User Access Control – Vista

I installed Vista on Katie’s laptop and my desktop.  We had to upgrade Katie’s ram because it was running SO SLOW at 1G, so we went to 1.5G.  The installation was a pain in the ass.  First of all, it wouldn’t let me upgrade from XP Pro to Home Premium.  I had to do a clean install.  That is retarded.  Then its slow.  it doesn’t run Aero which makes me think I shouldve gotten the Home Basic Edition for her.  Then this stupid User Access Control thing is bugging the shit out of me.  I had to turn it off.  I have no idea who thought it would be a good idea to ask the user every 5 seconds if they want to do something.  USERS (yes you) DO NOT READ!  They do not read the prompts.  The UAC is not going to save anyone.  They won’t make a child NOT install something.

For crying out loud, this is retarded.  If it wasn’t for the fact that all my favorite software runs on Windows like MS Streets and Trips and MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Quicken, (Finally one from another company!).   I can’t switch to Mac, can’t switch to Linux.  I am locked in.  Nothing I can do.  The Aero glass interface is cool, but it runs like a dog.  I have 4G of ram on my machine.  What more do they want from me?!?

I have no idea what the answer is.  Damned if we do, damned if we don’t.  My advice to anyone with Vista.  Turn of UAC.  It’s annoying as hell and won’t protect you in reality.

Software I love.  Really love using.

1. Avast Home Edition (Free)
2. Tag&Rename (Cheap)
3. Gmail (free)
4. MS Streets and Trips (reasonable)
5. Firebug for Firefox (Free)
6. MS PowerPoint 2007 (expensive)
7. MS Excel 2007 (expensive)
8. Picasa (Free)
9. TrayColor (Free)
10. Virtual CloneDrive (free)

Whatya think?