The One with the Thoughts of Frans

Windows Vista

Two days ago I decided to install the recently released Windows Vista to my laptop.

I was unimpressed until I discovered the new volume control.

For the rest it includes various improvements like a speed on file copying. Also, know that annoying “preparing to delete” from every other Windows version? This one tells you exactly what it’s doing while preparing (“x files left to prepare”). Very nice.

But that’s not all the fun, there are degradations like tiny preview-based alt+tab as well. As I understand I have to go into the registry to get back the “classic” alt+tab.

For the rest, best installation I’ve ever seen, but 7GB free (10GB free preferred) is an awful lot of space and it seems I’m using 645MB or RAM right now for Opera and Windows Live Messenger only, which admittedly is only about 50-100MB more than XP did.

All in all I just have some minor hardware incompatibilities left (like my webcam), which I assume will be fixed soon.

Oh, one last thing. The mousecursor looks exactly like the one in Ubuntu.


  1. I did a test install on my spare hard drive and it worked really well. I like the new interface and some of the new features are just amazing. I want to know why the 3D flip bit isnt the default for ALT + TAB, would have made more sense.

    Overall it a nice operating system though. Not mad about the sidebar but iI dont like widgets either so I think it’s just the general idea of them.

    February 3, 2007 @ 14:05Permalink
    Matt Oakes

  2. Yeah, this sidebar thing is really kind of useless.

    February 3, 2007 @ 17:02Permalink

  3. As you probably know, I really don’t like Vista at all. It looks nicer, but really I just like OSX way too much to really care about Vista.

    I prefer the Dashboard. I perfer Expose. I even prefer the better distance of the cmd key over ctrl for shortcuts.

    February 5, 2007 @ 4:41Permalink
    Ethan Poole

  4. i’ve tried vista out a bit as my mate has it and i dont particularly like it. it may be that i am just use to xp (which will be part of it) but i found that a lot of the features it has are pointless, to me anyway

    March 5, 2007 @ 17:43Permalink

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