I just read this article:
Sounds to me like Microsoft is going to replace Vista as fast as it did Millenium.
Yes - MS aim for a new major version every three years - just like the three years between XP and Vista. ;)
I don't know how things are over there,but most companies are still running XP and skipped W2K.NT was replaced by XP.
And they probably skip Vista.
Thanks for the link.
That reminds me,I still have a Win ME upgrade license somewhere I never used.Go figure.
Robert: LOL! I skipped ME. I just bought a copy of XP SP2 for the future, possibly for my old AMD Thunderbird box I hope to rebuild (mobo up) someday... but GAOTD software and games are keeping me on my toes, so I don't know if I will ever get to that!
There was always going to be problems with Vista due to the major changes from XP. I think more people have become owners of computers and connected to the internet since computer prices have dropped over the past 10 years, more so in the last five years. Internet broadband for example in the UK is very cheap. I have a 4Mb broadband and it costs me only about #15 and that’s with unlimited downloads. (I have got it a little cheaper than normal due to complaining about something earlier this year so they gave me a totally free upgrade from 2Mb to 4Mb (I explained that I'd been a faithful customer and though it was unfair that certain services were not being given to long time customers only to those who were joining. I actually got it wrong, but they took pity on my plight and said as a gesture of Goodwill they were giving me the L package as opposed to the M (2Mb) package, which gives me some free music downloads each month. They also reduced my monthly payments by the equivalent of nearly $10 from just under $40 to $30 a month. (I've converted my own currency to $ partly due to the fact that I've set my keyboard up so that it wont show pounds.) Anyway I digress as usual. Back to Vista,
Yeah it's a lot different to XP so there were bound to be problems with a lot of software. I had so much trouble when I installed the Vista I bought last September, most of my tried and trusted software no longer worked and I kept getting hardware problems. I actually replaced a DVD writer and a motherboard because I thought they were faulty only to find the replacements had the same problem. I uninstalled and have had no problems since. It's a pity though as apart from the wasted money on unneeded hardware (which I did use to build another computer that I rarely use) the money spent on Vista itself could have been used for something more useful as I've had the disc sitting on my bookshelf gathering dust. I liked the look of it while I had it installed, but I'm nor risking it yet till I hear something good. I was hoping the service pack would instigate some positive feedback, but even that was a disaster.
I wonder what the next MS OS will be called. Maybe disasta or firebadger lol
Vista will be the next XP. After a few "service packs", it should be at least as good.
I am not currently running vista, I am on xp sp3.
However, at the end of the month, as sp1 is out I will dual boot the pair and get used to vista.
Windows 7 is due in 2010.
Few things I cannot stand about Vista is, the folders, readyboost being a pain, you have to do a reg hack to get even a decent memory card/stick working with it and M$ could not even bother having drivers ready for their own finger print reader x64.
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Hi everybody! :)
The puter I use now originally had Vista Home Premium pre-installed on it. I didn't really have any problems with it at all.
I joined that "Windows Feedback Program" a while back filling out surveys, etc. In return M$ actually sent me a full version copy of Vista Ultimate for FREE.
I never thought they'd actually do it, but they did. So, I proceeded to format my HD and install Ultimate. After the install, my puter won't shutdown. I can click shutdown from the start menu list, hit the power button on the tower itself, and it turns off for 5 seconds sometimes... 2 minutes sometimes. Then it just starts back up all by itself. The only way to get it to stay off is to hold in the power button on the tower for 4 seconds. Then when I do turn it on again, it gives me that screen about "Windows was shutdown improperly - Start normally?"
I got on the phone with M$, for some support. After giving them my product key, they told me that my copy of Ultimate is a promotional copy so NO free support. (Go figure)
Then I saw on their support page that there is free support for Vista SP1 problems. So, I installed SP1 and called back. I got free support! It didn't do any good though. They spent HOURS doing their little thing taking control of my puter remotely, going all through it, changing power settings, checking registry keys, installing drivers, etc. Didn't help.
After getting completely fed up, I uninstalled Ultimate and re-installed my OEM Home Premium.
Guess what? IT'S STILL DOING THE SAME THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm SO MAD RIGHT NOW.
I'm about ready to just take it to Geek Squad, and see what they can do with it. Hopefully they don't screw it up any worse than it is now.
Sorry for my little rant. Just letting you know of my recent experience with Vista.
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.0Ghz each
2 GB RAM
500 GB HD
Nvidia 8600 GTS Video Card with latest Vista drivers
ViXS TV Tuner with latest Vista drivers
My biggest beef with Vista is that it doesn't come with install disks for us lowly users. The first thing I did when I got my old WinME computer home was uninstall it, partition the drive. Then I put the OS into one partition, my applications into another, my data into another, my swap file into another, and my games into another. This made defragging, backups and other maintenance much easier. Once my OS was set up, I rarely needed to backup or degfrag that partition.
Two irritating problems have recently cropped up. I am not sure if they are related. My tray icons randomly fail to show up in the tray. It started with Vista claiming that I had no wireless hardware installed when I clicked on the internet tray icon. I knew I had not removed the card; so, I had a horrible moment thinking the card had failed. Then I tried going in through the Connect to option on the side panel in Vista's Start Menu. Lo, and behold, this applet found the card and connection. Then a few days later, the internet tray icon started randomly failing to show up in the tray. A few weeks later, the volume control icon began the same behaviour. Fortunately for me, I have other third party programmes that have sound control features; so, I use them. Now today, approximately five months after all this started happening, even the control panel applet won't recognize my wirelss card. I had to reboot twice before Vista was finally convinced that a wireless connection exists. It didn't work on the warm reboot, but did when I shut it right down, waited 30 seconds for memory to clear, and started up again. I know my card is working because I just tested it in Mandriva Linux. I chose the Mandriva live cd because Mandriva has a good reputation for hardware detection and setup.
The second ongoing issue I have is with an increase in recovery time after idling. When a programme or applet has been inactive for a while, it seems to go to sleep and take a long time to wake up. This recovery time keeps increasing. It was supposedly addressed by the recent service pack; but, I have not noticed any reversal of this trend.
From what I've read, this tray notification thing may be a result of the tray loading before the other programmes have had a chance to load their icons. Sometimes, changing the startup order will fix things. But I don't see that this should affect my wirless card.
My biggest beef is with the huge amount of memory Vista requires. My new machine has 4 times the RAM that my last one had -- 1G -- but most people recommend at least 2G for Vista. Wish I'd known that before I bought this.
Well, I'm off to download Mandriva. Note to anyone considering Linux: if you are thinking of Ubuntu, be sure to read up on all the issues it has dual-booting with Windows. It's the only Linux distro I know of that is not safe to dual boot with Windows.
I don't know if VISTA will be the next "Millenium", but I am sure that all the whiners will still be complaining about it in the NEXT millennium!
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