Thursday, April 12, 2007

Vista: Your Files Are Safe! NOT!

Windows Vista implements a new feature known as Shadow Copy, which creates copies of your personal files at regular intervals and allows you to revive them at will. Or so we all thought.

Unfortunately, while Vista Home Basic and Vista Home Premium versions do back up the files (taking up a significant amount of space on your hard disk), they won't let you see these files or bring them back to the land of the living. In other words, Vista guarantees the safety of your files, unless you actually want those files.


Can't have 'em. They're there, but unavailable to you, the user. I know, it sucks. That's what you get for skimping on your OS. You should have bought Vista Home Premium.

So this guy makes a suggestion: Vista Ransom Edition. You have to pay a small fee for each "rescue" of a file. Makes sense with Microsoft's current business model: suck 'em dry.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Rachel said...

Wow, is this for real? Is the "backup" done even if you don't want it?

You wonder if they even tested this thing. Personally, I hate the idea of tiered operating systems -- why not just give us the best you've got. Why try and upsell me, after I've bought your system?

You know, something like this really makes me wonder what they're thinking. I was just reading Shelly Palmer's essay on Media 3.0 -- "Cracked Windows" -- and it mademe wonder if this company is even needed anymore. With all the other options these days, why would I put up with this?

Rachel

Thursday, April 12, 2007 11:19:00 AM PST  
Blogger cquinn said...

I think you are wrong on a couple of comments.

The functionality for Shadow Copy is only available in Business, Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Vista, which is similar to the same feature from XP Pro and Windows Server 2003.

The function may still show up in Home Basic and Home Premium because the same technology is used to manage System Restore for those versions of Vista. The space used for these "previous versions" is like the recycle bin, it is released by the OS when other programs need to use the space; the oldest versions of a file saved are allowed to be overwritten first.

The idea of a tiered OS makes sense when you consider that the PC manufacturers sell tiered levels of hardware, and not everyone can afford the highest end systems.

Thursday, April 12, 2007 9:42:00 PM PST  
Blogger Cubex DE said...

Rachel: Lots of good points. Vista should not make the backups if you can't access them. Vista should be sold for no more than $150, and you should get every feature possible. And you're right: Windows has already been surpassed by other OSs. Microsoft is just playing catch-up at this point.

cquinn: The point remains, Shadow Copy is not accessible in the lower-tiered versions. Yet, it continues to make backups whenever you change a file. This is not the same as the recycle bin, which only saves a file after you "delete" it. Shadow Copy saves a backup with every change. I understand your point about System Restore, but the two should not be linked in this way: that was a design error on Microsoft's part. The point is, the backups should not exist if you can't access them.

About tiered OSs: Buy whatever hardware you want, and turn down visual effects if it can't handle them. Turn off the stuff you don't need to save system resources. The "tiers" don't use that much different amounts of system resources, it just offers different features as you move up.

Good feedback everyone.

Saturday, April 14, 2007 7:57:00 PM PST  

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