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Upgraded to Windows Vista Ultimate last night(thanks Nate!)


  • The install took FOREVER. When it first starts installing the screen says something like "This may take a few hours". Well, when I saw that I smiled to myself, looked at my badass rig and said, "Not for me it won't. I'll be done in 30-45 minutes." Two hours later...you get the picture.

  • Aero is not all that I hoped for. Maybe that comes from using some awesome linux desktops enhancements recently like Beryl and gdesklets and some others, but it's just not wowing me. Don't get me wrong, I think the new alt-tab and flip3d are pretty nice, it's just that I've seen better recently. So it is a lot nicer than XP, just not amazing.

  • Speaking of graphics, WoW looks truly amazing. It's like going from regular TV to high def TV. It's so crisp and smooth and beautiful. I would have upgraded if only for this. I'm not sure exactly why this is, maybe something with Windows rendering, maybe the new DirectX, maybe it's because Vista is using all of my ram now(although it only displays that I have 3gb, documentation says it uses all 4gb), whatever it is, I'm totally stoked about that benefit. Oh, and also, alt-tabbing from a game window has no lag at all. In XP, it would hang a bit, now it is instant.

  • All in all the install, though long, went without a hitch. I did run into some problems post install.

    • AVG took some wrangling to uninstall and reinstall, so if you use this, uninstall it before you upgrade and reinstall it after.
    • My nVidia card needed new Vista drivers which were easily downloaded and installed from their website. You might want to uninstall your drivers before the install if you don't want to have a crackling, skipping, wacked out screen for a while. Speaking of that, there is no support for SLI in Vista as of today, but I hear it's coming soon. I disabled my SLI and stuck my second 7950GT in the new machine in anticipation of this.
    • You'll need to re-enter your network configuration if you use static IPs after install.


  • I haven't really poked around much other than that. Most of the interfaces seem pretty similar to XP, although the styling has changed.

    • There's no progress meter or graphic in Disk Defrag'r. I hate programs that just run with no indication of how far along they are or graphical indicators! ;)
    • Add/Remove Programs has a new look, nothing special.
    • Windows Update runs as a program window now instead of an IE window.
    • Oh, the search, as proclaimed, is indeed super fast, and honestly I believe that that may have been what took so damn long for the install, was indexing every file on my computer. But I did a couple searches and they instantly showed every file on my machine with the keyword in the name. Not bad, Vista.

  • Everything, in general, seems to go a little bit faster than it did before.

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democritus
Mar. 9th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
It's 32-bit. I've been reading around on a lot of MBs and usually the concensus is that windows can and is using the RAM, but it doesn't always display it. Something like it is using 3gb for the system and 1gb for the hardware or some crap.

Yeah, I have no idea what's up with WoW. It's pretty awesome though. This is what I always expected to see with the system I have.
thesquirrelfish
Mar. 9th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
I had thought I wouldn't upgrade to Vista, but if it makes things faster & prettier...
jamespolk
Mar. 9th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
I installed WoW last night on the new computer just to see what it looked like.

All video settings maxed out, 22-inch widescreen monitor and it looked pretty damn good. Don't know to what degree Vista contributed to that.

I haven't the patience for building my own systems anymore so I just went to Fry's and bought this.

So, I didn't have to do an upgrade or an install of Vista and out of the box it worked reasonably well. The only problem was that it wasn't liking the 1680x1050 resolution of my new monitor and so the right 15% of the screen was off the right side of the monitor. To advance through some of the start up stuff I had to just mouse over and click like a mad man until I got lucky.

Haven't done any serious poking around but so far I've installed all of my necessary Web work software (Firefox, Filezilla, HomeSite, PhotoImpact) without any of them having problems. Am loving the full media center functionality. Have the cable hooked up and am using it as a DVR. Now to figure out how to get it out to the TV for comfortable watching and put in a separate 500GB hard drive for storage.

The gadget bar, so far, doesn't have anything to impress me and a quick look online doesn't find anything of much interest.

Sometime next week I'll get around to uninstalling all of the preinstalled crap (why I would I want a Yahoo search box in my taskbar?).
jamespolk
Mar. 9th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
By the way, I don't know if you'd know anything about this but for the first time I have a computer and a monitor that can use DVI cables. One didn't come with either, though, so I am just using the VGA cable that came with the monitor.

Looking around it seems to be the consensus that switching to the all digital DVI cable won't really make that much difference. If you've used one, do you have an opinion?
democritus
Mar. 10th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
Oooh that's a nice machine. I don't really know how much a difference it makes. I used both a DVI cable and component video cables on the DVR I built a couple years ago and didn't notice any difference. On our current setup I've used DVI, component and HDMI cables and the only difference I noticed was moving the the HDMI. To me, it sounds kind of counterintuitive since a digital signal should be a digital signal(I was just switching to HDMI to reduce cable clutter, 1 cable > 5 cables), but the HDMI looks better to me.

Also, it looks like your video card has a TV out, so running a cable to your TV will be no problem at all.

I run the same resolution on the same size monitor and my graphics were messed up until I loaded the new nVidia drivers. The sidebar seems ok, I'm glad that they set it up so people can build apps for it. I DLed a few today from their site, a new weather one, a new clock, a multi-purpose google plugin, a new cpu/ram monitor and something else. I'm sure better apps will come out when more people are suing Vista.
thesquirrelfish
Mar. 9th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah I just happened across this today, and it's all about that. You said you'd already been reading about it but it's still a pretty good looking article on the subject to me so I thought I'd share. http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000811.html
democritus
Mar. 10th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
Hmm, that's interesting, thanks. I guess I'll put that other stick of ram in my new machine.
sarahpolk
Mar. 9th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
stuck my second 7950GT

Wait, you've got two 7950 GTs running in your PC? Good god, man, no wonder your WoW renders so nicely. Jeez.

btw Alex has been eerily mum about it, but he bought himself a new HP media center desktop earlier this week that was preloaded with Vista. It's one reason why you saw Janubah log in very briefly last night; he wanted to see how WoW looked in his new rig.

He was standing outside of WoW and other than really nicerly rendered graphics, the place was a ghosttown. I didn't see anyone else in the time he was standing outside Org.
democritus
Mar. 9th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
Honestly, running with one card in Vista, it looks better than when I was running two in SLI in XP.
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