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Concerns Rear Head As Vista Readied

Shipping its long-awaited Windows update may be the start, not the end, of Microsoft's Vista headaches. Broken applications, intrusive security features and hoggy hardware requirements have plenty of solution providers and potential Vista users complaining that they're not thrilled about the looming update.

"Maybe it will grow on me as I continue to test it, but for the first time in my career, I feel 'upgrading' to Windows Vista is somehow going backward," said Jack Harrington, a self-described die-hard Microsoft fan and corporate .Net developer.

Harrington's company is testing Vista because it will have to use the operating system on new PCs that come with it preinstalled, but he's unimpressed with what he's seen so far.

"In order to get the most out of [Vista], the hardware requirement is ridiculous," Harrington said. "Microsoft claims Vista is much more secure, but I see it as much more restrictive. It seems Microsoft will be more in control, and I will be less in control."

Because older PCs will have a hard time with Vista's resource requirements, the primary influx of Vista users will come through new PC sales, which Microsoft estimates at 225 million in 2007.

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