Report: Microsoft Windows Vista could drive users even more nuts than usual

“An annoying surprise awaits 2 million consumers expected to enthusiastically step forward in the next few weeks to help Microsoft test its new Windows Vista PC operating system. Volunteers will test Vista Beta 2, a near-final version of the much-hyped upgrade of Windows. The testing is the last step leading up to Vista’s broad consumer release, scheduled for January,” Byron Acohido reports for USA Today. “Beta 2 testers can expect to encounter an obtrusive security feature, called User Account Control (UAC). Designed to prevent intruders from performing harmful tasks, the feature grays out the computer screen, then prods you to confirm that you really want to do certain functions.”

Acohido reports, “In early test versions, the queries crop up so often that they interrupt routine tasks, such as changing the time clock or deleting shortcuts. And UAC sometimes triggers an endless loop of dialogue boxes that can be curtailed only by rebooting, says Paul Thurrott, news editor of Windows IT Pro magazine. ‘Microsoft completely botched UAC,’ Thurrott says. ‘It’s almost criminal in its insidiousness.'”

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  1. Great MDN take….

    Thing is, Microsoft will have to fix this before go live. Too bad it is cropping up in the Beta 2 test ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    If for some reason they do NOT tone it down before go live, they will face the same plauge of trojans and viruses as users resort to running in Administrator mode to avoid these windows.

  2. Next surprise: Vista code will allow one click switch to Mac OS when installed on Apple machine.

    And, get this… provide a big open pipe for all sorts of nasties that will eat up your Mac.

    Only better: Steve will beat Bill to the punch with Leopard – same one click wonder transfer between OSs.

    Just what we need.

    What’s really going on? Will somebody please file a lawsuit or something.

  3. Wow…and I though this was a Mac site. Turns out, it is a Sci-Fi site.

    Oh yeah Vista may also be shipped with a million dollar rebate to wipeout the purchasers home and credit card debt. And Vista may also be shipped in a kevlar box. Oh yeah Vista may also clear Acne from teens’ faces. Vista will return hair to thae bald. Vista will make it’s ugly users attracive to Super Models.

    If MDN doesn’t post these completely baseless claims with the same vigor that it posts M$’s baseless Vista hype, I will deem MDN fictionally incompetent. Why should my fictional baseless claims be less important that anyone elses? MDN…STOP POSTING HYPE about a fictional consumer OS that no consumer can buy. The difference between an M$ beta and the shipping version are huge as this 10+ year old joke illustrates:

    Bill Gates dies and is up at the pearly gates.

    St Peter: Well, you’ve got a choice. Have a look around here. Pop down to Hell and see what Satan has to offer. Check us out, and then let me know your decision.

    Bill has a look around heaven. Lots’s of somber people singing hymns, praising the Lord. He goes down to Hell. There are beautiful beaches, lots of sun, sand, attractive women. Long cool drinks that never get you drunk. He loves it. He goes back to St Peter.

    Gates: Look, I know you’re really doing good things here, but Hell seems more with it. More my kind of scene, you know what I mean? No hard feelings, but I pick Hell.

    St Peter: No worries. You’ve got it.

    Bill finds himself back in Hell, neck deep in fire and brimstone, suffering eternal torment. He can’t figure it out.

    Gates: Hey! St Peter! Where are the beautiful girls and long beaches and cool drinks?

    St Peter: Sorry if you got confused, That was just the beta version…

    That was about the big letdown called Win95. Now it will be about Vista. Do you guys get it yet? Post about the final product…DUH!

  4. oh boy the Microsoft computer phone tree is here. For option A click here, for option b click here…for option zzzzz click here ….for option a click here …………………the endless Microsoft loop

  5. I’m sure these things will all be ironed out by next January.

    Wait 8 months or so and you can have Vista in all its glory! Or get a Mac now out of sheer impatience. Is that a good reason?

    Vista will match Tiger feature for feature, and probably beat Tiger in some ways. And it can run your Windows stuff, which for 99% of the world, we already own.

    Worth waiting for.

  6. Vista always has, and always will suck. Why? Because it is basically Windows 95 with a clumsy ‘interface’ and the same old spaghetti code underneath.

    Has anybody seen WMP 11? Oh dear, some people actually think it is better than iTunes ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    Why do M$ use Tahoma for everything – I don’t even think I’ve got that font installed it is so ugly. Same old M$, TACKY!

  7. “Vista will match Tiger feature for feature, and probably beat Tiger in some ways.”

    This is true. Vista will beat Tiger in:
    -The number of viruses it will catch
    -The number of restarts required in any given day
    -The number of times you will be forced to reinstall it
    -The number of features blatanly ripped off from your competitor

    Anybody got anything else to add to the list?

    MDN MW: “except”; Except no substitutions. Get a Mac!

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