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  • Why does Windows Live Mail 2011 need two running services all the time?

    @W3bbo:Tree view of conversations has been in Outlook for ages.  It isn't the default, but it's definitely there.

    Outlook 2010 added the new flattened conversation view (which only indents/branches at forks).  I like this view a lot since it combines the best of tree view with the tidiness old default view.

    However if you like the old conversation tree view, just go to the View tab in the ribbon, click "Conversation Settings" and then click "Use Classic Indented View."

    Unless I misunderstood what you want...



  • Why does Windows Live Mail 2011 need two running services all the time?

    I know nothing of the specifics here.  But speaking hypothetically, if you have multiple products which depend on particular functionality and they may be distributed individually or as a bundle, it makes sense to factor that functionality into a separate, shareable component.

    Other reasons why one product might have difference services.

    • Different privilege level requirements
    • Security/Defense-in-depth reasons (aka isolation)
    • Different start-up/lifetime configurations
    • Per-machine versus per-user instancing
    • Dependence on incompatible libraries (i.e. different CLR versions)

    That's just off the top of my head.  There are probably dozens of other reasons someone might have for doing this.  Perhaps none of them apply in this case, just speaking hypothetically since this question was asked.

    That said, I have Live Essentials 2011 and I only see one service, the Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant (well, and a Mesh-specific service which isn't even running).

  • Scrolling in Inactive Windows

    RLO said:

    Tfraser, I assume that the reason you have this complaint is that you are manually adjusting lab computers in your job environment, and as such you are going to every machine and applying these adjustments?  Hence your complaints about the mouse? 

    I'm pretty sure most of the mouse software packages (IntelliPoint, Logitech's SetPoint, etc) let you change this behavior.  Don't think Windows has a built-in option for it though.

  • Windows 7 search confirmed to be slow in RC

    littleguru said:

    One thing that I don't like about the search in 7 is that you need to know all these words, like for example "kind". I would have never guessed that "kind:picture" works after all. It's hard to discover, in my eyes. It's powerful, that's for sure, but still hard to discover.

    It would be nice to have a UI that gives me all these keywords so that I could build (by clicking on checkboxes, or something similar) the queries. And I mean all keywords and not just some of them, like the current drop down does...

    Other than that I'm really happy with the search that's included in 7. It's fast, seems to use less resources and I quite never use dir /s again Smiley

    But we have that UI.  When you click in the search box, it suggests filters like "artist" (for the music library) or "type" and so on.  If you make the search box bigger, you'll see more of them.

    If you want to learn others, there are documents online describing all of them.

  • MS adjusts Win7 European Prices

    If you're in Europe you get the FULL version of Windows 7 for less than the Vista upgrade version... so what exactly is the complaint about?

  • Windows 7 search confirmed to be slow in RC

    androidi said:
    stevo_ said:

    As far as I know, there already is an index of the file and folder names. It's called "MFT". And if I'm using the search built into Windows shell to find files from the MFT I'd say that I'm using Windows search. The whole point of the new/secondary index (WDS/WS4.0) is that if the user is interested to quickly find something about *FILE CONTENTS* and since I'm not I'm going to stick with the MFT index. But in Windows 7 there appears to be a serious bottleneck in searching the MFT and it's not the 7200 rpm disk but the CPU! So yes by this argument, Windows search is unfit indeed.

    Searching unindexed locations, even if not searching file contents, still searches file properties.  That's why doing a grep / unindexed search is slower than doing a "dir /s" via the command prompt.  However, it shouldn't be much slower.  On my laptop it takes at most 20 seconds to search for "shell32" in my Windows directory.  And it's even faster if I do a "name:shell32" search.

    While not as fast as dir /s, we definitely made the grep searching significantly faster in Windows 7 versus Vista.

  • Windows 7 search confirmed to be slow in RC

    androidi said:
    AndyC said:

    You make it sound like indexing should be enabled by default everywhere. Why it isn't then? I'm not going to bother* with indexing external drives because I haven't seen any mention that the indexing was designed this scenario in mind. For all I know, taking the drive and modifying it elsewhere when the index was still being built before detaching it could either lead to a restart of indexing from scratch or incorrect results. I don't want to make a 2nd guess about the results, the results are either always correct even in edge cases (modifying the disk with a disk editor could be exception to this as it's not mounting the volume) or the indexing stays off.

    PS. All my drives are external, with the indexing only enabled in the system partition.

    * I assume the indexing folks have already bothered to test their product and saw that it's not fit to enable it except in few places on the system drive with assumption that system drive is internal.

    That's not quite correct.  If you are regularly detaching the drive, then maybe you don't want it indexed.  But if it's an external data drive and that's where you keep your music / pictures / videos / documents / etc, then you should add those locations on that drive to your libraries.  Then they will automatically be indexed and searching via the library will be very rich and very fast.  If you don't add locations to your libraries, then Windows doesn't know that you care about them.

  • Boycott "Ultimate"

    fknight said:

    I bought Vista Ultimate because I needed to be able to RDP into my machine (please, step off with the "just use VNC")

    Now, granted it's only a $20 difference between the Windows 7 Pro and Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade pricing, but now that Windows 7 Pro has remote desktop and I don't need Ultimate -- does anyone know if Windows Vista Ultimate --> Windows 7 Professional is a supported upgrade path or will I need to do a full install?  If the latter, I'd rather just pay the extra $20 and get Ultimate, as reconfiguring/reinstalling everything ain't worth $20 in savings.


    fknight, you can buy the Win7 Professional upgrade disc, but you'll need to do a full install (which will more your Windows, Program Files, and Users folders into a "Windows.old" directory).

  • Boycott "Ultimate"

    jamie said:
    Sven Groot said:

    i get it - except apple sells for 30$ and 129$

    not 200 and 300$  ..and the ever present Staples - $499! - ask an assistant

    the pre-order prices - are GREAT - thats what windows should cost - basically 50 to 99 dollars


    * i must admit - allowing the relase candidate to run for a year - and announcing pricing (above) for pre-order - brilliant

    id hate to be someone who missed that offer though

    Jamie - OS X costs more than Win7.  OS X costs $129 or more for the upgrade version from Tiger.  Win7 costs $119 for the upgrade from XP or Vista.

    Yes, Snow Leopard is cheaper, but it's been less than two years since Leopard came out, and it's basically a gloified service pack (basically of the features it ships were included in XP SP2 / Server 2003).  So they're basically doing the same thing MS did when they sold Windows 98 SE for $20 to Windows 98 users.

    Professional is an even better deal compared to Apple, because they charge $399 for Apple Remote Deskop (which includes the RDP + Group Policy equivalents).

  • 64 or 32 Bit Windows 7?

    harumscarum said:
    Charles said:

    32 on home because I don't want to deal with the possibility of any issues (which is why Im still on XP).


    Work well that just depends on the client.

    I am all 64-bit on all of my machines... except for my test machine at work since it's generally easier to debug.


    My laptop (Sony Vaio Z) and my HP TouchSmart at home both came with 64-bit versions of Vista.