Outlook 2007 upgrade blues

Outlook 2007 upgrade blues

Summary: Jason Busch reports on his unpleasant experience trying to get Vista and Office 2007 to work on a new $2,800 Dell M1210 notebook systems with 2GB of memory that came preloaded with the new operating system and office suite. His issue: The problem -- which is absolutely inexcusable -- is that Office 2007 (Outlook, specifically) crawls, even on this superfast machine.

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Jason Busch reports on his unpleasant experience trying to get Vista and Office 2007 to work on a new $2,800 Dell M1210 notebook systems with 2GB of memory that came preloaded with the new operating system and office suite.

His issue:

The problem -- which is absolutely inexcusable -- is that Office 2007 (Outlook, specifically) crawls, even on this superfast machine. The hard-drive is also constantly in motion, slowing things down even more. I'm not alone in these observations. You can read other Office 2007 horror stories here and here. Despite a small .PST file -- I reduced mine from close to a gig to less than 150 MB -- my Intel Centrino Duo-driven notebook chugs along like a 386 trying to run an application originally written for a mainframe system. Even such tasks as composing a simple email are delayed by a few seconds before my typed words ultimately appear on the screen (and send / receives and related activities take an eternity).

I have heard numerous reports of problems with upgrading, which is not unexpected given the number of use cases that intersect with the millions of lines of Microsoft code. I don't plan to upgrade until others have paved the way with getting their small or large problems with Vista and Office resolved, and when Microsoft puts out a service pack that fixes the bugs that escaped notice during the years of development and testing. Can anyone out there help Jason with his problem?

See also: Chris Pirillo gives ten reasons why he is 'upgrading' from Vista back to Windows XP 

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  • RE Outlook 2007 upgrade blues

    There is a known performance with outlook 2007 using a pst file as its default mailbox. the problem does not exist if outlook 2007 is connected to an exchange server. Its very fast. MS screwed up with that one, hopefully the bug will be fixed soon. anyone who does not use exchange server its best to not upgrade yet.
    jbrister
  • I can help...

    First and foremost, get MCS onsite with their Office 2007 Readiness Kit. The kit runs a bunch of scripts which will determine if you have enough RAM and graphics horsepower for Outlook 2007. The next thing is to test connectivity to Exchange. Is the user an MCSE?
    Mike Cox
    • Similar Situation.

      A buddy of mine who manages the local Taco Monstruoso was having a similar problem on his machine in the back office of the restaurant. Fortunately, several of the kids working the front counter were MCSEs and got the problem resolved. No biggie.
      UserLand
  • Completely Unacceptable POP3 Client

    Sorry - I'm back to Outlook2k3:

    * I don't use exchange for the majority of my email correspondance
    * Yes, I have a *huge* pst file containing correspondance from years back - I search it regularly - Outlook 2007 absolutely chokes on it
    * Who the hell decided to use *word* to render html???? shoot him!
    * Finally, if you do decide to retain office 2007, after installing *any* 2k3 application, you will need to repair office 2k7.
    john.murray@...
  • Slow Outlook

    Not a fix but a comment. The exact same thing happens when using Outlook 2007 on a Windows XP Pro machine (1.7GHz Turion 64 bit, 1GB Ram) so, it's an Outlook problem as stated by the first 2 replies. Try it with ZoneLabs Security Suite and due to the delay whilst the Spam/AV/Phishing filters load you get a coffee break before settling down to your mail - or I do anyway.
    jezter~
  • Instant Search (Windows Desktop Search)

    I was running Outlook 2007 on my Windows XP Media Center PC. When I first started Outlook after installing it, it helpfully asked me if I wanted to [b]Enable Instant Search[/b] or not. I said no after clicking through to find out what wanted to be installed. The web site that popped up can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/yrh6h4
    The software is Windows Desktop Search 3.01 for Windows XP. Now I'm not familiar with desktop search applications as I haven't had the need for them yet, but years ago, I found they were memory and disk intensive applications, often slowing my computer(s) to a crawl. [b]Could this be the problem?[/b]
    brilang
  • Outlook 2003 too

    I have the same problem with the 2003 version!! Suggestions???????/
    jlsassoc
  • They killed Search

    This is unexcusable: in Outlook 2007 you can search a single folder (no subfolders), or all folders, but they removed the possibility to search the selected folder AND its subfolders. I went back to Outlook 2003 because of this.
    takeos
    • And they nuked multi-folder search too

      And... they also zapped the possibility to select multiple folders and search them (Advanced Search in Outlook 2003, where you could tick multiple folder names). What's so difficult about that? Just Ctrl-Click or Shift-click the folders, like you do in Photo Gallery, but no, it doesn't work like that in Outlook... Everybody at Microsoft seems to have a different idea about how things like search, select and drag-and-drop should work...
      takeos