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562 +595/-33 votes

Safely Remove Hardware dialog is programmer-oriented, not user-oriented

Submitted by npiaseck on June 3, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

Overly complex, hostile dialog is painful when your computer comes with one of those 6-in-1 card readers (as does mine), an external hard drive, and a USB thumb drive. Unchecking “display device components” leaves unhelpful, undistinguishable entries. (more...)

Add the drive letters, add the device names, and get rid of all the worthless tree-level stuff; it’s a programmer’s view, not a user’s view.

In 2008, we no longer need to be calling these things a "USB Mass Storage Device."

Low

Medium

Fixed

(43 comments)

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Permissions editor is way too complicated and outdated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"Add Fonts" is outdated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Generally outdated.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)

398 +430/-32 votes

Performance options dialog has available space for list, doesn't use it, isn't resizable

Submitted by murdocdv on June 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Usability

Performance Options has a semi-long list of items, but the box the options are in does not use all the space in the dialog to minimize scrolling, and the dialog as a whole isn't resizable

Make the dialog resizable. Make the box containing the items use all the available space in the dialog. If the dialog is made resizable, make sure the box the options are in properly uses all space.

Medium

Low

Fixed

(22 comments)

398 +449/-51 votes

Context Menu Items Below Close Item

Submitted by Max Schmeling on June 3, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

It's *extremely* annoying when programs put menu items below the 'Close' item in context menus. At least a couple times a day I end up opening 'Help Topics' instead of closing the program I wanted to close.

Don't allow applications to place items below the close item.

Low

Medium

Not fixed

(38 comments)

379 +420/-41 votes

Taskbar: Just a lot of "Windows ..." (Vista application naming)

Submitted by tino on June 3, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

Every application that ships with Windows Vista starts with “Windows” like Windows Photo Gallery and so on (except for the old ones like Paint or Notepad). If you open enough of them, the taskbar shows a lot of “Windows…” titles. I have counted (more...)

If that works on Mac OS X why not on Vista? Hide the term "Windows" on the taskbar buttons or rename the new applications. There is nothing wrong with simple names like "Paint" or "Notepad".

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(38 comments)

373 +392/-19 votes

Unsigned driver security warning doesn't give you any evidence to make a decision on

Submitted by murdocdv on June 3, 2008 to Usability

When an installer is attempting to install an unsigned driver, no information is given in the actual warning dialog about which program, and what driver, and unsigned and attempting to install. This is a problem because this dialog is completely spoofable (more...)

Provide the information about what program is attempting to install the driver, and which driver it is trying to install. Further, the dialog itself should provide some functionality to show the window of the application making the request, so that the (more...)

High

Medium

Not fixed

(15 comments)

370 +417/-47 votes

Allow taskbar to span multiple monitors

Submitted by buzbyb on June 3, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

Lots of users have multiple monitors these days. However you can only display the Windows taskbar on the "primary display".

Stretch the Windows taskbar along the bottom, top or side (as selected by the user) of each monitor.
This would allow more space for the taskbar buttons, quick-launch bar and system tray for multi-monitor users (ie the type of user who are likely (more...)

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(30 comments)

353 +397/-44 votes

Allow ordering of Taskbar

Submitted by Cheesus on June 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

When explorer dies, the taskbar returns with apps in a different order than they were originally.

1. Remember the order (save them maybe every minute?) and restore if explorer is restarted.

2. Allow the user to re-order them.

It seems silly that we should have to install extra software to do the reordering.

Low

Medium

Fixed

(26 comments)

341 +359/-18 votes

Remember Desktop Icon Placement

Submitted by ryanlm on June 3, 2008 to Annoyance, Bug, Usability

With remote desktoping being more and more popular, it is very annoying that when I log into my machine and the resolution is smaller and then eventually log back in normally and all of my icons are messed.

There are probably 10 programs out there that fix this, one of them is ultramon, just buy them or do it yourself!

Medium

High

Not fixed

(12 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)

330 +356/-26 votes

Apperance Settings

Submitted by pfifer on June 5, 2008 to Annoyance

Windows Aero windows preview does not show Windows Aero Theme. Only shows Windows Vista Basic Theme. This might confuse some people as to which theme is which.

Put a new preview image in.

ACCORDING TO A COMMENT, THIS HAS BEEN FIXED IN WINDOWS 7

Medium

Low

Fixed

(17 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)

320 +347/-27 votes

Start Menu: Links to Videos, Downloads and Contacts are missing. No way to add custom links.

Submitted by thda on June 4, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

The links in the right-column of the menu should be more customizable:
- In the Customize Start Menu dialog, there is no option to show Videos, Downloads, or Contacts, even though they are default folders, just like ex. Music.
- There is (more...)

- Allow the user to add links to Videos, Downloads, Contacts, etc.
- Allow the user to add links to any folder.
Consider limiting the this to folders directly within the home folder, in order to preserve some kind of folder hierarchy. Also (more...)

High

High

Not fixed

(25 comments)

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