Pay per View on Ultimate Windows Vista

This blog will be updated.

Yesterday I finally bit the bullet and invested in a Sony Vaio notebook pre-loaded with Windows Vista Home Premium. The following blog will detail my experience with the operating system of the near future.

Item 1:

The first item on my list was to make a back-up of system files as new laptops generally don't come with recovery disks. So before I tweaked anything, I wanted the OS right out of the box.

Nope, wasn't going to happen.

You see, there is an excellent feature with Vista Home Premium (Backup Manager under System Tools) that allows you to easily schedule backups of data, photo, music, etc...but does not include system files. In fact, there was no option that allowed you to back up system files on VHP.

For that, you needed to Windows Vista Ultimate...easily ordered through the OS at roughly a $150 bucks. That is ridiculous, and for my first experience with a slow loading OS while using a Gig of Ram and Intel Duo Core T2250 operating at 1.73Ghz...not a good start, to say the least.

So the first problem that new notebook buyers are going to encounter is a money making scam, brought to you by Micro$oft and the friendly Geek squad or whatever on-site big box store repair team is going to sell you to make a system backup.

You cannot independently make a recovery disk and thus, cannot re-partition from scratch to allow another partition for a different operating system (Debian, in my case). Though this is done to keep people from loading the same WVH on other computers and I find this an appalling turn of events for those of us that are intelligent enough to take control of our own operating system.

I'm pretty sure that you can use an independent system backup manager. I'm also amused that this little realization is going to create a scramble on the illegal download market for Widows Vista Ultimate and reversing the original intent of Micro$oft to cut down on piracy.

Item 2:

The commercial with the "Mac" and "PC" being represented by actual people is dead on. Every move you make is questioned by VHP and frankly, gets a little annoying. And as the commercials states, you can turn off the security message but then it's turned off for any real security alerts...defeating safe computer practices. I guarantee that most individuals will disable this feature.

 

This is what I've come up with so far. I'm sure there are little surprises just around the corner, so stay tuned.

Next time I'll try to highlight the good things about VistaWink

 

Update from my comment 03/16/07.

 

Well, I'm still working on it..but getting closer.

What I've done thus far:

Downloaded 2.5 gig torrent that contains all Vista Packages. The key for home premium is on the bottom of the laptop, so at the very least I can blow away all this preloaded software..Sony loves AOL.

Downloaded Ubuntu 6.10. something. "edgy" torrent. (Linux OS - for dual booting).

Downloaded another torrent I didn't understand..something about activation code...for what, I don't know...ahem...Wink

Loaded the vista package..this is the same .iso that comes when you buy Vista at the store. It has everything from basic to business.

Tipped my glass of wine to God and Universe as I blew away existing partition.

Created four more partitions using Vista's clean install. This link should totally be looked at.

http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/partitioning

Loaded Vista business..ahem. Opted to not put product key in and received thirty day trial..cough.

Everything loaded fine and I have a nice beautiful uncluttered GUI and program file.

Restarted with Ubuntu .iso. Choose to manually set-up partitions and this is where I'm currently hung-up. My allocated partition for Vista swap files is inaccessible. Apparently Vista sets up it's own partition for swap files and GParted, the Linux partition manager only allows four partitions to be created or used.

So I'm trying to get the allocated memory back. I'm also having a hell of a time getting back 15 gigs of my hard drive that is automatically used for a recovery partition and is also inaccessible in creating partitions either through Gparted or Vista...it doesn't show up as a partition.

Thats where I'm at. Other than that, Vista is kind of growing on me...makes me wonder what the next generation of OS will look like...holographic, I hope;-)

One more item, under control panel, make sure you're not on classical view, type in UAC (User Access Control) in a search function provided in the upper right corner, stop, pour yourself another glass of wine, tip glass of wine to God and Universe as you turn off User Access Control...man, that is one annoying feature.

Alive2Die (sick philosophy, but true), it may be possible to create an iso out of a restore snapshot, but probably out of a independent iso software. I've been using ISO recorder v3. Use V2 for XP. Phenomenal software, simple and shows up under right clicking item.

"A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

   

   

Comments

Thanks Isaac,

Fdisk I knew about but Mandrake is a new one for me. What I'll probably do, is reinstall using the reverse order (Ubuntu first), just to see if Vista will create the fifth partition on it's own or if it will take the swap partition that I alloted it.

"A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

if you want to create more then 4 partitions, you can either use Mandrake or FDISK to create logical partitions. I've seen it suggested elsewhere to setup your partitions using the Mandrake install CD because it's alot easier.

The way I figure it, this OS is going to be in our face...whether it's here or out in the workforce. So, may as well as get a jump start on troubleshooting it. 

Are your system specs up to speed? If so, go for it. Make a sys backup of your XP and install Vista...in the end it will only cost you a couple hours to reverse everything.

"A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Uber thanks I am going back and forth in my head as weather to upgrade from xp the security thing sounds annoying to say the least though.

Well, I'm still working on it..but getting closer.

What I've done thus far:

Downloaded 2.5 gig torrent that contains all Vista Packages. The key for home premium is on the bottom of the laptop, so at the very least I can blow away all this preloaded software..Sony loves AOL.

Downloaded Ubuntu 6.10. something. "edgy" torrent. (Linux OS - for dual booting).

Downloaded another torrent I didn't understand..something about activation code...for what, I don't know...ahem...Wink

Loaded the vista package..this is the same .iso that comes when you buy Vista at the store. It has everything from basic to business.

Tipped my glass of wine to God and Universe as I blew away existing partition.

Created four more partitions using Vista's clean install. This link should totally be looked at.

http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/partitioning

Loaded Vista business..ahem. Opted to not put product key in and received thirty day trial..cough.

Everything loaded fine and I have a nice beautiful uncluttered GUI and program file.

Restarted with Ubuntu .iso. Choose to manually set-up partitions and this is where I'm currently hung-up. My allocated partition for Vista swap files is inaccessible. Apparently Vista sets up it's own partition for swap files and GParted, the Linux partition manager only allows four partitions to be created or used.

So I'm trying to get the allocated memory back. I'm also having a hell of a time getting back 15 gigs of my hard drive that is automatically used for a recovery partition and is also inaccessible in creating partitions either through Gparted or Vista...it doesn't show up as a partition.

Thats where I'm at. Other than that, Vista is kind of growing on me...makes me wonder what the next generation of OS will look like...holographic, I hope;-)

One more item, under control panel, make sure you're not on classical view, type in UAC (User Access Control) in a search function provided in the upper right corner, stop, pour yourself another glass of wine, tip glass of wine to God and Universe as you turn off User Access Control...man, that is one annoying feature.

Alive2Die (sick philosophy, but true), it may be possible to create an iso out of a restore snapshot, but probably out of a independent iso software. I've been using ISO recorder v3. Use V2 for XP. Phenomenal software, simple and shows up under right clicking item.

"A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

im learning...thank you for the 411 on this (so far). im impatiently waiting for your follow-up ;) * two thumbs up blog*

 

--. And remember, no matter where you go, there you are . --

Hey Ashton, I hope your previous laptop is at least enjoying it's trip around the world.

Under Item 1.<<You cannot independently make a recovery disk and thus, cannot re-partition from scratch....>>

That sucks!! You know how I like my dual-boots! What about the system restore feature for your snapshot of the system files?

Under Item 2. <<Every move you make is questioned by VHP and frankly, gets a little annoying.>>

It just needs to be taught, sort of like training a new spam filter on your email (bayesian type filter). Sorta like house-breaking a new puppy! Laughing

~A.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

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