Nice summary so far, Paula. :) I've been running Vista Ultimate on my work laptop since November (when it was released to volume license customers). I have to agree that many of the best features of Vista are also the hardest to find. My personal experience has been that on my laptop, overall performance is at least as good as XP and better in some areas. I've had some software compatibility issues, but mostly with "fringe" software that I need for the consulting work I do. I've held off on upgrading my graphics PC at home. Looking forward to hearing more as you try things out!
The rep for CHOICE MAGAZINE(Australia) was on the radio recently telling people not to waste their money on Vista. The so called new security features were cracked by their tech heads in only a couple of hours. There are compatibily problems with a large percentage of older programs and your cpu will run way hotter.
I've been using Vista Home Basic version on my brand-new Dell for 2 weeks now, and am only now getting used to some of the "features." I have to shut off the User Account manager if I want to do a lot of file management, and sometimes the system will hang, but other than that, it's working OK for me. On the other hand, the Home Basic version doesn't have the fancy, animated Aero interface which chews up a lot of memory for... what? I dunno...
One piece of advice, though: if you use WinZip to deal with zip files, upgrade to version 11 if you haven't already done so. I was using WinZip 8, and Vista will not "see" any files extracted with it even though programs, e.i., Poser, Word, etc., can see them just fine. You can extract file directly with Vista, but it's a slow process, particularly with the User Account function engaged.
From everything I've read on Vista - it appears that Microsoft has once again jumped the gun in releasing a product thatcould very well use some additional tweaking. Overall Microsoft's main mission seems to be filling its pockets - not customer satisfaction. Which is alright for them to do, since they pretty much own the market when it comes to operating systems. If you were to swear off windows brand operating systems - you'd be left with two choices MAC or linux. As long as Microsoft doesn't release malware to force XP users to upgrade to Vista - I'm staying put. I know for a fact my programs run and that I can trust the stability of my OS.
Here's a dumb question. Does the 64bit version of vista backwards support 32bit apps? Just about everyone I know has a 64bit CPU now and none are taking advantage of them.
The greatest competition against Vista seems to be Windows XP. Frankly, what else do I need an OS for but to run my important programs reliably, support attached devices and "do stuff", email, browse the web, whatever. Why do I need to spend time and money to get to somewhere short of where I am already ?
Here's my two cents...every review that I have read about Vista has not been gleaming. And after that "joke" of an OS upgrade known as ME, I'm pretty hesitant to jump on the Vista bandwagon at this time.
I'm positive that after about two or three years, Vista will be a decent OS. After that, most of the tweaks and patches would have been published. But how can you not see that this whole Vista this and Vista that thing is nothing more than a ploy to get you to spend cash. And people actually help Microsoft in this endeavor by giving tuts like this and people like some in this forum actually fall for it.
Out the box, you are going to have to do some serious driver upgrading to get your current machine to run Vista properly. To get the full potential of the Aero desktop, you will need to make sure you have a video card that supports that.
While it's great that you are demonstrating to us that we can run Poser 6, 7, and other progs on this OS, I definitely feel that this is a "If it's not broke, don't fix it" scenario. If you purchase a new machine (whether it be laptop or desktop), you're pretty much stuck with Vista. But for those of us who are running an ironclad version of XP, it's great to know that Vista will handle some of our progs (total different from many of the reviews that I have read thus far), but in your humble opinion, do you really need to upgrade to Vista and go through all of this when XP works perfectly?
I'm sure I will get some negative feedback from this, but I work in the IT industry and you wouldn't believe how many Microsoft professionals feel uncomfortable with Vista, but about three or four years ago, we felt the same about XP.
Just my two cents.
Thanks for testing and letting us know this stuff, anyway. How else would we know?
Thanks for the continuing look at Vista, Paula!
I got a free upgrade to Vista with the recent purchase of a new PC, but I still can't seem to get myself to take that upgrade just yet.
Thanks for the info. I think I'm going to stick with Windows XP for the time being. :-)
Well think about it like this -
What is the biggest market for Vista? The home market of course!
Which computers arr most likely to be running the latest and greatest games? Home PC's yet again.
What version of DirectX will be the only one to support all the latest and greatest graphics innovations that will emerge with the new games very soon? DirectX 10 of course.
Now, which versions of Windows will DirectX10 support? Well, erm, only Vista!
Game, set and match, no pun intended. :/
Is there a button or option to switch off AERO with a single click?
Wow Paula what a wonderful job of touching on just a few of the ins and outs of Vista. I hope you will continue this series, as I am learning a lot, and I am glad you are the one who is doing some of the trial and hunts, so that I will not have to :]
One question. Do you think some of the earlier programs (for example: Photoshop 7 and Vue 4) will still function correctly in Vista?
Thanks again for the excellent research!
i won't install that svista stuff until i have my back against the wall...
By: Paula Sanders
deemarie - I really don't plan to put on older programs. Maybe someone has used these programs and can answer your question.
I'm glad you are learning from this series. That was my intent to try to touch on some of the hidden facts of Vista. I was not writing a review of Vista nor was I advocating it.
Thank you for the insight into Vista and what you have encountered so far with Poser and Vue.
Now as for me pesonally I won't go over to Vista till about 9 to 12 months for now. The reasons being there is only one DX 10 video card on the market at the moment Nvidia's. AMD/ATI Doesn't release there Card till the end of Next Month and you all know how expensive Flagship Video Cards are. Secondly there are no applications or games that have DX 10. Thirdly all of us XP users will not have access to DX 10 without going over to Vista, Microsoft's nice little ploy to make sure that you buy Vista sooner than later.
I will go to it but not till the bug fixes and the tweak guides come out to make it run as well if not better than XP.
Very useful info. I like the way these articles neither advocate nor bash Vista - they're observations, they describe facts, not beliefs.
Good to know that Vue 6 Infinite will run on Vista. Then again, I'm only interested in Vista 64 bit.
Keep up the series!
Very interesting and informative reading!
About those autostart programs...
There is on very handy tool available (actually two) from Mark Russovic...
and Process Explorer http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/processexplorer.mspx
Those two will tell you a lot about your system.
They have many other interesting tools at http://www.sysinternals.org
Well, it seems that the next Dell that I get will have Vista by default... I am dying to know if Maya will run smoothly on Vista but I don't think you can try.
BTW I read yesterday that the adobe programs don't run on Vista. Is it true?
That OpenGL is NOT Vista!
I was having the same video prob after re-installing XP and running Poser7.
I replaced the crappy MS video divers with real ones from my vid card manufactor.(nvidia)
I have found that you can tell Vista to run older programs in a compatibility mode, that is, if your program gets too many hiccups running under Vista, you can set it to run them under WinXP or Win2000 -- all the way back to Win95.
you know... reading comments here, people being scared of upgrading and applications not always working on the new system... kind of reminds me when Apple switched from System 9 to OS X. Don't mind me if I giggle a little bit. ;)
By: Paula Sanders
I use Photoshop CS2 on Vista all the time. It runs perfectly. The new Reader 8 didn't want to install for some reason, but reader 7 runs perfectly. I also have Illustrator on it and the rest of the CS2. They all installed fine. I just don't use them much except for Photoshop (all the time) and Illustrator (some).
I read a small positive artle on the future of Vista and 3D computing in a 3D magazine(I can't remeber which one or the issue). It mentioned Maya should run well. It didn't mention that they had tested it. I think the 3D mags should have articles on Vista and 3D programs.
Adobe programs don't run on Vista? Where did you see that?
I'm also interested to find out if Cinema 4D will run on Vista.
Just wondering if anyone else has this issue..??
I have Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 and Paint Shop Pro X. Both run fine under Vista.
However, when I try and open a photo with WIndows Explorer by Double Clicking on it the screen goes momentarily black and then I end up with an error message saying the Program has been changed Illegally. And the file will not open. This happens whether I set jpeg's to open with PSP or PSE.
Can't seem to fix it.
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There's a new Adobe Reader 8 for Vista.