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The accidental early adopter

March 27, 2007

Last Wednesday I took delivery of a new desktop computer with Vista Home Premium 32-bit pre-installed.

I had been looking forward to experiencing Vista first hand, witnessing Aero Glass with my own eyes, moving forward with the next generation Windows OS.

The eye candy is a major step forward in UI technology standards, but not a day has gone by that I have not been on the verge of jacking Vista in, flattening the hard disk and installing XP.

To date I have (but only just) held back from calling it a day and declaring “Hasta la vista, Vista!” because I want to give it a fair trial. And to be sure, every day has been a trial.

I was warned not to touch Vista within the first year. It was the same with XP apparently.

It’s not that I set out to be an early adopter. The family desktop was seven years old and had become all but unusable. Most of us in the family have modern laptops and we happily connect up to broadband over the domestic wifi, so having an ageing desktop has not been that much of an issue. But my wife in particular uses it for email and the Internet, and my daughter for homework, and it really had got to the stage it was taking 10 minutes to boot and forever to do anything. These days a new desktop with a decent spec is not very expensive at all, so I did a little research and ordered one. It just so happened this coincided with Vista having been out for about 6 or 7 weeks. I have to confess I was curious and got quite caught up in the hype.

In my next few posts I’m going to report on some of my early experiences with Vista, both good and bad.

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