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WGA causes Trouble Again for Microsoft while Vista remains a Disappointment

It looks like Windows Genuine Crapvantage is causing trouble again for Microsoft. It seems it has been marking the Windows Vista and XP installations of many people as illegal, causing the operating systems to go into reduced functionality mode. This is not the first time this is happening, and many people, including me, have warned about the possibilities of these things happening. I can’t tell you how furious I would have been if I had to deal with my OS going into reduced functionality mode when I need to get things done. Fortunately, I won’t have to deal with this kind of stuff because there’s a nice crack available for Windows Vista activation (just search for the Vista Activator FF

Microsoft has disappointed a lot of people, including me, with Windows Vista. It’s a very mediocre OS release and has many issues. People are calling it the second Windows Me, and that’s exactly what it looks like. This is what the head of Acer thinks about it:

The head of Taiwan-based personal computer maker Acer, Gianfranco Lanci, hit out at Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system, saying that the “entire industry” was disappointed by it.

“The entire industry is disappointed by Windows Vista,” the head of the world’s fourth-biggest PC maker told the Financial Times Deutschland in its online edition on Monday.

Never before had a new version of Windows done so little to boost PC sales.

“And that’s not going to change in the second half of this year,” Lanci said.

“I really don’t think that someone has bought a new PC specifically for Vista,” he added.

“Stability is certainly a problem,” he said.

And when he says that the entire industry is disappointed by Vista, he’s not kidding:

Sales resulting from demand for Vista however are not as high as had been expected by some. A major memory producer, Samsung Electronics, said that the demand for memory chips due to the launch of Windows Vista had not materialised as expected. Charles Guo of JP Morgan said that major vendors were sceptical about the increased demand due to Vista so were prepared for potential disappointment.

Just ask Dell:

Amid significant customer demand in the United States, the computer maker said on Thursday that it has returned to offering the older Windows version as an option on some of its consumer PCs.

Starting immediately, Dell said it is adding XP Home and Professional as options on four Inspiron laptop models and two Dimension desktops.

And here’s more:

ALTHOUGH WE knew that Vista sales were mixed for Microsoft, according to Reuters there appears to be a drift backwards to XP.
The wire said that some consumers are seeking out machines equipped with the more compatible Windows XP and PC makers and retailers are re-introducing the OS into product lines. HP, Dell, Lenovo and Toshiba are all offering XP machines.

Craig Rabe, owner of the Computer Cafe, an independent computer store in Arlington, Massachusetts, said he received so many complaints about Vista he stopped selling machines loaded with the software.

This is something to be ashamed about. Think about it, Windows Vista is available and people still want a much older Windows XP. There’s even significant demand for it. Why is that? When you realize the many issues Vista has it becomes easy to understand. Issues such as incompatibility with many applications and hardware, difficulty to find good working drivers for certain hardware, the fact that it’s just bloated, works SO MUCH slower than Windows XP on the same hardware (simple file copy operations can take 5 times longer and even more, video and sound playback are much slower), uses more battery power and computer resources, is infected with loads of DRM crap and on top of that costs a fortune.

Microsoft has everything working against Vista right now, and with stupid unnecessary crap like Windows Genuine Crapvantage making things worse, they’re only hurting themselves even more for the long term. The product is mediocre at best, and they still insist on the extremely high prices. Isn’t that just suicide? They’re only making their suicide note even longer. I continue to see more people around me switching to Mac OS X and Linux, and I never thought I’d see the day where Microsoft was actually helping people to make the switch.


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