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1. The option to choose to install Metro when installing Windows on a desktop PC. (Also, when Metro is installed, Remove hot corners and place the Metro apps in the original taskbar, make Charms part of the Start Screen.)

2. Notification Center.

3. A Button Organizer (Profile Manager) For File Explorer.

4. Tabs for the File Explorer (and Tags in the Properties Window as part of the Details Pane.)

5.  Flat Iconography like Metro for the desktop and the return of AeroGlass.

6. A desktop app for the Desktop App Store.

7. Combine the Menu/Title Bar.

8. Start Screen - Amendable (Grouped) program bars set to one color. RSS Feed Headlines. Personalized information. System Information. Notes. Greater Customization And More Functionality. And NO horizontal scrolling.

9. An updated and standard messenging app for the desktop.

10. The ability to "Pin" documents to the Taskbar and the Start Screen.

11. AllSnap, desktop windows that snap together when they get close to each other.

12. The double click background space to go one folder up option from QTTabBar.

13. Something like Bins by 1UP Industries for the Taskbar, or Fences from Stardock.

14. WizMouse Features.

15. Movable Multi-Desktop. (Desktops v2.0)

16. DeviantArt themes on the Desktop App Store. (That have been reviewed carefully. Snowy 3.0 is a great example of a good theme.)

17. Customization I feel is very important to a users experience. A main complaint about Apple's iOS is how little the operating system is customizable. Some of the tips and tricks on the internet like how to go into Windows and change something via RegEdit made Windows much more enjoyable to me. (I'm glad I found the "Last Active Window" registry edit and the "Remove The Command Bar" registry edit.)

18. The Charms should be part of the Start Screen.

19. A button to "Close Other Program" when the dialog window for "Unable To Copy Because..." comes up.

19. An option (and icon) to view the clipboard in the navigation pane of the File Explorer.

20. Add a Feedback Button to Windows Update. (To test out new features.)

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Allow DirectX to use iGPU on systems with discrete graphics for something, anything. There's a whole lot of wasted transistors on millions of desktops with discrete graphics.

 

Transparent voice control, maybe motion control using webcam and Mic.

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Allow DirectX to use iGPU on systems with discrete graphics for something, anything. There's a whole lot of wasted transistors on millions of desktops with discrete graphics.

I thought Windows 8 already removed the restriction that a GPU had to be connected to a monitor in order to use it. At least that's how it works for QuickSync/D3D interop.

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I thought Windows 8 already removed the restriction that a GPU had to be connected to a monitor in order to use it. At least that's how it works for QuickSync/D3D interop.

 

You may be right, I honestly have no idea. But I want Microsoft/Windows to utilize it. Don't really care how. It just makes no sense for all those transistors users have paid for to be unused in systems with discrete video.

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Make an option for how many vertical rows you want. Apparently, there was a registry tweak to do this but in 8.1, that registry tweak no more allows that. :(

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Win+PrtScr does a screenshot of the full active screen including open menus, you want just the active Window? That would be nice, I guess I haven't tried Win+Shft+Prtscr, but cropping isn't too bad, I'm just glad they included the new screenshot, you can capture anything including Win32 games.

 

As for the rest of your list, you are just not going to meet Modern UI halfway are you? lol, I ain't mad at cha...

 

 

Have you tried ALT+PrtScr ?

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Have you tried ALT+PrtScr ?

 

Yeah, that's gets the active Windows same as in Windows 7. But Win+PrtScr will capture screens in any application even games, and open menus. Hitting alt will close any open menus and generally does not work in full screen games.

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Here is what I want in Windows 8.2. Microsoft should take Windows 7 and update it to Windows 8 minus the modern interface. Then Microsoft should take the modern part of Windows 8 and make it by itself. Then Windows 8.2 can give you the option of either using the desktop or just modern by itself but not both. Then Microsoft should put all the things they removed from Windows 7 and stick it back into Windows 8.2.



That would definitely be an easy option for them.

Just re-release Windows 7 as 8.2 with whatever desktop tweaks that did not involve actually changing anything that 7 did.

Then eliminate all Metro elements. You don't even need to spin that off into its own OS. Windows RT and WP would be that other OS.


I doubt it would actually result in an increase in sales, but it would be nice for those that prefer that experience on the desktop.

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My all new future Windows 8.2 concept.

I have redesigned the start screen to use 1 accent color for the tiles just like in WP8. Third party app devs can still choose to use a color for their apps, but default apps will use 1 accent color (except IE in this concept): http://i.imgur.com/5TfSbvc.jpg (Black background: http://i.imgur.com/6XmvRMk.jpg)

The Win+X menu has become the hidden start menu! In Windows 8.1, when you right clicked the start button, a menu showed all power user tools and shutdown options. In this concept, I have added the All apps menu and a Search box so you can search for apps, settings, files in the hidden start menu. Just start typing as usual and results show up on the right, hit enter on your desired result. To get to the hidden start menu, you just right click the start button. You can change the Start button/Win key's behavior to show hidden start or Start Screen on left click or Win key press. This is just a rough concept, more things like username and Docs, Videos links could be added. http://i.imgur.com/YGWMGSI.jpg

You now have a choice to run Metro apps in a window in this concept (in this case, Skydrive app):http://i.imgur.com/O7uVFhr.jpg

Here's a GIF of the concept in action: http://i.imgur.com/d1e6JDG.gif

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In my opinion, Windows 8 will never be fully accepted until they either allow the complete removal of metro, or allow considerable more control.  If you have Win 8 at home, with live tiles running, take a look at your router logs and note the massive increase in traffic. Now imagine your 200 employees suddenly all using live tiles.  That's a lot of data flying over your network for basically meaningless information. 

 

Second, the only metro apps worth anything are the ones that come with the OS.  MS needs a quality control method in place prior to publishing these.  Either they are broken, barely functional, or take forever to load. I haven't found one app worth keeping, let alone purchasing. 

 

I have a 2-in-1 transformer laptop and while undocked, I use desktop mode 99% of the time.  That 1% is viewing the OS' built in apps (news/weather/sports), which I often refer to as "idiot mode time" as it takes basically no brain activity to run....but maybe that's MS' goal all along.

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That would definitely be an easy option for them.

Just re-release Windows 7 as 8.2 with whatever desktop tweaks that did not involve actually changing anything that 7 did.

Then eliminate all Metro elements. You don't even need to spin that off into its own OS. Windows RT and WP would be that other OS.


I doubt it would actually result in an increase in sales, but it would be nice for those that prefer that experience on the desktop.

I think Microsoft should make 2 separate Windows again like Windows NT and Windows 9X, one for business and one for consumers.

 

Microsoft should update Windows 7 with all the improvements of Windows 8 and call it Windows Professional. Then Microsoft should take Windows 8 and make it the consumer version of Windows and continue on with the 8.1,8.2 path its going.

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I think Microsoft should make 2 separate Windows again like Windows NT and Windows 9X, one for business and one for consumers.
 
Microsoft should update Windows 7 with all the improvements of Windows 8 and call it Windows Professional. Then Microsoft should take Windows 8 and make it the consumer version of Windows and continue on with the 8.1,8.2 path its going.



Yeah, that is basically what I said.

windows and windows Pro.

Pro is 7 and Windows is 8.

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A nice feature would be an IIS-free RemotoApp presentation mechanism. With a Phablet, it would be nice to RDP (when WP8 Gets it) to your home desktop and be presented with published apps instead of having to navigate a desktop on a 5-6" screen.

 

That's a lot to ask but it would be nice.

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In my opinion, Windows 8 will never be fully accepted until they either allow the complete removal of metro, or allow considerable more control.  If you have Win 8 at home, with live tiles running, take a look at your router logs and note the massive increase in traffic. Now imagine your 200 employees suddenly all using live tiles.  That's a lot of data flying over your network for basically meaningless information. 
 
Second, the only metro apps worth anything are the ones that come with the OS.  MS needs a quality control method in place prior to publishing these.  Either they are broken, barely functional, or take forever to load. I haven't found one app worth keeping, let alone purchasing. 
 
I have a 2-in-1 transformer laptop and while undocked, I use desktop mode 99% of the time.  That 1% is viewing the OS' built in apps (news/weather/sports), which I often refer to as "idiot mode time" as it takes basically no brain activity to run....but maybe that's MS' goal all along.


Metro isn't going away. It's too important as it future proofs the Windows OS. Metro applications are able to be scaled up and down to fit different devices, much like Responsive Design on modern web pages. Despite everyone's whining, that isn't going away either, and will only continue to evolve from here.

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In my opinion, Windows 8 will never be fully accepted until they either allow the complete removal of metro, or allow considerable more control.  If you have Win 8 at home, with live tiles running, take a look at your router logs and note the massive increase in traffic. Now imagine your 200 employees suddenly all using live tiles.  That's a lot of data flying over your network for basically meaningless information. 

 

Second, the only metro apps worth anything are the ones that come with the OS.  MS needs a quality control method in place prior to publishing these.  Either they are broken, barely functional, or take forever to load. I haven't found one app worth keeping, let alone purchasing. 

 

I have a 2-in-1 transformer laptop and while undocked, I use desktop mode 99% of the time.  That 1% is viewing the OS' built in apps (news/weather/sports), which I often refer to as "idiot mode time" as it takes basically no brain activity to run....but maybe that's MS' goal all along.


Totally agree with you. Metro apps in their current form are horrible. And the Windows Store is just... even worse for the crap they have on there. Its more or less just spam and malware. The only app that is half decent is the Skype app. 

I wouldn't recommend the apps off there to anyone. I love seeing how Metro has now taken a back-seat to our much beloved desktop in Windows 9. Its like they took everything that is just wrong and doesn't work in 8 and 8.1, and actually listed to everyone and fixed it all. Good work Microsoft. 

Also seeing as you can delete/Unpin apps from the start menu and have apps run in windows to make it usable like Windows 7, they are on a winner. 

 

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