Hi BellSouth Dog.
I deleted a post by another person. The comments were unhelpful and pointless, and has no place in these forums.
I have to say I am very pleased with my Windows 7, but of course, we are all entitled to our own views, and we don't all have the same experiences with it. So far, my experience is good, and I trust in time that yours will be too.
I don't bother too much about the graphical changes, like aero. They are flashy and nice, but mine is a working system, so I don't need that. In many ways Win 7 is still like XP, which in itself is like Windows 95. The start menu, Taskbar, Notification area, (where the clock is), and apart from small changes I like the way they have kept that, because it works for me.
Much of the change is deep down. Win 7 is a more secure system, (no doubt that will be tested), and so many of the changes are to help add to security. If we can't change settings so easily, then neither can hackers and malware.
I agree with you about the Search function. I have an idea why it is slow, but I haven't bothered to change mine yet. It may be because of Indexing. The Indexing Service is turned on by default, and it will take a long time for it to finish cataloging all the data. When it is done, search should be faster. If you want to, you can turn of the Indexing Service from the services console, and that might help speed up searches. I don't know about search display results, but I would guess we can specify how our searches are displayed.
There's a lot under the hood, and so far I am pleasantly surprised.
Although it is an improvement in certain areas such as graphical interface, it certainly does not do much as far as easy of use and "tweaking" compared to "XP".
The "search" to me is horrific and slow. The display of results is much to be desired. I would like to give an example but the next time I do a "search" I will take notes and post my opinion.
There are other annoyances which Microsoft has included into their system. To make changes to the things which should be optional are embedded by "default" and you have to go through "hoops" and search the internet for answers. Not every solution to the smallest annoyances can be applied.
Rather than go into detail and become irritable I will end my post here.