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The Great Windows Vista Experience

Ok, so it wasn't that much of an experience.  More like a momentary lapse of sanity and reason, only coming back to reality when you decide that you don't need the hassles.

Yes, Vista installs easily.  So does a suppository.  Doesn't mean you're going to like the experience, which I certainly didn't. Lots of pretty effects, but you know what?  I don't want effects.  I don't want gadgets, I don't want fading, I don't want bells, whistles, chrome and glitz.  I want an Operating System that WORKS.  But unless you're seriously into BDSM, you will find Vista a major hassle to deal with.

And there were hassles galore.  Even after turning off UAC (User Access Control, otherwise known as Unbelievably Assinine Crap) Vista kept annoying me with the 'are you sure' requests every time I wanted to do something.  Even going into Control Panel was a pain unlike anything ever before.  And this was just the starting point.  Drivers needed to be loaded for the video card, and forget about sound, there are no drivers currently for the RealTek chips that come with Vista.  Downloading them might take an hour or two... for 28 megs.  Via passenger pigeon to Mainland China.

As for USB support?  Let's see... didn't pick up my keyboard or mouse the first try.  Second time it was better, but it wouldn't recognize my USB hard drives at all.  Oh, it saw them, but go into disk management, nothing there.  Take 'em out and try again... nothing.  Same with the 1gb thumb drive, it just wouldn't see the device as being attached and available.

But the nail in the coffin was Vista's absolute refusal to install McAfee Anti-Virus.  It would not allow the software to load.  Nope... it won't let McAfee 8.0i (which is provided gratis from work) to be installed like any other software.  And while I know 8.0i is a little old, it's the only thing that is provided free from my company, and well...

Now McAfee says only 8.5 and up will be supported by the company on Vista.  That's fine, but I would have thought Vista would have at least played with McAfee.  Nope... ah well.

As I hum happily while the Vista test drive is being reformatted...


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 22nd, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
I'm waiting for Mac OS X Leopard.
Nov. 22nd, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
Why is it that every person I know who's tested the thing has said that it's complete shit?
Nov. 22nd, 2006 06:20 am (UTC)
Well, VSE 8.5 should be out in "November" they say, and of course your company has a NAI "grant" or they can't even legally install DAT updates, so they'll probably be eligible for 8.5 upgrades. You can still get the 8.5RC from NAI if you're adventurous enough and use it through year-end.
Nov. 23rd, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
I think that Illiad summed Vista up pretty well here.
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