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Most recent submissions in 'Legacy'

9 +36/-27 votes

Improve Registry editor GUI

Submitted by bluefisch200 on June 2, 2009 to Aesthetics, Legacy, Usability

The Registry editor(regedit.exe) of Windows is very old and the navigation is very bad...

Just use a GUI you already have...the Explorer GUI...the image should describe the rest...

Medium

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16 +24/-8 votes

Calling Card dialog has legacy icon

Submitted by Indrek on June 1, 2009 to Icons, Legacy

Title and screenshot say it all.

Update. Or if this feature is no longer needed, remove it entirely.

Low

Low

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21 +34/-13 votes

Very annoying legacy save / open dialog

Submitted by patternjake on May 31, 2009 to Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

This is a very annoying legacy save and open dialog which appears when older programs use thier save feature. Its annoying because you have to browse several folders to get to your documents, because back in XP Documents was the actual folder but now (more...)

Force all legacy apps to use modern save dialogs or consider revising legacy support for breadcrumbs / or at least favourite places

High

High

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(1 comments)

37 +42/-5 votes

How old is this UI of check disk?

Submitted by patternjake on May 31, 2009 to Aesthetics, Legacy, Usability

This UI dates back since NT4. Someting that would give better feedback to the user, and an easier way of actually scanning your harddisk for errors would be a good idea. Right now this UI is buried and difficult to get to

Update the UI and unbury it.

See my new mockup for an example.

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Medium

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This submission [Holy cow! This is still in there?] has been removed because

Bogus

12 +28/-16 votes

Holy cow! This is still in there?

Submitted by patternjake on May 31, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Icons, Legacy, Usability

Well i was messing about with WMP and somehow i managed to get this very old, very ugly and VERY useless media player on the screen.

Get rid of it, it servers no purpose, Microsoft!

Medium

Medium

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(1 comments)

35 +35/-0 votes

Gross dialog- Securing Windows account database

Submitted by patternjake on May 31, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Icons, Legacy, Usability

This entire dialog is old and outdated. You would have thought MS would add a manifest at least

This is 2009, update the icon, update the dialog.

Low

Low

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35 +36/-1 votes

File Signature Wizard not aero style

Submitted by patternjake on May 31, 2009 to Aesthetics, Legacy, Usability

Wow i keep finding more and more of these.
Basically it looks old, update it to match aero Ui

Make this an Aero Wizard.
The name Start should be renamed to Next
Advanced should be a expandable drop down like in file copying

Low

Low

Not fixed

31 +31/-0 votes

Another Windows 95 application- Fax Cover Editor

Submitted by patternjake on May 31, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Icons, Legacy, Usability

This whole program needs a serious update. The icons and toolbar style are completely out of place with Windows 7.

Update the icons
Update the toolbar style
Add a manifest so its theme aware

Low

Low

Not fixed

(1 comments)

This submission [Wow its an early skype alpha! (Phone Dialer UI is awful)] has been marked a duplicate of

Update Phone Dialer UI *UPDATED*

Please vote and comment on the original submission.

30 +32/-2 votes

Wow its an early skype alpha! (Phone Dialer UI is awful)

Submitted by patternjake on May 31, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

If Microsoft is going to include this they could at least update the UI. Oh and the icon too, I think if I press 999 on the keypad it will warp me to 1995.

(Or 666, the number of bg if you will ;P)

Either scrap it or update the UI and icons. Its a god awful abomination. Words cant describe it.

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Low

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23 +25/-2 votes

Old XP icon in Credibility Wizard

Submitted by patternjake on May 31, 2009 to Aesthetics, Icons, Legacy

No big issue here, excpet for an old XP icon in the Credibility Wizard (Stored User names and passwords)

Update the icon. Also in the W7 taskbar its very blurry.

Low

Low

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(1 comments)

5 +16/-11 votes

Why is this still here? Folder Options dialog

Submitted by patternjake on May 31, 2009 to Aesthetics, Legacy, Usability

Very uniutive and outdated dialog, dates way back to Windows 95.

Intergrate its options into the Control Panel.

Low

Low

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32 +35/-3 votes

I feel like ive travelled back 10 years: Private Character Editor

Submitted by patternjake on May 31, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

If you are going to include this program that 99.9% of the planet doesnt even use, make sure that it doesnt look like a Windows 95 program. Its all OLD.

Oh and its even worse because its no longer buried in Windows, its in the START MENU!

AT LEAST:

-Add a manifest to the program so it can use visual syles on controls
-Update the icons to match Aero style

High

High

Not fixed

40 +51/-11 votes

Worst application I have ever seen in my life : Sound Recorder

Submitted by patternjake on May 31, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Icons, Legacy, Usability

What happend to Quality Control, Microsoft???

Theres too much to say about this crappy program. It seems to get worse with each Windows release. In XP it was actually usable, Vista broke it entirely and now its crapper than crap.

(more...)

Microsoft, you have enough money, purchase a sound recording software program off a company and include it in Windows. Or give it a SERIOUS overhaul.

IT SUCKS!

High

High

Not fixed

(7 comments)

17 +26/-9 votes

WMP options are in OVERKILL

Submitted by patternjake on May 31, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

There is way TOO MANY tabs on the options dialog and WAY TOO MANY options for Windows media player on each tab in general. Looking at this awful mess makes users shy away from changing any WMP settings.

(in other words this dialog sucks!)

Implement a Windows media control center or control panel, its about time it had one or embed it in the Windows Control panel or something, either way get rid of this Win9x style dialog!

High

High

Not fixed

36 +37/-1 votes

Old XP animation inside Windows 7

Submitted by patternjake on May 31, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Icons, Legacy

Many installers I have come across call on a AVI resource for showing file copy progress. This animation still shows as a XP style one (exactly the same, to be honest) which is still present in Windows 7. It should be updated.

Update it to a newer, Aero styled (like in the file copy dialogs).

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(1 comments)

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