There I was sitting and working and minding my own business when I heard bunch of noise outside of my office. So I took my headphones off to tune in to the conversation. One of the developers has gone out and bought Windows Vista Ultimate edition and was talking about installing it and trying it out. I have always tried out all of the Windows flavors since 3.1 as soon as they came out and even did beta runs for NT 4, XP, 2000, 2003 and even Vista. But for some reason after installing and running beta 2 of Windows Vista, I wasn’t very impressed. But when they were talking about installing Vista, I myself got curious to find out how good/bad is the released version. So I went and got myself a copy of Vista Ultimate as well.
I didn’t want to destroy my laptop so I decided to install it on my old computer. The specs of that computer are:
Intel Pentium 3.2 with hyperthreading, 2 gig ram, Nvidia GeForce Ultra with Dual DVI
First thing I noticed was that just starting the installation was REAL slow. I had blank screen for a minute or so. And right after the installtion was done, it was little laggy. That was very disappointing for me so I just didn’t want to deal with lag and decided I am just going to forget about it and get back to working on my laptop. Before I went to sleep, I switched my monitor to my desktop with Vista to shut down the computer. I noticed there was a notice saying that it just did updates. OK so maybe thats why there was the lag but still I didn’t feel like messing with it so I shut it down and went to sleep.
Then comes the weekend and my laptop was acting up. It would lag at boot up and my virtual machines won’t run. So I decided to install it on my laptop and see what happens. Specs: Dual core 2.13 cpu/2gig ram/7200rpm hard drive.
Surpirsingly install went really smooth. The part where it took more than a minute to start on my desktop, tooks less than 10 secs. I just let it finish doing updates after the boot up just to make sure there is no lag caused by that. Once it was done updating, I started to use it as I would. All my hardware was detected and was functioning after first bootup. Things seems to be faster as well. I \\’ed into one of my other machines and there was no lag whatsoever. Generally I notice couple secs lag when I do that. I hit a brickwall right when I tried to install McAfee Virusscan. Sigh… incompatible version.. and another.. diskeeper, incompatible. big sigh… at that point I decided to stop and continue this on later and see if I can get Vista compatible software.
Third/Final in series: http://crazytoon.com/2007/02/05/windows-vista-installation-update-2/