I got it installed lastnight, installation went well however I do not feel that the installation is anywhere faster than what many has said. I installed it into my "everyday" machine (HP/Compaq Presario x1030AP).
With the previous Beta2, I had difficulty to get it installed correctly with x1030AP (see my posts and suggested fixes in the forum regarding "Vista on Compaq Presario x1030AP"). With 5536, I have the same problem as well. I was told by another GZer, that ATi has not released any new driver to Microsoft that is XDDM certified, and the Beta2 was only released a day or two ago. However, even from ATi's site, they have not include any driver update for Mobility Radeon 9200 which many 2004 laptops would have the similar ATi chip (MR9000 or MR9200). A few HP latops are suffering from this fate too and not to mention several other manufacturers' models.
Anyhow, just a quick brief fix to get through the hurdle; After the installation, you will get a fuzzy or black screen on your laptop LCD, plug in an external monitor and you should get a picture perfect display on the external monitor. Use the external monitor to get through the rest of the installation. Once you got to the desktop and navigate to download the OEM's video driver for Windows XP (in my case, I got mine from HP's site.) Extract/expand/unzip the file to get the INF folder, install the driver using "Update Driver" by navigate to the INF folder.
Back to the topic at hand, 5536 feels a lot faster and more responsive and less "nagging"... looks like the team at Microsoft has finally toned down the UAC, although it still appear on some operation but I think that's very smart and useful. It helps reduce the primary unawareness/unauthorised operation. And since I installed 5536 without password, I can just "continue" it easily, however in real life operation all it takes is just password and "continue".
I won't go into too much depth in terms on how well it performs, I mean, many other sites have done so and trust me, it is a lot better then Windows XP! Worth the upgrade!!!
However, not all things have good journey withouth going through some pit holes. My immediate peef is Avast! 4 Antivirus Home Edition (Free) was blocked from running, and this has been acknowledged between Alwil Software and Microsoft, and in their forum it was mentioned that Microsoft has mistakenly hard-wired the block. Shame on your Microsoft. Hence Avast! 4 was blocked from running due to "blocked driver" error. Weird huh.
Secondly, (this is to do with x1030AP's BIOS I'm sure) I can't use Hibernation or Sleep mode, as it will reboot the system if I do any of the two. I have found a way to disable Hibernation "powercfg -h off" using CMD in Administrator mode. BUT there is not command for disabling Sleep mode... Help anyone? (Why should I have it turned on if I know my BIOS doesn't support it (using "powercfg -a" to show what Sleep mode is supported.)
Although, not all things are bad, and I have discovered one useful tip for my general usage. As I have Vodafone Mobile Connect card (Novatel U630) and previously with Beta2, I was not able to get it installed properly, and let alone operating it. Hence Beta2 was never my primary OS. I searched on Google and found MWCONN (although it is in German). I will talk about this more in the next blog.
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Telecom XT Pricing Plans Announced
Vista virtualisation ban lifted
64-bit Windows support in Boot Camp
Comment by bradstewart, on 4-Sep-2006 00:01
The UAC only requires the an administrator account password if you are using a limited access account. My account is set as administrator and so all i have to do is click continue.
I have only seen one bug so far on 5536.... there is no disbale transperancy option in the window colour and appearance window.
Performace blows XP away...