Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Microsoft Vista

I got a new computer for the first time in almost 6 years. I got Microsoft Vista as it was the only option (I’m not a Mac guy). I was looking forward to it because I assumed my days of a frozen/crashed computer were behind me. Little did I know, that that is Vista’s specialty. Explorer frequently likes to randomly close. All internet windows will suddenly disappear, if I’m lucky. Sometimes the computer simply freezes and I have to reboot. That wouldn’t be so bad, but it takes forever for Vista to boot up. It seems like it takes even longer for it to close down, although I haven’t timed it yet. My USB drive won’t show up a lot of times, which means I have to reboot my computer to get files off of my thumb drive. It’s annoying, but made worse by the shut down and boot up times.

I also have the new office. The most annoying thing about that is the default in Word is Calibri size 11. What happened to Times New Roman 12? I’m learning where everything is in Office 2007, and I think I like it better, but just need a little more practice with it.

All in all I like Vista better than XP when it is fully functional. But the daily crashing of the internet, occasional crashing of the computer, and ridiculously long boot up and shut down times makes it not worth it to upgrade. When Microsoft can afford to hire programmers to make the internet work on their own software, then I think you should consider the upgrade.


Bjorn said...

I've had the opposite problem with Office and Vista. My Vista installs have worked well, but Office 12 gives me trouble, well only with Outlook. The UI on both systems is really different from their previous versions, and there isn't a lot to offer the average user. There is a lot of things that can be done in the background, and management of Vista, from a systems admin perspective, which make it exciting for those people. But, what do I know? I'm still running Windows 2000 Pro on all the workstations at work.

JKC said...

Calibri? That's kind of messed up. Can you change the default setting?

Warren said...

I've looked to change the default, but couldnt find it.