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i'm going to install vista on my laptop. it's not really new to me; we've been using it for a while now at he office. and yes, i've read some horror stories about vista, but i still want to go through with the install. but with caution, and not before some investigation..

i've checked the hardware requirements for vista, and there shouldn't be a problem in that department, though i may need to update some hardware drivers. i don't expect all my current software programs to be able to run on vista. i'm a little worried about one or two applications, but other than that i have no major concerns.

i like to know from those of you who've already been using it, what your experience with vista has been like. is there anything in particular i should take note of?



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Nov. 18th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
Yep, I have Vista installed as a second OS on my computer, but I used it for a week or so, so my impression can be worth nothing. :D

However, it supported all of the programs I used to use on XP (Firefox, Miranda IM, and some games) quite well. They've made a lot of UI tweaking, but it's Microsoft which cares of it very much, so I've got used to it quickly, and I consider it convenient enough. If you fail to find something, Help center is also helpful, with syncing with MSKB and search working really fast.
Nov. 18th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
i have a friend who is using vista. apparently there are some annoying pop ups that ask you to confirm just about every action and you can't turn it off because that would cause security problems with internet explorer. apart from that i think he likes it. :)
Nov. 18th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
I'm typing this to you from Vista.

It isn't as good as XP, but I find I have a little more control with what I care about. All my programs seem to work just fine, and the popups don't bother me nearly as much as I thought they would.
Nov. 19th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
Been using it since Beta and I love it. yeah it was a bit buggy at first but any new OS is. Only issues I ran into where software issues with NERO and some Games. And had a issue with a Wirless Driver.
Nov. 19th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
I'm a user ... it's got it's quirks but it's safer than XP. My only problem is that HP hasn't updated their drivers for my cheapo HP LaserJet1000.
Nov. 19th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
I like it. It does have the pop ups asking me to confirm just about every action I want to do, but doing so has also caught a large number of trojan viruses. That being said, I do alot of "risky" computer operations, so Vista works well for me!
Nov. 19th, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)
i expected that link to go over the base grounds for eschewing vista, i.e.; that it's 65% government code, far far more than XP's mere 15.
which is why it's so big, and 'security' minded.
MS to some degree didn't have much choice, and with vista, the parties are more reconciled to each other (which is a good thing given they were headed for greater conflict than ever).

ahead, when much is hardwired into the processor chips themselves, MS's code still won't much relief as the capabilities are just that further expanded. it's all going to get worse.

XP had only 3 activations and hardly anyone knew that. there'll be gobs and gobs about vista going unknown.

there's a great OS crisis and Macintosh to the Apple people's credit, did a great, and rather shocking, endrun around the controversy by using linux as a basis, thrilling the geekhearted.
god bless the open source movement.

me? i use windows 2000. i've used that same copy on 6 machines so far... (i jumped to it from win95. i missed win98 and would like to get a copy some day. it may be a tad less solid than the rock solid 2000 but it's far leaner. like 95 only with USB support and a few other advantages.)

it's near impossible to avoid politics in modern life these days. sheesh.

good luck.
Nov. 19th, 2007 09:28 am (UTC)
What surprised me about Vista is that the install was so fast. In 20 or maybe 25 minutes it was finished. If I can remember correctly, with Windows XP it was twice as long. Also, Vista gets a lot things right the first time, like the monitor resolution so no need to adjust all kind of settings right after install. I haven't used it very long yet, so can't tell you much about my experience, but so far I like it.

Nov. 20th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
I can echo much of what everyone said. I installed it because some of my clients are using it and I need to be able to answer their questions.

First, I make it habit to not install a new OS until the first service pack is delivered. I would suggest waiting if you are installing it on a machine that is important to you. If it is a test machine or a home machine that you can live with out any functionality of important things.

Second, the biggest problem I have aside from the new security nags is the fact that my computer can no longer connect to a second monitor (or projector) as a clone display. IE, my screen cannot be duplicated by the projector. It has to be set up as an extended display. The toggle (function-F8) no longer works.

I trouble shot this with Microsoft and with Dell and no one can find a way to make it work.
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