Running Vista; Part 2

So I’m still running Vista and guess what… I got my first BSOD this morning! I can’t remember the time I had this with WinXP.

New default in Vista is sleep, instead of shutting down. So when you press your pow… *** … power button, you computer ends up in sleep modus. This means you boot up faster and memory is kept alive. This means your laptop consumes battery power, but only so little that it can stay this way for days. So when my laptop went to sleep yesterday, it had a USB harddrive attached. This morning I booted up and executed explorer. Immediate blue screen in usbstor.sys. Guess what the problem was! 😉

SQL Server 2005 Dev Edition still isn’t installed, I gave up. I hope Microsoft will respond to my plea. In the meantime, I’ve installed SQL Express SP2 enabled and that went flawlessly.

Outlook Web Access still doesn’t work, even though the latest service pack was installed. I’ll have to look into this further.

Things I’ve noticed so far:

  1. The sidebar is really great, better than any alternative I’ve used in the past. One thing though, when Windows+D (to desktop) the sidebar is gone. That’s not what I want!!! Can’t change it.
  2. You can alt-tab to the desktop. How, how can I turn this off? What’s the Windows+D key for anyway!?
  3. Alt tabbing through applications works great, but when you’re really fast with it, it’s a bit slower than WinXP.
  4. Windows+Tab isn’t useful, much too slow. Perhaps if the animation from normal screen to 3D view was removed, and you started in 3D view immediately, it’d be useable.
  5. Windows Live Messenger windows aren’t shown in the preview windows. You can view preview windows while alt-tabbing and when hovering over your taskbar. Why’s it not showing?
  6. IE7 specific : You can’t open a new tab based on a currently open tab, this sucks.
  7. IE7 specific : I used to drag the address-bar icon to the address bar, to refresh the page without postback, as explained to me by Alex Thissen. You have to drag it to the tab now, which could be handy. Problem is, you can’t drag it to any of the other tab-pages. How weird is that? Either fix it so I can drag my link to the address bar, or so that I can drag it to any of the tabs (which I would prefer).
  8. This has been said before, but it sucks you can’t create .NET sidebar applications. I would’ve probably created some myself. Now I don’t care to bother.

I’ll keep you posted on my problems.

*** Shit, a small window appeared when installing an application, and while typing I pressed space and the window disappeared again. I hate that! Perhaps I shouldn’t use default buttons anymore myself.

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3 Responses

  1. Frans Bouma says:

    You really like this cpu intensive crappy sidebar in vista over Konfabulator? I fail to see what the vista sidebar has to offer over Konfabulator.

    Really bad that a core OS part BSOD’s.

  2. Nick Sevens says:

    I installed Vista myself two days ago.
    And, as I had with the RC1 and RC2, my video card (x800xt pe) isn’t recognized … meaning I dont have the Aero theme running atm 🙁 that sux
    I had it in Beta 2 (i think :s), and I really liked that thing tbh 🙂

    Hope it’s fixed in the final release of the Catalyst drivers, or maybe a Windows Update …

  3. @Frans : Hmmm, I thought I’d written a reply already, but maybe I didn’t press the submit button or so.

    Well, I had installed Konfabulator in the past and did it again today. But all widgets differ in size, there’s no sidebar and I don’t see any widgets I like. I just want the clock and calendar. Perhaps in the future some widget to plan meetings and such, with Google Calendar and Outlook integration or so. Whatever. Thing I want most right now is that it sticks to my desktop when I press Window+D

    @Nick : I’ve read there are ways to enable it anyway. Perhaps you should check it out. I’ve already got TweakVI running, which offers the option to run Aero in software mode, if I’m correct.

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