Trying out Windows Vista

Yesterday something got messed up with my Apache installation (part of the WampServer package), I tried reinstalling it, I tried several other versions, nothing seemed to work. It kept throwing "Unhandled win32 exception", and after several hours of trying to fix it, I gave up and decided to reinstall.

On the way home I thought about maybe trying to install Vista (I got a Vista Business CD with the laptop), I heard all sorts of opinions about it and I decided to test it for myself (I tried it about a year ago on my old computer with only 1GB RAM, and I removed it after a week...).

The installation was very fast, about 20 minutes, drivers were easy to install (Dell's semi-automatic drivers cd is a brilliant idea).

I'm currently using Aero with "animate windows when minimizing and maximizing" disabled and it's very fast.

I haven't really installed much yet, so this is far from a true performance review, I'll probably know better in a couple of days.

The one thing I had a problem with is copying large file through network which kept hanging, but I found this forum thread that solved it by doing the following:
  • Open "Command Prompt" as administrator
  • Run:
    netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled
  • You should see an "Ok."
  • Restart and open "Command Prompt" as administrator again.
  • Run:
    netsh int tcp show global
  • One of the lines should be this:
    Receive Window Auto-Tuning Level    : disabled

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