Area Man Attempts to Install Windows Vista; Results Disappointing

by Joey deVilla on October 31, 2006

11:15 a.m.: With files backed up, the Windows Vista RC1 DVD goes into my IBM ThinkCentre's DVD drive and we're off to the races. When presented with a choice between a clean install and an upgrade (in which I get to keep my apps and files), I choose the upgrade option.

11:17 a.m.: Windows Vista reports which apps aren't compatible with it. My IT-department-installed Symantec AntiVirus? Not compatible. IT-department-installed auto-backup solution? Not compatible. Java Web Start? Not compatible.

Here's the kicker: Microsoft SQL Server 2005? Not compatible.

I tell George this over IM and he suggests that there's one more app that might not be compatible with Vista: “The Internet”.

11:32 a.m.: Copying files… (4% complete). Thankfully, I have better things to do, like have my weekly update meeting with the boss.

12:06 p.m.: Expanding files…(30% complete). I think about lunch. There is no cause-effect relationship between the two.

12:14 p.m.: Hey, it looks as though the machine is shutting down for reboot. We have lift-off!

12:15 p.m.: Hey, it looks as though the machine is still shutting down for reboot. Patience, young grasshopper…

12:16 p.m.: How long does it take for a machine to reboot, anyway?

12:17 p.m.: No drive activity. No screen activity. Ctrl-Alt-Del defibrillation failed. I call time of death at 12:17 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. I hold down the power button and shut down the machine old school.

12:18 p.m.: Power up! First the regular BIOS graphics, followed by…one line of DOS-text gibberish, about 10 characters long and a blinking underline cursor. I press a key.

The machine reboots, and seconds later, the same 10-or-so characters, followed by the underline cursor, which mocks me with every blink.

I IM George and say “Good thing I didn't have anything important on that box.” He says that that should be translated into Latin and put on the Microsoft crest.

More reports as I make my second attempt at installing Vista.

Don't forget, folks: at Global Nerdy, we ruin perfectly good computers so you don't have to!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anonymous October 31, 2006 at 1:14 pm

Yikes! I think I will hold off then. Shamefully, I was waiting for a review before I installed. Looking forward to hearing more.

2 Anonymous October 31, 2006 at 2:21 pm

Funny, it worked fine for me, right away. Took awhile (because I was doing an upgrade as opposed to a new install) but it installed without any problems and has been running perfectly for several weeks now.

3 Anonymous October 31, 2006 at 2:57 pm

For me, it instaleld completely (over the course of an hour or so) and then when it went to load Vista the first time, *poof*, one of the files was apparently corrupt. But this happened even when I re-downloaded the Vista beta. Bah!

4 Anonymous November 2, 2006 at 8:43 am

Joey, can you confirm that the copy used was the shrinkwrapped copy handed out at the Customer Review Event ?

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