With the announcement that Windows will be coming out with a major release every three years (with “feature drops every few months”, it got me thinking that instead of adding new features no one wants, they should fix some of the long standing issues that bug people daily.
Here’s my take on one such feature that needs tweaking.
On multi-display systems, if I click the Start button on monitor two to open File Explorer (or browser, or utility, or whatever) , the window opens on Monitor 1, the primary. Usually Monitor 1 has a game up and running so now I have to minimize the game, move the File Explorer and maximize the game.
If I click on the Start button for Monitor 2, open the selected program on Monitor 2!
So what else should MS fix before introducing new features?
An option to modularize Windows and actually uninstall (and not just delete an icon) unwanted “features” is the dream. Something like Server Manager, but for IE / Edge / Cortana… Who needs XBox apps on Enterprise OS?
I actually use the XBox Gamebar option to make screen recordings for user instructions
Great built-in option, because I don’t need to install 3rd party software to just make a quick recording.
Seriously though. I’d really like to get all the junk like the candy crush games stuff out of there. I don’t need your facebook or whatever app, I just want an OS without the junk like that.
Ideally without the telemetry, but I doubt we’ll get there unless the EU actually starts taking action instead of meaningless fines (which they should know by now don’t work).
How about a Useful windows store, that would have all the apps they might have released across their vast library, available for desktop and server.
Obviously paid apps would be neutered until license key, but a single repo for MS software?
I mean, I hear there is a windows store, but I have no idea if for example sysinternal suite is in there, or vscode or other stuff.
and they could do a chocolatey style scriptable cli version/front end for it…
I mean, Linux server distro’s can basically be re-bloated to desktop versions…
Its an ad platform now. You get fucking ads on your god damn start menu! On a system you’ve paid for.
Dark patterns everywhere.
Have you tried Edge lately? Why don’t you try Edge? Here I know you have setup this other browser but let me open edge for you so you can see how awesome it is!
HAVE YOU TRIED THE LATEST VERSION OF THE EDGE BROWSER?
Finally decided to open Edge? Here is an annoying WIZARD to enable the best experience on edge. No you can’t use it until you at least cancel this wizard.
Oh you just updated. Let me add this weather widget nobody asked for to your taskbar. You don’t like it? Oh just take some of your time and concentration to read all the context menu options and find out how to disable it (we put it on a submenu btw).
Oh you’re playing games. Let me interrupt your gaming session to show you about this awesome game bar.
UI is not consistent. This is a well known fact.
Powershell will never be bash. I had a huge headache this week because out of nowhere Get-Content | ConvertTo-Json combo were adding a fuckaton of ridiculous unnecessary metadata to the resulting Json. Why was this happening? Powershell 5.1 and 7.x handle this totally different and I had to develop for both scenarios. If you don’t have a fucking consistent behavior across version then out with this trash.
You click on the motherfucking powershell window and it pauses your script. No warnings. No joke if you don’t know about this feature you will stay there looking like an idiot waiting for your command to complete.
Oh you want to use the linux subsystem thing? The way tools treat things like carriage returns is totally schizophrenic.
Seriously, from my perspective and use case Microsoft Bonzi Buddy OS is a total amateur mess.
Oh how could I forget:
Dark patterns during user creation that even calls local accounts a “degraded experience”.
I don’t know what I’m doing right (or wrong), but I’ve never seen any adverts using Win10? Haven’t done a debloatware thing, just tidy up the start menu. I do have the Pro version, if that makes a difference? I don’t get constant demands to use Edge either, may be when a big update happens but that’s about it.
after using linux for a while… not a lot.
sure i aint a fan of the telemetry or the lets give you this even though you didnt want it, downloads.
point and click with gui’s for everything is just so much easier than trying to decipher top or htop.
no having to sudo a simple delete folder and contents along with subtree’s
yeah thats just better.
that out the way…
the driver support is hit and miss for things like windows 7 certified webcams.
with the only thing stopping them being installed is added certification.
basically the driver still works as does the cam but win 10 wont install the driver because the manufacturer wont update the signing requirements after microsoft changed them.
the group policy editor needs integrating with the accounts manager.
servers and listeners for things like rdp and smb should be off by default…
there shouldn’t be anything connecting to the web i do not sanction, control or start myself.
windows file system… doesnt really allow for reading external disk formats.
(back in the day you could stick a dos disk into an amiga and read it, but you couldnt stick an amiga disk into a dos machine and do the same). i would like that to change.
windows does its level best to lock you out of the stack.
its my computer, if i want to hack it, i should be able to.
its how gates got rich, but ever since, he and his company have been doing there level best to make sure you cant do that.
yeah there’s plenty of other reasons like keylogging searches, resetting of privacy choices and ongoing privacy violations…
but its still easier to use than linux for joe public and until that changes.
windows will keep getting more bloat and invasive.
simply because it has no real competition in linux and the law hasn’t caught up.