Good Riddance to Vista

I recently acquired a Dell XPS M1210 notebook care of my company’s salary packaging policy. Since it was a Dell machine, I got to choose which components and software that goes with it.

This time around, I decided to go for a smaller 12″ notebook. My older laptop has a 17″ screen and weighs over 2kg. Sure the older laptop was a better desktop PC replacement but it was too heavy and too big to bring along with me on a frequent basis. What good is having a laptop if I’m just going to be using it mostly at home? I don’t notice the small screen size on the notebook at all. It actually has a crisper and more vibrant display than the older laptop.

The machine I got has a 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo processor (or should I say processors?), 2GB SDRAM, 120GB hard disk and a 256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 graphics card. It should be enough to run Microsoft’s latest operating system: Windows Vista.

With the new OS out, nearly all computer manufacturers are selling PCs that come with Windows Vista only. Thankfully, Dell still offers their PCs to come with the venerable but reliable Windows XP. However, I didn’t take advantage of this. After reading all the hype about Windows Vista and what its advantages are, I decided to take the plunge into Vista. And boy, did I regret it!

The new Aero graphical user interface on Vista definitely looked slick and cool but I thought it was too different from what I was already accustomed to with XP. In the end, it slowed me down a lot during the first few days of my using Vista. I have no problem if it was just a different interface but there were things I just couldn’t do in Vista.

That was the least of my problems with Vista though. My main issue with it was its poor backward compatibility. I have been using PCs for a long time now and I have accumulated software that I’d like to continue using. And with Vista, I couldn’t use most of it. I even tried. I couldn’t even get Outlook 2000 to get my email. It seems like the only way to solve my software problems are to buy brand new software that would replace my old ones. No way am I going to spend more money.

I lost a lot of time looking for new freeware that would be compatible with Vista to replace the ones I have that won’t work on the new OS. I wasted a lot of time configuring Vista. Basically, I just wasted a lot of time and all I wanted to do is start using my new notebook.

In the end, I dumped Vista and reinstalled Windows XP instead. Reinstalling the OS itself was easy. I encountered another problem after the installation though. The device drivers and software that came with the notebook were all designed to work on Vista, not XP. That meant that I had to download all the drivers and software from Dell’s website first. And now that I have XP installed, I can’t get the bluetooth and the USB TV Tuner that came with the notebook to work at all.

I’m sure I’ll figure out how to make those two modules to work eventually. Right now, I’m very happy to be using Windows XP again. Maybe someday in the future, I’ll install Vista on my notebook again. For now, good riddance.

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Published in: on June 13, 2007 at 12:30 pm  Comments (4)