I installed Tiger last night, and immediately hated spotlight. After spending 2 hours waiting for it to index my several full hard drives, I realized that this was not something I was ever going to use (I'm organized...I use the Find feature maybe once every 2 months), so I disabled it. To those who want to do the same: 1) Open the terminal. 2) Type sudo pico /etc/hostconfig 3) Change the YES in Spotlight:-YES- to NO 4) Write it back to the file. 5) To get rid of the menu extension go to System/Library/Coreservices and move/rename the Search.bundle file. There you have it! It's all gone! My computer runs and starts up much more quickly now, and I have the space back on my menu bar. I'm really not living up the Tiger life....I would go back to panther but, as people have said, if you get a new car and don't like feel of the seats, you aren't going to abandon it for the old one are you?