I was really looking forward to Vista coming out. I bought a desktop in June 2006 that of course, only had XP at the time, but was "Vista capable".
When Jan. 30th hit, I went and picked up a copy of Home Premium.
Then I had the daunting task of googling every piece of hardware on my box and getting Vista drivers for it. I eventually (over a 3 month period) got all drivers that would work w Vista. I did the same for my installed software....waiting until June for Zonealarm to finally release a Vista firewall. That poor Vista DVD sat on my shelf for 6 months.
Anyways, I backed up all my data and files to DVD, wiped the hard drive using CopyWipe and then installed Vista clean. The installation was flawless....I updated my drivers, went to Windows update, fired up the antivirus and installed all my applications.
I had ZERO problems, not a single blue screen.
The only issues I see with Vista are the following:
- a lot of background processes can sometimes cause your Hard drive to be accessed frequently and this can become quite annoying
- files & folders - I like the Detailed view rather than large icons when I'm browsing my files. However, when I apply the Details view to all folders, some folders are still in large thumbnail view.
- UAC is way too much for me to handle...I'll let my firewall and antivirus do the work thank you very much!
- generally, it's a little buggy..too many things to mention here but it's a new OS and I'm sure by the time they get to Service Pack 6 (
) er I mean SP1 it should run a lot smoother.
The drivers that Vista supports and that are available on the DVD are outstanding. You should still update, but out of the box, the interface, sound and most monitors, mice, keyboards will work fine with the default drivers.
Do you remember upgrading from DOS 6.22 or Windows 3.1 to Windows 95?? I myself, hated 95 at first because it was an entirely new learning curve...I constantly accessed the DOS prompt to my file managing. But I eventually got used to W95 and loved it from 95 to XP.
Vista is a similar learning curve...I purchased 2 books:
Windows Vista Inside Out and Hacking Windows Vista. Both are well worth the $$ as they teach you a lot.
So, far the only legitimate argument I have for Vista is that it
seems bloated in the services that run in the background.
I couldn't agree more...
- make absolutely sure meet all the hardware, power, CPU and memory requirements as recommended by Microsoft. In fact, I would make sure you have at least 2GB of RAM, a 256MB Video card, and 60GB or greater Hard drive.
- go through every piece of hardware (including the monitor, mouse, etc.) and get Vista drivers for it
- look at your software and go to the manufacturer's site to get versions that work with Vista.
- after installing, go through the services and disable anything you will not use. Do the same with the Startup manager and disable any non-essential programs to load at startup. Get programs like Process Explorer and Codestuff Starter to do this.
Vista is very good once you "tame it". It can get a little noisy, especially with UAC and the security centre but other than that I really like it.