Almost one month ago today, Scoble said Vista wasn’t ready – I agreed with him

The post was commented on a lot, and I was one of the commenter’s – but today I installed build 5536, and I am absolutely blown away by how much more stable, how much faster, and how much more feature full it is over the build of just a month ago!

The Media Center now works wonderfully with my XBOX 360 (and you can now run the Media Center over Remote Desktop, as long as you aren’t trying to watch video) – this is almost a keeper for that reason alone!

The only Media Center glitch I have found so far is that I can’t install the MSN Remote Programming tool – it tells me some installer failed to finish, and it’s unable to continue).  I’m sure that’ll be worked out shortly.

ALL of my hardware was detected with one exception – my sound card (Realtec AC ’97).  I received a few pop-ups warning me that my drivers were not Vista compliant – but the sound does work.  Luckily there is a “never show this again” checkbox on the dialog – so I don’t see it anymore).

Aero works great, the “Switch between windows” icon is located on the Quick Launch bar (and is pretty cool, especially when you are running 3 monitors and have 45 documents/applications open).

Oh – and speaking of displays – I couldn’t get my external displays to set up properly in the last build – now they all work great.

This build is also very fast – seems faster than XP except for shutting down – it seems to take forever to shut my computer down!

The “privileged users” dialogs are still annoying, but there seems to be less of them – or maybe the system is just so much more responsive now that they don’t bother me as much.

The install was simple – took about an hour (didn’t recognize my previous installation and forced me to do a full new install, but that’s ok – I expect that out of beta operating systems).

Basically this release seems to be fast enough, stable enough, and polished enough that I am going to start using it as my default OS – and there is NO WAY I would have considered that a month ago.

Microsoft – congrats — I didn’t think you could do it, but you’ve made amazing progress in a month!

And Robert Scoble – look at the new release – I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

(For those of you stopping by for the first time – I don’t think this post is one of my more interesting ones, so feel free to look around.  This post on what I think “Web 2.0” is really about is pretty interesting (at least it was to me!)

Comments

  1. David, I think the key might be dual PCI Express slots/cards.  I use NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT cards, so I think I could get a fourth monitor to work if I had one avaialabe (each card is dual display)

  2. How are u running 3 monitors in vista this seems to be very hard to do?

  3. The weird thing about this “failure to shut down” is that the monitors (all external) go blank, and indicate power is off… but the hard drive is thrashing away. The “primary” monitor (the only one that is a CRT – the others are LCD) keeps indicating that is is flashing between getting a video signal and not. So yeah – I hit the hard reset button after ten minutes or so. If there IS really something still happening, and the OS is “alive” then I should get an indication of what it is doing… instead of three blank monitors and an over-active HD.

  4. Yeah, I know what you mean, I have been using Vista Beta2 as my primary (only on my primary laptop) operating system… when shutting down, I don’t have the patience, I hard reboot…

  5. Yes, they are doing something with fast standbye – but in this case it is taking forever when I tell it to “shutdown” – which isn’t (or shouldn’t be!) any type of standby. And by “a long time” I mean a good ten minutes!

    I’m sure this will be resolved though, so it isn’t worrying be much – I don’t shut down often – and restarting seems to work fairly fast.

    Rob

  6. About the slow shutting down – isnt Vista pushing this new fast standby (or something), so you’re not supposed to shut down?

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  1. […] I hate jumping right back on the Microsoft bandwagon but I installed the Release Candidate 1 build this Labor Day weekend. I didn’t get it from MS, and I am not in their select group of people who get to look at it early. But I have a valid product ID, and I found it on BitTorrent. I didn’t really think they would mind – else they would have invalidated my product ID! […]

  2. […] My inital blog post on on installing Windows Vista 5526 is here. This post builds off that one. […]

  3. […] I hate jumping right back on the Microsoft bandwagon but I installed the Release Candidate 1 build this Labor Day weekend.  I didn’t get it from MS, and I am not in their select group of people who get to look at it early.  But I have a valid product ID, and I found it on BitTorrent.  I didn’t really think they would mind – else they would have invalidated my product ID! […]

  4. […] This post by Rob La Gesse isn’t the first time I’ve heard that build 5536 rocks, but it’s the most convincing that I might be wrong about Vista not being ready by November (which is when it needs to be finished by). […]