Arfur Million wrote:
> I upgraded from XP to Vista recently, and thought I'd put in writing some
> observations and problems, in no particular order:
> - it took 3 hours on a 3.2 Ghz machine with 4 Gb of memory. I don't have
> that many apps installed either. It was mostly unattended, but still seems a
> bit excessive, or is this normal?
> - it changed a number of settings that I feel it should really have left
> alone. It set the "Wakeup on LAN" setting to true in the BIOS (possibly via
> the Network settings, as I saw later), meaning that whenever I sutdown the
> PC, it started right up again. It changed a couple of similar wakeup
> settings, and I suspect that it's done something to the power management
> settings, since sometimes when I shutdown, the OS shuts down, but the power
> (fan) remains on.
> - it changed my Outlook email account setting to require TLS for the "send"
> server, which was a bit unnecessary, IMO.
> - it did not handle my monitor very well, setting it to 1024x768 and
> refusing to set it higher, until I re-installed the driver several times and
> rebooted in some order until I could get it to its former glory (a modest
> 1200x1024, in fact). It's a Samsung Syncmaster 171P, if anyone's interested.
> - Some of the desktop icons, which formerly diplayed nicely in XP, look
> distinctly VGA in Vista. Others are OK.
> - it replaced my cursor scheme with some default (but did not lose my custom
> scheme). I assume this happened somehow when it migrated the user accounts.
> - with one particular web-based application, on accessing some option it
> said that it couldn't display the screen normally (sorry, I can't remember
> the exact wording) and gave me an option to display it in a new window which
> took over the screen display ( a bit like some games do). This screen was
> 1024x768 again (this was after I'd reset the setting back to 1200x1024).
> Furthermore, the screen was in right-hand mouse mode, ignoring my user
> settings and when it returned control back to normal Vista the resolution
> remained at the lower level.
> - a couple of applications (Symantec antivirus and a VPN) did not work in
> Vista. Not surprising, really, and not much of a problem (a later version of
> the VPN supports Vista and works fine, I just downloaded AVG for the
> antivirus). But, I was hoping/expecting Vista to tell me the apps that
> weren't going to work properly.
> - my scanner is now intrusive, whereas under XP it didn't do anything until
> it was told to (except load an icon in the botton RH part of the taskbar).
> Now it either comes up with its own config problem, which can be OK'd or
> Cancelled without any apparent ill effect, or sometime during the session I
> will get the Windows Fax and Scan application come up with an error message
> box saying "Automatic Scanning could not be completed". This can also be
> closed without any ill effect. It's a Microtexk ScanMaker 3800, if that
> makes any difference.
> Well, that was a pretty good whinge, wasn't it? In fact, I got about the
> same level of trouble as I expected, but in different areas. Overall,
> despite all the above, I'm quite happy with Vista - my favourite
> applications all run fine and startup/shutdown times are significantly
> faster. If anyone does have feedback (especially on the shutdown lack of
> power off) I'd be grateful.
Last things first then,
Seems to me like some hardware just does not understand shutdown, and
this seems worse with Vista - I have tried all manner of new BIOS and
things on one PC and no go, it does what yours does, OS closes but the
power stays on... it does not come back with an error though so the
shutdown seems complete, it is just annoying since you are never quite
sure whether to hit the power switch or not. It is fine with all other
operating systems including Linux.
Symantec, you are better off without IMHO
The screen troubles sound like drivers, now there are some caveats with
drivers, especially video and more especially NVidia.
It messes up your desktop usually, but it is always better to use
control panel remove software to remove old drivers if you can see then
there, and turn off any security software so that it does not restart
with Windows when you reboot.
Download new drivers from the maker's website before starting this and
save them some place easy to find with a messed up screen, remove the
old drivers, kill off AV and reboot, them make installing the new
drivers step #1 (Unless you cant set the AV off and have to stop it again).
Check also for motherboard / chipset drivers, they too can be a serious
problem and I guess if you do find some new ones you should maybe do
this first, either way always reboot between these installs - usually
you will get asked to do that.
No answers for the other things, by all means see what others say about
drivers first but most here will tell you not to let Windows update do
drivers - it is not Microsoft's fault but with some combinations of
software and hardware it plain doesn't work and then often causes