Now I’m a Vista User (2 Tips on Using Vista)

So, I’ve got my brand new computer parts and have been using the new fancy Windows Vista for about a week. After a friend of mine mentioned that it’s possible to disable the Vista’s in-built User Account Control (or UAC) my life improved drastically. When UAC was enabled, Vista was constantly bugging me and asking security questions. After taking that off, I’m saved! That’s the newbie tip for anybody who is getting annoyed by the frequent questions that are presented as ‘Better Security’. To make Vista using smoother, I disabled the darn thing and now things are much better.

Ok, so that was the first newbie tip.

The second newbie tip is that gadgets are useful. There’s a nice gadget called Notes that let you create post-it notes on your desktop. I started using notes to track ‘promises’ I’m making. Whenever I promise something (such as ‘new sales stats are coming’) I’ll write a short note using the gadget. It’s simple, it’s easy, and I like it.

I even created a very tiny experimental Time Tracking gadget that has two features: you can write one description line and then start the stopwatch. I thought about mixing these two gadgets together: I’d soon have a very simple & nice way to write to do items and track time used on them. I got 700 other ideas when I started to think this, so I decided to stop getting too eager about this fancy project management gadget. Anyway, the post-it notes gadget alone is a great thing.

I’m still learning to use Vista, and so far it’s been a positive surprise (I didn’t expect anything from it, besides DirectX10 support so that I could test to see how Crysis runs…). Vista loads much faster than XP. The Vista’s search is nice. The user interface feels bit more ‘user friendly’ (Don’t know why) and it seems to do some stuff under the hood really well (for example when I first launched my computer, I needed to do just one mouse click to get networking to work – I was amazed: in previous versions I had to install loads of stuff, press buttons, pull hair, summon mystical beasts, pray and plug and somehow things started to work). Last but not least, Vista seems more stable than earlier Windows versions.

I do think Vista is bit like a ‘fancier version of XP’, but at this point I’m not turning back. I like Vista. I like that the security systems can be made less intrusive. The system feels good to use. Crysis runs nicely.

And I like the gadgets.

Nothing to complain here.

Juuso Hietalahti


  1. Everybody has something to say about Vista but the question still lies for developers which type of vista(Home Basic, Premium, Business or Ultimate).
    Basically, during my first few months of coding with it, i have to pull my hair out in order to make it see my SQLSERVER EXPRESS EDITION. Am using Premium wich doesn’t really has some server components on it but at the long run i had to DISABLE THE UAC ACCOUNT and life was much better.
    So let’s put the chips on the table- these are the things i think about Vista-
    But on the overall, i think it’s more of an individual issue.One man’s meat is another man’s poison but Vista is more advanced than XP and watevr that happens, it has many capabilities attached to it but it’s v cool with games and graphics enhancements are something i do admire most with 3d perspective cos of it’s directx 10.
    Great product by Microsoft.

  2. I’ve downgraded my Dell XPS from Vista to XP.

    Why? Simple. Now With XP the computer is running faster than with Vista.

    Now I’ve a stable and fast SO.

    Kind regards.

  3. My advice is to run as Standard User. UAC is less annoying then and it’s complaining mostly when really necessary. I’ve been using Vista as the SU for several months now and it’s quite acceptable.

  4. I made the switch about a year ago and haven’t turned back. I now run Vista on both my home and work PC’s. As I develop windows apps I have decided not to turn off the UAC. On my home PC this isn’t an issue. I almost never see the security questions (apart from the 1st week during the setup of the PC). I personally think its a good thing and see no reason to turn it off.

  5. I though the no.1 tip was “uninstall it” ;-)

    Helen moans about the fact that when she needed a new laptop I said get one with Vista on so I can test my games on it (whilst I still use XP).

    OK so it’s probably fine in reality once you turn off UAC and if your CPU and GPU are good enough. I’ll probably get it on my next PC in a few months and give my son this XP one.

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