Contents tagged with Vista

  • Installed Vista SP1

    A couple weeks ago I got a Vista SP1 from Technet and decided to give it a try on my personal notebook. I tried installing SP1 over the existing Vista instance but it failed (after several attempts with extensive web search and after aplying every tip & trick / recommendation found, I give up) so I tried the upgrade path.So, I downloaded a Vista version with SP1 integrated, burned the image and launched the setup. To my surprise, the upgrade option was disabled (even if I boot from the Vista SP1 DVD) so I have only one option at this point.I went for the full install. It might sound a drastic measure but I really wanted SP1, so I did it. Made a full backup of everything, run the "Easy Transfer" (very handy) program and started the new setup.After that, I had the task of rebuilding my machine to the previous state, installing all software I use on daily basis first and the other stuff on "needed" basis.This was a lot of work and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, but I'm very happy with my decision because this new Vista is working flawlessly so far. My hibernation problems went away, the same for the unexplained high CPU usage from time to time, and the overall experience is now what I expect from my machine.So, if you are still waiting, go for it! Vista SP1 will make your life easier and pleasant....

    Andrés G Vettori
    MCSE/MCSD/MCT
    Systems Architect

    Leader of the C# Community of the Microsoft Users Group Argentina

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  • Vista RTM: so far, so good

    A couple of months ago I upgraded my home PC with the RTM version of Windows Vista Ultimate. I performed a clean install because the previous RC2 started to degrade and turned out to be a faulty disk drive. I have a SATA Raid controller on my motherboard and I was using a stripe-set volume configuration with two identical 80GB SATA drives, but one of them failed and I had to undo the RAID and install the new Vista using only one disk.

    After that, I have to say that my new Vista setup is running very smoothly. My machine is an old P4C 2.4Ghz with 2GB DDR RAM in dual channel configuration, at the time I build this baby it was the top of the line....  and still have some punch....

    The only thing I deeply regret is the fact I have a Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback joystick with the old DB15 joystick connector and it doesn't work anymore in Vista. I miss my force feedback joystick very much.....   support for old DB15 devices has been removed from Vista in favor of newer USB devices.....   I think that's too bad!

    Appart from that, I'm very pleased with Vista, and when I get my new notebook I will install Vista on it with no doubt.

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    Andrés G Vettori
    MCSE/MCSD/MCT
    EDS Top Gun - .NET Capability Architect

    Leader of the C# Community of the Microsoft Users Group Argentina

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  • Upgraded to Vista RC2

    Last week I upgraded my personal machine to the Vista RC2 version. It was running RC1 and for the most part it worked well, except for some blue screens and some extrange behavior with my video card making my machine to loose video after some time. This machine had Vista Beta2 but this version started to degrade after some time to the point I couldn't even login. At that time I recovered a backup of everything I needed and perform a clean install of RC1.

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