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Windows 7: Is Win 7 RTM so good that SP1 needs no real improvement

20 Mar 2010   #1

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
Is Win 7 RTM so good that SP1 needs no real improvement

Yesterday, Microsoft started the announcements about Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. The one thing that struck me was the fact that Windows 7 will only get some minor updates and bug fixes from the Service Pack. Even though Windows 7 is sweet and looks very good from the beginning, I think there still are a few rough edges in the OS to work on. I was really hoping that Microsoft did some work to add some more sweetness to Windows 7. But I'm afraid that we have to wait a little bit longer. Here is my shortlist of issues to be fixed or better said features to be finished and enhanced in an upcoming update of the OS.

1. Libraries

Libraries in Windows 7 are a wonderful thing as long as your data is on the local system or made available offline with the offline files option. The problem is that this is exactly where the story ends. Many people have been plagued with the dreadful "this location cannot be added because it is not indexed" message when they try to add a network shared folder to their libraries. The current solutions are:
  1. Make the added location available offline
  2. Index the data on the server (therefore it must be a Windows Service)
  3. Complete disable the search feature for all libraries in Group Policy and lose file search in the start menu at the same time.
  4. Use an unsupported method by fooling the OS into thinking the data is local while it isn't.
Why not have an option to disable the indexing requirement per library? This is much less intrusive than option C, that removes more functionality than any user would want. You can also read about this in my blog at
Source -
Is Windows 7 RTM so good that SP1 needs no real improvements? - Windows Live

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20 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

i think that article is badly named... it should be called "Im going to whine about the things i dont like about Windows 7"
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22 Mar 2010   #3

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11

Have to agree with you severedsolo, some people just aren't happy unless they can fine something wrong. Albeit, that is what make the world go around. . .
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22 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1

Windows 7 SP1 will be one of the most underwhelming Service Packs in history, and I can't say I'm upset about that.
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23 Mar 2010   #5

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11

^ Very True.
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23 Mar 2010   #6

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)

Should we read anything into the fact that his blog is "Ray's XPWorld"?
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