Posts tagged ‘vista’

A Couple of Notes…mostly about OS software (and Ballmer Was Not Responsible)

Remember the ‘Vista Capable‘ bit on machines (with 512 meg of memory, no less)?  If you bought one, you should read that article.  These were basically the machines released before Vista was…oddly enough, there was a backlog (an inventory) on them too.  So they could only run Vista Basic.  Overstock.com even has quite a few of those machines left [I’m noting this because if you ignore the warranty, open the case, and add the memory, they’ll do just fine; the minimum is a gig, sweet spot starts at at least two gigs).  They could only run Vista Basic pretty sluggishly, too (although it speeds up a lot once the eye-candy is stripped).  Anyway, you’ll be pleased to know Steve Ballmer wasn’t involved.  No, didn’t know anything about it, he means.  He means, it was somebody’s–anybody’s–fault but his own.  Hell, it must be the janitor (it was the first link).

Second, and a big second.  When the new Windows OS comes out, DON’T BUY IT.  Wait for at least six months, generally at least a year.  This lets everyone get drivers actually updated and for the true final stage of beta testing to be complete.  Stay with your old one.  Remember Tiger Direct because you can get an old OEM Operating System (you can still buy Windows XP out of the box, legally, from here).

–Glenn

October 7, 2008 at 11:29 am Leave a comment

Vista: A Conspiracy

That’s right.  I finally figured it out.  It’s a conspiracy.

I mean, I know I’m old.  Not really old; that’s twice my age.  When I was five years old, though, by god, someone fifty-five years old got a little respect.  Now they tell me how young I am.  That really makes me eager to fumble out my reading glasses, you understand. 

 

As my readers know, I recently lost two computers.  One had XP Pro (64-bit), the other XP Home.  This one is Vista Home Ultimate (32 bit).  Those idiots at Microsoft have lost their ever-loving minds.  Having finally thought to change everything back to Windows Classic I can actually read the ***** font without reading glasses or a magnifying glass.  It all runs faster, too.  Just like that deactivation just prior to this in the Startup folder.  Which reminds me; thus, I’m terminating this entry.  Those who already read it and are reading this; the deactivation would be in the startup folder.  Don’t deactivate an exec file.  Theoretically you don’t know how to do it, and you don’t need to; you only need the reference to it deactivated, which is what “deactivating” (most) entries in the Startup folder means.

–Glenn

P.S.  As an added bonus as with every other Microsoft special that isn’t necessary…once removed, your computer runs faster.  Aero to Basic, and Classic View on everything you can find, particularly Folders in Control Panel and personalize on a right click on the desk top.

September 13, 2008 at 1:12 am Leave a comment

Vista and No Screensaver, Dell

It happens because of your Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse, version 3–hardware version, mind you–of the sending unit.  If you disable C:\Windows\system32\igfxtray.exe, it works.  Even Psych, my favorite screensaver…works.  In fact, it even goes into ‘sleep’ mode or whatever you want to call the reduced-power mode.  [the name of the file was edited.  What you disable it in is the startup folder.  Probably the easiest way to do this is to just get CCleaner and install it; trust me, the other tools will be immediately useful.  Works with Vista and XP, and I bet it still works with 2000, even ME.  Just disable, don’t delete it (although you could; it is not necessary to run on startup, doesn’t noticeably affect performance except in negative ways, and disables the screensaver at least on the Inspirons]

–Glenn

September 12, 2008 at 3:21 pm 3 comments

Another MicroSoft delay–but over XP??

This, in combination with growing consumer anger over the MS forcing the switch to Vista (the last I counted there were ten pages of comments in the referenced article–and although there were Vista defenders, they weren’t wildly enthusiastic as users were when XP was released), seems very likely to result in true market damage for the company.  Very few things, especially when they’re social “things”, are invulnerable.  The confidence of the people that are the target buyers is being shaken, and in a way that can’t be simply shrugged off.  I’d say the real problem started with integration of a browser with a file manager (silly me); however, that’s irrelevant.  Microsoft needs to fix Vista as much as possible, and get an excellent–not just viable–Operating System on the market, while maintaining XP, or the results are going to be beyond what anyone currently believes possible.

–Glenn

April 29, 2008 at 9:25 pm Leave a comment