After a weekend with Vista

VistaOrangeVista was driving me nuts and I posted some of my frustrations at the end of last week.

The response was interesting. There were a couple ignorant slashdotters who chimed in with the used sore looser crap.

Mostly though, I got reminded how smart my blog readers.

There were answers or explanations to all my frustrations.

My problem with the AJAX Control Toolkit download was simple. I just need to unblock the downloaded file before decompression or installation. Not too bad.

The problem with access my pictures folders was an interesting. He link I was clicking on was a symbolic link to help with backward compatibility so that when a program expects the link which allays existed on Windows XP, things will work.

Those links are hidden, but as a developer / systems weenie, when I install a fresh OS I un-hide everything. While I still think that administrators should be “all powerful”, it cures my frustration to know that the behavior is intentional and there was a reason behind the decision.

So, after a weekend of Vista, I have all my core tools working. In fact, I have all my demos for PHP Quebec and Ajax World running on Vista including ASP.NET and PHP Interop, COM from PHP .NET from PHP, ATLAS from PHP Virtual Earth from PHP, even WPF/e from PHP.

Change stings, especially when your work load doesn’t leave time for play, but I thought I’d update.

For me IIS 7 is worth all the frustration to get up and started.

Visual Studio 2005 seems to be working fine and is faster after replacing the beta “Visual Studio Update for Vista” with the release version.

Orcas on Vista will be like Christmas.

Thanks for all the hints and comments.

Comments (1)
  1. My laptop was stolen a few days ago and i just purchased a new one, it came with windows vista home basic installed and 80gb harddrive,512mb ram

    the widows opened in slow motion,,after checking performance it says there is not enough ram to run os, i deleted everything that could be deleted including the security which freed up 1/3 space and the windows a loading a little faster.I also tried to install some software and was given a messege that it was not compatible with windows nt 6.0

    My personal opinion of windows vista is it was overloaded with too many features and the computer manufaturers dont seam to understand what is required for vista to run properly.

    I will be returning my laptop in a few day and purchasing something without an os or with linux or apple.

    after dealing with vista basic and things still dont work properly.

    there should be a downgrade for unsatisfied customers to xp home which would make a lot of people happy that is frustrated now.

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