Blue on Windows Vista

April 2, 2008


I came into the office this morning to see that Blue had some opinions he wished to express about Windows Vista.

"In 1999 Microsoft gave us Windows ME, seven years later they gave us Windows ME 2 (Windows Vista)" – Blue

J: What do you mean Blue?

B: Well do remember Windows ME back in the 1990s? That was one poor excuse of an Operating System, built on not much better Windows 98 before it!

J: Yes I do, it was terrible, specially when you consider Windows 2000 Professional was available at the same time for business people. But surely Vista isn’t as bad as Windows ME Blue?

B: Your right, it isn’t, its worst that Windows ME! Vista is like a bad Sequel after XP, think Star Trek V, Sting 2, Star Wars 1, Speed 2, Batman & Robin, Jaws 4, Spiderman 4.

J: What, they are doing another Spiderman film?

B: Yeah!

J: So what is so wrong with Windows Vista?

B: Well you got a new machine the other day after your last Vista machine couldn’t repair itself and to be honest was a little under powered anyway (2.8 GHz 1.5 GB RAM and 128MB Video) . You also had a clients Vista machine that couldn’t repair itself either that week!

J: Yes and yes, but now my old Machine has Linux Ubuntu 8.04 on it.

B: I know, it feels like a new machine does it? And with 3D desktop enabled it puts Vista and Mac visual effects to shame?

J: Your right, it does Blue. But I think that’s a topic for another day

B: Well here is my list of complaints so far…

1. Forget about speed unless you have a 2.0GHz Duo machine and then I’d be looking at Quad Core if you can stretch to it

2. Control Panel mayhem, I can’t find anything quickly

J: Ah, but your meant to search for everything in Vista, programs, email, documents etc, that’s the thinking behind Vista

b: True, but try searching for "Windows Updates" and nothing will appear because you didn’t type it "Windows Update", that’s just laziness on Microsoft part

J: Okay, next

3. Coping files over network has only been fixed with Service Pack 1, why would they ship an OS with a problem like this?

4. Service Pack 1 actually slows down Vista, forget about it speeding things up or adding any new features

5. Mapped Network drives in a Workgroup environment never remember your passwords

6. How many ways do you need to shutdown the computer? Sometimes it doesn’t actually shutdown, it sleeps and even that doesn’t work correctly on your new desktop computer, remember this morning you wasted 20 minutes?

J: Okay, okay we are getting the picture, so what do you suggest?

B: Not much choice, Microsoft will stop large computer manufactures from ship XP machines in June, Windows 7 won’t be around till 2009/10. Linux debate always comes down to the choice of applications you need to run and isn’t as easy as Windows or Apple, although this is improving. Apple operating system has MS Office and Adobe applications going for it, but they are expensive compared to the specs of a Windows machine and if you’re a large company, Apple Servers are ludicrously expensive bit of kit, £3,000 for a basic server. What do you think Jamie?

J: Well I think if your out for a new laptop or desktop which will run Vista, 2 GB of RAM, 2 GHz Duo Processors and separate video card which doesn’t steal system memory or is what you should be aiming at.

Author: Support @ 8:00 am

A year on from Windows Vista

November 26, 2007

Mike at Digital Agency noticed this clever advert from Apple promoting bad press Windows Vista has received. Which prompted me to think about what features I like and dislike with the operating system. Check out the video if haven’t already seen it first.

The Good

  • The new Start Menu – I like the way you search for applications and documents within the start menu.
  • Snipping Tool – A simple tool makes my life a lot easier when it comes to screenshots.
  • Printer – Setting up a printer general seems like an easier affair.
  • User Friendliness – I suppose in area’s it a lot easier for the average joe to use, for long as they aren’t upset by the poor performance.
  • I’m struggling to think of anymore.

The Bad

  • Sync Center is not scalable – A small client of ours has recently grown from 2 to 7 machines within a space of a year. Windows Sync has proved it is not a 100% fool proof. Maybe it will work better when we switch to a Domain environment in the new year. I’d like to keep this for the Laptop users.
  • Control Panel Overload – If you switch to classic view the control panel is a complete nightmare.
  • Visual Effects – Both Apple and Windows are behind on this front when you look at Ubuntu.
  • Backup Software – Has had features removed so you can’t define just a directory to be backed up, no it has to be whole drive or nothing.

The Ugly

  • Hardware Hog – I’ve purchased decent laptop with 2GB of RAM and dual processors, yet it still seems to take a day to boot up.
  • Wireless Cards – I have had a couple of issues where Vista decides its going to forget the password for the wireless network.
  • Shutdown – Far too many shutdown options for the end user to choose from.
Author: Support @ 9:00 am
Category: Apple,Windows

How to speed up your computer – Part One

October 24, 2007

old computer

One of the most often asked IT support question is “My computer is running slow, do I need a new one”. Most of the time you don’t, your computer just needs a little bit of TLC. Over the coming weeks we are getting back to basics and showing you how with a little bit of knowledge, you can get few more miles out of your existing computer.

Uninstall programs you no longer use

Before you run a fancy program that guarantees to speed your PC, your best bet is uninstall programs that you no longer use. Word of warning, if you’re not too sure what the program does your best leaving it alone. Alternatively run the program to see what it does. To help you, below are a list of programs that probably won’t make much sense, but you should keep:-

  • Microsoft .net Framework (any version)
  • Java
  • Microsoft SQL
  • Adobe Reader
  • Adobe Flash
  • Anti Virus Program (Norton, AVG, McAfee, kaspersky, sophos etc)

Windows XP

  1. Click on Start
  2. Click on Control Panel
  3. Double click on Add or Remove Programs
  4. From the Sort By drop down select Date Last Used
  5. Work your way down the list of programs, clicking on Remove for programs you no longer use.

Windows Vista

  1. Click on Flag (Start)
  2. Click on Control Panel
  3. Underneath Programs, click on Uninstall a program
  4. Click on Views and select Details
  5. Click on Installed On to sort the list.
  6. Work your way down the list of programs, clicking on Uninstall for programs you no longer use.

Next time we will look at how to clean up wasted space on your computer.

Author: Support @ 10:00 am
Category: Windows