Avoid Vista. I think you are uninformed in a few areas.
by jedeco - 1/18/09 7:18 PM
In Reply to: Avoid Vista by knives4less
First of all, win95 was a no brainer to win 3.1 which was just a shell running on DOS. It was their first object oriented desktop with full multitasking. Anyone that didn't notice the difference there would be someone that only runs one application at a time. I normally have a dozen sessions open at home. At work it can be many more. <br><br>
As for win98 being bug fixes for win95, your statement is true with any OS, the next version always gets a ton of bug fixes. BUT, win98 had a huge advantage that seperated it greatly from win95...Profiles. And this was long before Apple offered profiles. Now the whole family can have their own login and desktop to call their own. Same at the office for multi-user locations of course. This was a huge advancement over win95 and I know many sites that still have win98 machines running strong to this day. <br><br>
As for Aero being a memory hog, you would have to understand how WDDM works, which if you read the whitepapers you'll discover is a HUGE advance over XP in terms of graphics. It makes Vista worth it right there, unless you don't like 3-D graphics and stunning game graphics. But the fact is Aero had very little impact on RAM usage turned on or off due to the way that WDDM works. So this statement is more often one that comes from those who prefer linux and don't use Vista. Turning off Aero gains a user very little and takes away the best UI I've used to date. I absolutely love Aero graphics. People dismiss too quickly how much their visual enivironment means to their mood, creativit and overall productivity.
I am a contractor with several hospital sites and I can tell you anyone I know that has allowed themselves to close their ears to all of the Vista bashing end up loving it. For the more advanced users it only takes a few hours of tinkering with Vista to find where all of the things they need are located. Average home users will get used to it in a week or so, if they are really used to win2kpro or XP. But once they do they almost always love it.
Some people thing search was "turned off". It's not and once you learn how to use it with Vista, you will love it. Search folders are new and very very simple to use. Let's say you search for documents with certain names in the CC lines on a semi regular basis. That would be a perfect candidate for a search folder. You just right click search folders in Windows explorer, it's usually in view in the top area where you see computer, documents etc., and choose to build a new one. You'll get a dialog like you get for advanced search only you save it with a name. Then everytime you want to perform that search, you click and open search folders then click your search folder and your data will come up very quickly. Remember that indexing and folder options are two areas you must consider when doing searching. It was the same in XP only you had less choice on what got indexed. It was the whole driver or nothing. I have chose to index only my email personal folders, a few areas on an external drive where I store all of my photos and then my user folder and all of it's subfolders where your documents, music and other personal stuff is normally stored.
To get regular search (it's gone from the right click/context menu), you simply start typing your search into the search box in the upper right corner of all windows explorer screens. It will start returning partial matches as soon as it finds them. If you dont find what you are looking for immediately after you stop typing the search file contents and advanced search links show up under the results that did come back. If there were no results the links will be right there at the top of the right hand side. Also at this point the header in windows explorer has a new tool bar with advanced searching options.
So you can get to advanced search easily, you only need start your search. <br><br>
Another "missing" item is the "RUN" box. You do NOT need the run box with Vita. As soon as you click the start button the search box will have focus so you can just start typing the name of the program you want. Any matches will show up at the top of the now empty left column above the search box you just click it and you are done. If a help desk tells you to run programx.exe in the run box, just type that name in the search box instead and quick as can be it will show up above where you are typing and you click it to run it.
I have found that every problem people talk about on forums usually has an easier and better way to perform it in Vista. You only need be willing to adjust to a little change. Something we all need in life from time to time.
System Restore now allows you to repair many more scenarios that it did with XP. It is much more robust. The task scheduler is now a full fledged interface where you can setup tasks or alter any you like very easily.
For example, I didn't like that the system was creating a restore point every time i logged on and the scheduled one never ran because i click the button that looks like a power button under start at night to put it in a low power state instead of shutting it entirely down. (i know about the energy being used in this case...shame on me) And I found systemRestore folder in Task Scheduler and found the scheduled task (there is also a manual one you can start running from there if you like. Same one that runs if you kick it off from the drive properties tools tab. Anyway, I changed the scheduled run to "wake the computer" at 1:30am every night and it creates one flawlessly every night. I also changed the defrag task to run the same way cause it was never finishing. You can see the history of each task below it in this interface, it's nice, and i saw defrag would not run at night of course (back when i was shutting it down) and it was set to run at the next time user was logged on and computer was idle. That seems fine but it never was getting done. <br>
So i set it to run at 2:30am and to wake the computer once a week and now my machine is getting a full defrag run weekly w/o a problem. I could have set it to run even when the machine is not idle, in the settings for "if missed" (if you want to shut your machine down completely) so that it ran when i logged on the next time, but defrag is a bit of a drag on the average PC to be running while you are trying to work.
Make sure you are getting restore points created successfully as well as the defrag is running successfully on a regular basis. The task scheduler interface is great, you drill down till you are under the windows folder and, for example find defrag folder. You click into that you'll see the manual and scheduled options. click on the scheduled option (near the top in the large right hand pane you get when opening a task) and down below you'll see a row of tabs. they will show you how it's setup for general, triggers, actions, history.
If you right click the task and choose properties you can change those setup options under each tab. But the history tab will show you if the task is running successfully and it's like the event viewer sort of, and you can scroll back and see if it's been running consistently an if not, why.
Sorry for all of the detail here. the point is, vista is different than XP but it is far more secure, stable and be sure to get the x64 version of Vista and that your machine has a 64 bit processor. the core 2 duo and above are 64 bit. Runs 20% faster than a 32 bit Vista OS and is just more stable. The world is moving to 64 bit, don't invest in new hardware w/o getting a 64bit machine and OS. I have Vista Ultimate x64 and i've not had any problems at all. And don't forget that your XP drivers will run on Vista. You don't have to buy new hardware if it works with XP. Mainly if it's supported by XPSP2.
Some forums tend to lead people astray here cause there are many people out there unfortunately that want Window to do poorly and are writing negative entries and even bloggers are writing against Vista but they are half truths and not accurate most times. <br>
If you have a device, let's say a Sony handicam you got in 2003 as example. And you get a new Vista machine and want to hook your camera up with your PC, so you get the disc with the driver on it and it's only for up to XP machines. You try to run it and it fails. <br>
THERE IS AN EASY Way around this situation. Browse out on to the disc and find the setup program. They are easy to find and if you are not sure which program it is, when you pop the disc in, a little window will come up with options and the first one will be to run the install/setup program on the disc and the name of it will be there.
then right click that file and choose RESTORE PREVIOUS versions from the context menu. You will get a dialog with several tabs. (it will come up with no prior versions if you wait on the general tab, but you just need to go to the COMPATIBILITY Tab and click the box that says compatibility mode and choose XP sp2 compatibility and click OK.
Then just double click that setup or install file and it will run w/o a problem, and install the XP driver on your Vista machine. <br>
It sounds like a lot of steps but it's really just a few extra steps than installing it normally, you just have to open that dialog , click compatibility mode for XP and you are done....just run it then. <br>
It's very very easy.
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