Vista installed but not working fully.

  anskyber 18:22 06 Feb 2007
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OK. So I have done it.

I followed every good practice guide from MS including dumping non compliant software, backing up (Acronis image) and installing any Vista drivers which worked with XP.

I upgraded from XP MCE to Vista Home Premium. It took 2 hours and several automatic re boots to get me there. IE7 would not load, nothing just a screen saying there is a problem and there was no immediate answer. I downloaded Firefox on a laptop and transfered to my PC, so at least I have a functioning browser.

ZoneAlarm Security Suite is non compliant so I am now with Avast av (thank you VoG and others) and Windows Defender is looking after the spyware issues until I have a chance to think. I'm using Windows firewall for the same reasons.

I have been bombarded with nag screens and my patience has been tested. Graphics work fine (NVIDIA 6800) Hardware, like printer looks OK and my network survived the experience. My files are there too.

I have no sound Vista is blocking the drivers for Sonic Solutions DLA and there are no up to date drivers to be found.

The actual update was punctuated with black screens but thankfully no blue ones yet.

First impressions, well it's lovely. I like it a lot and as a stupid early adopter (contrary to my rational thoughts) I think I've got away with it reasonably well.

  anskyber 18:40 06 Feb 2007

Not brave. Stupid and foolhardy is how I would describe it. My next step is to go to web sites (now I can in FF) and update programs.

Eg Diskeeper has to be updated in Vista. Others like Acronis are meant to be Vista compliant. Once I've done all that I'll post here with a general summary but I really worry for those who bought a PC with the upgrade voucher in the last few months.

  anskyber 11:31 07 Feb 2007

I have now got IE7 working again. Previously it would not even load. I used Firefox to get access to the internet.

It seems that one of the bundled pieces of software with my Canon scanner was blocking IE7. Omnipage 2.0 was the culprit and once uninstalled IE7 simply returned.

  anskyber 17:41 07 Feb 2007

With an upgrade DVD you get two options. Update, which keeps all your settings and files or clean install in custom, which leaves you with the OS only by overwriting the existing OS.

It is not truly a clean install because you do not start with a formatted disc because the upgrade route requires an existing OS to be present.

Unless the workaround is used only a full retail copy allows for an install on a clean disc.

  pk46 19:21 07 Feb 2007

Sound default try digital mine won't work with speakers as default.
Never heard of Sonic solutions if it's a card disable it and use onboard.
You might do better by installing again.

  pk46 19:27 07 Feb 2007

Forgot to say NVIDIA Vista driver didn't work for me i got as far as Microsoft spash screen then nothing i could run it with standard video card setting but could not get 3D graphics i changed to an ATI graphic card.

  anskyber 21:00 07 Feb 2007

I have sound now. Things for the moment seem quite stable.

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