I just got a brand new Gateway laptop w/ Windows Vista home premium already installed. I had wanted to wait a few months for most of Vista's bugs/issues to be worked out, but issues with my old laptop made that impossible (detailed in the "Am I infected forum"; almost failed 3 classes as well as extremely close to losing my job as a result
) My needs are simple: internet access, iTunes, word, excel, powerpoint, and security. Vista, however is not (well not for me at least). Basically, I have NO CLUE how to approach it and most of the info is for people who are upgrading from XP. I was hoping someone could help me with a few things.
1) McAfee security center 7.1 is preinstalled, so that's currently up and running. However, when I turned off windows firewall warned me about the dangers instead of detecting McAfee (like it would on XP) I know there's been issues, but I refuse to soley rely on Windows defender. Suggestions?
2) Should I replace IE7 w/ Firefox? Am I able to? Are there any issues with iTunes? (i need this for my job)
3) What's up with the User accounts control and the protection enabled on IE7?? I can't check email/access any site outside of micrsoft.com unless I turn it all off..and that can't be good! (I'm currently using my roommates computer so I can get some answers.
4) Does the upgrade/preinstalled issue make a difference?
I really appreciate any insight you can offer!!
I *deeply* regret not getting a mac