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#1 User000

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 07:17 PM

As if enough hasn't already been said about this...

I'm writing this to sum up where we're at now, and hopefully some problems still present will be resolved.

I've been running Vista for about a week and a half now... I bought a new PC that's more than capable of handling it, and Vista was included.

I bought Easy Media Creator yesterday, for two reasons:

1. My new PC came bundled with Easy Media Creator Basic, which seemed to run fine on Vista, and
2. The Roxio website clearly lists Vista among the other compatible operating systems, under "System Requirements". Take a look... it's still written there.

Problems encountered so far:

Drag-To-Disc generated an alert that the driver was incompatible, and Vista shut it down... once. This problem cropped up after I'd installed EMC9 and booted up a few times... so apparently the first few boots weren't a problem. I've booted a number of times since the alert, with no problem as well. Drag-To-Disc is still active on my machine... although I haven't tried to use it for anything yet.

VideoWave sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. I'm in advertising, so I have a number of files in different formats that require editing. I was hoping that VideoWave could handle a good variety, but loading some of them have actually made my video driver crash... four or five times within a minute's time. This is a problem.

What's creepier, though, is the repeated attempts by EMC9 to access the internet. It seems that just about every program in the suite wants to connect when it's started, and when given permission, "agent.exe" attempts connection immediately after. I can understand the "Home" function's need to connect, because it contains live content in the center window. Why the other programs require this remains a mystery... especially since I've turned the "Check for updates at startup" feature off. Not once have I been asked to activate the MPEG2 driver. I would have done so willingly, if prompted.

Finally, as someone who religiously cleans out cookies at the end of a session, I have to mention that I was REALLY disappointed that Roxio chose this path to log registrations. It's flimsy, annoying, and because of this method, I suspect that many users who have adware or spyware removal programs will continuously be wiping out their registration info. This is very bad.

As for Vista, all I can say at the moment is that EMC9 is not the only buggy item. Vista is always surprising me with odd incompatibility issues... It seems to have a long way to go before people will be able to use the new OS for much more than sending emails and surfing the web. So no... I'm not blaming Roxio for 100% of the problems I'm experiencing. Even my USB Hard Drive caused a .dll crash just this evening.

What I would complain to Roxio about, is that I'm stuck at this point running my newly purchased version of EMC9 on an operating system that's far from 100% functional, while at the same time I have a completely trustworthy and reliable laptop with XP on it, and because of the strict licensing policy, I can't install on both machines and A/B problems I'm experiencing, based on the operating systems I use. So I have no real way of determining whether the files are the problem, or the software, or the OS. And in the meantime I'm stuck with a main system that barely does any of the tasks that I need to do.

All things considered, not a great week. And no... the new PC is not a Dell.

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 07:29 AM

V9 is pretty much compatible with Vista.
As far as D2D goes,that is being caused by an issue with an update that Microsoft threw out after Vista was launched.The easiest way to stop the popup is to go to msconfig and just disable it.Another possibility is that there is a patch issued by Dell floating around these boards.It is meant for a Dell machine so care might be taken before using it.I used it and it stopped the popup about the driver with no ill effects.
The weird thing about mpeg-2 activation is that sometimes it pops up right away and others it takes awhile.Why,I have no clue.
I agree with the part about Roxio not being the only app having problems.There are a lot of vendors out there that still haven't given out updates for Vista.Symantec and Pinnacle to name a couple.
If someone has Vista it will probably be a couple months at least until things get sorted out and drivers and updates get released for various software and hardware.I know that's why I went back to XP,too much stuff still doesn't work correctly.
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 06:48 PM

I purchased Easy Media Creator 9 last several months ago - before vista was mentioned anywhere.

I installed VISTA and now Easy Media Creator 9 is a dinosaur...and expensive paper weight.

Does Roxio seriously believe customers will go belly up and re-purchase the same blasted software simply to get compatibility with VISTA? That's outrageous!!!

Why should I have to buy the same product all over again simply to make it run on VISTA?

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 06:52 PM

QUOTE (Michael1054 @ Mar 6 2007, 08:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I purchased Easy Media Creator 9 last several months ago - before vista was mentioned anywhere.

I installed VISTA and now Easy Media Creator 9 is a dinosaur...and expensive paper weight.

Does Roxio seriously believe customers will go belly up and re-purchase the same blasted software simply to get compatibility with VISTA? That's outrageous!!!

Why should I have to buy the same product all over again simply to make it run on VISTA?

Works fine for me on Vista.  What version of Vista do you have and did you install Vista as an upgrade to XP?  I hope not as that's going to be trouble for many programs you later install.
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 07:04 PM

QUOTE (Michael1054 @ Mar 6 2007, 08:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I purchased Easy Media Creator 9 last several months ago - before vista was mentioned anywhere.

I installed VISTA and now Easy Media Creator 9 is a dinosaur...and expensive paper weight.

Does Roxio seriously believe customers will go belly up and re-purchase the same blasted software simply to get compatibility with VISTA? That's outrageous!!!

Why should I have to buy the same product all over again simply to make it run on VISTA?


But, it worked before you installed Vista, correct?  Oh well.  One can only hope a patch will come out soon.

I suspect that Vista will kill more software and hardware than you can shake a stick at.  I think that I will stick with XP for now.  So far, I haven't seen anything that Vista can offer, except problems.  wink.gif
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