Today I did something I thought I would never do. I got windows vista. Some people would say I just came from the moon, as a large amount of people already have it. But with the blue screen of death and countless other problems, I was afraid to get it. My good old XP machine died yesterday (burnt out power supply), and I needed a new computer. Virtually every desktop on today’s shelves comes with Vista. It would have been possible to downgrade back to XP, but I thought I would see what this Vista thing is really about. So this is my review. Part 1 of I’m not to sure how many. But here goes:
Well the fact that you are reading this review is somewhat of a good sign. I’m surprised about the ease of setup so far. I had to install windows for the first time last night. Couldn’t have been more simple. I was expecting to stay up all night fighting with the computer, but that was not so. It basically installed itself. The DOS command prompt showed you what the machine was working on at the time. It said “cannot find specified file” a few times, but didn’t seem to be a problem. I liked the user/profile interface of XP so I went to set that up. For a guy with limited vista experience, it went well. My user profiles are up and running with out a hitch. Came with Internet Expoler 8 (Of course we cant do with that, can we? ). Firefox is working well.
My biggest issue lies with all the crapware. There’s this annoying acer “empowering technology” toolbar on my desktop. I will get rid of that as soon as I’m finished with this blog. It seems to be installing “important updates” quite often. I hope they really are important windows updates, not crapware. of course, this happens with any new computer. You just have to grin and bear it.
Next observation: speed and performance. Its running pretty fast. Not as fast as I expected, but still pretty good. Perhaps my expectations are too high. My only issue is to see if it slows down after a couple of weeks.
Next observation: It looks good. A LOT better than XP. Its much better on the eyes. Not as harsh and blocky.
Well that’s it for the first day. I will keep you posted.