I have been tracking and trying out Vista since the Beta days and have written a lot of posts on the same.
- Windows Vista Beta 2
- Windows Vista logs into India
- Planning to upgrade to Windows Vista ?
- Acer – Upgrade to Vista
- Planning to upgrade to Vista ?
From the past few months I have also been regularly checking the price of Vista on http://microsoft.indiatimes.com. I finally choose Vista Ultimate and shelled out 9K INR for the Ultimate upgrade edition 🙁
The upgrade wasn’t that straight forward; thanks to the confusing messages shown by the Vista Installer.
When I ran the Vista installation from within the existing installation of Windows XP, I couldn’t install on my primary partition since it was FAT32. I was asked to start the vista installation by booting from the DVD. I followed the instructions only to be again told that the Product key was a "upgrade" key and can hence could be run only on an existing installation of Windows.
I couldn’t even format the primary partition using the "convert" command. The command was queued and could only be run again during system startup. I finally managed to convert my primary partition to NTFS and was then able to install Vista on the same partition.
Vista did give a good score for my 2 year old laptop 🙂
General Guideline for System Rating:
A computer with a base score of 4.0 or 5.0 is able to run all new features of Windows Vista with full functionality, and it is able to support high-end, graphics-intensive experiences, such as multi player and 3 D gaming and recording and playback of HDTV content. Computers with a base score of 5.0 were the highest performing computers available when Windows Vista was released.
I still have to explore the new interesting features of Vista. The "Aero" is not that happening :). IE 7 looks and works much better than its predecessor.
How many of you are planning to upgrade to vista ? Meanwhile can anyone recommend me a good Anti-Virus software for vista. I am currently trying out Kaspersky Anti-Virus !