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Old 12-08-2007, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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...Sure, Vista has been buggy, but MS updates have steadily increased the stability. However, I still have a problem once in awhile with Windows Explorer closing down, but use a different explorer with no problem...
Well, I found the problem with Vista's Windows Explorer closing down. It was on an XP forum () but had to do with a bad context menu handler. I followed the instructions in Method 2:
Right-click is slow or weird behavior caused by context menu handlers

And, using this program:
ShellExView - Shell Extension Manager For Windows
Note: You'll have to run it under Administrative mode.

Found out RealPlayer was the offending culprit, so I disabled it and now no problems.
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Old 12-09-2007, 07:43 AM
 
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In the end, I think the greatest OS ever made was Windows 3.11
Actually the Windows 3.X line was not an OS at all, it was a DOS shell.
As far as XP and Vista, I prefere XP, it's tried and true and reliable. SP3 will be out soon for it as well, and I'm a heavy gamer. For general work, web surfing, etc, I have a dual boot of OSX 10.4.10 on my home built P4 that I prefere to use.

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Old 12-09-2007, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Harrisburg, PA
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I've used every version of Windows from 95 on (except Server 2003) and have been a SUSE Linux user for several years. I brought two laptops with Vista (one is Basic...the other is Home Premium). I actually like Vista. I don't have any issues with loading time. I actually appreciate how Vista presents the folder (with thumbnails of your files...something KDE for Linux had for ages) and search options for your files. These laptops are mainly used for office work and run MS Office 2007 quite well.

Personally I don't think Vista can hold a candle for Linux (have never owned a Mac...but I would like to get one for my next desktop); but I think it's an improvement over XP...especially in appearance. Finally, the windows interface feels like it's moved into the new millennium.
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Old 12-09-2007, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Zebulon, NC
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I actually appreciate how Vista presents the folder (with thumbnails of your files...something KDE for Linux had for ages) and search options for your files.
I love this, too.

I was commenting to my husband this morning that I don't know if it's Vista, or the new computer, or the new version of Photoshop Elements (or a combination of one or more), but PS Elements loads a LOT faster than the previous version I had. My previous computer wasn't ancient, but loading the program and multiple folders used to take a lot longer.

I also like the Windows Photo Gallery that automatically launches to quickly view photos when you double-click them in a folder. It makes it so easy to scroll through photos, and play with them a little.
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Old 12-09-2007, 11:35 PM
 
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Recommend Vista only if one has reliable hardware support if not go with xubuntu or kubuntu. I have heard pc-bsd is good but i have not yet tried it.
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Old 12-10-2007, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Colorado, Denver Metro Area
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I am on Vista now. I was saying the "need to get used to it" tag line for a while. But as I think of it more and more, I really like XP over vista. I had less problems with it than I do now on a new computer that I build for Vista.
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Old 12-16-2007, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I have two PCs here at home, both of them with Windows XP (mine has XP Professional, the other has XP Media Center). I bought this computer I'm using back at the end of September from Dell. I had the option of configuring it with either XP or Vista, and chose XP since I don't want to go through a learning curve with Vista---yet. I think I'll keep using XP until Microsoft doesn't support it anymore. By then, I might have switched to a Mac.
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Old 12-16-2007, 10:33 PM
 
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I installed Vista Ultimate on an existing XP box. Had to add a new graphics card ($125), and new NIC card ($45) the one on the mobo wouldn't connect even though Vista said it worked fine, RAM ($85), and I can't use all the features on my printers. Well, couldn't. The box has had the graphics card removed for gaming on the wife's XP box, and the Vista PC is sitting in the corner gathering dust, where it belongs.

I've been working with PC's since my first Apple. I had it one week and it went back. Purchased an IBM PC-1 with DOS 1.1. Been MS ever since. Make my living consulting. Vista sucks. It might not next year, or the year after, but for now, unless you buy all new equipment, it's a rip off.

MS is making money on the release, but not where they want you to think they are. The money is flowing in from training classes for all Microsoft Certified System Engineers (MCSE). They cost a fortune and if you want to keep your certs you have to take them. Now there's a racket for ya'!
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Old 12-18-2007, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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XP - but in all honesty, after my recent experience with Windows, I will be switching to a MAC after Christmas. I have never had such a totally frustrating experience in my 20+ years of computer and OS usage .. sorry you caught me in a bad moment.

If you really want a reliable OS, not that you were asking, UNIX or Linux is the way to go. :-)
Windows Vista basically 'told' me to go bite the Apple.

My G/F has Vista; hated it for many reasons and when my XP homebrew machine died; a Mac Mini replaced it.

Barring a major OS change over at Microsoft; they have lost me as a customer--------forever.
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Old 12-18-2007, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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Heck, DOS was more more fun before windows! I even use it once in awhile.

What was NOT fun...300 baud modems before zmodem protocol came along!
LOL... Thank goodness for the advances they made in modems and increased the baud rate to 9600 !

By the way SteelMan, I don't think they call it DOS anymore, it's called Windows Command Prompt now.
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