View Full Version : Windows Vista Beta 1 Review & Screenshots

28-07-2005, 16:30:58

Great read, looks like it's heading in the right direction. As expected, all the hysteria a short 3 months ago about it being a "trainwreck" were a bit off.

The most surprising part of the review:
Surprisingly, Windows Vista Beta 1 is a speedy performer. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see statistics showing that it's already faster than XP on the same hardware. This is somewhat confusing to me, since early betas are generally not tuned for performance. Plus, Vista has an incredibly dense UI compared to UI. I'll be interested to see whether this changes over time.

That's inline with MS' claims of 50% faster boot time and 15% faster application load time.

Some screenshots (many more in the review):










Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
28-07-2005, 17:19:17
It's prettier than 3.11, I'll give it that. What about non-eyecandy?

28-07-2005, 19:03:21
Gah, it looks like the bastard child of XP and a Mac.

28-07-2005, 19:46:34
Yeah, so it's faster than XP with SP2.

Until it's had its own service packs added to crawl it down.

Will it then be faster than 2000K SP4? Probably not for gaming.

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
29-07-2005, 04:32:26
Hmmm. So, unless things have changed since the last update I read about Microsoft's plans, the gfx system is going to be included as an upgrade to XP, neither OS is going to get WinFS (at least as of release), and there's some third thing I can't remember that's not going in either.

So what IS new and groovy about it?

Sir Penguin
29-07-2005, 05:32:31
Monad isn't going to be in Vista either.


29-07-2005, 12:59:10
Good review, Beta1!

30-07-2005, 01:47:12
Vistas will have RSS support. The review noted some interesting GUI changes. Reducing default user privileges is a good thing. And the "No Add-on IE" will be easier to use than FTP for downloading Firefox after the machine has been compromised. Firefox can then be used to go get Hijack This, Ad-Aware, Spybot S&D, etc. :)

My thoughts on the security changes....

They're a step in the right direction. But. If any security feature is going to work, it has to get used. The Windows users I've seen in action during the years of 2000 and XP aren't as paranoid as they should be.

The security mechanisms of Unix are quite old compared to Windows ACLs, but they get used.