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  • Craig Walls,

    Vista SP1 is fine to install - all issues well and truly ironed out by now. (SP2 is in beta and I'd consider you very courageous for installing that...)

    Brisvegas/Melbourne • Since May 2007 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    By running Vista you've already crossed the unduly courageous line!

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Stafford Lumsden,

    3 words: Windows 7 Beta.

    That'll fix ya!

    South Korea • Since Nov 2006 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • uroskin,

    My cats are jealous of the "best cat bed evah"

    Waiheke Island • Since Feb 2007 • 178 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    By running Vista you've already crossed the unduly courageous line!

    Leo will give you chapter and verse on that one ...

    I must say, I'm struck by how weird and difficult Microsoft makes it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Walls,

    3 words: Windows 7 Beta.

    That'll fix ya!

    Yes, for 90 days it will, anyway...

    Brisvegas/Melbourne • Since May 2007 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Turns out Leo had already downloaded SP1 this morning, so he set it installing.

    It fucking bluescreened.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    I refuse to run Vista, even in a virtual box. When I have to use Windows, it's XP sp2 which is as solid as Windows gets.

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Walls,

    Like I said, no problems at all! :-)

    Honestly, I've upgraded >20 systems personally with no issues... (but then I don't have evil Mac vibes)

    Brisvegas/Melbourne • Since May 2007 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Harris,

    Yeah, it'll do that
    <background chant>ubuntu! ubuntu!</background_chant>

    (I know, I know, you need it for the games, but consider putting Leo on a Mac running VirtualBox or similar, for his Windows fix - it's so much easier to roll back)

    Waikanae • Since Jul 2008 • 1343 posts Report Reply

  • paul mckessar,

    funnily enough, the consensus from our little gang at Siren last night that while it was small and perfectly formed at 40 minutes (and how great was it watching those two guys stepping so deftly around the twirling sirens?) we coulda taken even more intensity and volume at some point. but then we may also be slightly deafer than the average punter through 25 years of exposure to excessive live rock volume he he...

    aukolofa • Since Jul 2007 • 8 posts Report Reply

  • John Morrison,

    I have had very little trouble with Vista HP. SP1 installed properly, without any bluescreens, and generally runs speedily with few hassles. Installing third party software requires patience and grog, however.

    But I cannot get used to the new Stuff. After registering, it will not remember me even using a different tab within Firefox on the same day. I emailed Don but no reply - anyone else help?

    Cromwell • Since Nov 2006 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    I refuse to run Vista, even in a virtual box. When I have to use Windows, it's XP sp2 which is as solid as Windows gets.

    I have to say that Vista has been improved *greatly* from the original version. I mean, it's almost usable.

    (Actually, I'm running Vista on this computer, but only because it came installed and it's not quite useless enough to warrant wiping it and installing XP.)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I had the same experience with Stuff not remembering me, but the scope for personalisation was so minimal I thought I'd give up on it anyway.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • kiwiyankee,

    I know there is a time restriction on it but I have been running windows 7 beta for a few weeks now and it kicks ass. Super snappy. Haven't had a single crash since installing one windows hotfix. Iphone syncs no problems.I am just worried what I will do when the beta expires. I can't go back to vista or even xp after this.

    Melbourne • Since Mar 2009 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I refuse to run Vista, even in a virtual box. When I have to use Windows, it's XP sp2 which is as solid as Windows gets.

    Yeah, I wish I'd gone that way. XP was just getting stable when they brought out Vista, typically Microsoft test it for three years on paying clients crud.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Evan Yates,

    The Vista C015001A error is sometimes seen when Norton antivirus gets in the way of Windows Update.

    If you have a Norton anti-virus product try turning it off when doing the update. Also try right clicking on Windows Update and making sure you are in 'Run As Administrator' mode.

    This may be the same situation regardless of which AV product you use.

    I know this Windows ninja-ness may seem annoying to Macsters, but there is usually a way around most things...

    Best of British..

    Hamiltron, Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Nov 2006 • 197 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Walls,

    I'm actually running Windows Server 2008 on this laptop. It's like Vista without the bling. Not as quick as Windows 7 but very stable, and a built in hypervisor for playing wtih the other stuff (including Windows 7, which I'm not allowed to run on client sites).

    Brisvegas/Melbourne • Since May 2007 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Walls,

    Norton is a cure that's worse than the problem IMHO... probably responsible for far more pain than Vista ever has been.

    Brisvegas/Melbourne • Since May 2007 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • Evan Yates,

    P.S.

    Refrain from surfing dodgy websites or opening attachments to emails from Russia while your AV software is disabled ;-)

    Hamiltron, Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Nov 2006 • 197 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Should I just download and apply SP1, or will bad Windows craziness befall me?

    Vista SP1 is an improvement. Even then, it's still a case of "the Ow starts now!"

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5439 posts Report Reply

  • James Green,

    Mmmmm Windows 7 Beta. It's just a pity there's not good EPG solution for terrestial Freeview HD (yet).

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 703 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Gracewood,

    Russell, seriously, a clean install of Windows 7 Beta is your best bet. Vista is poos (http://xkcd.com/528/), and this is coming from a hardened Microsoft user and developer.

    There are rumours of a free Win7 upgrade for Vista users, but in any case it would be worth your while purchasing 7 when it is out just to get away from the Vista pain.

    Orkland • Since Nov 2006 • 168 posts Report Reply

  • Don Christie,

    John

    I emailed Don but no reply - anyone else help?

    You did!

    I can see your problem now. You can't live in the best part of the best country in the world *and* expect unfettered access to stuff.co.nz. That would be too much of a good thing. Sorry.

    TBH, I did have a response for you but it involved checking your cookie settings. Also in the pipe line is a much demanded "remember me" option.

    /me wants to return to Central Otago

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1645 posts Report Reply

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