I have been using Windows new much hyped Operating System from over 6 months now. Most of the things are nice but there are few areas where it could have improved. I’ll try to list them here. These are 100% according to my own experience and my machine configuration and may vary from system to system.
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Let’s start our Vista story,
- Driver Drivers Drivers
This is the worst part of my Vista life. Somethings that worked fine on Xp, were not able to run on VISTA. There are no Vista compatible drivers available for them.
First thing that I want to list here is my Creative 5.1 Live sound card. I bought this card and a set of Creative 5.1 speakers few months ago. They worked without any trouble on XP. Vista came and all things went off. There were no drivers available for the sound card. I searched a lot, but to my surprise, Creative have decided not to work on Vista drivers for this sound card. I don’t know why they didn’t want to work on this, but this is just not good. If they converted all their Xp drivers into Vista why leave this product. It’s sad. I have tried all generic drivers available but none of them works. Problem is that although I am having 5.1 speakers capable of surround and DTS sound, I have to listen to stereo output. One of my rear speaker is not working. I have decided not to buy any product from creative in future.
Next came my TV Tuner card. I bought Pinnacle’s PCi TV tuner card which according to mighty Pinnacle is (was) 100% vista compatible. I don’t know what they mean to say when they write -“this product is 100% vista compatible.” Vista didn’t even noticed their product. I searched a lot, both on open source websites and Pinnacle driver support, but nothing concrete. I downloaded about 100 mb of different driver packages from Pinnacle that promised to make my TV Tuner work on Vista, but nothing worked. At last, after 1 month of my purchase, some one from Pinnacle responded to my query that i had put on their support site. They provided me the link to appropriate driver. It worked. At least they were better than Creative guys.
I bought new handset, Motorola E6 smart phone. It’s so damn smart that Vista decided to totally ignore it. Motorola USB didn’t worked, so no matter what I do, vista never recognises that something known as Motorola Smart phn is attached to my PC. As you all know by now, Motorola USB drivers are not compatible with Vista. I have tried different driver packages but nothing works. I am planning to sell of this phone and buy a Sony Erricson one soon. I heard they are out with their Vista drivers.
One of my friend, Prashant, bought a new HP laptop with (LOL) Vista OS. He came to my house to get some music. I have a 40 GB USB Hard Drive and we planned to use that to transfer data. I attached that drive to my PC, copied the songs and then attached that drive with my friends laptop. You know what, his Vista didn’t recognised my drive. I must say, Vista profiles drivers according to user. That’s bad. When we both had Vista Ultimate, this should have never happened.
- MS own products are not Vista Compatible
I count myself as .Net developer and for this I need to have some things that are usually not found on every other PC. These things are Visual Studio and SQL Server. Both these are products developed by Microsoft. I had Visual Studio 2003 and 2005 and both SQL 2000 and 2005 installed on my XP machine. There was a software, a small application, provided by Microsoft to check which of my applications will not run on Vista. To my delight, result showed, none of my application will fail and everything will work fine. I installed Vista, and guess what, both Vista and SQL didn’t worked.
I tried installing SQL 2005 and VS 2005 as it thought, they will work fine. But somewhere Bill Gates was smiling, thinking, Aha Gaurav got Vista and he thinks everything will work fine, how foolish someone can get 🙂 . I ran VS 05 installer and a great looking message box popped up, Hey Gaurav!, I know u want to install VS 2005, I know u have broadband on your machine and I know u will do whatever it takes to keep your Vista, so please download and install this Visual Studio 2005 update from http://www.microsoft.com, it’s just 80 mb in size. Good Luck! Then what, i downloaded that 80 mb, installed it and everything worked fine.
Next came SQL 2005, and to my horror I needed one vista update and one SQl update to get this going. Download size approximately 300mb. This is not good, Microsoft should have used space left behind on VISTA Ultimate DVD to copy all these required updated for us. I am blessed with a good Internet connection, but not everyone is, so Microsoft and other companies should think about this. 300+80 mb means a lot here in India.
- Hardware companies playing the spoil sport
It’s again related to drivers. I don’t know what these hardware companies were doing when MS was creating Vista. Were they asleep? I think they were sleeping. Sometimes they don’t have drivers and sometimes they say they have them but links that they provide only helps you download some junk to your PC. USB drivers are missing, what’s going on guys, wake up else you will be out of market soon. Motorola and Creative are leading contenders this so called ”soon to be out of market” race.
- Blue Screen
I am facing this problem from first day of my Vista life. Boot process just kicks off and Blue screen shows up and it gets restarted again. After trying 2-3 times everything works fine as if this is the best computer with best OS. Earlier message with which that blue screen greeted me was, “Recent hardware change corrupted some thing…”, then after few months it got changed to, “PFN_LIST_CORRUPT.” Will someone tell me what I am supposed to do. I ran BIOS update for my mother board, but all in vain.
- Com Surrogate
This is another one that I am having from day one. It stopped recently but I don’t know how. May be some windows update solved that. It happened when ever I went near to any movie [.avi] files. Some blogs says un-install Nero, but I swear it didn’t helped. I hope this is not coming back to me in future.
- Windows updates without any bug fix details
Every week MS guys are ready to patch up Vista with new updates. There is no detail regarding what is being updated. Updates are categorized as Recommended, Security and optional. I hope! every one will agree with me that there should be some sort of release notes attached with these updates.
- Internet Explorer Crashes
Aha! I found a bug in IE. If you try to run multiple You tube videos at the same time in one browser window in separate tabs, IE will crash. I need this fixed as soon as possible. I have started using Firefox for You Tube. Let’s hope MS fixes this soon.
- Windows Explorer Crashes
This was some bad software that i installed. It’s fixed now.
- No Updates for Windows Defender
- Which Antivirus should I use?
- Folder views are same everywhere
- Pinnacle TV Tuner wakes up when Vista is sleeping
I’ll keep updating this list as soon as i found new things bugging me. Please! hope this list doesn’t gets too long. I like Vitsa for its speed and Visuals and I don’t want to see inkish XP again.
to be continued….