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A place where I can lament the changing times; for eccentric comments on current affairs and for unfashionable views, expressed I hope, in cogent style; also occasional cris de coeur largely concerned, I regret to say, with myself.


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Sunday, 23 March 2008

VISTA - Grrrrrrrrrrrr

I was amused when I read the article I linked to here about how the Japanese had produced a toilet roll representing Microsoft's Vista Service Pack 1.

How right they were... I have installed this so-called Service Pack with the result that my scanner no longer works and I cannot get it to function again - and I am stuck with a stupid French spell-checker that I cannot disable. Finally the computer (dual-core 2 x 2.2GHz, 2Gb ram etc.) takes even longer to boot up.

The cherry on the cake is that I cannot use system restore to get the machine back to where it was since SP1 has deleted all previous restore points. How can an organisation like Microsoft get away with making life so difficult and still make a profit? It is scandalous, outrageous and disgusting: I HATE them.

So having to scan some things yesterday, I pulled out my old computer which has XP. I had cleared the hard drive so had to reinstall the scanner, and my photo-processing software. This took less than 10 minutes and worked perfectly first time...

Is there a friendly IT expert or hacker that can tell me how to get XP out of my old computer and put it into the new one? I don't care if it's forbidden: Microsoft can sue me and I shall counter-sue on the grounds that they have sold "goods" that were not fit for purpose. And anyway I have paid for their rotten software!

Until the next time

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