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Windows 7: What would you ask a Windows 7 engineer?


18 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
What would you ask a Windows 7 engineer?

Ars is going to be talking to a few of the engineers on the Windows 7 team but, before we do, we want you to tell us what we should be asking them.

Full Story: What would you ask a Windows 7 engineer? - Ars Technica

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18 Oct 2009   #2

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Was it a lot of hard work, and did you find it difficult, and would you do it all again.
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19 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
A serious question for the Microsoft team

Whats up with RDP and the home additions of Windows 7. Who made the business decision to remove RDP from Home Premium and are they so lost to the reality of home networks that they just don't get it or was this a cold blooded calculated business decision based on squeezing the last possible dollar from home users. There are still plenty of other differences between the Home and Business versions of Windows 7 and this should not be one of them.

There is a registry hack that will allow people to activate RDP on home versions from PC to PC but Window HOME server shuts it off in its own registry every time it polls the machines and finds Home Premium. This makes absolutely no sense when Microsoft sells the Windows Home Server as a HOME appliance but requires the PRO/Ultimate versions to utilize remote access/admin of pc's on your HOME network through your home server.

If anything RDP should activated on a Home Premium machine when a WHS is in the network. Backwards thinking and a bit cold blooded in my opinion.

Didn't we already pay a premium to Microsoft for the WHS and shouldn't all functionality be available to the user/owner of a WHS regardless of which Windows 7 OS is running on the PC's in the network. If not then it should not be marketed as Windows HOME server...emphasis on the "HOME".

This issue should be addressed as most home networks in this day and age have multiple pc's running in them (otherwise explain the "Family pack" which is Home Premium only, no Pro pack available) and the ability to administer them from one central location shouldn't be classified as a business only necessity and denied to the average home user. Let me rephrase....WE should not have to physically log in to each machine in the home network to maintain the integrity of our home networks. Go to the office and fix that machine...now go to the kitchen and fix that machine...now go to the sons room and fix that machine...I'm sure you see where I'm going with this.

If the majority of pc's sold by the OEM's had Pro/Ultmate installed then this might not be such an issue but.....Windows Home Premium is the most installed/purchased OS by far and RDP is disallowed intentionally by Microsoft. Its not as if the development costs for RDP haven't been payed back yet.
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19 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Do you foresee a day when computers will be completely responsive and natural to humans? I mean, today you have to jump many hoops to customize things the way you want, or at least as close as you can get to it. How long do you think it will take to bring the computer to the point where you can just "reach in" and tweak it right out, or just tell it what you want and it does it?
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19 Oct 2009   #5

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobtran View Post
Whats up with RDP and the home additions of Windows 7. Who made the business decision to remove RDP from Home Premium and are they so lost to the reality of home networks that they just don't get it or was this a cold blooded calculated business decision based on squeezing the last possible dollar from home users. There are still plenty of other differences between the Home and Business versions of Windows 7 and this should not be one of them.

There is a registry hack that will allow people to activate RDP on home versions from PC to PC but Window HOME server shuts it off in its own registry every time it polls the machines and finds Home Premium. This makes absolutely no sense when Microsoft sells the Windows Home Server as a HOME appliance but requires the PRO/Ultimate versions to utilize remote access/admin of pc's on your HOME network through your home server.

If anything RDP should activated on a Home Premium machine when a WHS is in the network. Backwards thinking and a bit cold blooded in my opinion.

Didn't we already pay a premium to Microsoft for the WHS and shouldn't all functionality be available to the user/owner of a WHS regardless of which Windows 7 OS is running on the PC's in the network. If not then it should not be marketed as Windows HOME server...emphasis on the "HOME".

This issue should be addressed as most home networks in this day and age have multiple pc's running in them (otherwise explain the "Family pack" which is Home Premium only, no Pro pack available) and the ability to administer them from one central location shouldn't be classified as a business only necessity and denied to the average home user. Let me rephrase....WE should not have to physically log in to each machine in the home network to maintain the integrity of our home networks. Go to the office and fix that machine...now go to the kitchen and fix that machine...now go to the sons room and fix that machine...I'm sure you see where I'm going with this.

If the majority of pc's sold by the OEM's had Pro/Ultmate installed then this might not be such an issue but.....Windows Home Premium is the most installed/purchased OS by far and RDP is disallowed intentionally by Microsoft. Its not as if the development costs for RDP haven't been payed back yet.
Bobtran,

Try teamviewer.

Simple, cross platform, doesn't bump user and it's free.

good luck
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19 Oct 2009   #6

W7 64b - Leopard 10.6.2 - Ubuntu 10.10 (MBP Snow Leopard 10.6.3)
 
 

I thought liberaries was a nice addition... till I tried to use it with my new NAS: no go. When will this function become mature and include more than local data only?
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19 Oct 2009   #7

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boris View Post
I thought liberaries was a nice addition... till I tried to use it with my new NAS: no go. When will this function become mature and include more than local data only?
Will put this in my list.

Requests to Microsoft.

greetings

Edit:

Just added a folder from my remote HTPC to my libraries on my laptop without a problem.
Problem must be with the NAS.
Note: The folder you want to add has to be a shared folder.
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19 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Why did you disable all tasks history in Task Scheduler - by default?

Is it because Task Scheduler is doing 4 times more work than in Vista?
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19 Oct 2009   #9

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Teerex View Post
Why did you disable all tasks history in Task Scheduler - by default?

Is it because Task Scheduler is doing 4 times more work than in Vista?
Don't know what version of Windows 7 you have, but I have a history tab in Task Scheduler.

On the right pane you can enable/disable history.

good luck
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19 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SquonkSC View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Teerex View Post
Why did you disable all tasks history in Task Scheduler - by default?

Is it because Task Scheduler is doing 4 times more work than in Vista?
Don't know what version of Windows 7 you have, but I have a history tab in Task Scheduler.

On the right pane you can enable/disable history.

good luck
Oh, you! You're making me patronize you again and again!

I have a history tab too! But by default, logging history is disabled for all tasks. You have to turn it on to start logging.
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