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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Permissions editor is way too complicated and outdated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)

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)

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)

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)

305 +324/-19 votes

Explorer guessing the type of content in a folder

Submitted by Turbo on June 4, 2008 to Annoyance, Bug, Usability

The explorer has several templates that set how and what to show about the files. These can be found and manually set in Folder Properties->Customize (which is arguably too clumsy and un-discoverable).

When you open a folder for the (more...)

Stop trying to guess. *All* folders should default to the "All items" template, using the detail view with some relevant columns. Or the tiles view, pick *one*. Only use other templates if the user chooses them, or for pre-configured folders (more...)

High

Medium

Not fixed

(23 comments)

294 +305/-11 votes

Forgotten explorer window properties

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

It really annoys me that explorer properties are not remembered, both size/location and attributes (like if it's a Picture window and therefore should have the Slideshow option).

I can't say it for certain but it seems like if I have no explorer windows open and launch update (to install weekly Defender updates) that seems to reset the size. If I have an explorer window already open, it seems to negate the effects.

(more...)

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(17 comments)

265 +275/-10 votes

Customize/Folder view: Apply to all - how to make it working?

Submitted by damiankrol on June 5, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Bug, Usability

That's one of the most annoying thing in (probably all versions of) Windows - how on Earth could I set ONE template (e.g. sort by, list view) to ALL folders? None of existing options work - even if you set it manually, it changes spontaneously in (more...)

Please try to provide one dialog for every folders which will allow user to set the behavior of how folders are/should be displayed. And forget it then. Thanks.

High

High

Not fixed

(12 comments)

260 +276/-16 votes

Detailed informations about USB-devices

Submitted by Niclas on June 10, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

"USB-Controller" in the device manager does not give satisfyingly informations about connected USB-devices.

Make more clearly which USB-device is connected by displaying it's name (either brand or user given), it's cnnection type (USB1/USB2/USB3) etc. .

Medium

High

Not fixed

(4 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)

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)

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