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#1 Orange Battery

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 17:10

There are still things from previous versions and other OS’s that would make me upgrade to the next/best just for convenience – maybe MS could almost do a ‘best of’ feature set to get back some old time enthusiasts as well.

 

Folder thumbnail preview – in XP you could add ‘Folder.jpg’ in order to see a full size thumbnail preview for your folder or you could just see a selection of folders – in future version you only get to see half a thumbnail preview or simply a stack of your images which are in no way as clear as XP’s precise view of what you was looking for visually.

 

More control over the taskbar: With older versions I could use the Quick Launch toolbar to keep static icons in place, following versions move icons as you open multiple windows within the shortcuts application – my brain knows where its icons are and always liked to go to the same point to select them.

 

Allow us to make the taskbar non transparent – I’m so sick of seeing items that are half way off my screen still visible when I’m editing another document in full screen mode whilst using Win 8.

 

Allow me to organise non html based shortcuts in IE – I know there is currently a bug report in place  - https://connect.microsoft.com/IE/feedback/details/808697/ie11-favorites-bar-bug-local-html-file-links-are-automatically-pushed-to-the-bottom-of-the-list - but come on, it should be sorted by now – you are Microsoft!

 

Put everything that requires change as a simple icon in the control panel – why do I have to go to obscure settings in order to make changes?

 

Some things you do are so great, why take away features or make it so unintuitive that even long term users become frustrated and annoyed.  What basic features would you like to see?  Im sure most of us don't want the world, just simple little things that make us love Windows.




#2 Studio384

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 07:35

I don't get your "more control over taskbar" item. What's the problem with pinning? The icons don't move places, they are always in the same order.



#3 Steven P.

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 07:46

Allow us to make the taskbar non transparent – I’m so sick of seeing items that are half way off my screen still visible when I’m editing another document in full screen mode whilst using Win 8.

Here's a small app that I use http://winaero.com/c...omment.news.199 (works on Windows 8.1 as well) and has a very small footprint.

 

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There's also a x64-bit version and a ported version that makes it resident (stays in memory after explorer crashes or restarts).



#4 George P

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 10:25

Seeing as they got rid of transparent windows I find it odd how they kept the taskbar the same.  I would be a bit shocked if they didn't remove transparency from the taskbar in the next major version or at least give us the option like you said.



#5 Dot Matrix

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 10:27

Yeah - Don't destroy the Metro foundry of the new OS.



#6 Ian W

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 22:22

There are still things from previous versions and other OS’s that would make me upgrade to the next/best just for convenience – maybe MS could almost do a ‘best of’ feature set to get back some old time enthusiasts as well.

 

Folder thumbnail preview – in XP you could add ‘Folder.jpg’ in order to see a full size thumbnail preview for your folder or you could just see a selection of folders – in future version you only get to see half a thumbnail preview or simply a stack of your images which are in no way as clear as XP’s precise view of what you was looking for visually.

 

More control over the taskbar: With older versions I could use the Quick Launch toolbar to keep static icons in place, following versions move icons as you open multiple windows within the shortcuts application – my brain knows where its icons are and always liked to go to the same point to select them.

 

Allow us to make the taskbar non transparent – I’m so sick of seeing items that are half way off my screen still visible when I’m editing another document in full screen mode whilst using Win 8.

 

Allow me to organise non html based shortcuts in IE – I know there is currently a bug report in place  - https://connect.microsoft.com/IE/feedback/details/808697/ie11-favorites-bar-bug-local-html-file-links-are-automatically-pushed-to-the-bottom-of-the-list - but come on, it should be sorted by now – you are Microsoft!

 

Put everything that requires change as a simple icon in the control panel – why do I have to go to obscure settings in order to make changes?

 

Some things you do are so great, why take away features or make it so unintuitive that even long term users become frustrated and annoyed.  What basic features would you like to see?  Im sure most of us don't want the world, just simple little things that make us love Windows.

This is a nice topic, Orange Battery.

As for a list of basic features, I'd love to see some of the more minor elements of Windows "Longhorn" reemerge in "Threshold". Some of the features I am thinking of include notification timers and a notification archive. I also hope that "Threshold" replaces more of the traditional 'balloon' notifications.

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It would be wonderful for me if an Eject option was added to the context menu for removable devices pinned to the Start screen. I'd also like it if partitions pinned to the Start screen provided disk space information.

These are just a few ideas that I've had lately. I know I've thought of some things for Explorer, but I don't remember what they were . . .

I do miss features that were present in Windows XP and/or Windows Vista. Perhaps I'll create another post with details.



#7 Aergan

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 22:24

Some consistency would be nice.



#8 OP Orange Battery

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 15:15

Here's a small app that I use http://winaero.com/c...omment.news.199 (works on Windows 8.1 as well) and has a very small footprint.

 

attachicon.gifSNAG-0001.png

 

attachicon.gifSNAG-0002.png

 

There's also a x64-bit version and a ported version that makes it resident (stays in memory after explorer crashes or restarts).

 

Thanks.

 

Wish there was a little app that could do this for folder previews as well.



#9 OP Orange Battery

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 16:42

AS I work my way through setting up Win 8.1 I'm finding more:

 

Internet Explorer – Allow me to drag a link from the address bar onto the desktop without creating the annoying .website link and reopening the site for no reason.  A simple .URL shortcut was fine and very easy to manage – if you really want to have this feature then give me the option to switch it off in settings – not just insist on a Shift-and drag

 

Hyper-V – I’m reliably informed that this is much better than the humble VirtualPC but as a normal home user all I miss is shared cut and paste along with shared copy and paste – I’ve now moved to VMware player which is nowhere near as good as VirtualPC – I would have paid MS  for it as they done it so well.



#10 Dot Matrix

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 17:23

Virtual PC was only meant as a temporary upgrade solution. It was never meant to be a lasting standing feature.



#11 George P

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 18:07

There's a few things I'd like to see, like a new/upgraded taskbar, if they're going to redo the start menu/start screen and integrate metro and desktop more then it's time for the taskbar to get an upgrade.

 

A notification center is a plus, and if they add that then I'd hope it takes over the systray as that is then less needed or not needed at all.

 

There's other little things to but I can't think of them all right now and no real reason to repost everything at this point.  I'd like to wait and see what they're actually working on before I go off on things I'd like to see added/changed.



#12 +Cryton

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 18:17

I want tabs in Windows Explorer



#13 Dot Matrix

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 19:32

I fail; to see what's better about tabs, than open windows side-by-side?



#14 +LimeMaster

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 19:42

Hyper-V – I’m reliably informed that this is much better than the humble VirtualPC but as a normal home user all I miss is shared cut and paste along with shared copy and paste – I’ve now moved to VMware player which is nowhere near as good as VirtualPC – I would have paid MS  for it as they done it so well.

Assuming you were using Hyper-V to run older OSes, you might want to try this since you prefer Virtual PC: :)

http://www.neowin.ne...s-8-rtm-64-bit/



#15 +Cryton

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 19:48

I fail; to see what's better about tabs, than open windows side-by-side?

Because I often work in multiple folders and having 10 copies of Explorer open is a PITA. 10 tabs in one Explorer would be awesome and allow me to work so much more efficiently.