tcwhat wrote:A fresh, clean, updated install of Windows could probably last three weeks. I say probably because it doesn't matter if it could or could not, what matters is the normal user experience and the normal user experience is that Windows generally not last three weeks between reboots. The normal user experience is what matters and if people who are able to manage a system correctly are anomalous, then so be it. It doesn't change the fact that the average user will be unable to go three weeks between reboots on a Windows box. The everyday user will never become competent enough to manage an XP/Vista box to sustain three week periods between reboots, maybe they will on 7, but I'm not confident.
There is no way the susceptibility is a thing of the past. After working in a datacenter for six years and dealing with customers who run Windows servers designed for stability, people's capability for screwing their Windows machine up is just as high as it ever was if not more so.
I agree that if people who are able to use a computer correctly are anomalous, then the normal user experience is going to be problematic. However, I don't believe that is the case. I haven't seen any evidence to the contrary. You have asserted that this is the case, but that's not very convincing, especially since your experience seems to be in tech support which would be highly skewed toward the users having issues. Moreover, people with problems are vocal about it whereas people without problems are not. Even if it were the case that the normal experience was problematic, that is not all that matters. Maybe people need more training if they have complex needs/objectives, or if they don't, maybe they need a different product.
Again, I have several Vista machines that never crash, and never require a reboot except in the typical case. I am no tech wizard either.
When I said that the susceptibility to user error and software conflicts is largely a thing of the past, I meant that Vista is improved in this area over XP. That is a well-known fact. A lot of technical people complain about it because they are used to messing with complex settings all the time, which can be harder to access in Vista. There are also more restrictions on software compatibility. The flip-side of all this is that less experienced users don't mess things up as much. It's a trade off to some extent.