Just to warn you in advance that there is a fair chance that this post will turn into something of a rant as I’m now into day 2 of life with Microsoft Vista and the grass is certainly not always greener.
First off this is totally my fault as I didn’t need to upgrade, I’ve been using XP for years and been pretty happy with it. But it’s coming up to the end of my tax year and anything I don’t spend I have to give 40% to the government to waste (that could easily be rant #2), so I thought this would be a good time to give Bill a bit more cash and upgrade to Vista Ultimate.
The upgrade appeared to go fairly smoothly, inserted the DVD, followed the instructions and a couple of hours later Vista was ready to run, yeah right.
First off I fired up Firefox, which ran but like an absolute dog and could only connect to about 10% of the sites I tried. I then fired up IE to see if I could find a solution which reported “Internet Explorer has stopped working“, bugger. So resorted to a spare PC to find a solution, which turned out to be nice and simple and just required me to “Reset Internet Explorer Settings” (thanks heaps Peter Bromberg).
I could now search for what the problem was with Firefox, this turned out to be something to do with my firewall router and Vista not getting along. Running a command prompt with:
netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=highlyrestricted
fixed that problem (thanks ITsVISTA).
It now all appeared to be working, though when ever I left my PC for 1/2 an hour or so it would go into some strange sleep mode where the only way I could awaken it is to do a power toggle at the mains. So next reboot I’m greeted with “Windows Sidebar has stopped working“, which I must admit I’m just ignoring for now (I’ve got a watch so do I really need another clock).
So a day goes by and I fancy listening to a bit of music while I work, so plug in my iPod and install iTunes and watch my PC crash and burn.
Five reboots later (3 in safe mode) I seem to be running again. So start up Windows Media Player, press play and hear bugger all. It turns out my sound card can now do random beeps but not a lot else, great.
Update drivers for sound card, well try to update drivers but midway through I am greeted by a BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death). Five reboots later (why does it always take 5) I’m back to a semi stable machine with no sound.
For me so far Vista has saved me minus six hours and it still isn’t working right and reinforced the lesson “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it it“.
If anybody else has any Vista horror stories please let me know, but if your upgrade went all nice and smoothly I really don’t want to know.