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Windows 7: Annoyances

23 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Annoyances

Now, don't get me wrong- I really like Windows 7. No, really!

Before Windows 7, XP was Microsoft's best work so far, IMHO.

Here's what I don't like:
  1. Power settings don't stick
  2. Individual Window positions don't stick (fix: 3rd party software)
  3. Individual Window settings don't stick (fix: 3rd party software)
  4. Individual System Tray settings don't stick
  5. Per drive Recycle Bin settings don't stick
  6. Per drive System Restore settings don't stick
  7. Screen Personalization settings don't stick
  8. There are more that I can't think of off the top of my head
Here's what I like: Everything else

By "don't stick" I mean that I find myself re-setting these items from session to session. Been doing that for a year now.

I finally gave up on them and let Windows have its own way. Just easier that way...

Ya know? Never had any of these situations in XP. Now, why would Microsoft retrograde? Did they think these were Bugs?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2010   #2

 

I love XP too. Btw surely you don't think those are universally true? E.g. if power settings don't stick there'd be legions of laptop people flaming about it. From your specs it looks like a custom desktop build, looks nice. So far my peeve is Personalizations, had to tweak the reg a bit for a kludge. Don't quite like Aero's overall monolithicity but I'll live with it. The other issues you mentioned sound bad though. You tried creating another admin-level account and seeing if the problems happen there as well?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2010   #3

W7 Professional x64
 
 

What fixes have you attempted so far?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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23 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Trucidation: I don't believe they are universal. I believe they are directed at me personally It's Bill, I tell you! He's had his eye on me for years!

LiquidSnak: No fixes, actually (except for the 3rd party software I mentioned)

Let's take one example that particularly annoys me- namely the System Tray Icons.
Now, I know about the settings available to turn on/off the display of particular icons.
I've done this a hundred times and can't seem to get it right.
For example, I don't want the Action Center Flag to show all the time, so I set it to only show notifications.
Next time I boot the system, well, guess what! Yep! It's back. and if I check all the other settings I made, they're all different.
I've had no luck whatsoever with this and have no idea where to begin to locate the problem.

On top of that, there are sometimes duplicates.
Sometimes there are icons for programs that I don't have installed anymore (I know how to fix that, but it seems to me that Windows 7 should "know" that I've uninstalled a program and that it's not necessary to show the icon anymore)- I shouldn't have to jump through hoops to get it to work.

If you have a solution, or even a place to begin looking for one, I'd be much obliged.

I think this particular applet needs a lot of work.

Have you had a problem with this type of thing?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rap33042 View Post
Trucidation: I don't believe they are universal. I believe they are directed at me personally It's Bill, I tell you! He's had his eye on me for years!

LiquidSnak: No fixes, actually (except for the 3rd party software I mentioned)

Let's take one example that particularly annoys me- namely the System Tray Icons.
Now, I know about the settings available to turn on/off the display of particular icons.
I've done this a hundred times and can't seem to get it right.
For example, I don't want the Action Center Flag to show all the time, so I set it to only show notifications.
Next time I boot the system, well, guess what! Yep! It's back. and if I check all the other settings I made, they're all different.
I've had no luck whatsoever with this and have no idea where to begin to locate the problem.

On top of that, there are sometimes duplicates.
Sometimes there are icons for programs that I don't have installed anymore (I know how to fix that, but it seems to me that Windows 7 should "know" that I've uninstalled a program and that it's not necessary to show the icon anymore)- I shouldn't have to jump through hoops to get it to work.

If you have a solution, or even a place to begin looking for one, I'd be much obliged.

I think this particular applet needs a lot of work.

Have you had a problem with this type of thing?
As far as unistalling prog's, sometimes you have to go alittle deeper and remove any folders associated with the prog you uninstalled. I've never had to use 3rd party prog to hold settings, not completely sure what you mean. Overall Win 7 works flawlessly when set up right
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 8 Professional
 
 

  1. Power settings don't stick - Mine stick
  2. Individual Window positions don't stick - Mine Stick
  3. Individual Window settings don't stick - Mine Stick
  4. Individual System Tray settings don't stick - Mine Stick
  5. Per drive Recycle Bin settings don't stick - dont know
  6. Per drive System Restore settings don't stick - dont use sys restore
  7. Screen Personalization settings don't stick - Mine Stick

Considering the amount of settings you are complaining that dont stick and the fact that I have never experienced these issues on my machines. I think you have an administration / permissions issue and not an issue with a windows 7 bug or something of that sort.

Make sure you are setup as an administrator for your machine and try setting these options.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

For the love of all things sane....when are people going to learn that when something doesn't work for them (but works for the majority of others) that the finger shouldn't be pointed at Microsoft...but something unique on their systems???? Honestly, it is a simple concept. If it was a big with Windows 7...everyone would be affected.

Okay, now that my rant is over, let's look at some examples. Aside from the fact I disable System Restore, all of the other 6 points stick for me on several personally owned systems, and for the 30 systems I rolled out at work. If they aren't sticking for you, chances are you either have a corrupt profile, or some of these third party apps are interfering.

The reason for my rant, aside from the fact it makes no sense to blame Microsoft...is that people who blindly assume these are bugs sit around waiting for a patch or fix that will never come. Instead, spend your efforts on solving the issue. Create another user account and see if the same issues are present. If so, start looking at your third party apps and your fixes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Lunarpancake:
Thank you for your response. I am definitely set up as Admin on this computer.

1Bowtie: I use an uninstaller for that, so I'm pretty sure that's not the problem- but thanks for the advice. Incidentally, whenever I trip upon a folder that I know shouldn't exist, I get rid of it. (Guess I'm a little compulsive...)

Regarding the 3rd-party software I mentioned, that was so the individual window/folder settings would 'stick'; I use ShellFolderFix for that.
XP did it on its own...

An aside: I really don't want to sound like I'm sniveling...

How about the Power settings, then?
I set it to sleep after 1 hour; set displays to go down after 45 minutes. May last one day, or three, but sooner or later I wake up to see the computer still wide awake and, as far as I know, hasn't gone to sleep at all.
Point: All 'wake-ups' are disabled both in BIOS and Windows, unless, of course, I'm missing something.

Maybe it's just me... sigh...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

DeaconFrost:
I never intended to belittle MS- that was meant to be a joke. Paranoia, as it were...

I agree with you that these problems are unique to my system, but I have not been able to isolate the problems/solutions I mentioned.

It never occurred to me to create another account- I never did that before.

I will try that and see what happens and I thank you for your input.
---

Did it really seem that I was blaming Microsoft?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

There were many threads about the power settings not holding but for the life of me i can't remember the cause or the fix, but i know it was simple. I personally don't use third party uninstallers, the add and remove prog's in Windows works fine for me.
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