[System Center] System Center Content Search – Not if you’re using XP

So Microsoft has released the “System Center Content Search” gadget which as it states:

… makes it easier to find help for Microsoft System Center products because it uses Live Search macros to search specific sites instead of the entire web.

Just one slight problem though, being a gadget you need to be running Vista, which in the majority of corporate's isn’t the case making this little “gem” as much use a chocolate teapot.

So I guess if you want to take advantage of this you either need to upgrade to Vista (which could cause all manner of issues with hardware and application compatibility)


have a 2nd machine running Vista


install a Vista VM (which will probably land you in hot water when you bring it up on your network as a) you’ll be accused of running non-standard software and b) you’ll have to manage and patch it yourself to reduce the threat of problems associated with AV, firewall, malware, AdWare, root kits, Windows Updates, etc. etc.)

Good of Microsoft to give you the option of being able to review the gadget and comment on how useful you found it. However, only 2 people have bothered (3 including me and I rated it as “Hate it” as what use is a Vista gadget to an XP user?), so I’m guessing it can’t be that good – beg to differ if you think differently.

Oh and one other comment – Microsoft if something is really pants and you invite me to rate it I should be able to rate it as zero stars – but no the minimum rating you can give it is 1 star.

Think I’ll stick with Google…

Published Tuesday, July 01, 2008 3:36 PM by chobbs
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# re: [System Center] System Center Content Search – Not if you’re using XP

Google is the debbil.  Actually, you should be using Maxthon's Multi-Search.


Tuesday, July 01, 2008 11:41 AM by rodtrent