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Most popular submissions in 'Legacy' of all time

495 +534/-39 votes

Permissions editor is way too complicated and outdated

Submitted by wasker on June 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Legacy, Usability

User has to make millions of clicks to edit permissions for the file. All dialogs which pop up in the process don't make the process any clearer.

Keep it simple, reduce number of intermediate dialogs and clicks.

High

High

Not fixed

(36 comments)

445 +498/-53 votes

Application Continuity - Pick one!

Submitted by ryanlm on June 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Icons, Legacy, Usability

Just look at the photo. My first reaction is - "Man, I hate when I get a brand new computer and it comes preloaded with all this random bloatware". Then you realize it actually is part of Vista and a little bit of your geek soul dies.
(more...)

All kidding aside - the best thing to do here is really start over. Do not try to fix a trainwreck - you will spend more time on it than you think and your result wont be as nice. I do not know how MS develops, I would hope the UI is very disconnected (more...)

High

High

Not fixed

(39 comments)

419 +474/-55 votes

"Add Fonts" is outdated

Submitted by longzheng on June 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Legacy, Usability

Generally outdated. Uses Windows 3.1-era folder views. Cannot select individual font file - lists all fonts in folder.

Not only update styling, but add new functionality. Search. Font management - activate/deactivate. Fonts export/backup functionality.

Medium

Medium

Fixed

According to a credible source, the dialog no longer exists in Windows 7 and is most likely not going to come back. No words whether or not there are any new 'font organization' features.

(28 comments)

341 +367/-26 votes

Add Fonts

Submitted by brian.shapiro on June 3, 2008 to Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

Installing 100’s of fonts which each happen to have duplicate versions of Windows fonts - forces you to hit “Yes” over and over again.

Add “Yes to all” and “No to all” buttons; better yet, follow the conventions of the file copy dialog.

High

Low

Fixed

(10 comments)

326 +380/-54 votes

Disk Manager desing is very bad and old.

Submitted by michal on June 3, 2008 to Icons, Legacy, Usability

Complete old style - maybe windows 98.

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(16 comments)

246 +300/-54 votes

Username/Password dialog

Submitted by Good_Bytes on June 4, 2008 to Aesthetics, Legacy

Dialog is using a Windows XP style

Update the dialog

Low

Low

Not fixed

(8 comments)

242 +282/-40 votes

Registry Editor Icon Outdated

Submitted by Tuanese on June 4, 2008 to Annoyance, Bug, Icons, Legacy

Registry Editor and Windows Help Program icon outdated, it wasn't updated since Windows 9x (95/98/...).
Still existed in Windows 7.

Update new icons.

Medium

Low

Not fixed

(5 comments)

235 +257/-22 votes

Advanced File Attributes

Submitted by brian.shapiro on June 3, 2008 to Icons, Legacy

Advanced Attributes in the Properties dialog for files still has a Windows 98-era icon.

The best way to deal with this is by revamping the entire UI by which file properties are displayed–hopefully learning from media management programs; but otherwise, the icon just needs to be updated.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(1 comments)

218 +257/-39 votes

Internet Explorer page properties icon

Submitted by mdsharpe on June 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Bug, Icons, Legacy

Icon in ‘Properties’ dialog of web page in Internet Explorer (File Menu -> Properties) is prehistoric.

Get a new icon in there.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(7 comments)

213 +234/-21 votes

Legacy control panel applets

Submitted by Turbo on June 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Legacy, Usability

Many of the control panels options are XP-style applets (called "property sheets", ie: Windows Firewall Settings, Sound Settings), living side-by-side with the new integrated pages, which provide a familiar navigation pattern and help guide (more...)

Redesign the legacy property sheets in the control panel as task flow pages.

Low

Medium

Not fixed

(6 comments)

182 +191/-9 votes

Revamp the disk properties to be more user friendly

Submitted by .Chris on June 9, 2008 to Aesthetics, Legacy

The disc properties date back to the early 95 days, may be even 3.1 days. The pie graphic is ugly, plan and static. upgrade this box to become more user friendly. Have the graphic showing the space on the drive to match the graphic shown in "computer" (more...)

Rebulid this box from the ground up

Low

Low

Not fixed

(15 comments)

173 +185/-12 votes

Provide a new Set of high quality icons and a better UI for selecting / previewing them

Submitted by OneFingerSnap on June 12, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Icons, Legacy

Outdated and impractical dialog for changing shortcut and program icons. Mixing old low quality icons with new high quality ones.

When pressing the 'Change Icon' for a shortcut or program, please provide a reasonably sized and resizable window, containing a large set of only high quality icons. Please, do not mix outdated looking icons with new ones. These should be presented (more...)

Low

Low

Not fixed

(18 comments)

169 +180/-11 votes

IE: Download dialog needs redesign/bugfix

Submitted by thda on June 7, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Bug, Legacy, Usability

- This is a file copy operation, so this dialog should look like the file copy dialogs. The "Security Warning" dialog should be integrated into the download dialog.
- No support for pause/resume or error recovery.
- BUG: If you (more...)

- Redesign the dialog to look like the file copy dialogs.
This dialog should first show the "security warning", and then change to show the download status.
- Handle timeout errors intelligently (show a Try Again button).
- (more...)

High

High

Not fixed

(9 comments)

159 +166/-7 votes

View tab on Folder Options needs a complete overhaul

Submitted by Edootjuh on June 11, 2008 to Legacy, Usability

The view tab on Folder options has a huge list of different options for explorer, in which you often lost options you want (like suddenly you can't find a file just by typing it's first letter: (more...)

It's needs to be overhauled completely so options are easier to find and people will know where to find options when something has suddenly changed in Explorer.

Medium

High

Not fixed

(5 comments)

154 +169/-15 votes

Windows Media Player Dialogs are wrong

Submitted by GRiNSER on June 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

No Aero style, difficult to understand, frustrating (especially the one with “plugins disabled because of incorrect program exit” with no option to reenable all *waah* - somtimes you have to kill WMP because after explorer.exe restart you can’t (more...)

Medium

High

Not fixed

(3 comments)

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