My First Vista Experience
Like I wrote a couple of days ago I wanted to try Vista. In that post I told you that I had some concerns about installing Vista on my system which was running pretty smooth and fast on Windows XP.
After giving it some thoughts and reading the comments in that post I decided to give it a try. I mean the only way for me to see if Vista is that bad or that good it’s just by trying it out, right? So I start backing up my stuff, such as My Documents, my pictures etc.
Anyway, I start installing it. The installation was very easy and nothing like installing Windows XP. I mean I was used to the blue dos screens, but Vista was nothing like that. The installation went pretty smooth and I didn’t experienced any strange things.
When Vista was finally installed I didn’t experience any problem with installing drivers. Every driver was just available in Vista so no worries any more! In the mean time I liked what I saw on my screen; a smooth looking theme which felt and worked smooth. Again nothing like Windows XP.
So I started to install some of my favorite applications such as Winamp 2.78 & Startbar. Those are some very old application which I really wasn’t sure if they were going to work on Vista. Installing Winamp 2.78 was as usual as always and it didn’t gave me any troubles. I was happy that I could listen to music while installing other applications.
Now I wanted to install Statbar. Statbar is a system status bar which provides a handy, orderly overview of your system’s condition with 19 information modules like Winamp Control, quick launch, CPU usage and more. When installing Statbar the application gave me errors about 3 files which were newer then the one in the installer, but I could continue installing it. When I ran this application I noticed that only one of the 19 modules didn’t work. I think that’s because I have 3GB RAM and Statbar sees only 2GB! No big deal for me, I mean I was very happy that I still can use my favorite application again!
In the mean time I tried to install my Canon MP110 printer and again no problems. Usually this all in one printer is installed on my pc and it’s being shared so everyone in the network can use it. At first I though that I could shared it again and make sure that Jannie can use it from her computer but that wasn’t going to happen right away! It gave me a hard time but when I finally turned off the firewall, Windows Defender and some more stuff I was able to ping my computer from Jannie’s computer. In the mean time I had installed the printer on Jannie’s computer and shared it, cause at that point I could access her computer but not the way around!
Everything seems to be working without any problems. Only one applications wasn’t compatible; ActiveSync for my HTC P4350. Luckily Microsoft has Windows Mobile Device Center which seems to helped my problem. Now I can synchronize the data on my phone with Outlook.
So far so good. I like the Windows Aero & Flip 3D. It hasn’t crashed (yet), it feels stable, smooth and I really like the visuals! The thing which I didn’t like was the Windows Sidebar so I’ve turn it off and that’s because I use Statbar! So I’m not going to compalin now. I mean the first impressions are just great and everything seems to be working so I’m happy! So I guess that from now on you’ll see more Windows Vista tips and tricks on BioTecK.net!