Another good Anti-Vista Experience:

(Taken from* Reader Reports Vista Nightmare Hi Stu, In your last issue you said "I had a good chuckle and had to admit he was of course right." You may have had a good chuckle, but I haven't. I got my new Inspiron 9400 on April 4, 2007 with Vista Ultimate and Office 2007. $3000. Slow-file-copy bug. Copy 150 MB from a W2K machine to the desktop. 3 hours. Copy 1.5 GB on the desktop, to a copy on the desktop. 12 hours. Nobody is laughing. Office 2007 crashes my line-of-business (LOB) Access app. Wait for O2K SP1. It still crashes. Finally get fed up and put in for a paid support fix. Bug acknowledged. Fix time, TBD. Nobody is even thinking about smiling. Vista SP1 comes, and I install it. It installs flawlessly, but takes out every shadow copy on the machine. No big deal EXCEPT that it wipes out my Wizardry 8 savegame files that were created on the machine, not any that I copied to it, just the ones I created on the machine itself. 500+ hours of game progress lost. Nobody knows how to smile. Join the unit to the domain. Can't use Leech FTP-port is blocked by 'Windows firewall with advanced security" Nobody can remember the word 'smile.' VPN into the domain. Either have to tolerate not being able to browse the network neighborhood OR I have to make the VPN carrier network a private network and turn on network discovery and sharing to the whole Internet. No one can ever remember smiling. VPN into the domain again. Unless the machine is logged in with admin credentials 'Windows firewall with advanced security" blocks access to the SQL Server backend of the LOB app. Visions of sledgehammers haunt my sleep. Try to turn off the 'firewall.' It's controlled by group policy. GPMC.mmc doesn't exist. It was removed by SP1 as a security risk. I dream of wrecking balls. RSAT is supposed to have updated group policy tools for killing the 'firewall.' Install it. All I get is a link to a help file. Eventually, I learn that I have to go to what was Add and Remove Windows features and ADD the tools I thought I just installed. Red-tinged building implosions begin to intrude into my waking hours. Pile through documentation on the firewall, looking to free up what connections it 'protects' so I can tell it to leave the VPN connection alone, don't find it. Find setting that are supposed to turn the firewall off completely. They do-until the first reboot. Visions of Dresden, Germany come to mind. Copy the MS Access LOB app front end from the network to the local drive after SP1 is installed. 65 MB. Gigabit backbone. This takes 8-12 seconds for XP. 90 seconds for Vista. Have you ever seen 'Trinity and Beyond'? Nobody's laughing Stu. I have new machines I need to order. Since my 'Line Of Business' app CAN'T run on Office 2007 Pro OEM ($470 Canadian), I need Office 2007 OLP ($590) to downgrade. Not that we have any use for the Ribbon and Nav Pane anyway. Since Vista is such a dog I can either order Vista Business, format on receipt, and downgrade-throwing away most of a day to do so-or order with Vista Home Premium($150) and Vista Business Upgrade OLP ($230) and have it shipped with XP while still having the right to upgrade if and when Vista starts to work decently. I can order it with XP and take a full retail upgrade shot-to-the-teeth if and when Vista starts to work decently. Not funny at all. I had great joy with Windows 2000 migrations. I put up with some discomfort with XP migrations. I am stuck in a 'Saw' movie with Vista. It is thoroughly and completely useless as a networked desktop compared to XP. It is almost suicidally depressing. Let's not talk about 64-bit. I have already had to downgrade one of those. -- Name Withheld on request