Someone please tell me that was a joke, right? Because even though I don’t care for Microsoft that much, I have a hard time believing that even they could’ve released something as horrible to install as Vista.
I’ve come to the conclusion that if you are attempting to install Vista from the install DVD, you’ve already failed. There is no sane reason why after almost 7 hours that I shouldn’t have a completely installed and updated Vista install on my machine. I still haven’t even been offered SP1 via Windows Update yet and my patience is getting very thin.
This wouldn’t be half as bad if I could simply walk away and come back to find all the updates installed the next morning. Even with auto update turned on, it seems like it would be weeks before the updates are finished.
And then there is the issue of the constant hard drive activity that won’t go away, even though I disabled indexing and Superfetch. The only thing I can see taking up any sizable amount of CPU is the kernel — it has pretty much been taking one of the four CPU cores for itself the entire time.
I’ve heard lots of praise for Windows 7. And considering how my own experiences with Vista is going, I would imagine that if Microsoft simply tossed XP into a Windows 7 box that it would automatically get a ton of praise compared to Vista. Even with my expectations set low for Vista, somehow they managed to disappoint me still.