Well Vista naysayers, it finally happened.
I actually crashed Vista Home Premium 32 Bit OS.
A laptop was purchased by me in November of ’06 that came with a free Vista upgrade as soon as Vista was released. The disks arrived sometime in early March but I didn’t install them. In May, I replaced my desktop with a new version that came with Vista pre-installed. 45-60 Days later, I felt comfortable upgrading the laptop.
It is fifteen months later and I finally crashed Vista on the laptop that was upgraded. To date the desktop hasn’t crashed once. How do I define a crash? Crash=reboot to regain control or a total lock up. In XP we called it B S O D or blue screen of death.
The laptop is an HP with dual core 1.8 GHz processor by Intel, 2 GB of RAM and a 256 MB graphics card. At the time of the crash, I was running Outlook 07, MS Office Accounting Professional, Microsoft Expression Web, CorelDraw X3, and I-tunes. Vista did have the Aero Visual environment active at the time. Now in fairness to Windows Vista, that is a lot of applications in RAM and I wasn’t surprised it crashed under that load. (I did have a 200 MB File open in Draw at the time).
Here’s the rub. I can’t duplicate the crash again-as long as I don’t load I-tunes. All the other applications seem to play together and I can add PhotoPaint, Photoshop (each with big files loaded in RAM) and Pinnacle Studio with an HD Video in edit and the darn thing won’t crash-till I open I-tunes.
So, yes, gentle readers. Vista will crash. Load it to the breaking point and add a little freebie from Apple and you can crash it-sometimes. Your mileage may vary of course but my XP systems were never quite so robust.
Just one man’s opinion but it is time for us to move on.
Rikk Flohr © 2008