Windows is doing my head in this week in these ways:
1) Last night, Vista, apparently bored of merely downloading a million pointless updates in secret as now decided to post a little box in the corner asking me to restart my computer. There are two options to get rid of this box - 'Restart now' or 'Postpone'. Neither of these is appealing. In fact, it's there right now, taunting me with the fact that I can't make it go away for more than four hours - the exact amount of time it takes me to forget it exists.
2) Like some sort of pirate, Windows Media Player periodically takes over the associations of file types previously held by much more deserving programs. Windows Media Player is the worst media player I can think of and malfunctioning technology is one of my biggest bugbears, so you can imagine the feeling I get when I click on an avi and this program pops up with it's stupid massive clunky UI, smugly informing me that I need to purchase a codec that VLC has already given me access to for free. This is AFTER I've gone into Vista's default program settings and told it to remove all access to WMP.
2b) Oh, and you can't uninstall Windows Media Player either.
3) Transferring large files over a wireless network: You cannot do this. It causes something called a 'semaphore timeout error', which has the effect on this computer of not only stopping the transfer halfway through, but shutting down the modem for anything up to twenty minutes. Google cannot provide a solution, so it's become another one of those things I just have to live with.
4) On a laptop (i.e. A computer designed explicitly to be operated on the user's lap), is the best place to put a little volume control dial on the front edge of the device, where it can easily and involuntarily be operated by the crease of your trousers? Acer think so. They are stupid cunts.
5) There is a process on Vista called Audiodg.exe. This is Windows' audio engine. It differs from the audio engine on XP in a few distinct ways. Apparently this module stores all the DRM ware for the Vista system. Of course, the most prominent way in which it differs from XP is that at any time it will be eating up at least 20% of the CPU. This increases if you listen to any music or watch any video, sometimes to the point where enjoying music or video becomes a fucking chore. And if you try to close it down, you get a blue screen. Prime 'fuck you, consumer' from Microsoft.