Sounds familiar. In another thread a while back I likened Windows Vista to NT4 and theri successors W2K Pro to Windows 7 (from the perspective of the product doing whaat it should for users). In other words, Vista and NT4 were Beta systems imo.
Equally, Milliemium was no change over W98SE, and XP was a slight improvement over W2K in some respects, but not in others. In fact, ME and XP is some ways had their own problems, possibly due to new ideas being thrown in.
So...the MS cycle is:
Beta Operating System (W95, NT, Vista)
Functional Operating System * (W98SE, W2K Pro, Win 7)
Prop Operating System ** (ME, XP, Win 8)
* After Service Pack 2 where applicable
** 'Prop' meaning it fills out the market for 2-3 years until the next Beta arrives.
So a single good product every twelve years (W98SE and W2K Pro were for different markets). On that basis we should be looking to get Windows 10 or 11 around the year 2022.
I'll be sticking with Vista until forced to change due to PC repair requirements, or when I have a new build. Vista is actually very workable, but it takes about two years to suss out all the things slowing down the system, by which point you're looking for an alternative. When will microsoft actually release a version with a step-by-step advanced installation, such as:
Do you use wireless or wired networking? Yes / No / Don't know
Do you use IPv6? Yes / No / Don't Know
Basically so folk can have a barebones setup, should they want it, rather than Gigabytes of bloated software and patches / fixes for things they don't use.
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Scottish Labour politician: “The SNP are on a very dangerous tack. What they are doing is trying to build up a situation in Scotland where the services are manifestly better than south of the border in a number of areas.”
Interviewer: ”Is that a bad thing?”
Scottish Labour politician: “No, but they are doing it deliberately.”