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 some
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.
Windows Explorer ===========
o With XP, Windows Explorer wasn't perfect, but it showed the files in the
selected folder and you could configure the toolbar buttons. The left-side
task pane was exteremely useful. In file-select mode, the left-side Places
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!
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?). I
turned this off, but it came back on. I can't figure out how to shut this
thing up permanently.
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, etc.,
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!