August 28, 2007
Less Messy Computer: Vista, Ubuntu over XP?
So why will I upgrade from Windows XP (Tablet PC edition) to a dual boot of Ubuntu and Vista? Several reasons:
-- I have battled a Windows Update memory leak which sucked the juice out of my computing experience without respite. Every 2 or 3 minutes, wuauclt.exe will execute, eating up 99% of CPU. I had to kill the process and it would start up in a blink of an eye. Finally when I safe-mode started Windows and deleted the wuauclt.exe and wuausrv manually, svchost.exe came up as the hungry monkey. I went Bob Dylan:
"How many times does a man have to kill
wuauclt.exe before he can compute?"
Anyhoo, it seemed like an endless blackhole. Even worse, Vista refused to update on my TC4200 HP Tablet with Windows XP Tablet PC edition. I had to reformat the HDD before I could re-partition.
Would all of this be avoidable? Yes, if only HP would leave unallocated space on the HDD. The factory default is that the entire HDD is allocated to "C:\" which cannot be resized without destroying the current data. I pity the average users and "medium-power-users" like me.
Anyways, Vista is installed and Ubuntu is on its way. I have 4 beautiful partitions on my HDD, thanks to my sacrifice of wiping out my HDD (important stuff backed up on a Firewire HDD).
Here were some rude shocks:
-- Windows Movie Maker (Vista) refuses to work in Vista unless I get a fancy display card. Now that is not possible for everyone, so I guess for quick and homely video editing, I will have to run Windows Movie Maker (XP 2.6). I was actually surprised that Vista did not grumble about me installing a XP application.
-- HP's website does not list Vista Ultimate as an option for driver upgrades. Only Business and Enterprise (and Venti, hehe).
Ubuntu is installing on a 10G partition, just for fun. Hopefully it will not mess up my Vista installation and I will have a nice dual boot system. Lets wait and watch. I still have 1 Vista installation pending for this computer. Hope it works.
Now I formatted the entire 60G hard-disk on my Tablet and
Posted by rdivecha at August 28, 2007 01:12 PM