So to follow-up on my last entry, my upgrade install of Vista took. So I'm now running the next-generation of awesomitude on my home machine. The only real problem is that it's sort of broken.
I did an upgrade install, knowing that it would probably lead to a somewhat-broken install, but I really wanted to see if Microsoft had cleaned up its act a bit and finally provided an OS that can upgrade cleanly. It hasn't. Here's a brief list of the issues I've experienced so far along with a few things I dislike:
- Memory leaks - iTunes likes to crash after playing for less than two hours.
- File copy actions (and file downloads, which download to a temp location and then copy over to where you set them to download) occasionally fail.
- Audio latency is off the charts, and all audio apps and VST instruments appear to take way more CPU power than they did before. Adobe Audition 2.0 appears to be entirely incompatible with Vista, crashing upon load.
- When I activate the Windows Live OneCare firewall, almost all DNS lookups fail. (though Microsoft support e-mailed me back a solution for this one very quickly, I just haven't had time to try it yet)
- Attempting to shut down or reboot the machine causes the machine to sit on the "shutting down" screen for about 20 minutes, at which point it crashes and reboots.
- The usual assortment of random application crashes and sluggish behavior that you'd expect from an aged Windows install.
- Windows Vista defaults to no fewer than three different methods of task switching: alt-tab is the standard (but slightly prettier) flat task switcher, Winkey+tab is the crazy 3D flip mode task switcher, and the middle mouse button brings up the instant viewer, which displays all tasks on the screen at once and lets you click on the window you want.
So, other than that stuff, I actually really like Vista. It's slick and seems like it'll be easier to find your programs and get them running once I get used to the ins and outs of its design. I really like the idea of the sidebar, though I haven't found any gadgets for it that I'd actually want to use. The games window is well-designed and really neat. Each Games for Windows game you install will have a number associated with it that's meant to tell you what the system requirements are. My computer, for example, is a 4.2--my 3Ghz CPU is dragging my overall number down, because most of my other stuff is closer to 5.0. If this numbering system catches on, we'll probably add it to the site in the system requirements section.
This weekend, I'll start backing up even more of my stuff for a clean install. I imagine that'll fix most (but probably not all) of my problems.