The President's Message


Lois Evans de Violini

As you know, I have been experimenting with the real Microsoft Vista. This column is being written with Microsoft Word on the new Vista Ultimate version RC1 machine. (Haven't had time to re-install my familiar WordPerfect on this machine.) I like the look and feel of Vista; it is fun to use. But if you don't like experimenting with computers, then don't try betas. Vista isn't for you yet. Wait a while. I think it will be a great operating system and eventually very stable, but, as to be expected, the betas have problems. Not the least of these problems is the routine I had to go through when the most recent upgrade of Vista came out. The newest version is called Release Candidate 1 (still a beta and they say so BUT.) I will quote a little from the Microsoft instruction sheet for those of us foolish enough to have installed the Beta 2 product:

"Unfortunately, when great change is introduced between beta builds, that often means that upgrade between builds is broken." You cannot upgrade from Windows Vista Beta 2 to Windows Vista Release Candidate 1.* If you try and upgrade, you will see a setup error that reads 'Upgrade has been disabled - You can not upgrade from a non-staged build to a staged build.' "

Later in the instructions: "To install Windows Vista RC1 onto a machine running Windows Vista Beta 2, you must do a 'custom' install. This means that your files and setting will not be transferred and you will need to reinstall any applications you wish to run."

Yes, reinstall everything. Including printers etc. They do provide a way to save your data and some settings. Not that I needed their way of saving data - my data was saved elsewhere anyway. More later about Vista - barely got RC1 running in time to write this column.

You can upgrade from XP though if you never tried the other betas.