I've been using Windows Vista off and on since the first release years ago and have watched it grow and turn into a pretty good OS. (yes some of you hate it, I know, I know...but I don't care) Durring this time I have found that there are things I love about Vista, things I like about Vista, and things that just irritate me about Vista. So instead of just dealing with the problems, I decided to fix them.
- The size of the icons on your desktop are freaking huge. Even at the smallest size they are way bigger than what I wanted. So I installed ObjectDock by Stardock and chose not to see desktop icons in my display settings. It's essentially a clone of the dock that the Mac OS comes with. I always liked that feature in OS X so now I have it on my PC and it got rid of the giant icons.
- The Log-in screen. I hate the way it shows the user image when you try to log in. And for security reasons I prefer it not to show the last user who logged in, so I altered the local security policy so when the computer turns on, you need to press CTRL-ALT-DEL then enter your user name and password. No user image, no pre-filled user name. To do this go to control panels --> Administrative Tools --> Local Security Policy --> Local Policies --> Security Options and then set "Interactive Log on: Do not require CTRL+ALT+DEL" to disabled. Also set "Interactive Log on: Do not display last user name" to Enabled.
- It's sluggish at times. Set page file to 2500MB (set, not variable or controlled by the computer. This prevents the drive from getting as fragmented) I also turned off the visual aspects I don't like (not all of them because I like Aero and Glass) and use ReadyBoost. Having 2Gb of RAM in my laptop doesn't hurt much either.
- Vista User Account Control: From a security standpoint this is a great feature, it doesn't allow the user to do anything requiring Administrative level privileges without checking first. Its similar to how even if you are logged into a admin account in a *nix environment you still need to specify that you want to run a task as an admin. From a usability standpoint, it sucks. So I turned it off. Id explain it how, but My Digital Life does a nicer job and give 6 ways to turn it off.
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