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TeeJay (2309)

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Journal of TeeJay (2309)

Wednesday July 14, 2004
06:14 AM

everyday I hate win XP a little more

[ #19844 ]
It seems that the Windows XP preloaded on the HP pavilion my wife brought still has lots of issues, even after I applied SP1 and all the fixes from the microsoft website. Windows now popup *under* the active window, transition between windows using alt-tab is slow and often leaves artifacts (on a nearly 3Ghz processor and a well equipped graphic card for pities sake). Worse still losing a dialup connection makes the system hang and require a power cycle.

Also the scrollpad of the trackpad doesn't seem to be supported by XP and neither does clicking on the trackpound click the pointer.

All this on a machine 'designed for windows XP'. lame, lame, lame, lame. It doesn't go any faster than my 1 GHz 3 or 4 year old notebook running Redhat 9. For 700 quid you would expect a laptop that was faster and more responsive than something you can get 2nd hand or refurbished for a couple of hundred.

Oh and as davorg pointed out, the auto-update thing is a PITA, it took most of an evening to update the new installation of XP and within a week I have to revisit the website for yet more. I also get a popup every time I start or resume the system telling me to get updates and to get a .Net Passport.

Also really annoying is the way that I can no longer remove lame, useless 'helpers' from the taskbar on the bottom right down by the clock. MSN Messenger is apparently a critical part of win XP and so cannot be removed and disabled as obviously my user experience would be hugely diminished without it and its constant whining that I haven't joined the borg yet.

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  • http://www.xp-antispy.org/

    It tweaks or removes crud you don't need (including Messenger).

    • Autoruns [sysinternals.com] (free) allows you (among other things) to remove all of the unwanted startup crap that feels that it has to run memory-resident (QuickTime, RealPlayer, WinZip, etc.
    • Ad-aware [lavasoftusa.com] (free), Spybot Search & Destroy [safer-networking.org] (free), and Spyware Blaster [javacoolsoftware.com] (free) can inoculate against and clean up spyware.
    • HijackThis [spychecker.com] (free) and BHODemon [definitivesolutions.com] (free) can clean up those insidious browser "helper" objects.
    • Be sure to defragment your hard drive, including the paging and registry files with PageDefrag [sysinternals.com].
    • Remove anything from
  • I bought an HP last year and all the startup crap and junk running in the background made the performance downright terrible. If you can, rip it off and install a vanilla XP or 2000. My system has been extremely responsive since I did that. :)