Vistas smart caching(Superfetch) watches what you run, when you run it, and in what order.
It takes time to learn what you do and how you use the computer, and then it caches your apps in the right order , and preloads them.
So over time your PC will get quicker to run the apps you want.
UAC is necessary. Its not the best implementation of elevated privs that could have been, but it will be tweaked.
I switch UAC off for the first week or too as I install/set stuff up, then switch it back on, it should be left on by default as in normal use you really shouldn't be seeing it.
Indexing - again most people have added things like google desktop search etc to XP, vista has this stuff built in, but needs to build indexes which takes a bit of time at first. Sadly this would have worked better with the improved filesystem vista was supposed to have but ended up not including.
You can switch it off but I wouldnt, the more thats indexed the more the 'start search' box will look at, and IMO thats the best new feature, usually 2 or 3 letters and the app I want is at the top of the list ready for me to hit return and run, together with the breadcrumbs etc makes vista a lot more usable than xp.
Windows classic apps menu is a total utter nightmare when you've more than a few apps installed.
Used to run vista on a 2gig A64 3000+ and it ran fine, since upgraded due to a dead vid card, couldnt do the swapping motherboard trick on vista though and had to reactivate via an automated phone system
Last edited by RJD
on Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:57 am, edited 1 time in total.