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Windows 7: Requests to Microsoft.

18 Oct 2009   #1

Win7 Build 7600 x86
Requests to Microsoft.

Please read this carefully before posting.
The idea:
This thread is meant to collect user's request of new features to add to Windows 7, or to bring back features that were taken out since XP / Vista, and are sorely missed.
The idea is to create a list that MS might want to take a look at.
For this to have a chance, we need to keep the thread clean, and free of unnecessary comments and discussions.
So we need a set of rules.
The rules:
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1. No rants, no debates or discussions, no personal comments, no reactions to other posters, no MS bashing, period!

2. Maximum of 10 lines. So make sure your post is clear and to the point.
One or two words more won't matter, but don't push your luck.

3. Posting of screenshots is allowed to clarify your point.

4. No utopian requests, keep it reasonable.

5. Double posts and posts with features already requested by others will be deleted.

6. Adding a reason why you want it is allowed, but remember the 10 line rule.

7. If a user posts a problem that can be fixed, no help allowed other than saying poster should open a thread about his problem.
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Not complying with these simple rules, will get your post removed.
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1. Please examine the list to see if your request is already there.

2. Please think about what you're requesting is a good thing for less knowledgeable users.
Example: Making editing the context menu easier, could lead to users messing up, and making troubleshooting for support technicians impossible.

3. Your post will be reviewed and, when approved, will make it to the list.
If it doesn't, don't start a discussion about it.

4. The 10 line rule is because I will have to read all the posts,
and maintain a normal life at the same time. Hope you'll understand.
Now please bring it on.

The list:
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Details pane:
1. See the cumulative file size of more than 15 files, without having to click "More details" every time the user adds a file to the selection.

Left pane:
1. Ability to pin the favorites to top of left pane ( la vista), so it doesn't scroll.

Right pane:
1. Give user back the option to arrange files and folders the way they want.
Hence, a way to switch off auto arrange.

Icon overlays:
1. Shared Icon overlay
It's an absolute nescesity for seeing which folders are shared in their hiarchy.

1. Tabs like in IE 8

2. Dual pane view.

3. Easier way to customize send-to context-menu

4. Ability for customizing drive/partition/file-type icons, maybe in properties tab?

1. Search is totally useless in the present state.
2. Please give us back the ability to add our own search filters.
3. Please give us more of an UI to fine tune our searches.

1. Arrange by button in Libraries doesn't work, it does nothing.
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2. Please make Libraries respect the view and arrange settings the way it works for folders.
Example: When the user sets a subfolder X of "my pictures" to arrange by name, it is only applied to that folder X, not the whole "my pictures folder".

But in the "Pictures Library" however, that same folder X will not have the arrange by name setting applied.
Even worse, if one changes any folder in the Library to arrange by name, it is applied to all the folders in the Library, even the parent folders!!
Please fix this huge inconsistency.
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1. Make the network icons show activity again.

1. The ability taken out to make new toolbars from dragging a folder to the corner of the desktop.

2. Ability to natively make the superbar totally transparent.

3. Ability to invert (flip) the superbar when placed on the left or right hand of screen.
(start button at the bottom).

1. Add "Delete all" to the context-menu of Jump-Lists.
Deleting them one by one is a pain in the ....
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Extended desktop:
1. The user should be able to choose if he wants:
a. the taskbar only in one display,
b. duplicated in both displays or
c. stretch it over both displays.
1. Ability to choose between Thumbnails or Icons for filetypes.
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Control Panel:

1. Bug needs fixing: When typing in the search box, it loses focus constantly.
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Snippet tool:
1. Configurable shortkeys to run the program in it's respective modes.

2. Ability to run it in all modes, including in games.

1. Ability to show animated GIF's.

Windows Mail:
1. Please give us back Windows Mail.
For people who can't wait, here's how to do it yourself. Windows Mail

1. Bring back volume control to minimized Mediaplayer.
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1. Ability to convert/extract/import contact information and emails from .wab and .dxf files (Outlook Express) to Live Mail, Contacts and/or other email clients.
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1. A tool to make your own themes.
2. Making more items customizable, like taskbar, menu etc..
3. More free themes, and possibly a live gallery to up/download custom themes.
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1. Aero-shake can be quite hard to operate, even more so for people with physical disabilities.
A button to the left of the minimize button would be more user friendly.

2. Make Windows remember individual settings of shortcuts, like for example different shortcuts to explorer folders.

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18 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64

A small (IMO not needed) but greatly requested feature reinstated. Put back the wireless icon activity in the tray of the Superbar
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19 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

1. The ability taken out to make new toolbars from dragging a folder to the corner of the desktop.

2. Ability to natively make the taskbar totally transparent.
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19 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I'd like to see the return of Power Toys. Like TweakUI.
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19 Oct 2009   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Today a lot of us are using multi display systems. One essential thing still missing is the ability to stretch desktop over two displays.

When using extended desktop, the user should also be able to choose if he wants the taskbar only in one display, duplicated in both displays or stretch it over both displays.

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19 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail) Full version - With SP1

Ability to 'white list' programs to allow them to do there thing without generating a User Account Control message asking if it is OK.
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19 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium (Retail) Full version - With SP1

I just had to put a new MB in my RC/XP dual boot machine. I was able to run a 'inplace repair' on the the XP side and it fixed the boot failure and kept all my programs installed. This has come up several time during my history with XP.

However, I had to reinstall all of my programs under Win 7. Please put XP's 'inplace repair' (or whatever it is called) in Win 7.
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19 Oct 2009   #8

win7 ultimate / virtual box

an inbuilt configurable screenshot utility which runs from a single key press and works in all modes including within games
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19 Oct 2009   #9

XP, Seven, 2008R2

My only request is for Microsoft to read the requests thread.
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19 Oct 2009   #10


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please read the first post before posting a reply, any posts that do not comply will be removed
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