Yesterday I went to the Windows Vista Upgrade Fair with my trusty Tablet PC (Eleanor) in tow. I was nervous and excited as I've been waiting a long time to get the opportunity to try Vista on my tablet PC.
The day finally arrived.
I arrived early and sat in the parking lot munching on a Jack In the Box breakfast sandwich and sipping a cold oj. Fast food joints still haven't figured out how to crappify eggs and English muffins. Decent breakfast.
So I go inside. It was being held at Microsoft's Conference Center on their Mountain View, CA campus. As I headed toward the training room, a smile stretched my face because there, right outside the room was a tablet PC display! Okay, it wasn't quite up to date as the two models on display were first generation units -- a Viewsonic slate and an Acer C110 convertible -- but hey, it was a tablet PC display! I'd never seen an actual Acer -- it was a definite charmer. Super small -- I think it had a 10-inch display –- and light. It couldn't have weighed more than 3 pounds. Maybe a little less.
I got my instruction sheet and disk and lugged my Toshiba into the training room.
Windows Vista, here I come!
Or so I thought. After running Microsoft's info collecting tool, I began to upgrade XP to Vista. 10 minutes in, Vista provided a handy list of program incompatibilities, listing those installed programs that wouldn't work with Vista. The list had about 20 programs on it, nearly half being Toshiba programs – button controls, accelerometer, hard drive shock protector, etc. Ok, I really wasn't too surprised about those. I was hopeful that Toshiba would update these programs down the road. Hey, anything's possible.
Then I came to list two. It listed a couple programs that I needed to remove before continuing the install. One was the Sonic DVD burning software and another was Toshiba's DVD RAM software!
"Hey Microsoft dude, it wants me to shut down the install, remove the DVD software and then relaunch the Vista install. But if I delete the DVD software I won't be able to relaunch Vista."
"What kind of computer is that?"
"A Toshiba tablet."
"Oh yeah, we've having a lot of trouble with Toshiba hardware."
Realization impregnated pause ensues.
"So, I can't install Vista?"
So it ended like that, gentle reader. My excitement dashed against the shores of hardware incompatibility. I was disappointed as I packed up my gear, the other geeks in the room happily working through their lesser installation problems and moving forward. While I packed up.
On my way out they gave me a Windows Vista baseball cap.