Like most of us, I was excited when Vista came out.  Microsoft promised great things.  I was pretty quick to install it too.  I have a pretty nice machine so I figured it would be a cinch.  Unfortunately, I had some problems from the start, especially getting Aero set up.  One new video card later, I got it working.  Sure I love some of Vistas features but I am really starting to wonder if it is all worth the trouble.

Let’s face it, when it comes to performance, Vista isn’t getting the best reviews.  It uses a lot of RAM and CPU.  And don’t get me started on Trusted Installer!  Aero is cool but the fact is, on both my home PC (Dual Core 3.2 G processor with 3 G RAM) and my work laptop (Dell D830), I have Aero turned OFF!  I find it uses up too many resources. 

Now I don’t mind all of the UAC (User Access Control) prompts.  I do feel a safe and secure knowing that Vista won’t let anything happen without my explicit permission.  But when I can’t delete a file on my own computer I start to get mad.  On several occasions lately (including one today) I’ve literally had to restart my PC before Vista would let me access a file to delete it.  Who does Vista think it is?  I’m the admin on this machine!  That is annoying.

On top of all that, I’ve been struggling to get a RAID array set up on my home PC.  My motherboard supports it, I’ve got all the drivers updated, and the RAID utility confirms that my array is configured properly.  But Vista doesn’t care at all!  I thinks I have two drives where I expect to see one RAID 1 (Mirrored) array.  I’ve been on the phone with ASUS, the motherboard manufacturer and they have confirmed that I have done everything correctly.  They blame Vista.  Is Vista at fault?  Who knows.  But right now I am starting to think it is.


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