Windows 7 and ThinkVantage Technologies

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  1. BinkNR

    BinkNR Knock off all that evil

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    Thanks for the info BinkNR. I am reading the info now. I myself am using Power manager in Vista and find that the most useful one. I am also using Active protection and that is a more silent one, meaning that you only see its usefulness when there is a fall. I am having a HORRIBLE time with access connection. I really would like to use it, but it is not working for me at all. The last version was fine(i.e. It worked without problems but I didn't check how resource intensive it was) but this current version 2.0 is just not working. It auto connects to my Wifi when I choose for it not to and other weird behavior. Vista's Wifi manager is working perfectly for me. I will play with Access connection a little more and if it doesn't work, then unfortunately I will have to ditch it :(

    I feel like Lenovo didn't give the whole Thinkvantage suite as much attention as it should have. They sort of didn't keep up with the times with it.
     
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    For what it’s worth, I use as little of the ThinkVantage software as possible. I can see where it makes sense in a corporate setting, especially where consistency of management across operating systems is helpful, but often enough I try to keep my system minimal and without bloat. The ThinkVantage software is helpful, sometimes very much so, but it often does more than I need and tends to lack the same quality assurance that goes into the native Windows utilities it’s designed to replace. Too often I suffer subtle and not so subtle bugs in the ThinkVantage software—and, as a result, they wind up becoming more of a hindrance than a help. The only ThinkVantage software I installed with my new Windows 7 RTM installation is the Power Manager software—and this is only because it has some additional minor features such as the voltage meter, recalibration and related. Outside of this, I find it to be a bloated slow pig and the last thing I need is for the wheel to be reinvented. I would much rather had Lenovo simply extend the existing Power Options facility built into Windows with their own enhancements rather than create a whole new UI and everything else. I really don’t need two tools to manage my power settings when one already does 90 percent of what I need.
     
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    Yes, I can see where you are coming from and I have heard the same sentiments for others as well. For me I used Linux on my T61p primarialy and didn't get much of a chance to use the Thinkvantage software. Now with my X200 I am using Vista exclusively(at least for now ;)) and want to try out some of these tools. After trying them out, I might come to the same conclusion as you. As mentioned I use some of the Thinkvantage tools, but not most of them. I agree with you though, it would have been nice if they somehow integrated their software with Windows to extend the capabilities. I also hate the idea of having 2 pieces of software that overlap in a lot of features.
     
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    I installed Power Manager and Active Protection on Windows 7 (RTM). I don't see the point of installing anything else, there is just no need for them (as a private user), just like BinkNR pointed it out.

    BinkNR, I don't know if you noticed, but you can now launch certain Power Manager features from the Windows 7 Power dialogs. They appear as options on the left side of the window, where there are these "actions" you can perform. So they are indeed extending the default dialogs. Although I am a developer myself, I don't know if it is possible to extend the dialogs more than adding these quick links to Power Manager features. But as the Lenovo Windows 7 support is still in beta, lets see what they make up for the final release.
     
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    Yes, I did notice this and found it welcome, but all these are are pointers to the bloated Power Manager.
     
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