Sure Vista closes some doors but opens new ones
When I got the e-mail from Microsoft that Vista Beta was released for testing, I rushed to d/l it asap. I have been working on computers since high school back in 1971. My first home computer was an 8088 from Radio Shack with (2) 5-1/4 floppy drives and a whopping 15 meg hard drive with DOS 1.0 that I thought I'd never fill up and 128K of RAM, 256K CGA monitor, wow. (grin)
I have tried so many programs that everybody throws at me since all my friends and family know I am that hard core nerdy PC brain type. Since the release of this Vista, the e-mails, phone calls and mail have been pouring in, ''Is it any good?'' My answer is, ''Yes, Absolutely!'' But be prepared to buy a new expensive computer if you want to run it correctly and for certain programs such as, McAfee Virus & Firewall protection, Nero Burning ROM (any version),
Power DVD, Adobe Audition 1.5 or 2.0, to name a few will not work with Vista, yet. Perhaps, they will work when Vista is released for sale. Majority of my progran software and games work fine. Occassionaly, I have had a few bugs which I sent the automatic notification to Microsoft and got responses back from them in a timely manner on every situation with either, ''a fix will be created soon'' or ''what you can do to correct this error...''
Vista has tight and well needed security and I love it, but my first few days when I thought I could just jump in there with my Administrative rights and rule it, it stopped me cold from accessing folders that had important data such as pictures and audio files. Vista was just protecting and honoring the access rights of the XP Pro and that is why I could not get into those folders. It is a darn good thing that I made a back-up of my hard drive before I installed it (like everyone should do). Yes, there are ways to access those folders, you just have to read the instructions, something I have learned to do only as a last resort.
My current system that I have thrown together, Intel D915GAV motherboard with 2 GB mem, onboard audio & video, Intel 3.2 Ghz HT CPU, (4) 250 GB SATA HD's, Pioneer & BENQ DVD-RW drives and a Ultra SLI 600 Watt Power supply just makes Vista happy enough to play some features. I will add a nVidia 512 meg PCIe card soon to get the other features to work.
Vista has noticeably increaded the speed of my boot-up, programs, networking (file transfers)and with better built in security which is more important to me than all the new tricks, fancy look and layout of the new desktop.
With new system software upgrades you need to expect to give up some of those old programs that lack security and install new ones that can do the same job and more than likely be even better than before. Be prepared to learn new tricks or stay in a system that is going to be left behind. Vista is causing me to learn and at age 51 the challenges feels good. Microsoft also released appropriately their Office 2007 Suite for Beta testing that works great with so many new fantastic features (Go get it now it works with XP also).
For those of you who know how, I recommend installing Vista as a second boot-up (Multi-Boot-up)(Installed on another bootable drive), that way you can go into your XP or Vista without giving anything up. It works great for me, since I still haven't learned all the ins and outs of Vista yet and this gives me a cheating chance to go back into XP to move files into a shared folder that I can pickup in Vista and move it to a folder that is much more safe.
Vista takes away some choices, but give you so many new ones, that I recommend it for those of you who have a system that can pass the Vista compatibility test, try it. For those whose system can not, Wait and buy a new PC next year after Vista is released. No use in patching a system together that is never going to be good enough in the long run. Save your gard earned money now! It will cost a lot to buy that Mercedes (Vista) system next year.
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