Thoughts on Vista from a non-computer person


Previously, I installed Vista on my home computer. Here are some comments from my wife. I found her feedback interesting because her usage patterns are closer to the average than mine are. She’s not a developer (would never use Visual Studio or write a .bat file), and her main computer usage is web browsing and Word.


Here was her list:



  1. My IE icon disappeared from the desktop

  2. I like the fish screen saver

  3. I like the little preview bubble that shows up when you put the arrow over the things in the taskbar.

  4. It was hard to figure out how to go up a folder (I miss the old “up” button) but then I found the new buttons and now it’s ok

  5. The desktop icons and icons in the folders are kind of big and clunky.  I liked them better littler.

  6. I like how some of the icons are no longer generic (now it shows a little picture of my photo as the icon, not just a generic folder)

  7. I like how when you move the mouse over a button it highlights it, even the little “close” x in the corner for example.

  8. It’s kind of cute that the frames are translucent, but whatever–i don’t really care.

I found it interesting that she hasn’t mentioned UAC yet. That means that she’s getting the security benefits without it apparently getting in the way.

Comments (2)

  1. Tim Dawson says:

    Or she turned them off because they were annoying 😉

  2. #7: Windows XP does this, I guess it is more discoverable in Vista, or else you had the classic windows theme turned on.