Archive for June, 2007


My experience with Vista- No 1

June 30, 2007

I have 2 experiences here 1 with upgrading and existing PC and 1 with a new laptop. This post and the next will be about the PC the laptop will be the 3rd and a summary in the 4th.

Vista PC Upgrade

 I build my own PC’s and although it had been 2 1/2 years since my last major upgrade (video card had been upgraded 2x in that period) my PC was still a reasonably powerful machine and more than enough to handle Vista. 

Basic Specs are as follows:

 AMD 64 3200+ processor
1.50GB of RAM
1 x 40G HDD – 1 x 80G HDD (both IDE) – 1 x 120G SATA
Nvidia GeForce 7600GT 256MB (AGP)
CD Burner
DVD Burner

The Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor didn?t find and major problems and the only driver it couldn’t find was for an old Canon scanner which wasn’t a big issue (and turned out to be less of an issue when it died a few days before performing the vista upgrade).

I purchased a copy of Windows Vista Business (it had everything I needed and the features in Ultimate weren’t worth the extra $). It was an Upgrade version. Microsoft had , for some unknown reason, changed the upgraded process. You could no longer upgrade to a clean HDD and just present your XP CD when it was checking for upgrade eligibility. You had to have a copy of Windows XP/2000 etc present on the hard drive prior to the install. Anybody who has dealt with windows in the past knows it is always better to do a “clean” upgrade and although Microsoft had totally revamped the install for Vista  I wasn’t convinced that a clean install still isn’t better. Fortunately Microsoft had left a hole big enough to drive a semi thru that allowed you to upgrade from Vista itself. There are numerous sites around the net that detail the “hole” so I wont explain it here. I still think this will be a major pain in the butt if a HDD crashes as I will have to do the double install again. Sometimes you would just like to ask Microsoft “What the hell were you thinking”.

Anyway that’s enough for this post I will continue with part 2 in the next few days.

Until then goodbye.

Currently listening to Hungry – Ana Popovic


Microsoft XPS file on XP

June 28, 2007

I just tried to use an XPS file I had created earlier it was an interesting experience to say the least. This on Windows XP SP2 fully patched. I double clicked on the file and next think I know firefox (my default browser) has launched and appears to stuck in a loop opening tab after tab until I closed firefox. A quick bit of web surfing find a quick solution to right click and select open with then select IE7. I did this and it works but not exactly the quickest thing to launch. I decided to have a bit more of a look and find a link to the Microsoft XML Paper Specification Essentials Pack which includes a standalone XPS viewer. I installed this and this is a much better experience (quicker and clearer). I hate it when software companies assume your default browser is IE especially when the company is Microsoft. I am also not fond of apps that launch IE when it is not your default browser.

I havent tried it on my Vista laptop yet but from what I have read on the net it should be a much better experience than this was.

Currently Listening to: Hallelujah – Allison Crowe



June 28, 2007

Ok here goes my first go at blogging and guess what its another tech blog (and the crowd goes wild). My intention of this blog is to express my opinion on what is currently catching my attention in the big wide tech world with the occasional sidetrack into other subjects that may or may not have tech context. Anyway this is my first post and I hope to be updating on a regular basis even if I am the only one to read them.