Saturday, June 24, 2006

Vista Beta: Clean Install

It's much better. I still had to disable User Access Control to keep it from popping up a confirmation dialog every 10 seconds. I turned off search indexing on the hard drive: it slowed down copying files from my external drive to a crawl (expecially when they're text files, which should be lightning fast), and it's a waste of resources, since my data is pretty well organized, and there are programs for indexing specific content, such as pictures and music that do a way better job than a generic always-on search indexer. Vista is set by default to index all external drives for searching: this is a stupid default, and I can't figure out how to change it universally. Vista is still a bit slow and clunky, but that's what I get for running it on 4-year-old hardware. The new Start menu is annoying: I reset it to "classic" style and disabled the "feature" that hides icons you don't use very often.

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