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#1 Just_Guest

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 14:50

Hi,
I just made this post to show which design elements in Classic Windows should be improved in a future version of Windows.

For example Aero is still part of Windows 8 and not everything is flat and modern.
I listed here the things I noticed.
  • Windows Media Player has still some Aero Elements and is not flat. Like the Mondern UI.

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  • The same applies to the Windows Photo Viewer
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  • and as well for Windows Fax and Scan (Ribbon support would be cool)
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  • also the OOBE and Windows Easy Transfer needs to be overhauled and Aero Elements should be removed there as well
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  • Windows Explorer Ribbon should get the Office 2013 Ribbon features.
  • like: Auto Hide. Touch Mode, Same Close button (would fit then with Visual Studio as well) etc.
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  • Powershell Menu should be flat and white coloured, like the other Windows Applications
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  • Screensaver Window should fit into the Appearence Center (I made a sample below)
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#2 Torolol

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 14:57

nah, after comparing i prefer the original Windows95 coloring theme

#3 theyarecomingforyou

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 14:57

Disk Management is also horrendously out-of-date:

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It should look more like the new Task Manager:

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#4 Dot Matrix

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 14:57

I agree with all of these, but I don't think you'll see it happen.

For example, I'm fairly certain at this point the WMP, WPV, and WFaS are all considered depreciated apps. If anything, they'll be made into Metro apps if any change were to happen to them.

While we're on it, Device Manager could use an overhaul too, but I'm sure if that were to happen, many here would cry bloody murder. God forbid things change.
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#5 theyarecomingforyou

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 15:02

Windows Easy Transfer features the old style rounded back-button and colour gradients:

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#6 ajcdotme

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 15:05

Good points. An OS that's been as controversial as Windows 8 should, at the least, be graphically consistent throughout.

#7 theyarecomingforyou

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 15:08

Resource Monitor features the old style graphs and rounded elements:

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#8 trek

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 15:09

They need to fix the bug where, if you choose black for the window border, the title bar text is unreadable. Or just put back the classic window appearance dialog box... The default blue on client and especially server 2012 is extremely hideous.

#9 Enron

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 15:10

Outlook 2013 still has the same old "Outlook Today" screen and 5 default themes as Outlook 2000 or earlier. They should either update it or remove it entirely.

#10 OP Just_Guest

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 15:25

Thx for pointing out other stuff. Let's hope they will fix a few of them

#11 f0rk_b0mb

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 15:45

I can agree with you guys on this one. The right click on drive > Properties dialogue is also a throwback to the 90's.(At least on 7)

#12 Detection

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 15:47

While we're on it, Device Manager could use an overhaul too, but I'm sure if that were to happen, many here would cry bloody murder. God forbid things change.


No-one here has a problem with change, as you have been told many many times before

What people have a problem with, is when the change is unnecessary and make things more complicated, difficult and awkward than before, when 2 clicks become 4, when easy access frequently used settings are moved and hidden

Give your walls a fresh coat of paint, maybe even knock a wall down to open up the space in the house, but what good is a fresh coat of paint when you move walls in-front of doors and windows? Now you have to walk around those walls to leave the house or look outside

Pointless

#13 theyarecomingforyou

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 15:54

I can agree with you guys on this one. The right click on drive > Properties dialogue is also a throwback to the 90's.(At least on 7)


Image to demonstrate:

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And yes, it's very dated.

#14 Knive Party

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 16:34

when it comes to making simple UI options and adding an unified interface, there is no other word to describe MS : LAZY & PATHETIC.

#15 McKay

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 16:38

The unreadable text on Black Title bars really irritates me, It's my preferred colour to use and I simply can't use it.