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February 21, 2007

ThinkPad/Vista “bug”

Filed under: Vista — Charles Engelke @ 12:32 pm

I am migrating to a new PC (a ThinkPad T60p) and a new operating system (Windows Vista). I completely wipe and reinstall everything on my PC about twice a year, anyway, and I’ve got it going pretty smoothly. But this time, it’s taken days for me to get the new PC working well enough for me to switch to it.

I’ll be writing about the issues I’ve faced in the next several days, but I had to post about the one I just had. On my new PC, Microsoft Outlook 2003 couldn’t save the calendar as a web page. I tried saving it to my network drive for others to see, and Outlook crashed.

It turned out that I had turned network discovery off. Once I turned that back on, though, it still wasn’t saving the calendar, though it wasn’t crashing any more. Instead, when I clicked to save the calendar, nothing happened. The dialog box just closed.

I tried lots of fixes. Saving to a local file. Saving only one month (maybe the DST date switch was causing problems). I’d started searching Google for answers, with little luck.

And then I noticed something. The new calendar was showing in the web page, where I’d saved it. Yes, once the network discovery was turned back on, Outlook started saving it properly immediately. I’d been trying to fix something that wasn’t broken.

Why? Well, I was primed to see a bug after the first crash. And then, when the Save dialog box finished immediately, I knew it wasn’t working. I’ve been saving my calendar from Outlook 2003 for years, and I know what should happen. When I click Save, a progress dialog box pops up and shows me how quickly it’s saving the web page. This takes about a full minute. When the Save finished instantaneously this time, I knew it was broken.

Or I thought it was broken. It just turns out this new PC saved the calendar blazingly faster than my older PC (which was a pretty decent ThinkPad T43). I don’t know whether it’s all the PC, or all Vista, or some combination, but there is certainly an enormous speed up in some areas.

Saving a minute here and a minute there will eventually make up for the extra 20 hours or so it took me to get all my software working on this new platform. Sure it will.


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