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My experience of Installing Windows Vista RC1

Installing Vista RC1, Exploring, page 3

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This is a screen shot of the Start Menu, All Programs, different then XP, the folders expand down, I like the way MS set it up, takes up less room and should be faster. The links on the right open like in XP if there is an arrow, they scroll out. The icon at the top right changes, when you run your mouse over the link. Vista comes with Windows Mail, it now comes with a Junk email filter, Spell Checker WOOT and a Phishing filter, way to go MS, very nice. The Mail also comes with a Improved Search feature and it says you can upgrade your Outlook Express, hmmm, will do a search on Google for that download. Notice the new Start Button and the transparency in the bottom of the button, there is a lot of that in Vista, looks really cool, when you run your mouse over a button it lights up. When you click the icon on the top right it takes you to your User Account. I am running as Admin so on the left pane are Tasks, I can well heck another screen shot is in order.


The Vista User Account utility, look at the Tasks on the left side. You have a lot of features, one that is nice for Parents is on the bottom, Parental Controls. You will be able to control the Content children view on the web, you can set time limits on their accounts, control what games they can play and allow or block specific programs that they can use. You have the option to choose a game rating system for your children Acct and you have a Family Safety Option which informs you to read the child's Activity Report, weekly, everyday and never, it logs what the child does on the computer. You would need to turn on the Activity Reporting feature in their user acct, screen shot is in order, the Parental Control is a really, really, important feature Microsoft, Thank You !!


This is the screen shot of the options you will have as a Parent in charge of your child's User Account on Vista. Thank You again Microsoft, I wish this had been available in earlier versions of Windows, I'm happy to know my Daughter will have these features when my granddaughter starts using a computer.


Well that was fun finding these and installing my first driver in Vista, lol. I still need to see if my Sound Blaster Live card will work, I think I will explore some more, let ya know what I find. A couple things I'm going to find more about is the Windows Market Place and Vista has a new search page called Live Search, very similar to Google's search page and you choose what search engine to use for your searching. The Windows Market place is an online store to buy software, hardware and you will not need the cd or the license key for your downloaded software. You get a Digital Locker to store all your purchase information and you can access it from any computer, check out the future of shopping.

Just an update on how Vista is running, smooth as silk, I really like it and I'm running Ultimate. I think I read some where online that it will cost $449.00 for Ultimate, going to be a little to much for this boy. I believe the Home version will be around $233.00. Upgrading will be Ultimate $269.00 and Home $116.00 I never upgrade, tends to lead to problems and if you need to reformat, it will ask you for the earlier version cd, which means you cannot install it on a different hard drive. So I buy the full install so I can still have the older version on a different computer.
When I tried to install Vista on a slave drive, it installed a Bootloader on my XP Pro drive. I was not able to install Vista on the slave drive, I had to unhook the XP drive and hookup the other drive as the primary and then I installed Vista. Ok I am going to try and hook the Vista drive up as the slave drive and see if I can boot to my XP Pro and Vista, first I am going to set a restore point. Hmm my Welcome Screen for System Restore is disabled, trying to figure out why. I installed a bunch of windows updates, including IE 7, which was buggy, so I removed it and am trying to reinstall it, which is just sitting there doing nothing. Ok for some odd reason all screens I open are behind the main screen that is opened, errr, now I need to figure out what the heck is doing that. Reinstalling IE 7 now, that was the problem, System Restore works again, now to set a restore point. I cannot hookup the Vista drive as a slave drive, it shuts down the computer at boot. So now I am going to try and remove the boot loader screen using VistaBootPro, cool, deleted Vista and restored the XP boot files, it is now back to normal. They have an updated version of VistaBootPro 3.10, it is a free program and it works with XP Home, PRO, x64 and MCE 2005.


Well Vista has been out for awhile now and I still have not upgraded or installed it on any of my computers. I have been reading that Vista is not to good for gaming and still has problems with drivers, not supported as well as XP. You also need a lot more memory when running Vista and it can be kind of a pain with all the security features, it is also very expensive. The prices are coming down on some versions of Vista, but I still like XP better and Vista still cost's to much. XP has been rock solid for me so I really do not feel that Vista offers any real reasons to stop using XP. I have read that some people that buy new computers with Vista installed are buying the retail version of XP to replace Vista on their new computers. The retail version of XP is much cheaper then Vista and does perform well, so why buy Vista. I do like the features for the User Accounts, if your family uses the computer and you have User Acct's setup for each of them, I would say go with Vista, but if your family does a lot of gaming, then stay with XP for now. I am looking around for a Laptop and will probably get one with Vista as the OS, I would rather have XP, but I would like to see for myself how the released version is compared to the Beta I had, I will be getting Vista Home Basic or Premium not Ultimate.
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