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Funny Anti-Vista Video; Microsoft Sucks Bandwidth

November 27th, 2007

Earlier this morning, I received an email with a link to a funny video from BlimpTV.net. It is a parody advertisement for Microsoft’s Vista operating system that details the many problems and frustrations that users have had to deal with regarding this latest version of “bloatware”. Fortunately, our household never bought into the hype around Vista and has stayed with XP, which is a good thing because it has probably saved me lots time and headaches.

It seems that most of this site’s visitors have also elected to stay away from Vista. According to my traffic statistics, only 7.7% are known Vista users compared to 61.3% for XP. Here are the full stats on operating systems, with the video posted below between the blue lines:

Windows 84.4%

  1. Windows XP 61.3%

  2. Windows NT 9.3%
  3. Windows Vista 7.7%
  4. Windows 2000 2.4%
  5. Windows Server 2003 2.3%
  6. Windows 98 0.6%
  7. Windows NT 4.0 0.4%
  8. Windows ME 0.2%
  9. Windows 95 0.2%
  10. Windows XP 64 bit less than 0.1%
  11. Windows CE less than 0.1%

Others 3.8%

  1. Mac OS X 1.5%
  2. Mac OS less than 0.1%
  3. Ubuntu Linux 1.3%
  4. Linux 0.4%
  5. SuSE Linux 0.3%
  6. Fedora Linux 0.2%
  7. Debian GNU/Linux 0.1%
  8. FreeBSD less than 0.1%
  9. Palm OS less than 0.1%

Unknown 11.8%

Meanwhile, in other “Microsoft sucks” news, alpha69 at spawnpoint.com has discovered that most Microsoft operating systems will reserve about 20% of our Internet bandwidth for themselves by default. Not having previously researched these kinds of issues in detail, this little tidbit caught me by surprise. Fortunately, there is a workaround for this that will allow us to reclaim this “reserved” bandwidth and improve connection and download speeds.

For XP Home and Vista Home systems, the solution is relatively simple: Go to your Start menu, click Control Panel >> Network Connections, find your connection, right click on it, and select “Properties”. From here you should see a box that says “QoS Packet Scheduler”. To reclaim the bandwidth, all you need to do is uncheck that box and click “OK” to save the settings.

For all other Windows systems: Go to Start menu >> Run, then enter gpedit.msc to open the group policy editor. From here, go to: Local Computer Policy >> Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Network >> QOS Packet Scheduler >> Limit Reservable Bandwidth.

If you double click on “Limit Reservable Bandwidth”, you can view a description of the default bandwidth setting under the “Explain” tab. You can then override this default setting by enabling the reservable bandwidth and setting it to zero. This should free up your total available bandwidth for surfing and downloads.

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