Why is it that installing a major new application make you feel like your PC is different from every
body else's? I tried to install the home version of Microsoft Vista last night as an upgrade from XP. It didn't work.
After three hours of "checking compatibility" and "installing" Vista - the two major steps of the upgrade - I went to bed with a solid green and the words "upgrading Windows." During the early steps, it warned me that a half dozen applications ""might" not run in Vista, but most of them were insignificant. I soldiered on and hit "next."
One thing is for sure - even the smoothest upgrade will take hours and Vista warned me of that. Guess what? The same "upgrading Windows" was frozen on the screen when I returned nine hours later. Maybe I should have waited longer and the warning should have been "this could take days" instead of hours. I shut the machine off and got the not so surprising message that the upgrade was not successful. Thankfully, I was automatically rolled back to XP so the machine is working.
I will try again, but when Vista hits the shelves, I am having a hard time imagining lots of users won't have the same experience as me. Could Vista be a disaster given all the delays so far and now this? Possibly. The configuration on Dell machine isn't much different than millions of others there. This should have been easy. Stay tuned.