Vista Class-Action Lawsuit

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by rs7, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. rs7 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2008
    Hi. I read today about a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft saying machines were "Vista Capable". I don't know if mine would count, because though it did meet specifications, it didn't have the "Vista Capable" sticker (it was bought before the campaign). I know that class-action lawsuits sometimes set up websites where affected people can sign up. Does a website exist for it? Or would it not be up until a ruling is made?

  2. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
    Have you tried to run vista on your computer?

    even if you could get something out of the lawsuit it wouldn't be much. $5-$10 max is my guess. More trouble than it's worth if you ask me.
  3. rs7 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2008
    Not just parents installed it on their computer (Dell). It made it unbelievably slow and something froze every minute.
  4. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    If it wasn't Vista Capable Certified then you're out of luck, sorry.
  5. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    OP, you are NOT qualified, as your computer do not have a Vista Capable sticker.
  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Funny how people got pissed at Apple because Apple redid their specs last minute to s-can the machines that were included in the pre-release specs that did not run acceptably fast.

    Really surprised there wasn't a class action over that change. :eek:


    Seems you are damned if you include machines or exclude them these days.
  7. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Some machines were Vista Capable Certified Home Edition. :D
  8. gilkisson macrumors 65816


    Saw an article on Computerworld this morning related to this. Seems some emails between several MS-ers were concerned about the difference between "vista capable", "vista ready" and the definition of "premium experience:

    A more pointed portion of that article, which refers to WSJ columnist Walter Mossberg:

    This is all way back in October 2005. What MS did NOT want to do was allow anyone to compare OSX to Vista.

    Here's the link
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    It seems to me, not quite. The big difference between Apple and MS is that Apple does not generally offer computers as being upgrade capable, nor of course does it license others to do so. It's not the same when you pore through tech information that's posted on fan sites or misinterpret developer information that was never a promise of release specs, than if you're a customer who goes to a store and sees a computer with a Microsoft-supplied sticker on it that says it'll run their next OS release.

    Assuming that MS indicated explicitly to these OEMs that a certain hardware level would be officially supported in Vista, and the OEMs properly complied with the MS guidelines in their products carrying the label, then yeah, MS is at fault. If this didn't happen, but the vendors specified the computers as Vista capable without doing their legwork, they might be at fault themselves (and not MS).

    Seems like a prima facie case....

    OTOH, when has there ever been a time when you could buy a computer that ran an MS OS and then expect to have a good result upgrading? I have some basic sympathy with customers, but history is against them. When XP came out, it was a total zoo as to whether or not it would run on a computer made the previous year, also. I had borrowed a Compaq desktop from my parents and it was quite insane -- there would be very similar model variants, and these three would be supported and those two would not, with no clear pattern (but based on drivers, of course).

    P.S. When you post a thread like this, please provide a link to an article on the topic...

    EDIT: Here's one.

    EDIT2: Oh... if this case is not about the issue of computers that would not install Vista at all, but purely about the issue of computers that only ran Vista at its "Basic" level, then meh... I don't think it has merit, and I'm on Microsoft's side on this one. I think what they did was stupid, but not fraudulent, and I think the market knew about it and its chilling reception for Vista has essentially been MS's fair payment back for this behavior.
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    The Vista Capable stickers are a big mess for Microsoft and Intel. Hopefully those poor sods with GMA 900s and Vista will get some compensation.

    ComputerWorld and Information Week have been all over this. I'm partial to ComputerWorld though. :D

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