Reflecting, I guess my post was almost a troll, though I really
was seeking pointers to something like Norton's old "one-click".
As I pressed SEND, it was with pleasure regarding a project that
had just successfully completed. This little laptop flawlessly
ran code we wrote in the '90s, and churned away for an hour less
than it would have taken on my XP (P4 3GHz) system. We do it
fairly often, but never again on anything but Vista.
Someone suggested that noncomplainers must have simple setups
and do simplistic things. My time (on a meter) is about 20% word
processing, 20% spreadsheeting (including tech-based data), 20%
pure science, 20% communication (including www), and the rest is
divided between PowerPoint, utilities, and installs/experiments,
etc. I admit there's no music or entertainment videos, and the
only games I play involve real quarks and mesons.
The absence of gaming and media software makes my setup simpler
than most, but the tasks are not simplistic. The Gadget
depicting memory and core task density is often in the red, so
this thing is running fairly hard.
I must express gratitude to Yuri Kobetz, whose True Launch Bar
has made life easier, and may have reduced conflicts leading to
the crashes that plague some users. This laptop, as an example,
has yet to see its first crash...
Back to my original point. I would like to find a well-designed
utility that examines the system in use, over time, and then
offers ways to optimize various parameters depending on
collected data. I would be surprised to discover that a function
of that sort is not integrated into Vista, but if there's an
add-on available, that's what I want.