To be fair, Perlow is a power user to the core. Most of his complaints in this article are him falling out of relevance.
* Microsoft has now completely removed the ability to have a "Classic" Start Menu.
- Should have been killed off in XP, IMO.
* The Run option no longer up by default.
- Simple, press Start, type CMD, press 'Enter'. The Windows 7 search bar makes Run obsolete. Microsoft should have removed it, IMO.
* Another thing that greatly frustrated me was the fact that a fresh install of Windows 7 gives the end-user a blank slate on the Desktop, removing the familiar "Computer
", "Control Panel
" and "My Documents
" icons, requiring users to get to those functions and folders via the Start Menu .
- So? Right click on the desktop, select Personalization, and put the icons back up. Not hard to do.
* As a general theme, Microsoft seems to have made changes for the sake of change
, which was the case with Vista and is even more apparent with Windows 7, once you start digging into the OS dialogs and UI in depth.
- How is redesigning ancient dialogs a bad thing? DO you really want old, Windows 95/98/2000 dialogs popping up? Ugly!
* I also find the Windows 7 Control Panel to be less intuitive than XP's -- they've tried to simplify things, but in doing so, actually made it more frustrating, because you now need one additional mouse click to see all the Control Panel options -- of which there are now approximately double than which existed in XP.
- Search, buddy. Use it. Press Start, type what you're looking for.
See, like I said, Perlow is a power user to the max. Windows isn't Linux. It's a consumer grade OS that needs to compete with users of all types. If you really want a geeky OS geared toward the power user, Linux is your best bet.
Even though I am a up and coming system admin, I love the changes made to Windows since XP. I hate complexity, and Windows 7, and now Windows 8 have removed a ton of that crap that riddled XP. Now if only Cisco could wake up and realize it's not 1970 anymore...
EDIT: The top comment on Ed Bott's article makes me ROFL.
Loving Windows XP
I don't understand what would be so difficult in giving users a chance to select "Use XP Interface" for those who don't relish leaning new commands for things they already know.
Sure, why doesn't Microsoft just add back in every option Windows has ever had over the years? Don't be mad when a default install size then reaches over 50+ GB's... Id' also hate to see what kind of support would be needed for an OS that still has all that code in it.