Posts Tagged ‘Windows 7 sucks’

Over the last few days there has been much made by a statement by a Microsoft blogger that claimed that Windows 7 SP1 will only include minor updates.

I think people are MISINTERPRETING what this guy said … and he … and Microsoft are happy to perpetuate that misnomer.

This Microsoft blogger is a Windows VIRTUALIZATION expert. His blog is mainly about virtualization.

I think what he meant was that Windows 7 SP1 will only contain minor updates to Windows 7 virtualization. Think about it. That would make sense. Windows 7 virtualization probably doesn’t require that many fixes right now.

In my opinion SP1 has to be somewhat significant. Lots of Windows 7 BUGS that Microsoft is not currently fixing with updates … the padlock on icons probably being the most annoying of these.

So, I think, and I could be wrong, that we need to be careful about this ‘only minor updates’ comment.

Good luck.

Anura Guruge

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In general it is fair to say that Windows 7 disk I/O isn’t as fast as one would have hoped. [The slow USB transfer issue is a whole different ball of wax and let us not touch that in this post].

Yes, Windows 7′s background search indexing will exacerbate I/O sluggishness further, and unless you spent much of your time searching for files I recommend that you disable search indexing.

To be fair to Windows 7, it now has to deal with much bigger disks, with many more files, many of them larger, than XP. I used to have dual 60GB drives on my XP system. I now have dual 750GB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA drives. These aren’t the fastest disks that I could have got, but they are also not, by any means, slouches  either. They are high-end, high-performance SATA drives.

I had noticed, from day one (i.e., October 23, 2009), that the INITIAL access to my non-system drive [i.e., drive D, as opposed to C] was unexpectedly slow. I think it is a caching issue. I think Windows 7 does some directory caching to speed up SUBSEQUENT I/O. But, it takes time to do the initial cache the first time you access a drive. You don’t see this on the C-drive because this most likely happens during system start-up.

Sometimes Windows 7 takes a few seconds to display the folder content thumbnails on drive D. Kind of amusing.

Yesterday, however, I discovered another small, but annoying, Windows 7 BUG. Yes, another one.

Succinctly stated, Windows 7 does not dynamically update the THUMBNAIL icon of files — in this case JPEG image files. Thus, the thumbnail does not reflect the updated image! Yes, YIKES.

Here is what I was doing.

It is my youngest daughters 4th birthday tomorrow. I was making her a 4 page booklet so that she will be familiar with the Chucke E. Cheese’s protocol on the day — though she is no stranger to that joint. I had moved half dozen or so of our pictures to this new folder … and I was then using PAINT.NET to takeout the background. I would then save the new JPEG without the background into the folder. The BASIC problem is that Windows 7 would NOT update the thumbnail image to show that I had removed the background. So my AFTER icon was same as my BEFORE icon! That is annoying.

Here … look at this folder view:

That was what I would see. Look at the TWO thumbnails in the middle of ROW 1. See how they look the same.

Now here is the same folder view, AFTER I increased the thumbnail icon size:

Look at the thumbnails on the TOP row and the last thumbnail. AGAIN, I STRESS, I didn’t change the files between these views. It is JUST a case of Windows 7 NOT updating the thumbnail icon to reflect what is in the file. So see the images … cropped and with background removed … in the 2nd view. But, if I hadn’t ENLARGED the icons I would have still seen thumbnails that showed me the BEFORE image.


Talk about NOT-WYSIWYG. Not good.

Good luck.

Anura Guruge

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Today ahead of tomorrow’s promised barrage, I was notified via my ‘Action Center’ that I had one IMPORTANT update — the usual (somewhat tedious) ‘Windows Defender’ update.

Since I tend to notice these things, I also saw that I had one additional OPTIONAL update. Was for my ASUS GTX 260 nVidia driver. Seems pertinent. So I opted to have that installed too.

Now, SINCE I was updating my video card driver I expected to be told to close all my applications etc. NO. Nothing.

So update is taking place.

I am responding to a rather urgent email from my printer when both my monitors RESET. They go … POOF. Black screen. Well I am not a total dummy. Just a partial dummy. I knew that this was nVidia.

POOF. POOF. POOF. Black. Just as I was reaching for my nitroglycerin pills for my heart attacks … the screens came back. But, I still took two hand fulls of nitroglycerin to be on the safe side.

Then, I get a message that a CRITICAL update failed.

Sacré bloody BLEU!

I had to take another hand full of nitroglycerin. My heart is shot. Windows 7 (on top of Adobe Acrobat) is KILLING ME. I so look forward to the day when I can RETIRE. Never have to use a computer again. Never. To me that would be the ultimate in bliss. But, at this rate I will not live long enough for that.

Says that the Windows Defender Update failed!

Come on. That is garbage.

Yes, I managed to get it to reinstall … without problem.

But, this does NOT bode well for the February 9, 2010 Windows Updates.

I will STRESS my earlier warning, DO NOT install the February 9, 2010 just because Windows 7 tells you to. WAIT 72 to 96 hours. I will keep you posted daily. More than daily, if need be.

I have seen ENOUGH decent, good folks burned with Windows Update KB977074. That has been an unmitigated disaster. Nice one Microsoft. Yep, you screwed us, and it wasn’t even April Fool’s day. But, I guess as far as Microsoft is concerned we are all fools … everyday. Just waiting to be screwed by Microsoft.

Good luck. We need it.


Anura Guruge

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If you have noticed that doing any kind of data transfer across USB with Windows 7 is somewhat slow, YOU are not alone.

This is yet another USB related problem in Windows 7.

Yes, we already know that Windows 7 has problems with un-powered USB Hubs … though I think some of these can be fixed by changing the Windows 7 Power Management option for that USB controller.

What I am talking about here is inordinately long times to transfer data, e.g., files or folders, across USB. This is most noticeable when you are trying to copy data to or from an USB key.

I noticed this the very first time I used Windows 7 … way back on October 23, 2009. But, since I was using a new 4G USB key I thought that it must be the key.

But, I kept on noticing this each time I tried to do something across USB.

I backup a 48MB folder to my USB key. This shouldn’t take long. But, with Windows 7 it does. I can transfer that same folder across 100Mb Ethernet to an XP machine in the time it takes to copy it to my USB key.

I have a high-end ASUS Rampage II Gene X58 motherboard. I have USB 2.0 ports. I have tried all of the ports.

Then the other night I Googled this. Voilà.

Yet another know problem. Worse still, as with the Task Bar and Start Menu problems, it was well known PRIOR to Windows 7 being released on October 22, 2009.

Geee, THANKS Microsoft. You guys are the BEST. Task Bar, Start Menu, USB.  These aren’t exactly marginal features. So Windows 7 shipped with known major problems affecting KEY features.

Windows 7 sucks.

Check the Web. People are complaining. But nothing appears to happen.

The KB977074 fiasco, and folks are still scrambling TODAY to recover from it, many are beginning to despair that Microsoft doesn’t give a hoot about Windows 7. The joys of not having any competition.

If you have MULTIPLE (non-RAID) drives on your Windows 7 machine you will also notice that transfers to the non-system drives are a order of magnitude slower than to the system drive (usually ‘c’) — at least on the first attempt. This is also a known bug. Thanks Microsoft. I guess you folks didn’t realize that folks use multiple disks or USBs.

The February 9 Windows Updates will contain a USB fix — but just for nVidia USB controllers. That will not help many of us.

So, the next time you notice that data transfer with Windows 7 is slow … just remember … it is NOT YOU, it is not your USB key, it is not your USB port, it is not your computer. It is a bug in Windows 7.

Windows 7 sucks.

Good luck. Cheers.

Anura Guruge

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With all the media attention devoted to the Toyota recalls and my latest woes with Windows 7 [viz. disappearing programs], I was thinking, IF Windows 7 was a car it would have to be the subject of a recall.

Well, I know that you can’t recall PC OSs. The Windows Updates are supposed to be the equivalent of recalls. But, Microsoft’s last update, i.e., KB977074, has proved to be a disaster. Eight days after this update people are still complaining about it.

Don’t tell me that bugs in Windows 7 are not the same self-accelerating Toyotas. There is a whole area of PC usage I need to look at … health issues [e.g., high blood pressure, heart attacks, anxiety attacks] caused by dickey computers. As an ardent cricket fan I know that people die, from stress, watching key cricket matches. [The same thing happens with soccer.] Well, do we have people going to ER saying “I got this terrible chest pain trying to work out why my PC was acting strange.” I don’t know, but with luck somebody has some stats on this.

Ideally I would like to see a Congressional Hearing on Windows 7. I am not joking. As Microsoft’s numbers showed last week they have already made BILLIONS off Windows 7. Windows 7 is a major US venture. Microsoft should not be allowed to screw with it … as it is doing. There is also the eternal anti-trust angle. Windows 7 per se does NOT have any real competition at the desktop. Macs are still too expensive and Linux suffers from not having critical mass. If Windows 7 had genuine competition we would not be where we are.

Plus, with Windows 7 Microsoft is being unpatriotic! At a time when we need everybody to do whatever they can to help our soldiers and our economy, Microsoft is, willfully, depriving the US treasury of much needed funds.

Microsoft is not helping defray the deficit. Microsoft is not helping our efforts in Afghanistan. Microsoft is not helping the relief effort in Haiti. Bill Gates makes a big deal about all the money he is donating to charity. But, what about all the tax revenues the US is not getting BECAUSE Microsoft is giving Windows 7 away for free.

Each free copy of Windows 7 deprives us of tax revenue. That is why Microsoft is being unpatriotic. It is very simple. Microsoft, stop giving Windows 7 away for free. OK. Maybe, Microsoft is telling us something. You are stupid if you buy Windows 7. It is so worthless that we are giving it away for FREE.

Don’t you think we should have a Congressional Hearing to sort this out. It would make great theater.

Just think about it.


Anura Guruge

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This is beyond the pale. This really sucks. Even worse, as with some of the other problems, e.g., Media Player refusing to start or Task Bar icons disappearing, this bug was KNOWN before Windows 7 was released. I despair. This is duplicitous on the part of Microsoft.

I was looking for my Paint.net application last night to touch-up my “two glasses of red” award symbol.

I clicked on the START BUTTON and looked in the ‘All Programs’ menu. It wasn’t there. That was strange. It had been there. That is where I used to invoke it from.

I then did a ‘Search Programs’ (off the START BUTTON). Nothing! Just the standard, default Paint application. That wasn’t what I was looking for. THIS WAS BAD. This sucks.

Now a few weeks ago I had seen this ‘problem’ BUT at that time didn’t pay too much heed. My CPU Temp application had disappeared from the Start Menu (and the Task Bar).

Since I kind of know what I am doing, I knew where to find the application. Yes, of course, it was in my ‘Program Files’ folder. Went there, created a Task Bar icon, and Bob was my uncle again. And yes, after I invoked it, it is back in my Start Menu. Windows 7 sucks.

I then did a quick Google. Bingo. As with the other problems others had encountered it in spades well ahead of me. That is what really irks me. There are posting going back to March 2009 when Windows 7 was still in ‘Release Candidate’ mode. But, Microsoft didn’t think it had to fix this SERIOUS problem.

Possible Fixes or At least Workarounds

This problem only appears to happen when you add new programs. Well as it happens I had done so recently — the Auslogics applications. [And let us not forget the corrupted icon. Windows 7 sucks.]

So here are my recommended workarounds.

  1. Find the lost application in the ‘Program Files’ or ‘Program Files (x86)’ folder. Invoke from there.
  2. Right click on the Application .exe and tell it to PIN it to the START MENU.
  3. While you are at it, PIN to your Task Bar too. Now, with luck, you have two ways to start the program and maybe Windows 7 will only lose one of them. < Windows 7 sucks. >
  4. Right click on the START BUTTON. Select ‘properties’. Select the Start Menu tab. Hit the CUSTOMIZE link. Towards the bottom you will find a counter as to the number of programs that will be displayed on the Start Menu. Default is 10. Bump that up to 15 or 20. This might help.

Hope this helps. Windows 7 sucks. Did I already say that?

Good luck. We need it.


Anura Guruge

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Here is the problem or to be more precise problems:

  1. Task Bar icon disappears

  2. Task Bar icon changes place on its OWN (as if it was possessed)
  3. YOU CAN NOT move the icon to where you want it to be!

  4. In some instances you can only move an icon when the application it refers to is ‘open,’ i.e., running

No, I do not have a virus or anything. I checked. People have been having similar problems with the Task Bar icons from day one — even when this thing was but a Release Candidate.

So here is the story.

I have Core Temp installed as a means of checking my CPU temps … now that I realize that SpeedFan is a fake, at least when it come to Intel i7-920s.

I have its icon pinned to my Task Bar (see graphic above).

Yes, given that I am a sucker for discipline and order, my Task Bar icons are ordered … FireFox, Windows Explorer, Windows accessories, TOOLS (System Mechanic, TEMP PROBES), Control Panel, Snipper …. Applications … and last Calculator.

All was fine. CoreTemp icon was next to System Mechanic ahead of the ASUS SmartDoctor. This had been the case as of December 12. No problems.

Now that I know that this rig runs cold, I rarely check temps. Monday night I decided to do a quick check. Went to invoke CoreTemp.

NO ICON. Windows 7, YOU SUCK!

Found the application in the Program Folder. Invoked it. Told Windows 7 to pin the icon to the Task Bar. It did.

Moved it to its designated place. Next to System Mechanic. No problem.

Wednesday night Adobe updated Acrobat to 9.3. Looked down at my Task Bar. The bloody CoreTemp icon had MOVED … on its bloody own … and was now at the end of the ‘list’ … after the bloody calculator icon.

Tried to move the damn thing. It wouldn’t move. Did I already say that Windows 7 sucks? If I didn’t, ‘Windows 7 sucks … sucks big time.’

Couldn’t move the damn icon. Damn YOU MSFT.

Yesterday, I had an inspiration. I started up CoreTemp. Then I tried moving the icon. It moved. All day yesterday, the icon was in its right place.

Today, it is back … in the wrong BLOODY place. Windows 7 sucks. Windows 7 sucks bad.

This is beyond the bloody pale.

So I have been doing some thinking and checking.

As we know MSFT is asleep at the wheel. No Windows 7 updates.

So this Task Bar icon problem could have been caused by three OTHER applications … all of them very capable of devious behavior: System Mechanic, Adobe Acrobat or bloody FireFox.

I don’t know. But the only things NEW on my system in the last week are: System Mechanic 9.5.6, Adobe Acrobat 9.3 and FireFox 3.6.

My wife will most likely brain me … given what I have spent. But once I get the current book out and settled … I am genuinely going to evaluate Macs. Windows 7 sucks, Windows 7 sucks bad.

Good luck. If you don’t currently have Windows 7, DON’T bother. Stick with XP or evaluate Macs.


Anura Guruge

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