Exposing Vista Myths and Making Deployments Easy


Perhaps easy in the title should be replaced with easier. After all, deploying a new desktop operating system is still not as simple as a mere push of a button and it's still not a job to give to your grade school nephew. Easy is a relative term. However, with each new desktop operating system, the tools available to aid in the roll out get better and less complicated to use. Accessible information to help with deployments is more in-depth and application compatibility can be tested more completely. Companies planning Vista deployments have many resources and tools available to them. Unfortunately, there are a number of erroneous beliefs about Vista floating around, from no hardware drivers being available to needing to wait for the first service pack to deployment being quite difficult.

In this podcast, I'm joined by Robert Geller, Windows Client Product Manager at Microsoft Canada, and Warren Shiau, a Senior Associate with The Strategic Counsel. We talk about common Vista deployment myths, tools that are available today and best practices to ensure a smooth deployment. The podcast is available in both mp3 and wma formats. For more information on this podcast series, check out the IT Manager Podcast web page.

Podcast Interview Time Index with Topics

MM:SS Topic
01:48 Vista adoption in the industry.
05:06 Is Windows XP SP2 good enough or are there reasons to move to Vista?
06:55 Will Vista save businesses money?
10:38 Is Vista deployment difficult?
12:23 Using Microsoft Partners.
13:18 Comparing Vista deployments to other desktop deployments.
14:51 Application compatibility in Vista.
15:29 Driver availability in Vista.
16:42 Tools that help with deployment.
19:29 How do IT professionals decide what security settings to turn on or off in Vista?
22:42 Windows Vista SP1 availability and impact.
25:25 More about Microsoft Partners and desktop deployment planning services.
26:23 Where to go for deployment information and resources.
26:53 Where to go for getting end users ready for Vista.
27:21 Where to get tips and tricks for deployment.
Comments (3)

  1. boe says:

    1 Myth #1 – Vista is as fast as XP

    Correction – file copies to and from disks, network drives can be up to 8 times slower – common thought is that it is copy protection that slows it down.

    2. Myth #2 – it is a third party app slowing down Vista

    Correction – even with the latest drivers, all AV, Firewall and TSRs turned off on a vanilla Vista set up – file copies can be 8 times slower on identical equipment compared to XP.

    3. Myth #3 – it is more secure

    Correction – the first thing any user does is turn off UAC to get rid of the annoying popups – that was the advanced security Vista included – You typed the letter T are you sure you wanted to do that?

    4. Myth #4 it – it is more intuitive.   I set up systems for several thousands of end users – anyone who insisted they needed Vista switched to the old classic menu system used since 98.   It might be more intuitive to 2 year olds and 80 year olds who have never used a PC – problem is not many of them tend to be in the workforce.

    5. Myth #5- Vista sales are up

    Correction – when you start at zero there is no place to go but up – but compared to XP sales, Vista is down and if you factor in how many people are "downgrading" on new PCs to XP from Vista – sales are going WAY DOWN.

  2. Ruth Morton says:

    Hi boe,

    Thanks for reading the blog and for your comments.

    The slower file copy is an issue that has been raised and is addressed in SP1, although I haven’t experienced the problem myself  and I’ve been using Vista for almost a year now.  I’ve also kept UAC turned on and even though I’m a power user and put Vista regularly through its paces, I don’t find the occasional confirmation pop-ups annoying. It’s actually somewhat reassuring.  However, I suppose that can be personal preference as well as your comment about the intuitiveness. What you’re actually speaking about is not necessarily whether it is intuitive or not, but rather that it is different. It’s always a challenge for people who are used to one way of doing something, to change and do it another way. Vista is actually more intuitive for new users, which you also point out. About Vista sales, it may be true that our biggest competitor is ourselves – we did a great job with XP SP2 – however, many corporations have already deployed or are in the planning stages to deploy Vista and are experiencing the associated cost savings (see the case study link below).

    Here are some links that may be helpful if you’re looking for more information on Vista adoption – who is deploying it, why they’re deploying it and how they’re getting it deployed:


    Windows Vista to Explode in 2008 – http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-Vista-to-Explode-in-2008-71021.shtml

    Vista Growth Surges as Corporate Adoption Kicks in – http://www.windowsitpro.com/Articles/ArticleID/97467/97467.html

    IT Adoption of Vista to Begin in 2008 – http://www.internetnews.com/ent-news/article.php/3711556

    Will 2008 be Vista’s Golden Year? – http://www.internetnews.com/ent-news/article.php/3707661

    Case Studies:

    200 Case Studies of Companies Who Have Rolled out Windows Vista – http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/search.aspx?ProTaxID=3049

    Deployment Information:

    Five Vista Adoption Gotcha’s and How to Get Beyond Them – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/bb905054.aspx

    How to Start a Windows Vista Pilot Deployment – http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsVista/en/library/a825cf2a-5248-4aa7-b8f5-a074339c729c1033.mspx?mfr=true

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