< context : I put together this machine myself near two years ago and had so many problems using it, so that I just set it aside to wait for at least SP1. The Vista Ultimate was legally purchased in the US (not everyone in Thaiand is using pirated software)>
1. turn out I had a bad memory stick (Geil DDDR2) in slot #1 : pulling that one, and replacing it with the one fomerly in slot #3 cleared up the hardware crashing. Welcome to Thailand : the memory has life-time warranty, but the distributor will only replace the one simm if I return the pair (thus leaving me with a machine with no memory). The distributor claims they will "upgrade me" if I return both sticks, but will not say what the "upgrade" will be. Last time I had to replace an Xfx video card here it took over two months, four personal visits to the store, innumberable phone calls, and finally shelling out more money for an "upgrade" card. I'm actually not surprised the 1 gig memory stick of the fancy type I bought (for its time, two years ago) is not being manufactured, though.
2. fool that i yam, i yam : "ahh," methinks : now that the hardware problem is corrected over it will be all sweetness and light.
And the first "succeses," like flashing the motherboard BIOS to the latest version, installing the VS 2010 beta were reassuring. The driver ugrades for the video card, etc. went okay. Upgrade IE7 to IE8 (the "Googleized" version) okay.
On to upgrading Vista Ultimate with all the latest updates : figuring by this time with SP2, most of the real kinks that have fueled the rages of the likes of JSOP will have been slightly wrinkle-less.
I download SP2 stand-alone : it refuses to upgrade to SP2 with a mysterious error : I go on Ms's bulletin board and find out many others are having this problem : the recommended fix is to re-install, doing an "upgrade" install from the original DVD : no problem; I insert the DVD run setup.exe, choose install : uh-oh : "upgrade" is grayed out.
I try "Windows Update" and now begins the nightmarish cycle of downloading the same upgrades and their re-install on shut-down, and their re-initialization on start-up over and over and over. Even though IE8 and .NET Framework 3.5 latest are installed, it wants to install them again, too, and if I check those options their install will be reported as fail.
I post a message on the MS Vista install forum : so far the only response is very vague, and does not explain why the "upgrade" option on re-install is disabled : the author just re-states the contents of my own message
I am left with, as the only "option" : a "clean" install which will wipe all the efforts of the last four days into resurrecting this machine into usability.
3. speaking of usability :
a. folder view persistence settings do not work properly
b. the "search" functionality is bizarre (failing to sort by Size, for example)
c. the old "statelessness" of the open file dialog browser persists (how many times do I need to tell I want to view in "details" mode).
d. particularly obnoxious is the copy folder/file dialog which insist on appearing, tormenting with you with how ridiculously long it takes to copy or move a bunch of files or folders on a machine with all SATA 3gb drives.
e. and let us not forget : IE8 still will not "remember" the last Favorites folder you dropped something in : so every time you want to add a new Favorite : got to pull that menu down, boys, pull that menu down I am also noting that IE8 will mysteriously fail to ever load certain pages when they are loaded by context clicking on a link in a current page and using the "load page in new tab" option. that was not happening before in my humble lower-end XPSP3 single-core PIV machine.
And, to put it mildly, Vista is, in general, dog-slow (with all the animations and aero turned off, running monitor off a 9600 GSO card with 384 megs) compared to XPSP3 on a machine with half the cpu horsepower using only built-in motherboard graphics : I must disclaimer this assertion by noting that running Vista with only one stick of 1 gig memory is probably not a fair test : but I note that if I bring up the Task Manager, that System.Idle is usually eating more than 50%.
The final insult : Samsung's excellent screen management utility for its 226BW monitor appears to be inoperable with the nVidia 9600 gso card or Win Vista 32 : I can't use the 1280x820 or so resolution at 32 bits with 75 hertz refresh that works best on this monitor for my eyes : setting a custom resolution up in the nVidia control panel is possible, but it doesn't work.
I flagellate myself for my stupidity in not waiting another two years before W7 : please enjoy my screams as I enjoy yours
"Many : not conversant with mathematical studies, imagine that because it [the Analytical Engine] is to give results in numerical notation, its processes must consequently be arithmetical, numerical, rather than algebraical and analytical. This is an error. The engine can arrange and combine numerical quantities as if they were letters or any other general symbols; and it fact it might bring out its results in algebraical notation, were provisions made accordingly." Ada, Countess Lovelace, 1844
I want to programmatically delete a particular desktop icon; I am doing this by using ListView_DeleteItem. But Windows 7 added LVS_OWNERDATA style to desktop's list view. MSDN says ListView_DeleteItem is supported for selection integrity only and does not actually delete an item but it deletes some other icon ignoring the index provided. Is there any other way to delete a particular desktop icon?
I am looking for some other way than setting hidden attribute or moving an icon from desktop directory.
Is it possible by using IShellFolderView::RemoveObject method?
Like WM_DISPLAYCHANGE indicates that the user has changed the display resolution, is it possible to get any event notification to the Application while switches from user's primary console to security console?
I don't mean to be rude, but I am not completely sure how you are answering the original question. In my perception, you seem to be providing information that is 'nice to know' but is kind of non sequitur to the asked question.
Do you, by any chance, know of any certain Windows messages or hooks or callbacks that are sent when Windows Vista invokes UAC?
Sure it blocks the thread for which it happened, but what about everything else? Don't they even get a heads up?
And btw, while we're on the subject of UAC...how do I make it so UAC is required if a user clicks a certain button?
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