I’ve just started using Windows Vista in earnest, having moved from XP to a newer laptop and I’ve just got to say that it’s the worst piece of trash I’ve ever had the misfortune to use. It makes Windows 3.1 look positively radiant, and it’s no surprise to me that people have been flocking to the Apple Mac in droves if this is the best that Microsoft can do. It’s slow, buggy, unbelievably and I mean unbelievably annoying and breaks just about every Windows convention that has been established over the past 20+ years. What on earth were the development team thinking? It’s really beyond pathetic.
I’ve been running it for a week or so now, and every day there’s a new nightmare to deal with. Today it was half a day wasted because the stupid thing a) decided to stop unzipping files properly (I’d just end up with an expanded empty folder, which is apparently a bug. The fix is to download a 3rd party tool like 7–Zip and use that – great!) and b) stopped downloading files from the Web completely.
This is a real doozy. The file arrives on the machine and then is immediately deleted by the operating system. Wow, brilliant. After hunting all over the Interwebs I finally discovered a work-around, to download an add-on utility for Firefox called Custom Download Manager and switch off the ‘Scan Files When Completed’ setting. Which seems to fix things. Yep, it looks like good ole Vista security – oh how you’ll get to hate that word if you start using Vista in earnest people – is being so safe that it’s wiping out any files that land on your hard disk. Absolutely totally garbage.
Anyway I’m going to stop now before I go completely off the rails, but boy is Vista one huge foul smelling crock of dog mess.
Here’s a couple of other tweaks I learned over the past few days trying to wrestle this filth into submission –
- If you get stuck with not being able to delete a folder on an external drive, try downloading the free Unlocker program. It worked for me when Vista refused to let me delete an old folder taking up space on an external yesterday.
- If you have trouble getting Vista to record streaming audio, try following the instructions on this site to enable the hidden Stereo Mix setting.
- How to activate the hidden Admininstrator setting on Vista.
- How to overcome the Access Denied to Documents and Settings problem. Oh you’ll enjoy that feature folks, yes you will.
- Changing permissions and taking ownership of your files. How dare we want to do stuff with our files, eh? Tsk.
- Oh and speeding it up? Get rid of the dumb Aero bloat immediately, by going to the control panel, click on Performance Tools – Advanced Tools – Adjust the Appearance… and on the Visual effects tab select Adjust for Performance. It’ll look horrible. But if you then go and right mouse click on the desktop and select Personalize – Theme and select Windows Vista, you’ll get a fairly decent looking interface which runs at a decent clip without all that useless Aero bling bloat.
- And if your sound disappears suddenly for no reason at all, just check in the Control Panel – Sound – that Vista hasn’t randomly deselected the working audio driver settings in favour of something that doesn’t work. Well if it can happen to me like that….
[Update: Vista problem of the day today? Now will not re-establish wireless connection after coming out of sleep or hibernate mode. Fix? Go to Control Panel – Device Manager – Network Adapter, and disable the wireless network adapter. Wait a couple of seconds, then enable it again. Voila, network connection restored. Lovely little bug, this one. At this rate I may just start a Windows Vista Problem of the Day series!]