Sunday, April 19, 2009

Windows Vista 64bit

About 8 months ago I got Windows Vista for my Xion PC. Before then I was running a copy of XP from my brother and for a few months was getting the little alert that was saying my copy wasn't a genuine copy. I decided then to just get my own OS so I woulden't have to deal the whole genuine thing again. I then decided that since I was going to get a new OS I should go ahead and get Vista. It was out for a few years already and most of the bugs it might have had been worked out by now. I also went with 64bit instead of the normal 32bit because it was the same price and thought if something didn't work, I could still put it on my old HP computer.

To start off I just want to say that Windows Vista looks amazing. I like the glass effect that the windows have and the shadows are much better that in xp. I liked how you can set any image as a background via the center setting and it will resize to fit the desktop better(xp kept the image it's normal size). The sidebar became very useful i found the twitter app known as Chirpr(the error message was hilarious). My Wacom tablet had some tools that came with vista that were pretty cool as well. I was able to set the network up alot easier than with xp and it connects to my XBox pretty easily as well.

Now despite all the good things that I like about vista, there are quite a few issues that I've had as well. The major problem that I've ran into has been computability issues. Many games and applications from before Vista either doesn't run correctly or at all. My webcam isn't even detected(pops right up with xp, no drivers needed). This was kind of expected tho. It's a new OS and what probably made it was was it being 64bit. Another problem I've been having is the computer would just kick itself off the network. It wasn't that hard to get it back on but it does kinda get annoying. Windows Media Center also had a problem for a while. I wasn't able to open it without it crashing 10 seconds later. I even tried a fix I found but it wouldn't even do that. The only way I could fix it was to reinstall Vista. The final problem I've been having that really bugs me is with my video card. In games I will get some stretched polygons that go way off the screen and makes everything look horrible. This is something that happens in just about every game. The past few Tomb Raider games seem to be the worst with this. Another video problem i've been having is that a few pixels on my screen will go dead i guess for a little bit. Thankfully its mostly unnoticed and can sometimes be fixed by moving my mouse over that area. I'm really hoping that these problems are just some kind of computability issues with the video drivers.

Now after using for 8 months, I've decided to go back to Windows XP. I've ordered Windows XP Media Center for my computer and should have it soon. I'm not going to completely do away with Vista tho. I'm kinda planning on splitting my hard drive and installing both on my computer. I've recently got a book on programming for Direct X 10 which comes only with Vista. Only thing is I would need to get a better video card that can run dx10 before starting on that book.

I have installed XP Media Center successfully and it seems that I'm still having some video issues. This means that it had nothing to really do with Windows Vista. I'm guessing my card is just getting worn out or something, probably pushed it too hard. now that i think about it I think i might have heard a strange noise about half a year ago. I guess I'll just have to get a new video card if i want these glitches to stop completely.

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