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642 +663/-21 votes

Don't cancel an entire "Move" or "Copy" action because of a single error.

Submitted by Arayta on November 4, 2008 to Usability

Sometimes I have to copy or move a very large folder to another spot on the hard drive. There is absolutely nothing more annoying then when it is almost finished with this thirty minute to hour long process then when I get an error like "Cannot copy (more...)

Is anyone here familiar with the xcopy command line tool? There are parameters that you can set that makes it follow certain rules; one of these rules is that it will ignore errors and copy all the files it can, then tell you which ones weren't copied (more...)

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High

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(32 comments)

603 +646/-43 votes

It's Time: Unified Control Panel

Submitted by DavidTaraso on November 6, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

UPDATE 6/22/2010: Re-uploaded all of the concept images. Sorry!

I think the largest issue in terms of usability with the Windows operating system to date is the lack of a central unified control panel. While the OS does have a fairly large (more...)

Merge everything, all properties, options, tasks, EVERYTHING into the control panel.

Please see the mockups I have created here: http://davidswebserver.com/ControlPanelConcepts/

High

High

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(94 comments)

457 +472/-15 votes

Output to more than one audio device simultaneously

Submitted by liebezeit on November 3, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

Can't send audio stream to more than one audio device simultaneously.

Allow stream output to more than one audio output device simultaneously, perhaps with (optional) automatic or manual latency adjustment.

The next logical step would be what commenter Webweaver refers to below as "many to many": (more...)

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High

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(104 comments)

455 +493/-38 votes

Improved Registry Editor

Submitted by CypherBit on November 2, 2008 to Usability

Registry Editor hasn't been updated in a long time and it shows.

Add search functionality such as Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) wildcards, regular expressions, by date search (newer than, older than).
Show all results at once, perhaps in a separate tab so we don't have to F3 all the way.

I (more...)

Low

Low

Not fixed

(12 comments)

431 +449/-18 votes

Bigger Window for Advanced Power Settings

Submitted by DavidTaraso on November 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Usability

When changing the system's Advanced Power Settings, the window contains a vast amount of settings in a tree format, however, the size of the window is far too small. This makes navigating all of the settings painfully difficult, especially as you (more...)

The Advanced Power Options should be in a window the same size as the regular power options. Personally, I do not think the settings should be in a tree format either. That alone makes them difficult to navigate.

Medium

Medium

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(15 comments)

428 +489/-61 votes

Pie charts shown in the general tab of hard drive proprieties dialog box need redesign

Submitted by Antonio on November 13, 2008 to Aesthetics, Legacy

The charts showing the busy and free space of hard disks are visually old.

Redesign the charts.

High

Medium

Not fixed

(18 comments)

413 +423/-10 votes

Properly Size Default Columns in File Explorer

Submitted by DavidTaraso on November 2, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

When in "Details" view within Explorer, there is a large amount of blank unused space by default, yet many of the columns or "dividers" are sized too small, so much so that relatively short file names and extension types are cut off.

By default, all of the dividers should be properly sized to take up the entire width of the window, focusing primarily on the Name divider.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(15 comments)

355 +415/-60 votes

Document thumbnails should reflect number of pages

Submitted by brian.shapiro on November 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Icons, Usability

Thumbnails are simply shown with a rectangular border—this doesn't give a good visual representation of multi-page documents.

File types that have the 'pages' property, like Word Documents, should have a representation based on the number of pages they have—a document with more than one page shown as a pile, the front page with a curl.

Or, if there's (more...)

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Medium

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(21 comments)

350 +387/-37 votes

Tooltip for Close/Minimise/Maximise uses XP style

Submitted by Cuppa on November 9, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Bug, Legacy

Incredibly, the tooltips for these buttons STILL haven't been updated from the old XP style.

Use the standard tooltip style.

High

Low

Not fixed

(11 comments)

341 +361/-20 votes

Correct all legacy and/or inconcistant windows to use aero styling rules

Submitted by NIXin on November 2, 2008 to Aesthetics, Legacy

A lot of windows still use legacy colors. There's not much to explain, here are two examples:
- the background color is gray in "Virtual Memory" and in "Performance Options" it's almost white)
- the create new (more...)

Use consistant colors throughout whole Windows

Low

Low

Not fixed

(7 comments)

332 +339/-7 votes

Closing laptop should NOT hibernate after shutdown has been ordered

Submitted by limulus on April 8, 2009 to Annoyance, Bug, Usability

When I physically close my laptop computer, Windows goes into hibernation, which is a good thing since it saves battery power.

However, this also happens if I close the laptop shortly AFTER ordering it to shut down. The shutdown is interrupted (more...)

Once a system shutdown has been ordered, disable the service that puts the system into hibernation when the laptop is being physically closed.

Medium

High

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(7 comments)

289 +316/-27 votes

Get Rid of Unneeded Tabs

Submitted by DavidTaraso on November 6, 2008 to Aesthetics, Legacy

There are tons of preferences and customization windows and such that have been split apart from other preferences windows, but still contain the tab bar at the top, even though only one tab remains.

Related Suggestion: (more...)

These tabs should be removed.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(9 comments)

262 +292/-30 votes

Just a lot of "Windows ..." (application naming)

Submitted by tino on November 8, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

Every application that may ship with Windows 7 starts with “Windows” like Windows Media Player and so on (except for the old ones like Paint or Notepad). If you open enough of them, the taskbar shows a lot of “Windows…” titles. I have counted (more...)

If that works on Mac OS X why not on Windows? Hide the term "Windows" on the taskbar buttons or rename the new applications. There is nothing wrong with simple names like "Paint" or "Notepad".

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(8 comments)

257 +264/-7 votes

Allow MSCONFIG and windows like it to be scalable.

Submitted by MrKuenning on December 5, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

There are many windows like this, but ill stick with Msconfig. One of the handiest little tools in the past few builds, letting you turn off startup programs.

But the window is so small and the content is soo long, it's a file location (more...)

Allow these windows to be scalable.

Medium

High

Not fixed

(24 comments)

252 +256/-4 votes

Make Error Codes Copyable

Submitted by cabbi13 on February 4, 2009 to Annoyance, Bug, Usability

I Have noticed that when an update fails the error code is not copyable. i want to use Google, not the windows vista forums the link brings you to.

error codes able to be selected and copied

Medium

Low

Not fixed

(10 comments)

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