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  1. plasmo

    plasmo IncGamers Member

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    Vista pros and cons

    I got a new computer with Vista pre-installed and am giving it a try, although I might end up reformatting it with XP if it annoys me enough. Anybody know of anything they particularly love or hate about Vista compared to XP? (I'm not considering Macs or UNIX or DOS or anything else, although if they have something particularly interesting or useful, perhaps I could find a program for Vista/XP to do it as well.)

    Pros:

    None so far. Some people may put some of the pretty effects here, but I don't care about them.

    Cons:

    Potential RAM hog (I put 4GB of RAM in just to be on the safe side, so no real problems yet).

    Supposedly runs every program slower than XP (from tests done by various computer magazines).

    I can't seem to move around in the Start menu using only the keyboard (any typing goes into the search box), so I have to use the mouse (ick). It might be helpful to find programs if you don't know where they are, but I know where things are.

    The control panel and all the other menus are more compact. There are more submenus which aren't all shown, so it's harder to find something specific even when you know what you want.

    The desktop is in the alt-tab menu (it takes up space and there's always Window+M). The mini-images of windows using either alt-tab or start+tab aren't useful, either; I know what I have in my windows.

    Going back in Explorer won't go all the way back to Computer or a different level some times.

    Windows + # is basically the same as what I had in XP (I just put shortcuts in the start menu like "1 - Firefox") except that since they are only icons, it's harder to tell what some are.

    Viewing a folder as thumbnails requires an extra button (instead of "h" for thumbnails in XP, it's "r" for large icons, but since "r" is also a shortcut for refresh, you have to hit enter after selecting large icons).

    Ctrl+Alt+Del doesn't go to the task manager right away; it goes to menu of items first.

    The security center is annoying if it's on (always asking if something is OK) and annoying if it's off (whining about being off every time I turn the computer on).

    5 keys to shut down (start, right, right, right, enter) rather than 3 in XP (start, u, u).

    Not sure if pro or con yet:

    F2 to rename files doesn't select the file type (I always have all file extensions shown). Faster for some things I do, slower for others.

    I'm sure there are others, but that's all I can think of for now. Not much going for Vista at the moment. Anybody found anything particularly useful about Vista?
     
  2. Merick

    Merick IncGamers Member

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    Re: Vista pros and cons

    The search in explorer is very good.

    After I changed a bunch of settings, it's virtually indistinguishable from XP to me. The ctl+alt+del menu screen is annoying though.
     
  3. Johnny

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    Re: Vista pros and cons

    The sooner you get used to it the better.
     
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    Re: Vista pros and cons

    Merick:
    Can you print the search results or, better yet, save it to a file? What a godsend that would be for me.
     
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    Re: Vista pros and cons

    Agreed with Johnny, sooner you get used to it the better. Sooner you start using it, sooner you can start customizing Vista to how you like it.
     
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    Re: Vista pros and cons

    You can just use the arrow keys:
    move up 1 from search to get to programs
    right arrow opens the folder(for sub-folders), left closes, and up and down are self explanatory

    Every time I wanted to shut down I would put it in sleep mode on accident

    :grin: It was quite confusing, but I am getting the hang of it.
    You shouldn't reformat because computers of the future are going to have vista as default. You will have to learn it anyway, why not get a head start?

    oh and I do hate that security thing, no duh the program wants to start I clicked on it...jeez


     
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    Re: Vista pros and cons

    Why not just put it in sleep mode? Vista takes a while to boot up.
     
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    Re: Vista pros and cons

    Couldn't you just sit this one out and wait to go from XP to Win 7 instead?



     
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    Re: Vista pros and cons

    I got vista, I must say that the only plus is fancied up colors and borders. 4 gigs of ram isn't feeling particularly what 4 gigs should feel like.

    Might I add that...my god plasmo's avatar is....i dunno....just...
     
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    Re: Vista pros and cons

    The lack of sleep getting to your head Durf.



     
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    Re: Vista pros and cons

    In that case I recommend going back to ME.
     
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    Re: Vista pros and cons

    Best OS ever. Ever.
     
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    Re: Vista pros and cons

    You can change the sleep button in the start menu to the shutdown button in the advanced power settings.

    The control panel has a classic view as well.

    Go directly to task manager with CTRL+SHIFT+ESC (already available in XP as well). CTRL+ALT+DEL works the same in XP (except when you were not connected to a domain, in which case indeed Task Manager came up directly). It takes some getting used to I suppose.

    I really don't see that much difference between XP and Vista.

    For me one of the more annoying things in XP was that if you wanted a larger task bar, the start button would remain the same size and always would be on the top row of the task bar. This meant it was moved out of the lower left corner and easier to miss (I actually put the task bar on the top of my screen because of this). In Vista the button remains centered, and the whole area around it it still triggers the start menu anyway.
     
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    Re: Vista pros and cons

    I'm A 200X Server or XP kind of person.
    That said you turn off UCA it is pretty ok, I expected more frankly.

    I want a networked OS and dumb terminals really.
     
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    Re: Vista pros and cons

    Now that SP1 has addressed my RAM problem(I couldn't run all 8 gigs), I'm quite happy with Vista.
     
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    Re: Vista pros and cons

    On all the pc's I currently have and or worked with, I always try and change Vista to emulate XP as much as possible.

    That kinda answers the question.

    The only benefit I can think of is the newest version of dx, because they simply wont make em for XP anymore.

    I know : I always have to think twice before entering any of plasmo's posts. That 'tar is just otherwordly.



     
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    Re: Vista pros and cons

    That F2 thing actually sounds kind of handy.

    You do not have to get used to a new OS. If the new version offers you nothing you want and lots of things you don't then don't use it, end of story.
     
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    Re: Vista pros and cons

    There are other options, you know? I'm a mac guy, personally. My mini can dualboot into either OSX or XP (thank God I bought XP before they were pulled from the shelves.)

    Of course, I only use XP to play AoE (now that I no longer need to log into my wife's work.)
     
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    Re: Vista pros and cons

    Did you say "bought"?
     
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    Re: Vista pros and cons

    Aye.. I only pirate things like tv shows. Not OS's.
     

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