It all happened on 16th August 2008 where my Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2140 died on me while I was doing my usual torture tests for some Gainward 9800GT graphic cards. I decided to take this opportunity to have a massive upgrade, making a new unit and have both units upgraded to Windows Vista, a much newer operating system (OS) compared to Windows XP which was first released in 2001.
The following day, gleefully I came home with 2 units of Windows Vista Home Basic (32bit), I heard many good words about how stable and secure is Vista, furthermore the ones I bought came with Service Pack 1 (SP1) – so yeah, what could go wrong with Windows Vista Home Basic with SP1?
Never more have I had more headache in my life when it comes to Plug and Play. I remember those days with Windows 98 where every USB device needed a driver, it was really a pain in the ass – especially when the optical drives fail.
Windows XP on the other hand was great when it comes to USB. I could plug in my USB hub, USB Card Reader and USB flash drives and it all worked really well, unfortunately the same can’t be said for Windows Vista.
I Can’t Read
Being a photographer and web designer by profession, I rely a lot on USB devices. I need a USB Hub to cater for multiple USB connections while USB devices such as Flash Drives to transfer data and Card Readers to read off CF Cards for pictures taken.
Windows Vista refused to recognize my USB hub. Ok fine, it was a brandless USB hub so I can’t find any drivers for it. So fair enough, I decided to plug my USB Card Reader directly to the USB port. Nope, that didn’t work despite it being a branded USB Card Reader, the Apacer Mega Steno AP450. I took a gamble and downloaded the windows driver to see if I could fix it but it didn’t as the driver wasn’t one for Windows Vista.
So fine, it was back to either my Macbook or my other Windows XP machine – I decided to go for the Macbook since Windows can’t do shit when it comes to generating thumbnail for RAW files without installing 3rd party software while Mac OS X provides you RAW thumbnails without complaining.
Driven Up The Wall
Now after sorting my stuff over on my Macbook while having my instant noodle breakfast (Maggi noodle if you want to know, chicken flavored!) , I had all the files I wanted transferred to a few USB Flash Drives as I’m sure Windows Vista would play nice with them – so much for my assumption, I plugged my USB Flash Drives and to my horror, Windows Vista just refused to recognize all of them!
Yes, I was literally driven up the wall. I felt like I’m now back with a beautiful version of Windows 98, and without drivers! So technically speaking, I’ve upgraded to an OS that is more advanced than Windows XP but worked worse than Windows 98.
Even my Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger, released in 2005) and Windows XP (released in 2001) had been serving me very well when it comes to USB devices, just plug them in and you’re ready to go!
To make it even more interesting, I can’t even connect from my PC to Macbook without having to do some changes to the Windows registry! I didn’t have to do that in Windows XP. 🙁
Just a few days before publishing this article, I just found out that my USB Flash Drives and USB Card Reader worked flawlessly on my other machine that’s running the same version of Windows Vista! It was really odd, the driver location were both at the same location, one Windows saw it and used it immediately while the other refuses to recognize it.
Yes, heed those words – be warned. If you’re looking for an upgrade, do consider the stupid nature of the Windows Vista OS. This article would’ve been MUCH longer should I decide to other stupid things that I encountered, such as Vista requesting drivers for my SATA and IDE disk drives. I lost at least 5 hours of productivity just to the stupid operating system alone.
I would’ve stayed back with Windows XP but being a reviewer, Windows Vista is the way to go since I can’t get DirectX 10 with Windows XP.
For those of you who are using Windows Vista – do you have any thoughts or experience to share for would-be users?