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I've been playing with Windows Vista (admittedly in a VPC image) for a few days now, and yes it's quite pretty but it's ungodly slow. Of course, I know it's in BETA and it's running on a VPC image, but I've thrown a gig of RAM at it and turned off most of the resource sucking options, and it's still dog slow.

A few notes:
- It makes it really hard to explore when just right-clicking can be measured in minutes.
- One thing I noticed right off, is no new games in the start menu. That's a bummer. We got new games with 95 and XP. I was hoping for something new with Vista. Of course it is still early. Actually, to add to that... there are some games missing. Internet Backgammon and the other Internet games are all gone and so is Pinball.
- I tried running Windows Update from within Vista, but it's not supported. They said to use the automatic update system.
- I don't recall who it was that said they were installing VS 2005 Beta 2 on their Vista install (which I believe was in a VPC image). I wonder if they're done yet... and if they've actually been able to do any coding. It just sounds painful to me right now.
- I like the way they've redone the All Programs menu, off the Start Button. Instead of the popout menu that was a pain to navigate, it now appears in the same spot as the frequently used list and the submenus expand/contract instead of poppingout to the side. I think it's a big improvement.
- Vista detected my wireless router, that's interesting. Not sure what to think of that. Right-clicking on it gave me the option to invoke it, whatever that means. It didn't do anything when I clicked on it, so more on that later.
- Vista ships with a tabbed browser, IE v7.0.5112.0 It's still painfully slow, but it looks nice. I don't think it's going to be enough to make me drop FireFox anytime soon, but you never know.

That's all for now, more to come later. Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2005 8:18 PM General Interest | Back to top

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You'd be surprised how much faster it is in VMWare. Actually, after running it in both, I'd have to say the VMWare install is very useable at the moment.
Left by Eric Hammersley on Aug 12, 2005 10:23 PM

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I have to agree that it is terribly slow in VPC. I hope they fix it up before release. Don't matter, gonna wait for a while before I actually employ it anyway.
Left by xoftspy user on Nov 15, 2005 4:46 PM

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