Going the Vista Beta 2 experience [Update]
Posted by Arne Hess - at Friday, 26.05.06 - 15:01:00 CET under Digital - Gadgets - Viewed 16108x
All right, after Microsoft published the new Vista Beta 2 two days ago and a 15 hours download to get my copy from the Microsoft server, I'm now ready to install a German version of Vista Beta 2 on my development PC, which was my old test Media Center Edition PC so far. Wonder how/if it will works? At least - so far - the installation started, more or less, smooth:
I have only one "fear", that my graphic card isn't good enough, even if it was to run Windows Media Center Edition 2005. According to Microsoft's Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor, my ATI graphic card has 64 MB dedicated memory only, while Vista requires 128 MB. Well, I will see if I get anything on the monitor.
Okay, just in this moment, the PC did its first reboot and this worked fine so far... Stay tuned (if you want) for updates! :-)
UPDATE: So far so good and everything installed. Funny idea from
Microsoft to deliver one Windows Vista ISO image which contains all Windows
Vista versions. Based on your registration code, the installer will install the
home or office version, etc.
I took the
Windows Vista Home Premium because I want to test the new Media Center
Edition of Vista as well - for sure.
The overall installation process went
pretty fast and without any further problems. All the hardware, including 2
DVB-T TV cards, were identified correctly and works fine, some with the old
Windows XP drivers, some with new Vista Beta drivers, pretty cool. The only
problems I've stumbled across is that Microsoft seriously removed the Remote
Terminal functionality in Home Premium which means, you can not remote maintain
the system, for instance if it is in your living room where you don't want to
sit in front of your TV. If you want to get MCE and Remote Terminal, you have to
Ultimate Windows Vista version (which will costs "some" Euro more, for sure).
This isn't smart at all and also VNC isn't working any longer, I've preferred to
use anyway because VNC isn't shutting down the MCE UI but you can even use the
MCE functionality remotely. So far, I've used UltraVNC, a pretty good VNC clone
and while it still installs on the computer, the latency to get the picture back
to your second PC is something around 20 seconds or so. I'm sure, the UltraVNC/some
VNC developers will come back with a Vista compliant solution, sooner or later
but as of now, no VNC version works proper with Vista.
Therefore I have to reformat my PC later again, to get Vista Ultimate installed
since my MCE is connected to a standard PAL TV (I don't have a HD flat yet in my
living room) and it's basically impossible to maintain a PC through a standard
TV (wonder why the C64 worked so well with TVs ;-))
Cheers ~ Arne
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