I looked back as far as Feb and didn't see any posts on personal experiences with Vista. Probably missed some, but here's one (or another).
Okay, so I swore Win2K would be my last MS OS, but it was not to be. In a nutshell, I need Adobe InDesign for work. It was, essentially, a similar issue that got me to get Win2K by the way.
So I have a nice, fast computer, having finally shelved the 2000 vintage, and I installed Win2K, which suits me fine and I have never thought to upgrade my desktop to XP, having had it on two laptops with no advantage that I could see for my uses. Unfortunately, Adobe CS3 will not install or run on Win2K and because of various issues, Vista upgrade is available through work, but XP is not, even though the IT people officially recommend against Vista. BTW, CS3 requires Home Premium or higher.
Well, you have to do a clean install, not install from Win2K, but you can't do that with an upgrade disk.
Solution: So you have to install once like it's a trial, not putting in your key or registering, then boot into the OS you just installed, and then install Vista again from the autorun, this time putting in your license key and activating. So by the time you're running, you've done two full installs and spent the better part of your morning at it. Then you still have to install all your apps. There is no upgrade path from Win2K that lets you avoid that.
THEN IT FAILS - SATA HELL
This is perhaps not a Vista issue, but I have dual-booted this computer before and done similar things with no problem. Basically, the easiest way for me to get data from one computer to another is to plug the old IDE drive in as a second drive and away you go. Set the boot order, of course, to boot first from the SATA with Vista on it. Works fine for a while, but eventually, the Vista boot manager or something or other gets confused, sees that you still have a boot.ini on the old drive and decides that's your boot drive, so it kills the boot info on the SATA drive. Unfortunately, the motherboard still believes it should boot first from the SATA and so it hangs and dies. Get in there with your repair tools and sure enough, most of the files that Vista uses to boot from are gone. Poof.
Not just me either. The net is full of similar stories. Not many solutions. Don't bother with Vista's repair tools (BCDEdit, etc. No help).
Solution: No clue, but it seems like if you get Vista installed and updated and get your key drivers (chipset, video, basic onboard hardware) installed before you plug in a second drive, things more or less work. Fingers crossed.
So between getting the "upgrade" disk to upgrade and getting Vista to stop blowing away its own boot manager, I've been through the install process EIGHT times. An entire day and then some.
THEN YOU ENCOUNTER USER ANNOYANCE CENTRAL (UAC)
User Account Control, which would be better named User Annoyance Central, pops up with "are you sure you want to do that?" messages for the most amazing things and it's a two-stop process (click, then click again) to proceed. . Seemed like a good idea at first (warns you when your run an executable off the internet), but it warns you for everything and when you're configuring a computer, that's literally every couple of minutes. Change a setting. Two popups. Install an app. Two popups. Make a new directory anywhere Vista thinks you should be. Two popups. Open the control panel. Two popups. Open the "Program Files" directory just to look. Two popups
I tried everything I could to unzip a file inside the Program Files directory (this just runs as an executable and then you make your own shortcut). No dice.
I created a directory in the Program Files directory via another application. Invisible. Some apps show it, but not Windows Exploder, which is more unstable than ever.
Solution: Turn it off. They touted Vista as the first version of Windows that you could reasonably run as a non-admin, which might be true, once the admin has set it up for you entirely and... taken away your mouse and keyboard. Use those and you're going to have annoying popups.
AND LOTS OF THINGS DON'T WORK
Of course, there will be glitches with some of your old apps. Hey, they can't make it backwards compatible with software from the 20th century, whether they wrote it or not. But couldn't they make the parts of the OS work? I couldn't figure out how to unzip a file (this is built into XP and certainly into Vista, but I can only figure out how to unzip with my inzip app). So I go to the famous Program Files folder with the zip archive and click on the archive. A simple left or right click. I take no action. It should highlight it or give a context menu. No chance. It crashes Windows Explorer 100%. I eventually had to use the sidebar to delete the entire directory. Haven't tried unzipping elsehwere and moving over yet.
Or how about this? I create a directory in Program Files using right click -> new -> new folder and it creates one. Read only! Why in the world would I manually create a read only folder? This I'm sure is User Annoyance Central at work again.
AND WHY FIX THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN BROKEN FOR 20 YEARS ANYWAY?
And then there are the things that have always bothered you about Windows that nobody at MS seems to care about. Carefully CTRL-click and select 30 out of 100 files to copy, but it fails on #2. Well, it doesn't even try on 3-30. Just stops. Just like DOS, Win 3.1, Win95, Win98, etc etc.
Oh well, at least they have academic volume pricing and site licenses at work, so they didn't give two much money away for any one copy.
It really is true. Upgrading to Vista is a BAD idea. I think when the history of MS is written, Win2K will be seen as the best, and perhaps only decent, stable OS they ever turned out.
Anyway, blowing off steam as much as anything else. I should have stayed smart and just ponied up the money for XP Pro, which my wife has on *her* new computer, with no issue whatsoever.
The only thing I can say is that CS3 is nice. All in all though, like Vista, not worth the upgrade if you're already on CS2 and XP.