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-12 +26/-38 votes

There must be Windows XP Royale themes and Windows XP shell, Explorer Level customization

Submitted by qams on January 26, 2009 to Annoyance, Usability

There is no Old themes and shells in Windows Vista and 7, This causes usability problems to more than 7 year experienced users of Windows XP.
So there must be Windows XP themes and Windows XP shell like customization in windows Vista and Windows (more...)

Include Customizable themes so one can customize to look like WIndows XP Professional and Royale theme or Classic Themes and shells.

Please Vote after Deep Thinking. Look Windows XP Explorer, Copy to, Move to facilties

High

High

Not fixed

(7 comments)

-12 +17/-29 votes

Disable Folder Thumbnails "Live Folders"

Submitted by Sem on January 10, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance

The thumbnails for folders or live folders is a nice idea but unfortunately it doesn't come off very well and looks terrible IMO

having just plain folders all the same looks better

at present you can only turn off thumbnails (more...)

give us the option to disable thumbnails for folders only while still maintaining them for files or if you prefer turn them off for files but keeping them folders
either way make the option to turn them on or off independent from each other

Low

Low

Not fixed

(5 comments)

-12 +16/-28 votes

Sample Files

Submitted by hutchinson_1989 on December 19, 2008 to Annoyance

Sample pictures, videos, music etc are not needed and are very annoying

Do not include them in Windows 7

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(12 comments)

-12 +15/-27 votes

Screensavers all require Direct3D?

Submitted by TheDub on December 17, 2008 to Usability

Windows 95 featured a screen saver that was a 3D maze, Windows 3.1 featured screen savers that even looked 3D. Windows 7 however requires a Direct3D capable card just to display the ribbons screen saver? Is this a joke? The only screen savers that work (more...)

Remove this purposely implemented limitation (at least as far as I can tell its on purpose). I know most consumers have 3D cards now but its just the whole idea that its been broken without justification.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(8 comments)

-12 +13/-25 votes

Add a possibility to log in as a certain user using administrators credentials

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

As admin I know how it is annoying when you have to see/fix a problem or configure a certain feature in users environment but the user is not near you and you don't know his password. You can: 1) wait till user comes back, 2) change his password (more...)

Add a possibility to log in as a certain user using administrators credentials, not the users.

Medium

High

Not fixed

(6 comments)

-13 +7/-20 votes

Allow the each user to customise the colour scheme of this website

Submitted by formula_86 on March 28, 2010 to Aesthetics, Website suggestions

The colour scheme for this website could be customised on a user basis, so if one user wants to see the bar at the top as green, then so be it, and if I wanted the bar at the top to be say, purple, then it can be if I want. This website: (more...)

Do as suggested above.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(6 comments)

-13 +10/-23 votes

Make Windows Explorer have special effects similar to the file explorer in Mac OS X

Submitted by formula_86 on February 12, 2010 to Aesthetics, Usability

Its really boring to see all of my files arranged out in the same way as in all previous versions of Windows.

Why not add some special effects to explorer that looks like in the picture below? It would be perfect for multi-touch systems I reckon.

Low

Medium

Not fixed

(19 comments)

This submission [Problem adding new porgrams] has been removed because

Sorry, this is not tech support. Please contact the software vendor instead.

-13 +3/-16 votes

Problem adding new porgrams

Submitted by killer_walrus on February 6, 2010 to Usability

I installed Windows 7 Ultimate a few weeks ago onto a fresh, brand new hard drive and my system was running great. But whenever I go to try and add a program, or even to update a program, when it goes to install I'll get an error saying it can't (more...)

Medium

Low

Not fixed

(4 comments)

This submission [Aero turning itself off and on, a hidden shortcut?] has been removed because

Works by design.

-13 +1/-14 votes

Aero turning itself off and on, a hidden shortcut?

Submitted by LucianDK on December 27, 2009 to Bug

A few times now Ive noticed when playing world of warcraft for hours that Aero suddenly would turn itself off and revert to the windows 7 basic theme while playing. Only shutting down WoW would then return Aero and a friend speculated it might be a reaction (more...)

If its a shortcut as suspected, Ill like a way to turn off the functionality so it isnt accidentally pressed.

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(2 comments)

-13 +5/-18 votes

Add Printer dialog says "Click Back" but the back button is (somehow) missing

Submitted by lyn87 on September 21, 2009 to Annoyance, Usability

If you try to add a network printer by its ip and you mistyped the ip, the dialog asks you to click the "Back" button to correct your input.
But this button is not present, only the left arrow in the left corner is available.
This (more...)

Add a back button!

Low

Low

Not fixed

-13 +7/-20 votes

Could this be a bit more cooler? (Add gadgets dialog)

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

This dialog bores me. (Even in aero mode) Just the idea that its even a dialog is a problem. Could it be possible to add a Mac OS X style add to gadgets interface (with the cool scrolling and all that)

-No im not an apple fanboi, I have (more...)

Make it look different from Vistas. The dialog is good an all but this is the next Windows, we want something a bit more revolunitonary!

Medium

Low

Not fixed

This submission [PC hangs when using Aero snap while playing video clip on WMP12] has been removed because

Technical problem, please submit to Microsoft via other methods

-13 +4/-17 votes

PC hangs when using Aero snap while playing video clip on WMP12

Submitted by srinivasan133 on May 29, 2009 to Annoyance, Bug

I was playing a video clip on Windows Media Player 12. I decided to maximize the window screen of wmp12 by dragging it to the top of the screen. When I dragged it to the top, the system immediately stopped responding. The mouse pointer doesn't (more...)

High

High

Not fixed

This submission [Laptop Speakers Broken into 2 Playback Devices] has been removed because

Hardware problem, please report to hardware vendor or OEM

-13 +2/-15 votes

Laptop Speakers Broken into 2 Playback Devices

Submitted by BraydenReesor on May 7, 2009 to Annoyance, Bug, Usability

I have a Asus G2S Laptop, which includes 4 built in speakers (2 on top, 2 on the bottom). In Vista, these all showed up under 1 playback device. Which was fine. But after upgrading to Windows 7 Beta, they're now broken up into separate playback devices. (more...)

Well the obvious solution is to figure out why it broke them up into 2 different devices in the first place. But another way to fix this, which would actually be a useful feature, would be to bring back multiple playback devices (such as in WinXP).

High

High

Not fixed

-13 +25/-38 votes

Driver Software Installation windows is very crowded

Submitted by xombie on April 20, 2009 to Aesthetics, Icons

Possible problem:
Icons too big
Text too small
Line spacing too low

Icons are a bit ugly too.

Increase line spacing
Increase text size
Decrease icon size

Low

Low

Not fixed

-13 +11/-24 votes

Make the ALT+tab screen appear with a fading in effect

Submitted by agent11 on April 6, 2009 to Aesthetics, Usability

The alt-tab screen just instnalty appears.

make it look cool and pop it up with a cool fading in effect like with normal windows

Low

Low

Not fixed

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