Vista is gone - but it went down kicking and screaming

Saturday, December 6, 2008 by Fuzzy Logic | Discussion: Personal Computing

Some time ago I decided I'd had enough of Vista and would go back to XP. After 2 BSODS and explorer crashing when I tried to rename a file, I decided now was the time.

Sounds easy... I disconected 3 of my four drives, partitioned and formatted my O/S drive, and started the XP install procedure. Hmmm, evertime I got to the part where I expected it to say 'Press any key to boot from disk...' it just went straight into setup again. Nothing I did to the drive with either formatting or partitioning would get past this. Clearly, Vista still had it's grubby little paws on this disk.

So, back to basics. Thankfully when I built this pc I kept a floppy drive... Out came my Windows98 boot disk and straight into DOS. From there I used my equally ancient Killdisk. It took an hour and a half for Killdisk to finish, but it took Vista and erased its ass. Vista is no more, it has ceased to be - it is an ex O/S.

XP installed as smooth as ever. So here I am, in an O/S which so far has no drivers or programs installed. I'll get to that later. Meanwhile I can stick two fingers up (in the form of a 'V') to Vista. Hasta la Vista Vista, as they say

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NightTrainthedark
Reply #1 Saturday, December 6, 2008 10:05 AM

I wish I could.. I invested too much into getting Vista , I  can't go back now. I'll just keep swearing.

ALMonty
Reply #2 Saturday, December 6, 2008 10:59 AM

Vista has a BSOD? I've seen it many times on my XP box. I've had Vista Ultimate about a month after it came out and I didn't even know Vista had a BSOD. I thought it was only in 98 and XP.

Orodum
Reply #3 Saturday, December 6, 2008 11:10 AM

really?  I have Vista and haven't really had any problems.  admittedlly, t doesn't always shut down right and goes to sleep mode, but that problem isn't that big.

starkers
Reply #4 Saturday, December 6, 2008 11:22 AM

Meanwhile I can stick two fingers up (in the form of a 'V') to Vista. Hasta la Vista Vista

And you know what, in a week or two you'll miss Vista like crazy... cos when something goes wrong on your PC, you'll have nothing to swear at.  I mean, you won't be able to swear at your beloved XP, now will yer!

So long as you're happy, Fuzzy (could never get a handle on deionyc... er that thar dinosaur name) and you've got a computer that functions as you need it to.  Personally, I like Vista and have had no real major issues with it, but that's me and each to their own.

I still have XP on my spare rig and enjoy getting on that from time to time, and it seems to play games better than Vista 32 bit (never tried the ones I have on Vista zx64), so I'll be sticking with XP for a while in that regard.

Anyhow, you take care, mate, and we'll see you around.

Drengin
Reply #5 Saturday, December 6, 2008 11:25 AM

Never really had an issue with Vista since moving over to it wit this laptop. Ultimate home edition runs without any issues other than the odd crash here and there when explorer fails. But that doesnt happen enough to cause me worry.

For me i will be sticking to Vista for the foreseable future.

DarthCaedusMorgan
Reply #6 Saturday, December 6, 2008 11:34 AM

Even though I absolutely hate microsoft and any of there product, I had vista for a little of a year and so far I am completely satasified and it has only crashed once due to a restart on a windows update now that is very good statistics for a windows os.

DrJBHL
Reply #7 Saturday, December 6, 2008 11:36 AM

Congrats, Deionychus....I believe a fellow Englishman (1/2 American, but why quibble?) said it best (about Vista and your opinion of it):

And yes, I do know which "V" is which........

Good for you....glad you're happy! Happy Holidays, Deionychus.....Doc

ALMonty
Reply #8 Saturday, December 6, 2008 11:42 AM

Fuzzy (could never get a handle on deionyc... er that thar dinosaur name)

Fuzzy changed his name? Where have I been?

elias001
Reply #9 Saturday, December 6, 2008 12:08 PM

i used Vista before, the way it works, i mean where everything is felt weird, but there were not any problems for me.  What were you people trying to make your computer do with vista installed????  if you have problems, why don't you get a book on vista, something like vista hacks or a vista the complete reference.  I am sure once you know its secrets, you can make it tick and sing and dance for you instead of the othet way around.

Fuzzy Logic
Reply #10 Saturday, December 6, 2008 2:20 PM

It's doesn't matter how many books you read you still can't get rid of that ugly start menu.

I haven't got any skins installed yet, so I loaded up Diamond. Looks better than Vista, and, woohoo, a start menu you can use!

Fuzzy Logic
Reply #11 Saturday, December 6, 2008 2:20 PM

I might change my name again yet - we shall see

vStyler
Reply #12 Saturday, December 6, 2008 2:26 PM

Dont blame ya.

CarGuy1
Reply #13 Saturday, December 6, 2008 2:30 PM

I might change my name again yet - we shall see

Come on, change it back to Fuzzy. There's a whole bunch of noobs out there to ask you how the name came about. 

Fuzzy Logic
Reply #14 Saturday, December 6, 2008 2:37 PM

OK, changed the name - but the damn avatar doesn't want to play 

Silveus
Reply #15 Saturday, December 6, 2008 2:49 PM

I have had Vista Ultimate for about 18 months and in that time i think i had one crash that forced me to restart my computer. Vista works mcuh better than my experiance with Xp, which crashed like once a day.

DarthCaedusMorgan
Reply #16 Saturday, December 6, 2008 3:46 PM

Silveus
I have had Vista Ultimate for about 18 months and in that time i think i had one crash that forced me to restart my computer. Vista works mcuh better than my experiance with Xp, which crashed like once a day.

Hm your are unlucky I hda no crashes from xp at all but we never updated it to sp3, I think we got xp 6-8months after it came out.

What type of crashes are you talking about the type that the computer goes kaboom and has make sure you disk is not corruted or it just completely freezes up and you cant do anything wich is not a crash (its you cliking to much)

TheD2JBug
Reply #17 Saturday, December 6, 2008 4:14 PM

I cheer your emancipation from Vista!

 

skibadee
Reply #18 Saturday, December 6, 2008 4:21 PM

I had more crashes on XP than Vista too. I prefer Vista 100%

RickJP
Reply #19 Saturday, December 6, 2008 4:30 PM

OK, changed the name - but the damn avatar doesn't want to play

 

I found best way use IE and click on my account when in forums and then can update ok.

Welcome back as Fuzzy Logic. much better than Deionychus IMO

WOM
Reply #20 Saturday, December 6, 2008 6:47 PM

I've never BSOD'd in Vista and I don't think I ever did in XP either but when I had(shudder) ME, it was a daily occurrence.

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