Sunday, May 11, 2008

I Have Seen The Future, And It Is Vista

"Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated."

Every machine in my house runs Windows XP. All of them, that is, except my shiny new laptop.

Installing a new OS is never fun, since you have to go and make sure you have drivers for your hardware. Otherwise you have a lovely, if rather large, and expensive, coaster. Or a planter, if you're using a small desktop. If you're using a full size case, it can become a Barbie Brownstone!

Changing OS's from Vista to XP, however... yikes. It takes difficult and puts it in the realm of pulling someone, mind intact, from the Borg Collective. Pretty soon you'll be hearing Mac users screaming, "Windows VISTA? Oh noes! We've been assimilated!"

And trying to find those drivers? Most laptops no longer even offer drivers for XP, only for Vista, since Microsoft has decided to no longer support XP in favor of Vista. So in order to find drivers, I had to search the Internet. Y'know, ride the Information Highway down Route 404 Error to Driver Hell.

Google this: Dell Inspiron 1721 XP drivers. See what comes up. A lot of people complaining that they can't find drivers to switch back to XP!

I finally, after much searching and pulling of hair, learned that there ARE work-around's for this driverless sea I find myself in. It involves lying to your computer, and telling it it really isn't what it thinks it is, but something else that DOES have drivers for XP.

Thank you, God, for my live-in tech support, who's probably going to be screaming in no time at my poor, helpless, Borg-infested laptop.

Remind me to make him brownies when he's done. He'll deserve them.

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