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86 +89/-3 votes

Problems with High DPI

Submitted by icecone on November 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Bug

(photos adapted from istartedsomething.com)
From left to right:
The magnifier did not increase in size
The shutdown and lock buttons aren't of the right size
Wasted space in Wordpad

Fix them
Bring real "resolution independence"

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(2 comments)

85 +89/-4 votes

"Burn to Disc" program has terribly low res icon.

Submitted by Arayta on December 23, 2008 to Aesthetics, Icons

I was erasing a CD-RW, and then I looked at the taskbar... and saw a horrible icon. See the picture. Just thought I should submit real quick.

Fiks et. (That means "fix it" in a new language I'm making, but not really though.)

Low

Low

Fixed

(7 comments)

85 +90/-5 votes

Bluetooth File Transfer Wizard has no High-Res Icon

Submitted by tehpenguin on December 14, 2008 to Bug, Icons

The bluetooth file transfer wizard has no high-res icon, and so looks *really* bad when using the new "superbar"

Low

Low

Not fixed

(2 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)

84 +92/-8 votes

[fixed] The "Feature Bob Invented" is missing in the Scenic Ribbon

Submitted by tino on November 6, 2008 to Usability

One of the coolest (and very usefull) little details of the Fluent UI of Office 2007 is still missing in the pre-beta of Wordpad and Paint: The ability to change a tab by scrolling the mouse wheel while over the Ribbon.

(more...)

Should work like in Office 2007.

Low

Low

Fixed

(3 comments)

83 +96/-13 votes

Windows Media Center - more than just blue

Submitted by blueduck12 on April 22, 2009 to Aesthetics

It would be nice if there was more personalization options available in Windows Media Center.

One area that could be personalized is the color scheme

Low

Low

Not fixed

83 +93/-10 votes

Windows Defender should be improved

Submitted by Helito on March 14, 2009 to Usability

Suggestion: Make Windows Defender scan progress in Windows 7 style (progress bar in taskbar icon).

See Image to more details.

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(11 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...)

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Medium

Not fixed

(3 comments)

82 +93/-11 votes

Include "folder tracking" in Explorer.

Submitted by hoopla_punta on November 2, 2008 to Usability

Again this is a suggestion.

This feature would highlight changes made to folders (like when you download new files to your download folder, or new files in your shared libraries)

This will also provide "news" like (more...)

Low

Medium

Not fixed

(16 comments)

81 +89/-8 votes

The default Start Menu "All Programs" requires a bit of organizing

Submitted by DavidTaraso on April 11, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

This is a very annoying aspect but would be very easy to fix. The default Start Menu "All Programs" list needs to be better organized.

Here are some examples:

- Some of the utilities found under the "System (more...)

I've pretty well already explained it within the Problem decription. Come on though Windows Dev Team, this is a short and painless task. It is easily doable even though we're nearing RC :)

Another small little change which could (more...)

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(1 comments)

81 +87/-6 votes

Small inconsistency in Windows Solution Center

Submitted by rm20010 on November 5, 2008 to Aesthetics, Icons, Legacy

In the "More information" window for solution reports, "Print this solution" has an XP printer icon.

Update it to a Vista/Windows 7 style icon.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(5 comments)

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