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Ok, new enemy, Windows Vista. It now takes the place over Windows ME.

Yes, Vista is beautiful in appearance, but her looks are deceiving. :(

I've finally taken the plunge and installed SP1, and a ton of other updates. And guess what, after waiting what felt like an eternity, my computer had to restart to finish applying the updates.

Well, I restart, I'm at the logon screen with the 'Installing Updates' notification. Five minutes goes by, computer restarts to a black screen. (Yay)

Well, I turn the computer off and on manually, after waiting for a good while to make sure it wasn't doing anything important. (Better safe then sorry.)

Then, on my next boot up, lo and behold, there the error message be. "Winload.exe is either missing or corrupt."

That's when I picked up my computer, and threw it at my monitor after breaking everything else in my home office. Or at least that's what I would have done if I was a man. Instead, I just bit my tongue, and spent thirty minutes looking for my Vista Ultimate installation disk to try to 'repair' the install.

After looking through two boxes of various CD's, I found my old Photoshop set and my old Quake cd-rom. Then after the third box, I finally find it.

I happily pop it in, (the cd) and restart. Vista installer starts to load, then I get a screen saying 'Stop Error 01x01003840x010'. I'm now very happy of course, so I hug my computer and say thank you for NOTHING. I reboot, and try again. Wow, same thing.

Well, I take out the pristine CD, wipe it off with my camera's lens cloth and try again.

BINGO! I'm able to 'fix' the 'winload.exe' problem and finally see my logon screen. But what's this? :eek: "Installing Updates"?! I wait another five minutes, and then It reboots. Guess where it rebooted to? If you said 'Windows Vista?' you FAIL. I got another BlackScreenOfNothing. So I cautiously reboot once again, let it start up, and FINALLY I get to my logon page WITH the password box. I then type in my password (wouldn't you like to know) and I get in Vista... FINALLY! :eek:

But then I get a little box that says 'The program *RunDLL* has stopped working'. The only choice I have here is the little close button.

But wow, way to be vague Vista... Seriously... 'RunDLL', is that like 'RunDMC'? :mad: Didn't think so.

In closing, Vista is my new arch enemy. I'll be installing Xp Pro this weekend, alongside WindowBlinds so I can continue to have my 'vista glass' effects. :)

Now, I'm off to bed. I'll sleep two hours, probably to wake up to a blue screen of death.

But hey, XP is only a day away. :D

Thanks for reading! :p

SOLIDUS
 

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LOL, man, seems you have much more troubles than me :D
Good luck, and, when you finish your installing, you can start install XP on my own :D

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good ole vista,
I have never been a fan of any of the windows systems and vista is the worst I have seen. Best of luck with it, XP has its faults but it is workable in its way.
You have my sympathy.
if all else fails a bottle of scoth a hammer and a 9mm cure most of windows ills.
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If I were you, you should install the patch that has been available for some time. It should solve most of your problems.
Windows 98:D
 

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You got Vista? SUCKER :) hahhaahahah

You had windows ME???? and you bought another windows product??? Double sucker on you - hhahaha
 

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Being an IT guy (going on 10 years) and build my own systems on the side the only advice I can give is to migrate to Ubuntu or get an XP Pro SP2 license before they stop selling them in July.

Vista really is another ME, and in many tech circles has been marked as the worst MS operating system ever. They have already started on development of Windows 7 to be released to beta in 2009 which proves they are no longer concerned about Vista. You will learn, usually the hard way, MS turns and burns operating systems in the effort to make a buck.
 

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Being an IT guy (going on 10 years) and build my own systems on the side
Yeah, I built this one.

the only advice I can give is to migrate to Ubuntu
There's a reason I use windows. And if I were to start using something else, it'd be OSX again. :)

or get an XP Pro SP2 license before they stop selling them in July.
Already have a copy of Xp with two licenses. (One came off my previous laptop.)



In all honesty, Vista wasn't so bad. It didn't run slow, it didn't crash... But for some reason, the past month it's been a real pain in the rear. I'll see a blue screen three times a day if not more. I don't know what happened.

However, when I quit using Firefox, the BSOD's quit. :eek: (Well, now I'm down to one BSOD a day, maybe two.) :D
 

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I am also a vista hater SOLIDUS. It is installed on my laptop and slows it down something rotten. There's some kind of constant memory caching that goes on, with default settings. I advise you remove that! Although even then your PC will be running at 60% efficiency whilst doing nothing but looking at a blank desktop.
 

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I've noticed that. :( Any idea where to turn it off?
From what I have read no. Its a known memory leak in the OS. Much like IE7 it acclimates so much space but does not release it. The only way to dump your cache so to speak is to reboot the box. One of the many known flaws with Vista.
 

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My next computer ...IMAC!..I've had my fill of Winblows
After having a series of PCs since they came out I got a MAC mini last year and love it. I will never go back to windows, or vista or OS2 or whatever garbage they dream up next. Once you go MAC you never go back. All I have to do is turn it on. No virus wear no spy wear, no adjusting this or tinkering with that to get it to run... just turn it on and go... and if I want it can act as a shell for windows program... the best of all worlds and NONE of the PC headaches. I will NEVER own a PC again.....
 

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I've had a few Macs Zorba, and I've gone back to windows.

Macs are great, especially for graphic design, and an all around computer. But a Windows computer has a lot more to offer in terms of software, hardware and price.

I still have an old iMac sitting around as my music server. It stays on as long as the power doesn't cut out, which is never. :D And in that time, it never needs a reboot.

OSX is superior to windows. But I don't feel the same way to the hardware. (Not the design though, top notch.)
 
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