Sunday, June 24, 2007

My View on Vista

This is my last off-topic blog post, at least for a while. I realize I've had a string of them lately but after this I'm back to genealogy.

I'm sending this post out to those of you who have been waiting for Microsoft to get the bugs worked out of their new Vista operating system before you upgrade or buy a new computer. I think it's been roughly 4 months or so since Vista was released and in my opinion it's still not ready for prime time folks.

My new HP laptop came with Vista Premium Home edition. Right out of the box there were issues. My pet geek put in 3 solid hours of work on it before it was operating stable with the basics installed (I can see my network of computers, I can print to a printer, I can surf the web). I have not tried to install any other drivers, add any software, or set up folders yet.

Now that the system is stable I have to tell you that Vista looks great. I will have to go through the tutorial to learn my way around it but that shouldn't be a problem. I also need to learn all the gizmo buttons on the laptop too as there are many I haven't figured out yet. I'm a happy girl but I'm sure I'd be pulling my hair out if I did't have a pet geek. If you don't have one, you might want to give Microsoft a little more time with this one...


  1. I've decided the best way to use my new Windows Vista HP desktop, is to keep the TASK MANAGER permanently open, because IE locks up so frequently. I am not exaggerating.

    There are some sites that just won't work well with Firefox. For instance,, where I post my blog works much better in IE than in Firefox. One cannot uninstall IE 7, and install 6, as it just won't work.

    I bought my desktop out of necessity two weeks after VISTA was released.

    I bought my desktop out of necessity two weeks after VISTA was released.

  2. I'll keep that in mind about keeping the Task Manager open. Thanks for the tip, Myrt!

    I noticed the same thing about Firefox 2 not playing well with Blogger. I much prefer the Firefox browser to IE except when it comes to Blogger.

    Wow, you must have had a rocky road with Vista as Microsoft has gone through their various bug fixes. You're a trooper!

  3. Interesting! I haven't had any Firefox problems with Blogger per se, but it often locks up if I get too impatient and click more than once on something. Cheryl couldn't get the embedded slideshows in my blog to load at all in IE, but they loaded fine in Firefox. I'd be interested to know if anyone else is having problems viewing those.

    I read the other day that Vista's built-in desktop search competes for memory with Google desktop search, and that may be why Vista seems so slow to me. Vista's supposed to have a service pack coming in October which will make it easy to choose which desktop search you want to use. Meanwhile, I guess the easy fix is to turn off Google desktop.

    I haven't tried plugging my printer or scanner into the new computer yet... I dread it! I have no geek!!

  4. T.K.... no geek? Poor you. Everyone should have a pet geek!

    I don't have any problems seeing your embedded slide shows in IE or in Firefox.

    I don't use Google desktop so I'm not having the conflict issue you mentioned. But good to know there are issues so I can avoid them. Thanks for the tip! It's much appreciated!