This thread is basically for mtz4life who asked me what I think about windows Vista and I didn't want to answer him on the other forum to avoid an off topic, since this is the perfect place for off topic subjects, I'll talk about it here...
ok, well, as I said, windows vista build 5308 (the one I tried) is not yet ready to be used.. at least not for me! I've spent one whole day just trying to install it!!! here's the thing, I have SATA drives, which means I need to load my SATA driver before I can access my drives.. in windows XP it works without problems, on install, I press F6, I put the floppy in the drive, it finds my sii3112 driver, loads it, finds my drives, partition/format/install without problems.. for vista... ouch, it's a whole other story, it finds the driver, but it can't load it.. whenever I try to load the driver, it takes all the time it needs to load it and finally says that it couldn't load the files, make sure they aren't corrupted or whatever!! and the same happens whether I try it by booting on the CD or by launching the install from my current Win XP installation..
Oh yeah, when I launch it from my current win XP install I can see my drives, and that's because the driver is already loaded in my windows XP installation so it can access it, but you know what, it seems it's not working correctly yet, because I only see the drives, not the partitions, and when I click on a drive it shows an error 'couldn't get the size of the partition' or somethng like that... I wasted so much time on this... in the end, I realized I couldn't do it.. so I have the second option.. instead of 'install vista', I wanted to 'upgrade to vista'.. which means it would upgrade my current windows XP into vista.. oh no, I won't destroy my OS for this, so I created a new partition and installed a fresh copy of windows XP in it so that I could upgrade THAT windows... ok, windows installed, I try to upgrade.. oups, I can't even get to the screen where I need to choose upgrade/install.. I enter the serial number and it crashes saying it couldn't find a DecodeSomething function entry point in kernel32.dll!!! it couldn't work until I installed ALLL windows updates... so I had to go to SP2 and isntall all the other security upgrades... which takes ALOT of time.. once all that is done, it was able to check my serial number... how stupid is that? it decrypts my serial number by using a function from kernel32.dll from the installed system, not from the DVD
anyways, once I got paste that, I tried 'upgrade', it showed me a "compatibility check" screen in which it stayed for maybe 30 minutes without any change... it just hangs here into an infinite loop or whatever... I tried many times, and no way I can get past the compatibility check... I almost gave up until I had a little idea...
I was using a 'server' serial key, now I tried with a 'client' serial key, and the compatibility check worked, it takes less than a second!! it showed me some errors, some updates I had to do or whatever.. but since the installation is not yet complete, there was so little text that I didn't know what they wanted me to do, so I just pressed next... and there goes the installation, no messages, a pseudo-progressbar and it takes A LONG TIME.. I left it there installing and had to go out, it said it would install automatically and reboot, when I came back home later that night, I found a nice little BSOD (blue screen of death), the famous blue screen of windows... too bad, I reboot the PC and yeahhh, windows vista was installed.. I have no idea in which stage that BSOD appeared, but anyways, I could take a look at vista, so I was happy.. and no way I would 'retry' (would need to reformat, install XP, do all the upgrades and then install vista), so it works, yes, but it's a bit weird, I have to 'unknown devices' for which I'm unable to find the drivers and for which I have no idea what the device is... the desktop/explorer.exe keeps crashing and restarting from time to time.. everything is pretty slow, opening a directory is really slow because of the fancy way it wants to display its content.. a huge directory defaults to showing the files in 'details' mode which seems to be not working because I see no files at all... I was tired, so I just had time to 'install drivers', which didn't always install..
it seems the requirement for vista is a Pentium 1.8GHz with 2GB of RAM and at least a gforce fx 5900 or something like that... at least, that's what I heard... and seeing it, it's great, and it probably needs such a huge machine..
all I can say is that vista really looks great but it needs to be 100 times more stable before I'll ever use it.
I didn't get time to use it yet, because I just installed it yesterday night, and I just woke up, but the installation was horrible and the little time I spent using it was a pain since it kept restarting the desktop and rebooting...
It's very user friendly, so easy to use, soooo eye candy... so much nice features... and the new toolkit looks nice althought I think it's a bit too big... (menus especially)
I think that's it! if others also tried windows vista and have comments, here's the forum!