Vista gets it wrong

On the advice of a few people I decided to check out the new Problem Reports and Solutions section of Vista's control panel.

I found one device issue which prompted me to install a Windows Update which wasn't provided by the inbuilt updater.

It also suggested that I upgrade my Nokia PC Suite, which I will happily do.

However, most amusingly it told me that one solution, to a problem it wasn't specifying, was to:

Upgrade to the latest retail version of Windows Vista

The problem was caused by Windows Vista, which is created by Microsoft Corporation. You are running a beta version of Windows Vista, which is no longer supported by Microsoft Corporation.

For more information on how to upgrade to the retail version of Windows Vista, go to the following website.

Microsoft Corporation

Interesting. Apparently my fully licensed, pre-install copy of Vista Business is a beta!

Well why didn't someone tell me I was running beta software… actually, I did get that feeling somewhere along the way.

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  • try out Control Panel > Performance Information And Tools > Advanced tools. It will identify any obscure issues.Also, on that same screen, you can Open Reliability & Performance Monitor. When it opens, click the "Reliability Monitor" option on the left. It will show you how well your computer is running. Good thing is, if you see it start going downhill, you can click on the point and it will tell you what you installed/uninstalled on that day, that may lead to the cause. Brilliant stuff.

  • Hey thanks for the pointer. Unfortunately by the time I'd read this I'd already given up on Vista and re-installed XP.I got a remarkably un-enthusiastic response in the Windows Discussion Groups. In addition, I don't really think there was any one thing that was causing a problem. Overall I have been un-impressed by the sluggish sense I've had from Vista since the beginning.On the other hand, XP certainly feels a lot snappier and everything opens and closes a lot faster.I know I'll come back to Vista at some point in the not-to-distant-future, probably when I upgrade my desktop to something truly kick ass! I also really want my next desktop to actually be running in a 64-bit environment, and I'm really getting the sense that it's just not ready yet. Driver support still seems patchy – but I can definitely see me going up to or over 4gb RAM, and that definitely requires 64-bit goodness…