people who still would like to know, here's an
older article we posted back in 2012 about
Note: history seems to be
repeating itself with Windows 8.x which has been
buggy due to the dramatic changes 8.x attempts
to make. We recommend waiting for
Windows 9 and skipping Windows 8.]
Now that Windows
7 is available, there is absolutely NO REASON to use
Windows Vista. If you have Windows Vista,
you should contact your PC manufacturer
immediately... in many cases there are free
upgrade offers. Learn more at:
If you are stuck
with Vista because it came pre-installed on your
machine and your PC manufacturer is not offering
a Windows 7 upgrade, it's probably worth:
upgrade to Windows 7 Professional
to Windows XP Professional (many Vista keys
work with XP)
Vista has been an
extreme failure in terms of its reliability and
market success. Because of this, it
is best to avoid Vista. If you must
continue using Vista (which will be okay... but
a big annoyance to set up) here are some
Here are the most
annoying Vista-isms we've heard about:
Every time you
double click an icon Vista asks, "Are you sure
you want to run this?" or when you select
an option from POS Configuration, the POS
Configuration Toolbar closes.
verified" keeps popping up.
won't reconnect after a reboot.
Each Vista machine in your network must be
set to log in as the administrator.
Microsoft ships Vista with administrator
account turned OFF by default (arg!!)
To fix this, click START / RUN and type CMD
and press ENTER. A black command
window will appear. Type this
command followed by the ENTER key:
(PRESS ENTER HERE)
Now reboot the
machine and use the administrator account on
all machines. Vista requires
that a password be attached to each user
account, however, you can enable Simple File
Sharing to avoid this.
slows down randomly.
Solution#1: This is caused by
Vista's hard disk indexing feature
and/or scheduled disk defragmentation.
Both of these services should be turned
OFF for fastest POS operation.
While you are at it, consider turning
off automatic updates - after all you
don't want Vista updating itself at
7:00p on a Saturday night.
Consider putting Vista in CLASSIC mode -
this results in lower quality graphics
(aero will be disabled for example) but
it will make your computer system much
keeps powering peripherals & hard disks OFF.
The environmentalists at Microsoft
finally got their way and by default
Vista has an overly aggressive power
saving plan installed. To fix
this, be sure to enable the PRESENTATION
POWER MODE. In presentation
mode, no power saving will occur - which
is what you want for any point of sale
won't let WINSpool send print jobs.
A security feature in Vista causes this
to occur. We've made a new print
spooler called VSpool that submits print
jobs using a "vista friendly" approach.
If you're a registered user, just email
us and we'll send you the files you
need. Vspool can run on 2000, XP
& Windows 7 get database timed out errors
Decrease the dbthrottle in pos-cfg ->
system settings -> dbserver.
Due to internal differences in XP and
Windows 7 and service packed versions of
Vista, the database server may be
running in a higher performance
elavation ring. This means
reducing the throttle will be an
excellent idea. Try a
throttle of 200 - 250 milliseconds.