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93 +100/-7 votes

Black screen during hibernation? Why?

Submitted by adaz on April 9, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

Is it by design? You don't know if the hibernation started at all or if it's finished or not: you have to look at the hdd led (if any!) because you don't venture to plug out the power cord.

Bring back the XP hibernation status bar with new design.

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Low

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(6 comments)

92 +102/-10 votes

Windows Media Download in WMP has old IE animation

Submitted by nitrous9200 on February 21, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Legacy

When listening to an internet media file and choosing save as in WMP, the download dialog looks like it's from an old version of Internet Explorer.

UPDATE: build 7100, somebody obviously looked at this dialog box or did something to (more...)

Update it. In fact, Microsoft should have had a Windows 7 development team dedicated to removing old legacy crap and updating dialog boxes, buttons, icons, animations and all of that jazz to modern standards. Why there has to be so much legacy in a product (more...)

Low

Low

Not fixed

(14 comments)

92 +104/-12 votes

Confirmation Dialogue for "Restore All Items" Needed

Submitted by DavidTaraso on November 4, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

This has to be one of the largest annoyances I have ever dealt with in my experience with the Windows operating system; the lack of a confirmation dialogue when restoring all items from the Recycle Bin.

Out of geekish paranoia, I tend to (more...)

Implement a confirmation dialogue for the "Restore All Items" option.

High

High

Fixed

(6 comments)

90 +104/-14 votes

Drive letters change

Submitted by NIXin on November 2, 2008 to Annoyance, Bug, Usability

Partition/drive letters change when you do one of the following things:
Example [A]:
1. Plug in your drive -> Windows assigns G:
2. Remove the drive
3. Insert a second drive -> Windows will once again assign G:
4. (more...)

Always reserve the drive letter set up for a device by partition's GUID and remove that reservation only if there are no more drive letters available (eg. all filled up from C: to Z:).

Another solution: Switch to GUID identification (more...)

Medium

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(5 comments)

88 +95/-7 votes

Windows Photo Viewer support GIF, MNG format

Submitted by klk on March 8, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

GIF
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_Interchange_Format

MNG
(more...)

support required

High

High

Not fixed

(13 comments)

88 +100/-12 votes

Alow us to empty the frequent list on our jump lists

Submitted by .Chris on February 10, 2009 to Annoyance, Usability

Sure you can remove one by one, but what if you have a large list?

Alow us to empty the frequent list with just one click.

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(8 comments)

87 +91/-4 votes

Untoggling Auto-Arrange in Windows Explorer

Submitted by Kirbychwan on October 16, 2009 to Annoyance, Usability

Not being able to drag the order of files and images around to my liking is an immensely irritating limitation for me and all professionals who constantly work with images. It's even more irritating in that W7 is inconsistent in allowing it on the (more...)

Please allow us to rearrange our items in our own fashion that does not involve renaming all of our files or even taking our hands off the mouse. This limitation seriously cuts into productivity, and it is a simple, essential, extremely useful function (more...)

High

High

Not fixed

(28 comments)

87 +97/-10 votes

<FIXED> Sound Recorder save as type dropdown STILL has misspelling

Submitted by nitrous9200 on November 9, 2008 to Annoyance, Bug

http://www.aerotaskforce.com/view/1021 - I posted the same thing on Aero Taskforce. Come on Microsoft, impress me by giving me proof that (more...)

ADD THE LETTER 'S' TO WINDOWS! It shouldn't take that long and it will make your OS look a little more professional.

Edit: this bug has been fixed.

Low

Low

Fixed

:)

(3 comments)

86 +90/-4 votes

Menu Item Height isn't uniform

Submitted by Cuppa on November 8, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Bug, Icons

Sometimes context menu items will be shorter than normal. I've noticed this with Office Groove shell menu items and in Azureus/Vuze. I think it only occurs when there is an icon included, but I could be wrong.

Make all menu items have the same height.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(3 comments)

84 +89/-5 votes

Centralize all *.log files generated by OS to one folder

Submitted by Digi on February 2, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

Currently log files generated by system are stored in ~15 different folders under Windows folder and additionally the root of Windows folder has always been dirty because of large number of log files. It would be cleaner to have one common directory for (more...)

Centralize all OS generated *.log files to Windows\Logs folder

Low

Low

Not fixed

(4 comments)

84 +92/-8 votes

Better UI for Bandwidth Management

Submitted by alirobe on November 12, 2008 to Annoyance

In places with limited connectivity, or when using mobile internet services, Windows offers no easy way to turn off non-essential things like updates, and it doesn't offer any good bandwidth tracking.

Build in a front end for bandwidth management (to handle BITS transfers etc), update the task manager monitor with kbps and bandwidth totals, and add bandwidth tracking tools.

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(1 comments)

84 +91/-7 votes

Security Tab does not appear in Folder Properties when multiple folders are selected.

Submitted by JonathanJ on November 9, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

Let's say I had a folder structure that looked like this:

Root
|
|
Folder1.0 _ Folder2.0
|
|
Folder1.1 _ Folder1.2 _ Folder1.3

If I wanted to change the security settings (more...)

Allow the Security tab to be displayed when multiple objects are selected, possibly Sharing and Previous Versions as well. I've yet to touch those tabs though... I imagine when I do there will inevitably be a UX problem to report though...

Medium

Low

Not fixed

(2 comments)

83 +92/-9 votes

[Fixed] When I mouse over WMP I want to be able to read what's playing.

Submitted by hougtimo on January 15, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

This has been fixed in 7022 :) - Happy Days.

Medium

Medium

Fixed

Fixed in build 7022.

(15 comments)

83 +106/-23 votes

Full customization during Windows installation

Submitted by neopets_35 on November 2, 2008 to Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

All versions of Microsoft Windows have only limited customizable installation. And what I'm emphasizing here is, full customization during the installation. I'm not talking about unattended installation here, which will require lots of editing (more...)

Full customization of a Windows installation during the setup process. The beginning phase of the Windows installation should prompt users whether to install in default setting (where it will install all the default features, like how it does in the normal (more...)

High

High

Not fixed

(14 comments)

82 +91/-9 votes

Provide built-in OSD feedback for volume control (and other) buttons

Submitted by rq on March 21, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Legacy

When using volume or brightness control and other similar buttons on keyboard, users usually see some feedback in the form of OSD overlay.

However, this feedback is something that right now each and every notebook/keyboard manufacturer (more...)

The solution is simple – provide something by default, perhaps make it customizable and/or extendable, and let us forget all those custom OSD programs that we're using right now. Of course, some options to disable OSD wouldn't hurt either.
(more...)

Low

Medium

Not fixed

(3 comments)

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