I tried to find something that came with XP. Of the selection I had to choose from, I was given the choice to "downgrade" to XP (I have never heard anyone refer to Vista as an upgrade), but except for speed none of the choices were equal to the machine I am using now. My reason for replacing it is simply that it is getting old. A computer is an absolute must for me - I am taking classes on-line. The last thing I need right now is a catastrophic failure of some kind that would relegate me to trying to use a computer at the public library for my classes. That just would not cut it.
So the bottom line here is that I have been stuck with what, by all accounts, is the worst boondoggle M$ has perpetrated upon the public to date. So I am sure I will have a lot of problems. The damned thing doesn't even come with the barest of manuals. If you have a problem you are supposed to connect to a M$ website. But what if the problem is an inability to connect at all !?!
I do have a few quick questions:
- Will ZoneAlarm, AVG, Spybot, SpywareBlaster and AdAware work under Vista? What about Hijack This?
- If these programs won't work, are there any alternatives that I won't have to pay through the nose for?
- I would like to be able to add at least the 300G drive I just put into the other machine. However, it appears the interface is different. My brain is still very caffeine-deficient this morning, so I am drawing a blank on the terms I want. The new machine uses what I assume is a serial interface, while the one I just bought uses the standard, flat-gray-cable parallel interface. The new machine has a connector for this style interface on the motherboard. Will I be able to connect the 300G drive and run with it, or am I in for problems?
- Is the new computer already obsolete? (Yes.)
I am sure I will run into enough problems with Vista to keep some of you entertained for weeks.
I do have the seven setup disc set for Win XP that I got out of HP for my original computer (purchased in 2000). If worst comes to worst, would I be able to just install that, or will I run into problems there, too? I am going to give Vista a shot, but I am quite skeptical about it. The only instruction I have found so far is more of a warning. After setting the machine up and turning it on, it may take twenty minutes for it to actually start to function - and don't shut the power off while this is happening. What kind of OS has a twenty-minute start-up time?!? A really bad one, I think.
Edited by MattV, 01 August 2008 - 07:17 AM.