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A Bad Microsoft Day

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My IT guy Ross has been having his fair share of them lately.  Ross has been blogging about silly Microsoft tricks, including Microsoft you’re about to lose me and Why Microsoft, why?

Ross isn’t limiting himself to bitching about things – he’s also offering useful suggestions such as Disabling Vista auto update.  Plus he’s writing about some obscure stuff such as Installing Vista on a MacBook Pro using Imagex.exe (only obscure if you don’t want to do it!)

I’ll continue to endlessly torture Ross by saying "hey Ross, can you …"  Hopefully he will continue to write about his experiences.  If you have an inner IT guy within your soul, or if you are an end user who just wants to hear about someone who is banging their head on the wall trying to get this crap to work quietly in the background, hang with Ross.

  • Aziz

    I have not heard anything good about Vista yet, but I'm wary of Mac users nay-saying just to nay-say. The cult is powerful.

    My cousin's hot girlfriend got a new Dell without asking me first, and it came loaded with Vista. The thing is so painfully slow, cost her $2000, and just shuts down, at random, about every 10 minutes. Can you ask your IT guy, or is there anybody out there that is experiencing the same problem? I don't use Vista, and I think I'd waste a lot of time trying to figure it out myself.

  • Ross

    Hi Aziz, thought I'd chime in really quick here. As for your specific issue I haven't seen that, other than with a specific Windows Update that affected us. I've been working on that issue for a few days now with no specific luck. I've found that most of the time the issue is Windows Update and disabling it may fix you up. That's obviously not a good fix as you won't be getting future updates but if you tried that at least you'd know where the issue is. I wrote a little script (Brad links to it above) that you can use to fully disable Windows Update. I'd say give that a go – feel free to ping me back at ross@foundrygroup.com – I'm happy to see if I can help ya out.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/aziz3106 aziz3106

    I have not heard anything good about Vista yet, but I'm wary of Mac users nay-saying just to nay-say. The cult is powerful.

    My cousin's hot girlfriend got a new Dell without asking me first, and it came loaded with Vista. The thing is so painfully slow, cost her $2000, and just shuts down, at random, about every 10 minutes. Can you ask your IT guy, or is there anybody out there that is experiencing the same problem? I don't use Vista, and I think I'd waste a lot of time trying to figure it out myself.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ross2308 ross2308

    Hi Aziz, thought I'd chime in really quick here. As for your specific issue I haven't seen that, other than with a specific Windows Update that affected us. I've been working on that issue for a few days now with no specific luck. I've found that most of the time the issue is Windows Update and disabling it may fix you up. That's obviously not a good fix as you won't be getting future updates but if you tried that at least you'd know where the issue is. I wrote a little script (Brad links to it above) that you can use to fully disable Windows Update. I'd say give that a go – feel free to ping me back at ross@foundrygroup.com – I'm happy to see if I can help ya out.

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