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June
19
2007
7:26 am
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I’ve been a fan of Google Desktop Search (GDS) for a long time, except recently I’ve been having a Very Hard Time ™ with it.  My problems really started when I upgraded to Office 2007, when my entire desktop would just c-r-a-a-a-a-w-w-w-w-w-l, all day long.  Outlook was taking up most of the CPU.  It was a nightmare.  Like the dream when you wake up in your bed, and you look next to you and there’s a horse head there in the bed with you, but instead of being a Godfather horse, it’s a cartoon horse, you know, Ookla’s horse, from Thundarr the Barbarian.

      Ookla's horse is in my bed!

(shudder)

Anyway, GDS keeps indexing my computer and it does a great job on everything but email.  It doesn’t scan my PST (personal storage) files from Outlook, and the only tips on the GDS forums are to “disable cached exchange mode”.  For those of you who don’t know, cached exchange mode ROCKS, except for the nasty part about not being compatible with Google Desktop Search.

A friend of mine then recommends that I make Windows Desktop Search (aka Instant Search in Office 2007) do the indexing of my email, and let Google take care of everything else on the PC.  Seemed to be a good idea, in theory, but after letting it all calm down (turning GDS off of email, rebuilding index, switching off of cached exchange mode, installing windows desktop search, rebuilding OST file, etc), it’s still a heaping pile of crud on my computer. 

So then I realize, hey… this Windows Desktop Search isn’t that easy to remove.  GDS at least lets you remove the index files if needed, and it’s very easy to remove.  So I go searching for how to safely remove it, and it seems others have had the same problem:

     Monitor is turned on

Heh, DarthVista’s comment gets me every time.  (sniff).  And YES, it *is* worth my time. 

Now I’m back to the drawing board in general – I already tried turning off cached exchange mode and using GDS – it was faster, but only when I’m connected to the network, and I *frequently* need to do email work when I’m not online, so that’s just not an option.  I wish Google would just fix it already.  I’m going to try to uninstall Windows Desktop Search and just do without GDS indexing of email for the time being.  It’s just too painful being on a dual-core 1.8Ghz laptop that’s way too slow.  I already use premium desktop firewall and antivirus, which slows things down enough.

And lo, the people did comment thus:

7 Comments

  1. Michelle says:

    And there it is; finally. You admit that Office 2007 is so bloated it runs your computer into the ground. Oh what was that you said? “No, Michelle, it’s awesome. The new features are great. I have no problem running it on my single proc laptop.”

    Say it. SAY IT. SAY IT. Michelle is ALWAYS right. Except about SQL Server versions. 🙂

  2. whall says:

    Yes, you’re right. Except in this case. I’m not saying Office 2007 is slow – google desktop seach with cached exchange mode is slow. I had the same problem with Office 2003. It got worse with 2007.

    When I turned off GDS *or* cached exchange mode, my PC spped, and Office 2007 with it, was acceptable.

    🙂

  3. whall says:

    Oh and I should point out (ok, more like “admit”) that I implied my issued started with the upgrade. Ok, I did more than imply. I basically stated it that way, above.

    But I definitely had the same sort of issues, as do many others, as evidenced by the google desktop forums. Just google for ‘google desktop cpu cached exchange’ and you’ll see how many.

  4. whall says:

    Hmm, it seems Microsoft is making a quick change on desktop search in vista
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,133187-page,1/article.html
    Microsoft Corp. will change how desktop search works in its Vista operating system by the end of the year, in response to an antitrust complaint by rival Google Inc., the company said in court documents released late Tuesday.

  5. Michelle says:

    ok. I am testing that email thing that you wanted me to test.

  6. John says:

    Good info

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