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My experience of Installing Windows Vista RC1

Installing Vista RC1, Exploring, page 2

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These are some more screen shots from Vista. This one is a neat feature, when you hover your mouse over the icon in the Taskbar, such as a web page, it pops up a view of what the page is. Handy if you have a lot of pages minimized on the Taskbar.

Vista Screen shot

This is a screen shot of the Resource Monitor, I noticed vista was using 38% of my RAM, good thing I have 1 gig of RAM. You are going to need a lot of memory or RAM for Vista.

Vista Screen shot

The next screen shot is the Task Manager, you do the same as XP, right click on the Taskbar-Properties. Looked at the Services or Processes, 47 running and using 405 MB of RAM or Memory, think I will turn off the unneeded services lol. 16% of my CPU is being used and all I have running is the Task Manager, gonna need some real horse power for this baby!

Vista Screen shot

Well that is a little more info, just kind of snooping around to see what is different then XP. Some neat features and new programs, haven't tap into it all yet, going to install my Sound Blast Live card and some games to see how it runs, have not bought a new game lately, hmm have to see what I have.

I ran PC Pitstops full tests with Vista, you have to click a lot of boxes to allow it to start and finish all the tests. Came through with everything OK except the receiving buffer size, Vista apparently has a default setting. So I did the Registry Edit and I'm rerunning the tests. You still get to the registry using regedit but there are now DWORD and QWORD keys. Well everything passed with a checked flag that time, it lists Vista as Windows Vista Pro. I see I am using generic drivers for the graphics card, do I dare try the Vista drivers, yep Nvidia has vista drivers for my GeForce 6600 card, here goes a the first driver update. Hmm no Add/Remove utility, it is now called Programs and Features, no Nvidia installed. Did not need to create a downloads folder was already setup in My Documents folder, a Saved Games folder, Favorites, Searches, Links, Contacts and my brcpl text file, log file of what I'm doing on the computer. Vista is really nice looking, a lot of transparent stuff going on, menu bars, mouseovers. Right now my card is running on WDDM, say Nvidia driver version 6.14.10.9564 downloading 96.33, 36.6 MB, has a new Control Panel for Vista, 2 MB to go. Download froze, dang gotta cancel and retry it, using a different link, slow connection speed 47.1KB/Sec.

13 min later download complete, here goes my first Vista driver install, lol. Had to give permission to install, not verified so had to give permission for that, installed and rebooting "crosses fingers" lol. Booted back into Vista, right click on desktop and you now choose Personalize, you now get a page of links for the desktop settings, let see, Display Settings, yep same Window, Advanced Settings, hmm same settings, shows new driver version, OK where is the Nvidia Control Panel, in the Control Panel. Has 3D Settings and Display, 3D allows for performance and Quality, I will leave it at the default, let application decide for now. You have a Standard view and an Advanced view for the Nvidia Control Panel. Everything looks good and running great, it is actually using less RAM now, from 39% to 35% and 2% CPU from 1%. Well looks like I will need a page 3 lol, so I guess I will do that next.

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