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Another Windows Vista Issue

Posted in General by Chucky on the January 29th, 2008

It baffles me how Microsoft can expect us to adopt Windows Vista whole heartily. They’re not asking us to, they’re forcing us to. Try and buy a computer with Windows XP on it. Slim pickings. Try and buy an OEM copy of Windows XP. Slim pickings. I actually called them the other day to talk about upgrading one of my clients from XP HOME to XP PRO. “No, we don’t sell that anymore”. He then went on to tell me I should load an illegal copy and purchase the get-licensed thing through the web site. He then said he didn’t tell me that.

This is BULLS**T. You know why? 90% of the people I know have older printers. Older printers that don’t work on Vista. I just did a desktop transfer using the built in Microsoft Transfer tool. Where is my start menu? Where are my quick launch icons? Internet Explorer is completely different. Suddenly I have a desktop background instead of a colour. Half of my applications are missing from the programs menu. I follow the steps and use the software MICROSOFT provides, yet, I would have been better off copy and pasting the 3 magic folders (DOCUMENTS, DESKTOP & FAVOURITES) from one profile to the next. Instead I wasted 2 hours waiting for the magically useless “Windows Easy Transfer” to half do its job. Oh, and now I have to sift/BATTLE my way through folders that keep telling me “Access is denied”. Really? Who owns this computer? And I still haven’t figured out where all my old Start menu items are stored. Maybe in 6 different hidden secure folders spanned across this computer, and another one on planet Mars.

 99% of custom built applications just do not work properly on Vista. Sure, this is not Vista’s fault, but when your clients go out on the weekend and buy themselves a fancy new laptop, because they can, and the sales guy knows nothing about anything except what he will do with his commission, they end up with a Vista machine. So they come back to the office, BAM their accounting package doesn’t work. BAM, their printers don’t work. BAM, they open a word document - DOUBLE BAM, Office 2007.. They sit there stunned, thinking, what is this, did I buy a MAC?? Then, after they spend a MONTH learning how to use Microsoft Office 2007 they send their document to their colleague. The colloeague contacts them back, “What is this crap mate, I can’t open it???”. I feel like I’ve got my arm wedged up behind my back being forced to upgrade my Operating System, Office System, oh and now my computer runs like a wet wig, I have to upgrade my Computer System. I can just see the hardware manufacturers stock holders eyes gleaming everytime they hear about a new edition of any Microsoft Product.

We can make software to automate the operation of a space shuttle, but we can’t make software to JUST DO IT.

We all loyally follow Microsoft down this garden path, but we just left the path and hit the dirt. Did anyone notice? Not to worry, in 6 months time when we’ve all managed to convince our managers to take the step into Office 2007/Windows Vista, guess what??? NEW VERSION!!!!! Do it all again! Enough is ENOUGH!!!

Like one client said to me the other day; Lets go back to paper and pen, and I added, Lets get some Pigeons too!

Pen - v154.230 CHECK

Paper - v56.1234 CHECK

Pigeon - v124.013 CHECK

All set! Uh oh, its raining!