I had my very first Vista experience the other day. A neighbor had bought a new laptop but had some photos on an old Windows 98 machine that needed to be transferred. He caught me not doing much of anything, so I walked back with him to help.
My first thought was that Vista must have a File and Settings Transfer Wizard, so I mentioned that, but my neighbor just wanted those photos, nothing else, so I just enabled file sharing and shared the photo folder. Simple, right?
Well, yeah, except where's Network Neighborhood on Vista? Well, that's now "Network". Not too hard to find, but it wasn't seeing the Win98 share. Odd, because the Vista surely must have become the Master Browser, so this shouldn't be a timing issue. Oh well, we'll just give it the old Start->Run->\\windows98_ip_address kickstart..
Umm, where's Run?
Microsoft doesn't think you need it. It's still there, as I later found out at Windows Vista Secret #3: Bringing Back Start / Run, but right then and there I was stuck, so I decided to try it the other way around by sharing a folder on the Vista box. That wasn't too hard to figure out either, though the number of warnings Vista threw up made my neighbor nervous. I assured him I'd be able to back all of the changes out as soon as we were done. I don't blame him for being wary though: his machine was throwing out various cryptic error boxes before I even touched the keyboard - that doesn't give you warm fuzzies.
But no, the Windows 98 couldn't see the Vista share either, so I dropped back to ruminate. It was then that I noticed an XP machine on another desk. Could that see the Windows 98? Yes, it could. Could it see the Vista share? Nope. So I unshared Vista and contemplated my new data. Hmmm...
At that point my neighbor pointed to the USB pen drive he had in the XP machine. "I was doing floppies from the 98 to here last night, then using the pen drive to bring the stuff to Vista.. takes forever.."
Well, yeah, it would. But since the XP could see the 98 photo share, now we wouldn't need a floppy: just drag that stuff on over, throw as much as will fit on the USB stick, pop that over to Vista, drag 'em off, repeat as necessary.. not as convenient as an unattended network transfer, but it still wouldn't take very long. That's how I left it..
Vista should have seen that share. I don't know why it didn't, and don't really care: I'm sure I'll see more of this junk and will get used to it. Vista isn't getting rave reviews (no big surprise to me) but PC vendors are pushing it out the door just the same, so it's inevitable: I'll have to put up with it.
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