This is my current "user experience" for Windows Vista, and it's been like this on-and-off for quite a while now. Something about the OS is killing my HDD. Permanently. I know the raw compute power is fine and its simply stalling because it can't stream/load data from the disk fast enough.
The problem is I haven't a clue what its trying to read/write nor why.
I currently consider unresponsive software to be completely and totally unacceptable, so you can imagine my general fury directed at this machine for being so unusably slow. I have virtual machines running on cheap crappy USB portable disks that have better response times than this machine.
Given that I waste 3.5hrs every work day getting to/from work I get even more furious when what little time I have in the evening is completely wasted due to my machine not being able to perform even the most basic of tasks in anything less than minutes.
So much to my getting to play with the GPU-based compression stuff in D3D10.1. I thought that'd be a reasonable unit of work for the 1.5hrs I had free, but I was obviously being way too optimistic [flaming]