Friday, April 6, 2007

Vista: Worth it?

8:57 p.m. - Start the prep and installation of Windows Vista Home Premium.

10:00 p.m. - Installation actually started after several updates and restarts.

11:37 p.m. - Vista installed!

1:13 p.m. - All updates done! (with several reoccurring errors yet to be deciphered by Microsoft.)

So a little less than 4 hours later, my parents have a computer that is running Vista incredibly fast and is utilizing the Windows Aero feature amazingly! The system runs great, there is very little slowdown (running applications, boot-up and shutdown) and it looks pretty!

Would I recommend this process to everyone? NO. Would I recommend that you either buy a computer with it pre-installed or have a tech-savvy individual do it for you? YES.

After all was said and done, I spent several hours just trying to figure out where everything was, how I thought my parents might like it to be set up, tried to figure out why the printer doesn't work and clicked away more than 50 pop up/notification messages. Besides a preference towards an expanded knowledge of computers, this process was just LONG.

So if you have a computer that is Vista capable (i.e. Lots of RAM, a big graphics card and a decent sized hard drive) then by all means feel free to install this operating system. Otherwise, stay away and wait until you are in dire need for a new computer and just have Vista pre-installed on it.

The effects are great, the organization is fun, a change in appearance was refreshing to the eyes, even the games are more challenging and amusing! But the time required for upgrade is just ridiculous!

Have a great night and as always feel free to leave your comments and definitely ask questions on this one.

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