I am pretty new to windows 7 (installed it yesterday), and compared to vista, it seems windows explorer in windows 7 doesn't allow me to sort files other than with the predefined fields (types, size, date modified, etc.) (here I mean that I can't drag a file manually and drop it where I want in a folder and it will stay there, in the exact postion, as we all are used to in previous windows)
Is that how it was meant to be? Are you all getting this behavior too?
This has a few side effects:
1) not being able to manually reorganise files order made them disable the "drag between files" features, and now users may end up dropping on exe or archives and getting unwanted results, drag and drop is not as intuitive as before.
2) native microsoft applications (like the image viewer) used to be able to determine custom file sort, and it made comparing images with different properties very convenient, and it made such microsoft applications really stand out compared to others.
I am a technically advanced user, I understand why they might want to do this: as an example, the fact it can only be sorted according to a logical and predictable process ensures consistency as to selected sorting method and actual sorting; in vista, you could have a certain sorting method selected, and yet have changed the order manually, making the sorting information provided by windows incorrect and inconsistent.
In short, I just want to make sure it is normal that I get this behavior, know if this can be reverted (or at least if there are ways to make drag and drop more secure for those who still have the habit of the previous explorer, because if they really decided to make it that way, there might not be many uses left for custom sorting), and if you feel like giving your opinion about this change (assuming there is one and it isn't just a local problem here), would be interesting too.