Just like the subject heading. I am complete Vista noob and have been a XP pro user forever. Is there a down side because Windows 7 is coming out? I will post the machine type when I get home later.
Is there a way to skip the password login and fingerprint verification on start up?
There is also this annoying giving permission to open new drives and applications. Is this a new security feature that XP does not have?
In general I second sktn77a
suggestion. Still, let me tell you a similar experience I had in the past. I once had to receive recovery disks from Lenovo for my system which was at that point of time an XP Pro setup. But I mistakenly received DVDs for their Vista preload. At the beginning I thought I would call them back to request the proper ones, but I didn´t do that anyway due to other circumstances. Later on I decided to try them out, at least it wouldn´t have hurt after having backed up everything I needed to. Surprise! I still have Vista, though not Lenovo preload image, but a clean install of it. Anyway, I´m very glad with it and what is more important, for some reasons the XP setup I had had before was a pure Overused word on my ThinkPad. I later tried a clean install of XP (I already had upgraded my HD to a 7200rpm drive) and it was just the same Overused word
Anyway, other certainly have different (and more positive) experience. For me, Vista performs on my ThinkPad much better than XP ever did. A few things to consider about Vista:
1. Vista eats a lot of resources (RAM), but if you have 2 GB or more of system memory, Vista can utilize it better than XP (my experience);
2. Vista still (that means after SP1) has some bugs, some more annoying than others, but XP isn´t much different in that sense, other OS - other bugs;
3. Vista offers some fancy animation, actually somewhat user-friendly if you stay all day before the screen, just something different for the eyes;
4. Vista is not going to improve any much further;
5. Vista needs to be somewhat tweaked by the user (in my mind even more than XP needs to);
6. Vista still has some software incompatibility issues, to be somewhat cynic, your software from the '70s won´t run on it...
And yes, as a software product
, which involves unity
of some minimum of features and requirements, Vista is a failure unlike XP, still not that big failure that I wouldn´t prefer it over XP. Now I really started sounding like a M$ Ad
I would suggest you to search a bit in the Vista subforum and then decide if you really want to get rid of Vista.
Back to your questions: yes, there is a way to skip the login screen and the fingerprint prompt. It´s a setting in Client Security Solution (CSS) and probably also in the fingerprint software, it partly involves the login screen option due to password settings as well. Apart from this, you will have to check out User Acounts in Control Panel for that option as well as under Global Power Settings in Lenovo Power Manager. The annoying permission prompt is called UAC (User Account Control) and can be also disabled within User Accounts under Control Panel.
Hope this helps
PS: I don´t really want to turn this into an OS discussion. XP vs. Vista has been discussed here and everywhere so many times, and OS wars are anyway against the forum rules. Also, I think the Vista subforum is a better place for this thread anyway