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December 20th, 2005 by Zack Whittaker

OK, so Microsoft Beta released a new build version of Windows Vista yesterday, with their trademarked catchphrase of “clear, confident, connected”, so far it’s caused me nothing but trouble. Not happy at all to be honest. I download the ISO file (the DVD contents but as one file to make it easier) and then find that I can’t extract the files with my usual program. So I have to trawl round the Internet looking for a specific program which is a bitch to get hold of, and finally download and install it.

I get the “Welcome to Windows Vista” install screen up and sit back and click through the pages. Then, it tells me that the hard disks on my laptop have been formatted with a FAT file system (the way Windows arranges the files). Now, this laptop was preinstalled with Windows XP when I bought it, and recovery disks so that I just put them in and it’s an exact copy as as I first bought it. Great for some…

So, I get my Windows XP disc (not the recovery one) and put that in – I restart and try and get it to boot up but nothing, carries on loading the operating system. So then I put in the Windows 98 disc I have which I know for a fact will boot up. I reinstall Windows 98 onto it twice because it froze half way through. So, Windows 98 is up and running which means that I will be able to put Windows XP onto it (not the recovery disk) and in the setup of that, converts it to an NTFS file system, the one required to install Windows Vista onto.

Now, the problem with Windows 98 is, is that it’s so bloody old! I’d totally forgotten how to work the networking in it! So I couldn’t get the ISO image off the DVD disk of genuine Windows XP because I couldn’t download the program again! So I had to…. resort to… transferring the ISO onto my iPAQ Pocket PC… and Bluetoothing it to my USB dongle plugged into my laptop!! It took a while I’ll tell you that… 6 hours and 17 minutes… is when I stopped counting.

Anyway, I’ve finally got an NTFS partition and it’s finally installing… but it’s taking bloody ages to install. That’s my one top tip – when you get Windows Vista when it’s released, make sure you have a spare fortnight to install it…

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Posted in Humour, Windows Vista | 8 Comments »


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8 Responses

  1. Patrick S Says:

    Ha Ha Ha poor you!! 😛
    I bet your laptop is a Compaq or a HP-Useless, completely useless!

  2. chaos Says:

    ‘transferring the ISO onto my iPAQ Pocket PC…’

    How? The Vista ISO is like 3GB ;/

  3. Zack Whittaker Says:

    Admittedly I had to split it down with that tool Patrick E told me about ages ago – you could split ISO’s down in to 500mb bit. Thats the bit that took the longest.

  4. Patrick S Says:

    Was this to your New iPaq (a) ?

  5. Zack Whittaker Says:

    Not yet I’m afraid – with “Christmas Post” over here in the UK is crap – you post something on the 20th Dec and it’ll arrive sometime near Easter the following year!! The only thing I can use my old iPAQ for (the screen smashed :() is listening to music and transferring files!

  6. Patrick S Says:

    Awww 🙁

  7. freehappyman Says:

    copy of windows vista

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