Two Annoying Vista Problems Solved!

Okay I admit it. I like Vista. I didn’t want to like it, really. I’m a VB developer, not a gamer, not a heavy office user, I know the difference between an .exe and a .dll, I keep my own dang files organized — I don’t need the OS to index anything while taking up my precious CPU!

But.. it happened.

A month ago I got a new Lenovo T60p and after about 2 hours on Vista and Office 2007 I was hooked. Development has its bumps (it always does) but it’s been a good experience so far, much better than I thought it would be. 

There are a couple annoying things, however, like when I attach a SQL-Express database it coughs up an error and puts the database into read-only mode. I just have to set it back to read-write everytime. Turns out I just need to run SQL-Server Management Studio as an administrator to get around this problem.

The most annoying thing for me was that when I click on a Visual Studio Solution (.sln) file it would do nothing. Nada. Ziltch. Bummer. I was already running VS as an administrator. Today I finally decided to look around the web for a solution/hack. Here’s what I found and it works great! I know a couple people in our .NET User Group were griping about this a while back. BTW, this came from the same blog as the SQL attach post above. Thanks to Bryan Phillips.

Two annoying Vista problems solved. :-)