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Jul 15, 2009

Windows Vista - Works Fine for Me

by J. Robert Burgoyne — last modified Jul 16, 2009 02:45 PM
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Lots of our clients are concerned or unwilling to try Windows Vista. My experiences using Windows Vista on my primary desktop PC are positive.

I rebuilt a Dell Vostro 200 with updated hardware and installed Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 in March, 2009. I've been using it as my primary desktop PC since then. All my other PCs run Windows XP.

I haven't had any issues with Vista over these four months.

Today I needed to print something in color, so I had to install printer drivers for the two color printers in our office:

  • An HP Color LaserJet 3800, and
  • A Konica Minolta C250

I'm impressed with how easy it is to add a network printer.

From the Windows Control Panel, Printers, click "Add a printer", then click "Add a network, wireless, or Bluetooth printer".

Windows Vista then polls the network and found the HP Color LaserJet 3800 and automatically installed the printer driver. When it was finished, everything worked. There was no other effort required.

Vista did not discover the Konica Minolta C250, so I clicked on "The printer that I want isn't listed". Next I clicked on "Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname" and entered the Konica's IP address. Within a few moments, Vista was setting up the printer, and when it was finished, everything worked.

For me, setting up a new printer under Vista is much easier than in Windows XP.