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

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)

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

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(18 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.

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Low

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(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

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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)

248 +273/-25 votes

.reg files icon is very outdated, looks like Windows 95

Submitted by JaDz on January 23, 2009 to Aesthetics, Icons, Legacy

The icon for .reg files is looking like the one that came with Windows 95.

Make a new 256x256 icon.

Medium

Low

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(8 comments)

182 +205/-23 votes

UI Inconsistency in Wordpad

Submitted by joetheplumber on November 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Legacy

Ruler in wordpad is ugly and old, and doesn't fit in with the rest of the ribbon. Also, the gray and the white don't change along with the controls so it's confusing for the user.

Make the ruler fit in with the rest of the UI.

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Medium

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(20 comments)

170 +181/-11 votes

Legacy FTP "Log On As" Screen

Submitted by DavidTaraso on November 4, 2008 to Aesthetics, Icons, Legacy

When logging into an FTP directory through Explorer, the Log On As screen is entirely outdated. The icons appear to be from the Windows 98 era and the color scheme does not match the newer Aero styling.

Update the icons and the window color scheme.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(6 comments)

This submission [Create new generic install icon for developers to use.] has been removed because

Third-party software issue

165 +177/-12 votes

Create new generic install icon for developers to use.

Submitted by hoopla_punta on December 13, 2008 to Aesthetics, Icons, Legacy

So far I remeber that there is no new Aero-Style generic install icon. This is what usually installshield and other apps will use.

Update with a Aero-Style icon.

Medium

Low

Not fixed

(3 comments)

This submission [Legacy network Drive icon] has been removed because

This is a quirk with Virtual PC 2007, NOT Windows

154 +165/-11 votes

Legacy network Drive icon

Submitted by Manan on November 17, 2008 to Aesthetics, Icons, Legacy

The network location icon shown in my Computer is I guess the same that was way back in Windows 95.

Create a new icon.

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Medium

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(7 comments)

148 +162/-14 votes

Default Windows Media Player skin is from WMP8

Submitted by HeresyProgram on November 17, 2008 to Aesthetics, Legacy

The default Windows Media Player skin for Skin Mode looks like it's from WMP8. Skin Mode itself seems like a relic.

Change the default to "Revert" or dump Skin Mode altogether. Now Playing mode seems to accomplish the same task, making the player smaller and showing a visualization/album art.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(15 comments)

135 +140/-5 votes

Windows Explorer Scrolling

Submitted by Englez on November 20, 2008 to Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

In MS Outlook, to be able to scroll through some pane, it's enough to position your mouse cursor somewhere in that pane. In Windows Explorer, first you have to click on some part of the window to begin scrolling through it.

Make Windows Explorer behave like MS Outlook.

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(3 comments)

133 +143/-10 votes

Windows Installer (msiexec.exe) has an old icon

Submitted by nyp on April 5, 2009 to Aesthetics, Icons, Legacy

Windows Installer has an OLD Windows 2000/ME style icon.

It's gotta go, get that icon gone. Replace it with something a little more Vista-like.
Also, remove that silly little window that says "Please wait while Windows configures [program]..." with the highly inaccurate progress bar.

High

High

Not fixed

131 +147/-16 votes

Paint properties are vintage

Submitted by Ensign Joe on November 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Legacy

Thought Microsoft finally abandoned old Paint? WRONG!
The Properties dialog where you can change the image's width and height (and color depth) is still the original dialog you know from Windows 95.

Update that dialog to match Aero aesthetics and implement new features and abilities like choosing a transparent color (Windows 98 featured that although it never worked)

Low

Low

Not fixed

(12 comments)

129 +138/-9 votes

Disk Management MMC Snap-in is visually outdated

Submitted by Cuppa on December 9, 2008 to Aesthetics, Icons, Legacy

This is a repost from Aero Taskforce: http://www.aerotaskforce.com/view/66

The Disk Management tool looks like it belongs in (more...)

High

Low

Not fixed

(5 comments)

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