”, there were no drastic changes or offerings that I can see from Vista – or maybe I wasn’t concentrating enough; well, you can’t blame me for feeling bored from the presentations that was given.

During break time, I went over to the demo booths and tried out the Vista. First thing I did was to check the Task Manager and had a look at the memory consumption — the RAM usage stood at 600MB when idle!! I cannot imagine how much RAM I would need if I were to upgrade to Vista and Office 2007 in order to use my computer productively.

From what I can observe and experience, I suppose RAM is not going to be the only issue. You will need to consider hard drive speed, graphics card and processor power as well since Vista seem to be very “graphical”. In short, I don’t see myself upgrading to Windows Vista in the near future but I would definitely consider Office 2007 simply because PowerPoint 2007 has many nice graphical features that I am looking for (SmartArt is an example).

[tags]Microsoft, Windows, Vista, resource[/tags]

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  1. Euroknite said,

    December 6, 2007 @ 7:06 am

    My friend bought a HP with Vista. Personally i find it stupid how every laptop now comes with vista. And its not that vista is extremely terrible but it will bring a computer down to its knees. And on top of that annoy the SHIT out of you with requests to allow programs to do this and this and that. The office version it has is confusing too. They should have kept it the way it was but maybe change around a few things. It is a real big resource hog, I uninstalled Vista off my friends computer and put XP media center edition onto it and it runs A LOT faster and smoother with less RAM usage. I find it stupid that they sell laptops that barely meet Vista’s requirements with Vista in the 1st place, its rediculous, the computer will run ok, for a little while but then once you get into gaming or other such things the computer will run horribly slow, even just loading up media player (Which is absolutely pathetic considering its just WMP you’re loading up). I’d recommend XP over Vista anyday. A lot of their new “features” are just redone. They’ve added some restrictions to software, some things don’t seem to be too compatible either. Thats just my 2 cents of exploring the OS. Not very impressed.

  2. Bill James said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 5:43 am

    I just got a new laptop with Vista on it for Christmas. I have been building and repairing computers for years now and am trying to keep an open mind towards this new operating system. So far I have been able to find ways to work around the system to attempt a more workable system but I must admit I would rather have XP hands down or even go back to W2K or even W98. I have disabled as many programs and reduced usage as possible. I don’t know what Microsoft had in mind when they designed it but as things are now I’m thinking of getting another copy of XP and installing another hard drive to make the unit run at a speed other than SLOOOOOOOOOOW and very inefficient. At this time it’s a lousy system in my opinion.

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  4. amos said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 10:43 pm

    More than a year have passed since I blogged about Microsoft Windows Vista and I finally installed my computer with the OS last night. So far, I am using the bare basic applications, so, touch wood, I’m still pretty OK.
    Speed wise, it’s quite a breeze for me and I found that surprising since I said myself that Vista is a resource hog. It helps when you are ready for Vista; I got my computer fixed with 4GB of RAM… 😀

  5. nirav said,

    June 11, 2008 @ 12:12 am

    bottom line, if you need/want vista make sure you have at least 2gig ram, core2duo example E6600, at least 250GB hard drive, 256MB graphics card. Which means preety new computer bought within last 1 year. If it’s older than that, just stick with winxp otherwise its not worth it.

  6. Cybersetan said,

    July 14, 2008 @ 9:40 pm

    Ughh… Vista sucks. Slow startups, slow response time etc….. As a result, I’ve changed back to xp (LastXP v.17) and is currently happy with it~ waaaaay faster than vista~

    by the way, I’m using a 2GB RAM PC + E6600 + a 7600GT.

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