So when you BSOD in boot, Vista immediately dumps you into "Startup Repair" so you can't even read the blue screen. Then Startup Repair sits there and churns on the disk for 15 minutes and won't let you cancel. URG WTF DO YOU THINK YOU CAN POSSIBLY BE FIXING !? Fucking hell. You have to wait for the damn Startup Repair to finish and then you get a console with a bunch of totally worthless options (like system Restore) and nothing that you would actually want (like reading the boot log, event log, selective boot options, disabling autoreboot). Instead you have to reboot and try to get your F8 in before it hangs.
Also, "System Restore" is such a worthless piece of fuck. It doesn't actually properly track a whole history for programs, so if you ever actually try to use it, it just completely hoses your machine and leaves you with programs that are not correctly installed and not hooked up to the registry right and won't even uninstall any more. (apparently this is another Vista delight - a lot of programs get themselves into states where the uninstall won't even run anymore; PowerDVD does this; actually PowerDVD is just a fucking malware piece of ass that needs to go).
Urg urg. After much fucking about I think I've got the system back to stable. But after all this installing and uninstalling I no longer have any faith in it and want to do a clean reinstall to wipe the slate. Frick.
Some things I've done : Turn off disk indexing for search; Turn off Vista's constant WiFi scan with Vista Anti Lag ; turn off system restore; turn off windows defender realtime scanning (hell just turn it off completely); turn off superfetch, readyboost; disable page file; turn off automatic visual settings; turn off Aero and all visual enhancement options; switch the BIOS from IRRT to AHCI (IRRT is broked); tweak stuff with Windows Ultimate Tweaker ; install Vista codec pack (K-Lite gave me problems); install AVG (AntiVir gave me problems).
this is a decent note about some things to turn off ; and this list of scheduled tasks that come with Vista by default is absolutely horrifying. There's a shit ton of services that gather usage info and send it to MS. Also lots that track errors and are supposed to give "interactive assistance". LOL.
Another thing I just discovered : ReadyBoot. (not ReadyBoost). This is yet another fucking demon that sits around grinding your disk when it thinks you're idle. I dunno why they fucking cling to this illusion, but this whole "optimize the computer by doing a ton of fucking work when it seems you're idle" has got to go. good article about Vista tech internals ; ReadyBoot actually seems cool if it works the way it should; I'll leave it on for a while to see, but I definitely see it bogging the system with tons of HD writes to update the cache. BTW there are useful Registry Keys for PreFetcher and SuperFetch . ReadyBoot is one of those things that might be totally cool if you could just run it on a button, like hey "optimize my boot now when I tell you to and it's okay to bog my machine because I'm walking away from it", don't just fucking do it whenever you feel like it.
Office 2007 installs this fucking OneNote and Groove Folder bullshit that gets all in your startup and services and context menus and whatnot. Screw that.
One of the main things annoying me about Vista is just the explorer. Icons take way longer to load and seem to be way more async (many others have noted this). The "My Computer" view takes way longer to open - presumably because it's showing that damn disk size and usage bar on disks (EVEN ON NETWORK DISKS! WTF). Opening "Control Panel" takes forever (not that it was acceptably fast in XP, but now its even worse). There just seems to be a lot more lag in lots of little operations (even closing an explorer window is laggy).
I miss 98lite ; the Win95 explorer was nice and snappy with none of the fucking async shit and weird icon rendering and excessive displays. When Win98 came out it had a dog-slow shell, but 98lite let you plug in the Win95 explorer, and it was aces. I suppose it's probably impossible these days, but it would be hot to have the Win2k explorer in Vista.
Anyhoo. Some other useful things I've found : DPC Latency Checker Tool . Apparently these lappies have some driver/hardware problem ( documented here among other places). I observed the problem on this lappy with dpclat. Changing to AHCI and disabling eSATA seems to largely fix it. BTW this Lappy is almost 100% Intel - CPU, Chipset, Graphics, WiFi, SATA controller, all Intel. You should think that would mean they play together well. LOL. There appear to be a lot of problems with bus traffic conflicts which is causng this DPC issue. When I do the Vista reinstall on this machine I think I'll go with the 8.2 version of the Intel Matrix drivers, which is supposed to work better than the new 8.7. BTW Reinstalling Windows with a different disk mode is a pain in the ass.
Actually the ReadyBoot thing reminds me - damn machines should be better set up to run stuff overnight. All this scheduled task bullshit is not what you want. The way ReadyBoot and Defrags and Cleanups and all that work is fucked up. When I'm about to go to bed I want to hit a button that says "okay do all your work now", and then it kicks in and runs a whole queued sequence of disk check, defrag, boot optimization, virus scan, etc. and when I wake up in the morning it's all done and my machine won't do any of that shit during the day when I use it. There's not need for the machine to try to guess when I'm away - when I go home from the office at night I can easily hit the "optimize now" on my office machine - OR I can choose not to do it because I was in the middle of something and left an app running.
And all this damn Windows adjusting takes SO FUCKING LONG because everything requires a reboot, and so many of these damn apps insist on grinding the disk for fucking hours for now reason. Like my god, when I just fucking open the System Restore options - give me the damn GUI so I can turn it off before you go spin on the disk for a few MINUTES searching for possible restore points. Every little step is like click a mouse - wait a few minutes - click a mouse - wait a few minutes. GRR GRR.
I am, much to my chagrin managing 5 computers right now, and every single one of them has some fucking problem or other that bothers me on a near-daily basis (and even when it's not actually in my face, it's in the back of my mind that I need to fix it). God dammit. I want to be a farmer. If only it took a lot of cleverness and intelligence to grow cabbages. And if they sold for $100 each.
Oh.. and there's more. La di da, the Intel Graphics only works right if Aero is enabled. If Aero is off, you get random color bar crazy noise popping up every once in a while (only in full screen when watching DVD's it seems). The display properties default to 40 fps. Yay. When you change themes to turn Aero on or off, it also resets tons of your other options, like window effects options, and sounds. Oh yeah of course I wanted to turn sounds on, thanks. The newest Intel drivers refuse to install because they weren't "validated for this computer" ; after you do the manual install that forces that to override, then you get like 4 popups at bootup saying "warning this is not safe to run ok/cancel"; yurg, now I have to figure out how to turn that off. Oh, and the damn Intel Graphics comes with all these crazy video processing options enabled like noise reduction and flicker fixing and so on. YARG quit working on crazy as features and just make your basic shit WORK!