Saturday, September 15, 2007
So, I finally installed Windows Vista on my regular computer. I wasn't quite sure that it was the right thing to do because I really didn't have any real issues with Windows XP Pro, nor did I really want to spend the money on the Windows Vista Business upgrade. I recall that Dave's department gave him Vista Business for free through the Microsoft Developer's Network Academic Alliance but in the past that wasn't the case with my department. So, last week I was thinking about Vista and I decided to check again to see if my department had it available yet. Surprisingly it did have it available and a bunch of other apps for free (I ended up getting Vista Business, XP Pro, Visio Pro 2003/2007). I broke down and decided to take the plunge. So far I've been pleasantly surprised. It works pretty well and looks great. It did take some time to get used to all the menu changes, but it really paid off in the end. Vista comes with built-in imaging software allowing you to take a snapshot of your PC at any given time. Basically, if your computer takes a dump you can easily restore everything is 30 minutes with the pre-created image. It also has Remote Desktop (a must for me) and Volume Shadow Copy (VSS). VSS allows you to restore lost files or previous versions of files. I decided to upgrade my RAM and that should be arriving next week so I should have some greater performance.