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winXP

Posted on 2001.10.17 at 12:53
finally got around to installing XP last night, which is (i think) the 5th OS to be dumped on that poor computer since it's arrived at scott's house.

after reading gilmor's comments/complaints in the sjmerc about XP, which were mainly the crippleware aspect (which users of the corporate version don't have to worry about), and the built-in attempts to get you to consume (buy, buy, buy!) through various pre-installed softwares, i decided i could take it on in a couple hours; it was easier than expected.

all of the "consumer" links can be judiciously trimmed by spending a few minutes in the "windows components" section of the "add/remove programs" control panel.

other stuff i've found in a couple hours' worth of stoned toying-around:

pluses:

the profile-transfer utility, if it works properly, will make my life a *lot* easier while i still have to do the occasional round of desktop support. (yeah, i'm slumming it... but $30/hr remains $30/hr.)

minuses:

default logins displayed on "ctrl-alt-del" screen- i'm sure there's still a registry key to get rid of this, but it's still retarded. to make matters worse, there can be as many as 5 recent logins displayed, instead of just the previous one (as was the case in nt/2k).

ok, i'll comment more on this later, i've found something else i want to post.

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