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Most popular submissions in 'Bug' are 'Not fixed' of all time

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)

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

Not fixed

(7 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)

201 +214/-13 votes

[!] Windows hangs for a while when performing disk operations [!]

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

This is a severe low-level design problem. Applies to all of Windows and most software written for Windows. Vista made some progress with this, but still, it doesn't work as it should.
The problem:
Let's say you have a badly scratched (more...)

Reimplement disk access.
Don't wait for one disk/network operation to complete in order to continue - multitask!
Asynchronous I/O is the answer here.

High

High

Not fixed

(12 comments)

137 +145/-8 votes

Text glow on alt-tab window isn't properly cleared

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

Sometimes the text glow on the alt-tab window isn't properly cleared when switching between windows. Specifically, switching from a window that has a long title (that doesn't fit in the available space) to a window with a short title results (more...)

Properly clear the text glow.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(6 comments)

136 +148/-12 votes

No Undo option in Snipping Tool

Submitted by 3dman on December 31, 2008 to Annoyance, Bug

You can't undo anything in snipping tool using Ctrl + Z you must use the eraser and that's annoying.

Add option for Undo like any editing program.

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(6 comments)

136 +140/-4 votes

Windows Image & Fax Viewer doesn't animate animated gifs

Submitted by DARKGuy on December 21, 2008 to Bug, Usability

If you double-click a .gif on a folder, it'll open IE, but if you cycle to it using the image viewer, it won't animate.

Animate GIFs? also, make it faster, not like XP which did but at 1/2 of the real speed.

High

High

Not fixed

(14 comments)

This submission [Fix multiple audio source output] has been marked a duplicate of

Output to more than one audio device simultaneously

Please vote and comment on the original submission.

114 +120/-6 votes

Fix multiple audio source output

Submitted by mark-in-dallas on January 21, 2009 to Annoyance, Bug, Usability

Can only output audio to one device at a time

Put back the functionality to output to multiple audio sources at the same time, which Windows XP had, but some brilliant engineer at Microsoft decided was no longer needed and removed in Vista - which is supposed to be the ultimate media experioence!

High

High

Not fixed

(13 comments)

109 +125/-16 votes

Improve space around clock in icontray when using small icons

Submitted by ups on January 12, 2009 to Aesthetics, Bug, Icons

In normal mode, the clock shows time and date, hence the space taken by it is governed by the date as it is longer.
If small icons in the taskbar is chosen, only the clock is displayed but the space taken is the same.
This wastes a lot (more...)

Resize the clock placeholder size in order to better accommodate the displayed information.

See mockup for suggestion.

PS: I was a bit aggressive on the new size... but you can get the idea.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(4 comments)

This submission [File delete operation is too slow] has been removed because

Technical limitation

108 +122/-14 votes

File delete operation is too slow

Submitted by DARKGuy on December 18, 2008 to Bug, Usability

Deleting 1,58Gb takes around 25 minutes according to Windows (it took around 15 though). Still, that's WAY slower than it was in XP.

If you want to reproduce:

1. Download Adobe Photoshop CS4's trial from their website
(more...)

Make it fast like XP. Somehow, big file delete operations are slow on W7 than in XP.

High

High

Not fixed

(10 comments)

108 +118/-10 votes

Missing icons in start menu :(

Submitted by DARKGuy on December 17, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Bug, Icons

If you make a shortcut in your desktop and then pin it to the start menu, then delete it, you'll get a missing icon :(. You can also right-click the item and go to its properties and you'll see the icon, but it doesn't update in the start (more...)

Update the icon in the start menu

Medium

High

Not fixed

(12 comments)

106 +112/-6 votes

keep Menu Selected Item color layout consistency for Windows 7

Submitted by fuchueh on April 5, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Bug

1)
to improve Appliaction Menu Selected Item color. (discriminated Appliaction Menu color very difficult, looked vague.)
There is no consistency between the Start Menu and the Appliaction Menu.
To keep Start Menu and Appliaction Menu (more...)

keep Menu Selected Item color layout consistency for Windows 7

High

High

Not fixed

(1 comments)

96 +102/-6 votes

Network and Sharing Center scales badly

Submitted by Cuppa on December 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Bug, Icons

Also an issue in Vista: http://www.aerotaskforce.com/view/302

The window basically doesn't scale very well - icons get (more...)

Display scrollbars when resizing past a certain width (rather than trying to squash everything together).

Medium

Low

Not fixed

(4 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

High

Not fixed

(5 comments)

90 +114/-24 votes

Classic looks like crap

Submitted by alphanerd on October 29, 2008 to Aesthetics, Bug

Classic mode looks like a sloppy job. Why?:
1. The Start menu does not have borders
2. The find icon in explorer is outdated and squished 1px
3. Calculator's glass buttons turn into regular button with a background which look (more...)

Make it more like classic on vista, which looks better, or even XP's, which was the best.

High

Medium

Not fixed

(23 comments)

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