To Vista, Or not to Vista?

December 1, 2006

No, this is not an “internal” debate being externalized just so I can post. I install Vista, weeks ago. In fact I installed it Nov 17th, the day it was released to MSDN (Along with Office 2007 which I installed). This is a quick “review” for those debating on installing. Short Review: DON’T DO IT. Long Version: At this point in time, if you are a casual user, Vista is fine. The User Access Control system is a pain and will quickly teach you to click “Yes” to everything (Which is bad). There aren’t many drivers out (read: near none), but if your not playing any games or have any fancy hardware, you’ll be ok. The graphics are nice, with the transparency and all (if your computer can support them, and you buy the “right” version of Vista with Areo) but they are just eye candy and really aren’t that handy. Now… If you are a power user. For the love of god, save yourself the trouble and don’t install Vista. I waited very very patiently for Vista to be released to MSDN when I heard it hit RTM (read: I was bitching and moaning about MS not releasing it sooner), but now I realize thats a mistake. As I said previously, there are next to no drivers out. I managed to get new graphics drivers installed on my Dell Latitude D620 (with a Quadro NVS 110M) thanks to a hacked nVidia driver from LaptopVideo2Go. It shows up as a 7300, but it works fine, enough. I didn’t really need to install drivers for anything else, which is good because nothing is out. Some of you that switched early from Win 2000 to XP may remember that you could use just about every 2K driver on XP, well thats definitely not the case for Vista. Any driver you install that wasn’t re-worked for Vista will either be blocked from install, muck up your machine, or plain not work. Also, any software thats reasonably advanced, is hardware related, or makes a decent amount of changed to your system probably won’t work. Again, this is a problem for Power Users such as myself. Now I’m not saying never run vista (though the login & shutdown times are KILLER for me), I’m just suggesting you wait… a few months. Probably at least 6 months after the public release. Now, After the break (yes, I’m actually writing into the “extended body”) I’ll run down software I installed and how well it worked (and if I used the emulation).