Fun with Windows Vista February 2006

Posted Thursday, March 16, 2006 10:57 PM by C-Dog's .NET Tip of the Day

Well, I got bored so I decided to install Windows Vista on my machine at home. I installed the February 2006 CTP (Build 5308) and I have to say it runs alright for a beta. So far most of my problems have been related to trying to get my Sound Blaster Audigy 2 to work. When I first upgraded, there was a driver already installed for it, but no sound actually worked. Creative had a driver on their web site for a previous build, but I have had no luck getting it to work. So, instead, I tried using my onboard sound card with no trouble at all.

If you are curious, I installed Vista by doing an upgrade of Windows XP. If you have any kind of virtual scsi drivers installed (i.e.: Nero, Alcohol 120%), you will need to uninstall those first. Setup will either warn you or it will just never finish. My first upgrade attempt, did not finish. I let it run overnight and came in to find that it was still running with a message that said Setup is taking longer than expected to finish. When, I came home from work and it was still running, I rebooted it and suprising it restored my Windows XP installation back to its original state.

Prior to my second install attempt, I went through the registry and manually cleaned out my Nortel VPN drivers since it never seems to uninstall right. Btw, on my last Vista install, that client never worked right because it would not pop up the login screen. My second install attempt worked well. The install does take a while mainly because it copies the file install.wim to your hard drive first which is 2.3 GB. The old i386 folder is gone and everything is insided that image file.

Once the install completed, I logged in and for the most part everything was there. It did remove the icon from my Itunes Shortcut and I had to recreate my profile in iTunes (so be sure and do an export of your library first). Various programs that were configured to start automatically were removed (not suprisingly).

The operating system looks great. The transparency effects and everything look really neat. One thing to note when running legacy applications is that some of them turn off Desktop Composition Mode. This basically makes everything look normal (removes all of the visual effects). iTunes is one program that does this, so I am guessing software companies will have to make their applications more compatible in the future with this.

There are a ton of neat things and features for me to point out. Too much for this posting, so I will continue to post info over the next couple of days.

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