Originally Posted by Andy M.
It's not a matter of confusion at all. One doesn't have a choice! I can't buy a Dell or HP and specify the MAC OS. So when I complain about PC vs MAC, even though it's about software issues, they become hardware issues as well.
And I can't buy a MAC and specify Windows alone. But I can buy a PC and specify a different version of Windows, or Linux if I choose. So yea, you do have a choice, unlike with a MAC. So no, it isn't about hardware issues at all. It is strictly a software issues, and why continue to use software that does not work properly?
His problem is with his OS, the software. There are no hardware problems on his PC that he has indicated. But, instead of solving the OS or software problem and moving on, lesson learned with Vista, he still has it on there and continues to complain. IE engine light still on, no action being taken...
This is why Microsoft continues to try and make thier OS 'dummy proof', not because post people are dummies, but because most would seem to rather sit and complain endlessly than fix the problem. So they try and make it so the OS does it all for them, and instead it ends up making things worse.
Microsoft is using the end user as a debugger so they don't have to pay professional debuggers to check their software. They are doing this because the end user is letting them. If people moved away from windows, and their sales dipped drastically, they would change this practice and we would get a better product.
Kinda like the current gas prices, everyone complains but has anything been done? No, so what incentive do they have to stop the climb or even reverse it? None.
I am not argueing that the PC should not work right out of the box and do what it is supposed to do correctly without tons of work on my part. It should. But what I am pointing out is that his situation is different than yours.
You haven't bought your next laptop, he already has his. You have a choice you can make before
buying your next laptop. His choice now is sell it and get a MAC, or fix it and use it until he can afford a MAC, or just let it sit there so he has something to complain about...