Friday, April 28, 2017

An End to Vista



I was neither shocked or surprised to hear that Microsoft Vista support ended on April 11 2017.  Here is the link

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/22882/windows-vista-end-of-support

The life of Microsoft Vista was between 2007 and 2009.  So if you are using this for productive use today, some 8 years later you are both a terrible cheapskate and a little bit stupid.

Operating Systems develop,  new Security threats are found, so you owe it to yourself to stay at a reasonable current and supported level of software be it at the Operating System or Application level.

But I still use Vista!
Having said that I still use Microsoft Vista. But in a controlled and isolated form.  My excuses are:

- It's running, 32 bit mode inside a Virtual Machine
- It does not need, and has no Internet Access
- I paid for several licenses
- I only use it to run a Cromemco Cromix Emulator,  ZEMU.  It is of course documented here.  And though the emulator can run in many versions of Windows I have a clone-able Vista image I use for testing only.


So what was wrong with Vista?
Personally, and you may quote me, that relative to other Windows Versions, I found Vista quite acceptable.

- Aero interface: was fine
- A Standard Start menu
- 32bit and 64 bit variants
- .NET framework Programming Interface

To me,  as a licensed user with a powerful computer and decent Graphics, nothing was wrong with Vista, either functionally or from a reliability stance.

I mean compare it to the Tiled User Interface and Presentation of Universal Apps of Windows 8 and 10.  Yes well, the mis-step design issues it was famed for IMHO are smaller IMHO than current generation Windows :-)

I will Prove it!

Windows Vista Resource Toolkit

For so many years the Resource Toolkit was an impressively large Technical book and some companion programs to help you understand and make the most of your Windows Operating System. 

And when I bought this Vista Toolkit book in 2007 I realised the quality of the documentation had reached new heights.  At the risk of sending every reader into a coma I have the entire contents to share with you.  Ready to see what is in Vista really?

























So if nothing else, if you are still awake, I hope I convinced you that the Resource Kit at least is worth further investigation.



And Resource ToolKits?
The Resource toolkit was always the defacto technical way to dissect a new Windows release.  I suspect it gave the competition too many ideas.  The documentation was just that good.  You could read it and understand Microsoft's intentions in a flash, and then squabble about how it was actually implemented.


Today in 2017, Microsoft has rather given up on this documentation format.  I do note there was a Windows 7 Resource Kit but nothing more.  


And So
Vista, I realise your time for commercial use has been and gone.  If you are reading this Blogpost from an Internet connected Vista PC.  Stop immediately and upgrade :-)