When I graduated from college, I lost my license to use Office*, and had various other key things shut off. I was given an opportunity to purchase Vista (Business Edition) Upgrade and Office 2007 (Enterprise) for $20 each, so I figured I should, since I had no media for XP or Office. And then I remembered I had a spare 60GB partition for Windows on my 160 GB drive from when I’d intended to dual-boot, so I just installed it here. A few thoughts:
- The install was “easy” but frankly not that great. I’ll dock a small number of points because, unlike the Ubuntu installer, it’s not a LiveCD: I can’t use the system while it’s installing. When your installer takes 20-30 minutes, it’s very nice to have a browser or game or something going. It also seemed to take forever, and at the end, went to reboot, but gave me a “Reboot Now” option, which I took. It never ejected my DVD, nor did it tell me to, so I figured I was supposed to leave it in…
- …So it booted into the installer agian. I closed it, and got a message that I couldn’t use Windows if I didn’t install Windows. (Thanks… Though I suppose there are people who actually need that message.) And then it warned me that if I cancelled the installation, my computer may reboot.
- Of course, I wanted to reboot my computer, so I said OK. My computer did not reboot.
- Everything feels much more polished!
- It spent several minutes “evaluating [my] computer’s performance” before going away with no indication of what had just happened. (I knew enough to find it, though: a 3.1. This bothers me slightly, since it’s a fairly meaningless number, but I digress.)
- All of my text is blurry. Yes, I’m at the native resolution. (Which was detected automatically.) I assume it’s related to ClearType (or a lack thereof?), but I can’t find anything about it?
- I set up wireless very easily. (Well, after I found the icon in the tray.)
- Windows is obsessed with popping little bubbles up all over my screen. I guess it’s understandable since it’s the first time I’ve run it, though I’d be a lot happier if it didn’t offer to check GMail and my blogs for phishing attacks. Repeatedly.
- How do I get a command prompt? (No, I’m serious. Is there a ‘cmd’ in Vista?)
- The default desktop has one icon, the Recycle Bin. I like this uncluttered look.
- Now I see what everyone was complaining about. Much like it’s obsessed with bubble notifications, it’s obsessed with asking me if I want to give permission to various things. The problem is that I’ll double-click on the clock in the system tray to set it up to sync to NTP, and get asked if I want to allow access to the clock. Yes, I do; that’s why I just tried to change it. Where do I turn this off?
- Linux and Windows XP let me use the far-right of my touchpad as a scroll wheel. This feature is missing in Vista?
It’s too soon for a thorough review, but I am a fan of first-impressions things. And my first impressions are so-so. Probably a big improvement over XP, but with quite a few irritations.
Oh! I got the upgrade, which means you have to install it over an existing Windows thing. Except it was on another hard drive, so I’m using the well-known quirk where you can install it without a license key, and then “upgrade” that to the exact same version and put in a license key.
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