7. Installing a program usually means allowing it to dig its claws deep into the operating system (OS). Running an uninstaller usually eliminates the app's functionality but leaves the claws behind. Revo Uninstaller is a better alternative to Vista's Programs and Features.
8. Vista's Windows Explorer is decent, but its Address Bar's drop-down menu of recently visited folders lists only those you accessed from the address bar and confuses things by including web pages. Instead, try using a Favorites folder: drag items for inclusion to the top left pane in Explorer to create a shortcut to them.
9. Another option is to use a different recent folders list. Click the down arrow to the left of the address bar for a list of recent folders. Close and re-open Explorer and the list will be blank. Alternatively, Hyperionics FileBox eXtender brings drop-down Recent and Favorites menus to Explorer.
10. In Windows XP you could drag items you wanted to the Start menu, whereas the same action in Vista physically moves the file or folder. There's no easy workaround, but if you drop items on the Start button rather than in the menu area, you'll get a shortcut in the left pane rather than in All Programs.