Surviving Vista: The First Day

So my PC died 😛

It served me for a good 2 and a half years without a single ‘format’, which is a new personal record for me. Sure, its use was limited to word processing, basic web browsing and off course running the radio, but it still lasted a long time considering it ran 24 hrs a day.

The cause of death was a double hardware/software problem which made me simply abandon the poor thing and go out to buy a brand new PC. I found out that PCs are cheap these days, which is a good thing, but the catch is that they all come with Windows Vista pre-installed!

I heard a lot about Vista – specially the jokes 🙂 – but never really used it for real. Therefor, I had a big grin on my face during the whole setup process, and it even lasted for a few hours after that.

One of the first things I did after installing Norton and Office was attaching the hard disk of my old PC to restore my old data. The process is simple, clean the old folders, copy them to the new HD, format the old HD then copy the folders back to the newly formatted HD. But, I found folders which I didn’t have permission to access… others I didn’t have permission to delete.. and for every other file I had to confirm that I really want to delete it THREE TIMES! which was funny for the first 10 files since it reminded me of the Apple ad, but it became very irritating after that 😕

The system is obsessed about conformations! You have to confirm that you want to delete a file (three times as mentioned above), you have to confirm that you want to run an application (you really do!), you have to confirm that you want to disable this function or enable that… and the list go on. It looks like it just do not want to be held responsible for any possible fault, so the next time a program freezes the system will tell you “well, you’re the one who ran that file.. don’t say I didn’t warn you!”

To be fair, it looks pretty and just run smoothly 🙂 It still did not crash on me… yet, and that’s good. I hate the design of the new Explorer, but it works better than on XP… so far. It connected to my XBox 360 -almost- effortlessly. But the best thing about it is that it’s really… funny 😀 I mean really… they are called “Gadgets” 😀 (you have to be a Mac geek to get it 😛 )

All-in-all, the first day was fun 🙂 It was not problem free, but that’s expected. The most important thing is that… I survived, so far…

5 تعليقات على “Surviving Vista: The First Day”

  1. أعطاك الله خيره، وكفاك شره.
    “it just do not want to be held responsible for any possible fault”
    You know, I call it Windows “Zifta” not Vista :mrgreen: I hate it when it gives me the blue screen.

    By the way, how do you connect the HD of your old computer? Can you do that via USB, or do you your opened the case of the new one and connected the old PC to the motherboard? Curious to know.

  2. I’m not sure what you mean by “connected the old PC to the motherboard”, you only take out the HD from the old PC not the whole thing 🙂

    But you can use any of the 2 ways. You can open the case and connect the HD and fit it inside, which is what I did since I wanted to use it permanently. But keep in mind that there are at least 2 major kinds of HDs, IDE (which is a bit old, but still used) and SATA (newer and better) and the motherboard is usually compatible with only one of them. Or you can buy an external controller which you can fit your HD inside it and connect it to the PC by USB or Firewire, you may also need to connect the controller to power supply.

  3. Thanks Moayad.
    I was looking for a way to transfer data without having to open the case of the PC.
    So, it’s called “external controller”?
    Thanks for the info 🙂

  4. Rosaholic..

    I need it for 3 main reasons:

    1) Microsoft Office (with arabic support)
    2) To run the radio server of Muslim Starz
    3) As a web designer I need to know how my work looks like on Explorer

    Sure I could’ve got a mac and run Windows on it, but that is not practical. And… I’m not very sentimental about the Mac/PC matter, I like the Mac more and I think it is better in many ways… but that does not mean Windows is evil or should never be used. I simply use what I need.


    It is also called “external case” or “enclosure case”.

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