Windows Vista Revisited

 | May 24, 2008 10:03 AM

Windows VistaPreviously I had talked about my disappointment with Windows Vista in my Explaining the Macintosh Surge post.

Having been forced to play with it some more I must admit I kind of like it now. Here are some reasons.

  1. eye candy – it looks so much nicer than Windows XP
  2. ear candy – it sounds nicer than XP
  3. I like the sidebar gadgets

Issues that have annoyed others about Windows Vista like performance haven’t bothered me too much. My friend was pulling his hair out and I told him to upgrade from 1 GB to 2 GB of RAM and he says now he only has to reboot once a day so he’s happy. 🙂

The major issue I have with Windows Vista is its security. Vista tries to protect the user but so often I run into problems and I don’t know why and it turns out it is because of the security. For example I could not install the drivers for my annoying, never should have bought, Lexmark X4550. I finally was able to install it after I installed it as an administrator and turned off User Account Control. Previously I kept getting an error message that the installer could not wirelessly connect to the printer but it had something to do with the security controls preventing the communication. Several times I had problems with trying to install Internet Explorer plugins where the browser would just spin because Vista security was not letting it but I received no error message.

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