"Doug in Calif." <Doug in Calif.@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>I was looking forward to my free Vista upgrade from HP (bought a new HP
> desktop late last year). The upgrade went well, but I soon discovered
> unbelievable problems.
> USB ===========
> o With XP, my camera, flash drives, older HP printer, USB external hard
> drive -- they all worked perfectly without any extra drivers.
> o With Vista, NONE of them worked and I could not get them to work. That
> is absolutely unacceptable.
What exactly did you try when attempting to get them to work? Did you go
the manufacturers web sites to find Vista-compatible drivers?
> Windows Explorer ===========
> o With XP, Windows Explorer wasn't perfect, but it showed the files in
> selected folder and you could configure the toolbar buttons. The
> task pane was exteremely useful. In file-select mode, the left-side
> bar was really useful (and configurable with UI Tweaks).
> o In Vista, ALL of the conveniences are gone. And it displays hundreds of
> items you didn't ask for. And there's no way to configure anything!
Granted, it's not AS convenient without XP's task pane (hopefully that'll
come back in a future service pack), but it's hardly rocket science to
navigate Windows Explorer in Vista.
> User Account Control =============
> o In XP, if I set myself up as an Administrator, I can do whatever I want.
> o In Vista, even though I'm an Administrator, I still get the useless UAC
> popups (useless because you just click Okay, what's the point of that?).
> turned this off, but it came back on. I can't figure out how to shut this
> thing up permanently.
The Administrator account is disabled by default in a Vista installation.
There are countless resources available that tell how to enable it if you
look. Personally I think this is a good thing, as most users always run
their computers with administrator priveleges during their every day use,
and that is a very bad idea, no matter how knowledgable they think they may
> Vista is a step backwards. It makes my use of the operating system MORE
> difficult. And I'm not going out and buying all new cameras, printer,
> because Vista thinks the old drivers are poorly written or whatever.
> I spent 6 hours wiping my drive and re-installing XP. I'm happy now!
I have nothing against XP. If it works for you then use it. I just
remember hearing the same complaints (namely driver/software compatibility
issues) when XP was released. I guess in another 6 years when the new OS
comes out, people will start singing Vista's praises.