I’ve been using Vista on my laptop for the last week. Most days I’m very happy with the Vista experience. It certainly improves the WPF programming experience with the Windows Driver Display Model (WDDM) video drivers. The graphics render as smooth as silk.
Vista installed in about 20 minutes. I’m getting a 3.6 Windows Experience rating on a two year old Dell 9300. Vista worked flawlessly on the first boot and is much faster than my previous XP install. I hear that many people are getting slower response with Vista over XP, but that hasn’t been my experience.
Not everything has been flawless however. I can’t use VMware Workstation 5.5. I tried the VMWare Workstation 6.0 beta but is was sooooo sloooowwww that its was useless. I’m back to using VPC 2007 for the time being.
Mostly I’m loving Vista. Having the ever-present search is a killer feature. When I work on my XP virtual computers I really miss it. What? I’ve got to go find the item in the Start menu. How lame.
I’ve found a few annoyances too. I’m going to post a short series of tips about fix to Vista that make me happy. Mostly for my own lookup later. But I found on my old blog , my tips continually got traffic years after the original post.