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Windows 7: Annoyances

23 Nov 2010   #11
smarteyeball

 
 

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Power settings don't stick
I've noticed that. Previously when I've played with sleep/hibernate etc it would misbehave / not stay asleep. The settings don't change, but they tended to occasionally be ignored completely.

The only power saving I use now is to turn off display @ 15 mins and every now and then it simply.... doesn't.

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Individual Window positions don't stick (fix: 3rd party software)
Individual Window settings don't stick (fix: 3rd party software)
Always been a slight irritation - I might have to finally look at those 3rd party apps.

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individual System Tray settings don't stick
Easier to disable / set to 'hide icons and notifications' for those troublesome ones. Barring a few recalcitrant icons, they generally do as they are instructed.


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Screen Personalization settings don't stick
What particular aspect doesn't stick?

My desktop icons like to move around like a party girl on coke. Multiple monitors and certain fullscreen apps on exit really like to shake placement up. Bloody annoying.

Every now and then my border colour / taskbar goes back to default colour and opacity. Aside from those two, everything tends to stay the same.


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Maybe it's just me... sigh...
It's not


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23 Nov 2010   #12
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rap33042 View Post
Did it really seem that I was blaming Microsoft?
My rant was more of a generalization, to intended just at you. People who post threads like yours usually do blame Microsoft, and the issue turns out to be the user or some third party app.
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23 Nov 2010   #13
rap33042

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

smarteyeball:

I am truly happy that I am not the only one to suffer these minor inconveniences.
Thank You so much for your response.

The 3rd-party software I refer to is ShellFolderFix. That takes care of the amnesia W7 suffers regarding Folder Options.
It can be gotten here: ShellFolderFix Brings Saved Folder Positions Back to Windows 7
By virtue of the fact this App was created demonstrates I am not alone.

System Tray Icons:
I have learned to live with it- I guess...
I don't really want to disable notifications- I like to know what's going on; but maybe I'll disable them for a while to see...
Thanks.

Display Personalization:
The main problem I have is that the slide-show thing doesn't want to behave.
If I change a picture in the directory I have chosen as default, it will start all over from the beginning.
No big deal, but bothersome when I have a few hundred pictures in the folder- I'd rather see the 'new' ones...
Also, like you, the Task bar and Title Bar colors don't seem to stay the same- I have to keep fiddling with them.
It's not important enough to keep messing with; it's just an observation.

I truly appreciate your kind information.
I guess paranoia is not the answer, after all.
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23 Nov 2010   #14
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rap33042 View Post
By virtue of the fact this App was created demonstrates I am not alone.
Not necessarily. It is more of a sign that the developer was late to the game. The Folder options issue was a problem with Vista and required third-party apps to fix. Microsoft fixed the problem in Windows 7 and it isn't an issue anymore. When I say it isn't an issue anymore, I meant by default...the OS is not the culprit. Given all of your issues, I'm still leaning towards a corrupt profile, or a conflict with something you installed.

If you don't want to jump right in on a fresh install, try creating a new user account, as I suggested above. Or, pull out an older system and install Windows 7 on it to test. You'll have 30 days (or more) to play around with it.

The bottom line is, something unique is going on with your system causing the OS to not behave in a way it is supposed to. The Folder Options "sticking" is one of the first things we've all noticed with Windows 7 as being a fix/improvement over Vista.
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23 Nov 2010   #15
rap33042

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

DeaconFrost:

Sorry, but I don't follow you.
You say the "The Folder Options "sticking" is one of the first things we've all noticed with Windows 7 as being a fix/improvement over Vista."

What I'm seeing is that Folder Options now seems to be universal; ie, if I change the options of one folder, it becomes the default for all folders.

Case in point:
I have a folder on my desktop. When I open it, I want it to display its contents as a List. I don't want navigation bars or anything else; just a list of Programs in that folder. I can set it up that way and close it. It will open back up in the same state as I left it. Great! That's what I want.

Now, if I open an instance of Windows Explorer, and change its size, layout, etc., then the next time I open the Desktop folder, it has all the properties I set up in Windows Explorer. This is not what I want.

My settings for the Desktop folder have been lost and replaced by the last settings I instituted in Windows Explorer.

This is a huge nuisance since there are many folders I'd like to open with their last settings intact whether it be with/without navigation bars; lists, or details, or icons, and so on, ad infinitum.

This 'memory' of individual window Positions and States were all operative in XP and, in my experience, worked flawlessly.
This feature seems to have disappeared in W7.

Opinions? Solutions?
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23 Nov 2010   #16
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The size and position of the window never stuck for me, even in XP. I prefer everything full screen, and it is always an annoyance that this doesn't happen. The common problem that people have complained about, and I assumed you were complaining about is that in Vista, you would set Explorer to look the same way, such as details, status bar, etc. You would instruct the system to make every folder look this way, yet it wouldn't save that layout. Each folder would open differently. That was what bigged a lot of people, me included, because we want Explorer windows to look the same each and every time. That has been resolved with Windows 7.

I've never heard of anyone wanting all their folders to be different. However, have you gone into Folder Properties and tried the Reset Folders button?
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23 Nov 2010   #17
James Colbert

 
 

Have you checked Event Viewer? Any shutdown issues?

James
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23 Nov 2010   #18
rap33042

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

DeaconFrost:

I have done this and tried variations on this theme.

Here's a shot of one of the Desktop Folders I have.
If I close that Folder, and open Windows Explorer, change its properties, then close it, when I re-open the Tool Box Folder, it would have the same properties I had set up in Windows Explorer- get my drift?

This is not what I want and W7 doesn't seem to support this. XP did.
It was called "Individual Folder Options", and there was a setting for it...

I don't use Windows Explorer- never have; but once in a great while I need it for Windows-specific things; like if I click on Computer to see a list of HDD's. Then I expand the window to get a good look. Well, that screws up my Tool Box Folder next time I open it.

I hope I am explaining this in a lucid, understandable manner.

Writing has never been my strength...


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23 Nov 2010   #19
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I know exactly what you mean...I just have never come across anyone who wanted different configurations for different folders.

When you say you don't use Windows Explorer....does this mean you have some third-party shell installed?
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23 Nov 2010   #20
James Colbert

 
 

Windows Explorer should remember settings on a window by window basis, unless you Apply it to all folders of type in Folder Options. Also, if Win7 is not remembering your settings 'between sessions', this is also an issue.

Have you tried running SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker ?

You should note that allowing SFC to repair changes to system files may produce some undesirable results, i.e., any hacks or fixes you've applied that impact system files.

James
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