Now that I had most of my "legacy" applications running under Win Vista, it was time to turn my attention to the drivers. The only drivers that were installed to date were those that came with the system, which included drivers for an HP F4280 multipurpose printer. I had two older printers (an HP 952C and an Epson CX3810) that I needed to find 64-bit drivers for. So off I went to hp.com and epson.com respectively and found 64-bit drivers for both. I installed the drivers and both printers were now up an running under Win Vista 64-bit.
In Part I, I had just taken delivery of my new desktop loaded with Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Patch 1 (SP1). Once I got all the cabling done, it was time to turn the power on and let Vista do its thing. Vista Home Premium ran through its initial setup and did a reboot with no problems incurred along the way. I then installed the upgrade to Vista Ultimate, connected to the Internet and downloaded and installed the latest updates from the Microsoft. Now it was time to find out just how many of my "legacy" applications would indeed run in a Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit environment.
I was planning on buying a new PC for a while now. As I thought about just what hardware and software configuration I wanted, it occurred to me that there was one important decision that I had to make. The decision wasn't about the PC hardware as this stuff is pretty much commoditized these days. Rather it was regarding the operating system. I'm well-versed in both Windows and Linux, but truth be told, most of the applications and tools I use on a day-to-day basis are Windows-centric. I'm still not convinced that Linux is ready for prime time as my desktop operating environment.
That left me with the choice of continuing on with Win XP or finally dealing with Win Vista. In the past I had been an "early adopter" of the various incarnations of Windows through the years, starting with the first semi-decent release (Win 95) way back when. But I was really hesitant to migrate to Vista. It wasn't due to all the negative press and Vista bashing on forums and blogs. Those of us who have been around for a while heard many of the same complaints about Win XP.