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Most popular submissions in 'Icons' of all time

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)

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)

256 +312/-56 votes

IE Download animation

Submitted by Zerlot on June 5, 2008 to Annoyance, Icons

the IE download animation is pretty old "globe, paper and folder". The icon is jaggy and not clear either.

time to update the animation to something fresh.

Medium

Low

Not fixed

(21 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Registry Editor Icon Outdated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Registry Editor and Windows Help Program icon outdated, it wasn't updated since Windows 9x (95/98/...).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)

223 +251/-28 votes

Recycle Bin and Delete file dialogs need updating

Submitted by Michael Mc on June 4, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Icons

The Recycle Bin dialogs don't match other Vista dialogs. Vista dialogs have a white background, with a title message in blue and a grey bar at the bottom along with the buttons.

Update them. The bottom one is how (I think) it should look.

Medium

Low

Not fixed

(24 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)

206 +233/-27 votes

quick launch in taskbar issue

Submitted by Zerlot on June 3, 2008 to Annoyance, Icons, Usability

when customizing quick launch it doesn't appear correctly when locking it "see pics unlock/lock". Also empty space appear between the icon and the arrow. Quick launch UI menu should be updated.

need a quick fix and updated Quick Launch UI menu look at pics

Medium

Low

Rejected

(21 comments)

196 +213/-17 votes

Image Not Found Icon

Submitted by ricmacas on June 7, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Icons

The icon used in IE when a image is not found is awfull.

Change the icon.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(2 comments)

175 +190/-15 votes

Resizing of Network and Sharing Center Window Causes Icons to shrink, out of proportion.

Submitted by cheungroys on June 8, 2008 to Annoyance, Bug, Icons

When resizing the window of Network and Sharing Center, the icons that represent connectivity resizes, out of proportion.

Fix It. Make images resize proportionally, not just stretch it.

High

Medium

Not fixed

(14 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)

154 +164/-10 votes

Old mouse pointers everywhere in Vista

Submitted by eried on June 7, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Icons

Specially when you drag items to some programs, try dragging a textfile over notepad: Nice shadowed new Vista pointer vanishes and appear a legacy 3.11 Windows mouse pointer

Update resources or make it non "hardcoded"

Medium

High

Not fixed

(8 comments)

147 +150/-3 votes

Regedit does not show active registry folder

Submitted by eried on June 7, 2008 to Icons, Usability

When searching in Regedit, in Windows XP you can see a different icon for "opened" folder in the lateral registry tree. In Vista is nearly impossible to know what registry contents you're viewing (it's possible only looking at status (more...)

Use another icon for "opened" registry folder

Low

Medium

Not fixed

(5 comments)

This submission [Update the management console icons] has been removed because

Bogus

143 +157/-14 votes

Update the management console icons

Submitted by Niclas on June 10, 2008 to Aesthetics, Icons

The management console still looks like NT 4.0 times.
Old, pixelized folders and outdated, flat icons.

Replace the old icons by modern ones.

Low

Medium

Not fixed

(3 comments)

130 +137/-7 votes

Explorer window taskbar icons don't update for special folders (Documents, Pictures, etc.)

Submitted by Cuppa on June 12, 2008 to Aesthetics, Bug, Icons

When opening a folder with a special icon (like Documents, Pictures, Music, etc.), the icon will appear in the taskbar. However, the icon is not used when navigating to that folder from elsewhere. (For instance, open Documents from the Start Menu. Navigate (more...)

The taskbar icon should update to use the current folder's special icon (if it exists).

Low

Low

Not fixed

(8 comments)

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