Getting Rolling With Vista
As I mentioned earlier this week, I finally got my hands on my official copies of Vista, so I thought I'd see how well an upgrade would work out.
Granted, it's not the 64-bit edition that I wanted to deploy, but it game me a chance to see how well Vista would upgrade over a year-old Windows XP installation. Well, it took longer than I expected (well over an hour from start to finish), but it works very well.
I have started to take a peek to see all that has been changed, and it's quite a bit. I only played briefly with early Vista betas, so I had no real expectations for upgrade time or usage, but I can see that a great deal of the upgrade time was centered on the movement of my fairly large profile.
Initial verdict: Very Good.
There are some interesting changes that I'm going to have to look into in more depth, such as the changes surrounding the Backup functionality (no more NTBACKUP, and thus no more working BackupSched.BAT script). I've already googled and found some info that I'm going to need to research further.
I'm also very fond of the changes to the Task Manager, and the Control Panel, and the Aero interface in general. Some of the Windows Explorer changes around navigation are going to take a bit of getting used to, but so far, so good.
I'll have some opportunity to test a new install of Vista on a couple systems, so I'll see how it compares to an upgrade. I still want to go 64-bit on this system, but I have some time. When I do it, in 6-8 weeks or so, I'll be going with a clean install, of course. I'm tempted to see if my daughter's 1Ghz laptop with 512MB RAM will be able to handle Vista...
No comment on the UAC (User Account Control) for now.