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  • Mar 24, 2008
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Received Windows Vista Ultimate with SP 1 today in the mail, as is the usual with Mircosoft products, I backed up everything of importance and then took my chances trying to upgrade my XP pro system to VIsta Ultimate. Can you guess what happened? That's right, SOMETHING went wrong, not sure what, but when it was practically done installing, my computer would boot up and I'd see nothing but black and my mouse pointer. It could be because of my Nvidia drivers, perhaps I should have installed the vista ones before I upgraded, but I'll never know. In either case I did a clean install and wouldn't you know it, works pretty well. I would thus caution those wanting to simply upgrade their system that it would probably be best to just do a clean install as you'll avoid, I'm sure, a lot of problems in the future.

Starting up Vista I like that you can easily find what programs in your system need to be upgraded (video card, etc), very convenient. It took me a while to get aero working, had to call a few friends and find out why it wasn't working from the start, but otherwise it's working more or less flawlessly for the past few hours.

What is quite annoying is that anytime you want to do anything a message pops up asking if you want to let this or that program be installed or do you want to let a program that is already being installed do its job and finish its installation...really? It gets annoying but something you can obviously get used to. Overall, it's a nice new OS, is it worth the money? I think it is over-priced at the moment. This is in fact my first time using Vista, I tried to keep away from it because of the high price and because of all the horror stories, I figured with SP 1 and a year since it's release a lot of the driver issues would be fixed, etc.

Overall this is a system you can use if you're used to XP, there are a lot of similarities but there is also a lot you'll have to learn anew. I can't comment on the difference between SP 1 and Ultimate without SP 1 but since SP 1 is out I'd suggest everyone get it and use it. I'm not a programmer, I can build a computer and I have enough friends around me who can help when I have a problem, if I can use this system most of you will be able to as well. As with anything new, or just plain anything, you'll have to take the good with the bad.

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