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A few more changes from Beta to RC…

A few more changes from Beta to RC…

Hey folks, just wanted to provide another update (building on the recent post on some changes since Beta) on some of the changes you will see in the Release Candidate.  Again, there are many and this is not an exhaustive list.  Of course we continue to gather telemetry from the large number of people running the Beta full time.  Just a reminder, the Beta is the only official build from Microsoft.  Chaitanya compiled this list from a broad set of feature teams focused on visible changes based on feedback that go beyond “bug fixes”, though we included some of the more widely reported bugs on this list as well. –Steven

Desktop Experience

1. Improved taskbar thumbnail overflow

Our customers are enjoying how windows are grouped and revealed on the enhanced taskbar. Some enthusiasts who have a significant number of open windows for a program encounter our scaling mechanism; the thumbnail view turns into a list view. Although this UI is virtually identical to experience in XP and Vista, customers still want to enjoy new functionality of the thumbnail view. Bentronic wrote, “It's nice that there's a little close button on the thumbnail previews--why not have a similar button for when it's showing as a list?  Being able to run down the list clicking the close button instead of right-clicking would be great.” For RC we’ve made the list view architecturally the same as the thumbnail view, just sans thumbnails. Customers will now enjoy close buttons and the menus open on hover (in Beta one had to click to open them).

Fig 1.

List View of running windows appears on hover and supports close

List View of running windows appears on hover and supports close

2. Control Panel Jump List

Right-clicking on the Control Panel icon on the taskbar in Beta revealed a noticeably sparse Jump List. A few people such as Britney told us “Should most recently used items be displayed in the Jump List of the CPL when pinned to the taskbar? Something should be shown and nothing is there right now”. In RC the Control Panel Jump List offers quick access to recently used items.

Fig 2.

The Control Panel Jump List now surfaces recently used items

The Control Panel Jump List now surfaces recently used items

2. PowerShell Jump List

By default PowerShell in Beta launched a streamlined console. Customers could load optional modules via distinct shortcuts in the Start Menu. We heard from you that this was a confusing experience. Additionally, PowerShell did not surface a way to launch related tasks such as the Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) from within their console experience. PowerShell now has a robust Jump List that affords a method to load modules, launch the ISE and open documentation.

3. Remote Desktop Jump List

Rajeev made us smile with his comment, “Being able to add my Remote Desktop shortcut to the taskbar—good. Saving settings and showing them in the Recent items section—awesome. Being able to pin the connections in the Jump List, so they always appear—priceless!” Well, Rajeev and others who shared this request, you will be enjoy this functionality in RC.

4. Applying taskbar settings

Have you ever customized the taskbar, only to find your changes were not saved across sessions? Has the taskbar ever inexplicably moved on you after you log in? For a variety of reasons, previous versions of Windows saved taskbar settings only after Explorer exited at the end of a session. However, if the OS is not shutdown properly these settings did not persist. Based on the bugs we saw from Beta, we decided to change our architecture and write these settings within 30 seconds (providing enough time to batch a group of changes) during the session. This means settings will now be more reliable.


5. Multi-touch zoom

One of the pieces of feedback we heard from the Beta was that customers enjoy the new multi-touch zoom feature, but wish it was supported in Windows Explorer.  In response to this feedback we have added support for the zoom gesture in Windows Explorer.  Using the zoom gesture you can switch between view modes in Explorer such as zooming from Small Icons to Extra Large icons.

Windows Explorer and Libraries

6. Invert Selection

In an effort to make improvements to performance, network bandwidth and memory footprint for various scenarios (e.g. libraries, search and search federation), we rearchitected the implementation of the view code in Windows Explorer. As part of this we did not to port “Invert Selection” since this rarely used feature is pretty complex to implement in the context of virtualized lists.  Despite the small percentage of usage we’ve recorded, those who missed it have been pretty vocal :-)  On one of the blog posts, GGreig summarized what we heard from several of you—“Invert Selection; that's a useful - sometimes absolutely invaluable - little piece of functionality, and I definitely don't want to see it go…Please reinstate Invert Selection.” Given the feedback from enthusiasts, we added back the functionality for RC.

7. Going up?

We’ve heard feedback, especially from those on this blog,  that in Windows 7 moving up in the folder hierarchy often requires multiple clicks since longer folder names in the address bar often bump the parent folder into the overflow dropdown.

For RC, we’ve improved the overflow algorithm so that the parent folder’s button will appear in the address bar at all times and therefore going ‘up’ will always be a single click away in a predictable location.  When there isn’t enough room to display the parent folder’s full name, it will appear truncated instead of going into the overflow.  If space is especially tight, then the current folder’s name may appear truncated too, but in all cases the parent folder’s button will remain as a click target in the address bar. 

In addition to making the address bar an even better tool for navigating ‘up’ in Explorer, this change also makes it easier to tell where your are as you navigate around since you can now see at least part of the parent folder’s name.  It also avoids introducing any more redundant buttons to the Explorer frame and hence taking away any more screen space from being able to see your address. Also, it goes without saying that if you navigate into a folder, you can still use the back button to go back up.  And the keyboard shortcut is also available.

Fig 3.

In Beta, a parent folder would collapse into an overflow dropdown

beta parent folder

Fig 4.

In RC, parent folders always remain within single click access

RC parent folder

8. Finding music by artist

We covered several of the improvements to arrangement views in the last post, but one we did not mention is that the “Artist” view in the Music Library now accounts for album artists and compilation albums.  ShadowChaser summarized some feedback we heard from a number of customers in a comment: “The only concern I still have is with the ‘Artist’ view… it groups by ‘Contributing Artist’, not ‘Album Artist.’”  Grouping only by contributing artist results in too many artists showing up and tracks from the same album getting split up in cases where customers didn’t expect.  In RC, the “Artist” view in the Music Library groups together multiple tracks from an album by the common “Album Artist” property when it is available, groups tracks from compilation albums together into a “Various Artists” group and finally resorts to grouping by “Contributing Artist”.  This reduces clutter when browsing music collection by artist, in addition to improving consistency with artist views in other applications and devices.

9. New folder is always available

We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback during Beta about adding a top level “New folder” button in Explorer, freeing customers from digging into submenus.  A common complaint we received, however, was that the button only appeared when nothing is selected.  For RC, we’ve changed this so the “New folder” button will always appear, regardless of selection.

10. Right-click in Windows Explorer

For RC we’ve changed the behavior when right-clicking items in the view to address concerns customers were reporting with the Beta.  We heard feedback that it was too hard to find space and get to the view’s background context menu for items such as New and Paste.  Previously if one right-clicked over any portion of an item she would get the item’s context menu.  We now show the view’s context menu when one clicks on any large white space, including the space between a files name and its properties.

11. Content view for search results

For RC we’ve adjusted the behavior when right-clicking items in the view to address concerns customers were reporting with the Beta.  We heard feedback that it was too hard to find space

Content view is the new view mode we’ve added to Windows Explorer for Windows 7.  It’s especially useful for search results where it surfaces the most relevant properties for each kind of file (e.g. documents, email, pictures and music) as well as a contextual “snippets” of the file content where the search term match occurred.   There are a few changes here in the RC build.  One thing we heard feedback on is that customers want to know exactly which properties were being shown for each item, so all properties now appear with labels.  The text layout and colors have been updated in response to feedback to make each item even easier to parse and to avoid confusion with the colors used for encrypted or compressed files.  We heard loud and clear that many found snippets very useful and wanted to see more of them, so in the RC we’ve allowed longer snippets and we’re using them in more places.  In response to feedback we heard from customers when resizing their Explorer window or toggling the preview pane, we’ve made the transitions smoother as additional columns of information about each item are revealed when you make the view larger.

12. Intelligent re-indexing after application installation

In RC the Windows Search service now keeps the index up-to-date whenever support for new file types are introduced to the system.  We know that in the past customers have sometimes had difficulties searching for files on their computer after new file handlers are installed. (File handlers govern how content and metadata is made searchable and are typically installed with applications such as Microsoft Office or updates such as the Microsoft Filter Pack).

In Win7 Beta (and previous versions of Windows), customers were required to rebuild their index whenever a new file handler was installed to ensure that any existing files were indexed with the newest functionality.  Few customers knew to do this and it was an unnecessarily time consuming operation.  Windows Search is more efficient in RC by automatically re-indexing the specific files affected by new file handlers. Rest assured that when one installs support for a certain kind of file, she can search for those files without doing any additional work.


13. Trimming sound schemes to help performance

We know our customers care about performance. We discovered that by just trimming the shutdown and logoff WAV files, we could save up to 400 ms. Every little bit counts.

Device Stage

14. Baseline Device Stage experience

Device Stage continues to enjoy positive reviews. For example, we saw this post on on a blog: “I have to be honest this works very well, it worked with my MP3 player in showing how much charge it had and other details as well is able to display the manual and offer me everything I needed to do with it effortlessly, including having the correct icon and image of the product.” However, we occasionally hear “too bad , my N70 aint supported either :-( …hopefully they are gonna support a ton more device by the time windows 7 get released”.

We took feedback like this to the devices makers and they too would like more integration given the interest from our customers. Several manufacturers are implementing custom experiences, but a large number have also opted to support their older devices in what we call the “baseline” Device Stage experience.

This UX works exactly like full Device Stage; the device image appears on the taskbar whenever it is connected and tasks are exposed in the Jump List. On first connect, the shell Window containing all of the built-in tasks appears automatically and is always just one click away from the desktop icon or device image in the Devices and Printers folder. When the device maker implements a custom Device Stage experience for a device, it gets posted on the Web and the baseline experience gets upgraded when the device is later reconnected. The core functionality is the same, but all of the branding, imaging and vendor-specific tasks are now available automatically in the same convenient UI.

Fig 5.

Baseline Device Stage experience for a mobile phone

Baseline device stage experience

15. Devices and Printers enhancement

PC and laptop makers such as Lenovo, were very interested in doing more than just showing the machine’s icon in Devices and Printers. They told us they wanted to leverage Device Stage to help them better customize the experience for our mutual customers. In RC double-clicking on the PC icon now offers a Device Stage UX. Like the other Device Stage devices, Device Stage for PC will be enabled when the PC maker has chosen to participate with their system.

Fig 6.

Device Stage experience for a PC

Device Stage experience for a PC

Devices and Printers

16. Unified experience for removing devices

One of the tasks customers perform in Devices & Printers is removing devices that are no longer in use. We received feedback that the remove action varied across different device classes. For example, removing a printer only removed the print queue and for Bluetooth devices it only removed the pairing of the device to the PC. We have changed this action to always completely uninstall the device across all device classes – which is the action that most customers expect.

17. Hardware properties

We know enthusiasts use the Device Manager’s property page to check the status of a device. We heard feedback that this wasn’t convenient and so we now also surface the property page directly from the Devices and Printers experience. Simply right-click on the device and one has one less reason to visit Device Manager.

18. Improved eject experience

The Safely Remove hardware functionality enables customers to make sure that their device is ready for removal. During the Windows 7 Beta, customers still had the Safely Remove Hardware functionality available on the taskbar as well as an Eject option on the context menus of applicable devices in Devices and Printers. Based on feedback, we have integrated these two separate pieces of functionality in RC and have changed its name from “Safely Remove” to “Eject”. The tool Notification Area icon still appears, but its context menu now has the option to open Devices and Printers.  Also, we have simplified the options by eliminating the drop-down submenu and made the semantics for eject functionality more consistent across the different kinds of media. For example, ejecting an optical drive now ejects the media instead of the drive and ejecting a USB flash drive ejects the entire device instead of an individual volume.

19. USB device reliability on resume

We got feedback from a number of customers that their USB devices (e.g. keyboards, mice and drives) stopped working after a suspend/resume cycle. We worked with a number of customers to get traces and isolated the causes to address them post-beta builds. The work around in Beta was to unplug and replug the device to get it functional again—easy for external devices but not possible for internal devices. This workaround will not be needed on RC builds.

20. FireWire camera support

Some customers informed us they were unable to connected their 1394 HDV camera and stream its contents to their Beta machine. With the help of customers, we were able to identify a fault with our core 1394 stack and we’ve validated the scenario works in RC.  This is another good example of the combination of telemetry and more “manual” follow up on the part of our test team.

Device Installation

21. Add Legacy Hardware functionality restored

The Add Legacy Hardware action was provided in Device Manager on past Windows releases to install non-Plug and Play devices. We removed this functionality for Windows 7 with the belief that this was rarely used. Aaron blogged, “You might have noticed that the old 'Add Legacy Hardware' option seems to be missing. I tend to use this quite a bit whenever I need to add in a Loopback adapter or some piece of hardware that is not quite installing correctly.” As a result, this functionality has been restored to Device Manager for RC to help add non-Plug and Play devices.

22. Increased responsiveness of Add Printer Wizard

There are some situations with legacy network printers in which Plug and Play cannot automatically identify the appropriate driver even when it’s available on Windows Update. For these situations, the Add Printer wizard allows customers to download a list of all the printer drivers available on Windows Update so they can manually select the driver for the specific printer being installed. The process of retrieving the list can take a few minutes and we received beta feedback that many people felt their machine was hung since there was nothing in the UI to let them know that it could take a few minutes.  We have made some UI changes to indicate that process of retrieval can take some time. Additionally, we have also improved the overall performance of retrieving the list from Windows Update.


23. Partition size reduction

In Windows Vista, configuring features such as Windows Recovery Environment and Bit Locker required significant customer interaction.  Also, a significant amount of drive space was reserved. The Windows 7 System partition enables features to be configured to work “out of the box” so very little customer interaction is needed to configure and utilize them.  Based on feedback and telemetry data received through the beta, it became clear that we could cut the drive size in half (from 200M to 100M). 

24. Reserved System Partition naming

The system partition is created automatically by Setup when installing on a machine with no existing partitions.  During the Beta the existence of this partition on default installs confused many people and feedback indicated that a label telling them that this is space reserved for the system would be helpful when browsing disk configurations, and further help prevent it’s accidental deletion by enthusiasts. We will now label is “System Reserved”.

25. Dual Boot partition drive letter assignment

For a dual boot configuration for the Beta, the other Windows OS wouldn’t get a drive letter and therefore wouldn’t show up in explorer.  We heard overwhelmingly from Beta customers that the lack of a drive letter was confusing and even caused some to believe that their secondary OS was lost. Assigning the drive letter makes it visible in explorer and aids in navigation across OS installations.

26. Pagefile reduction

Through extensive use of Beta telemetry data, we have determined we can slim down the Windows disk footprint further by reducing the default page file size to be 100% of the available main memory.  It used to be “Memory + 300MB” so on a 1GB RAM system there was an extra third allocated that is no longer required.  The pagefile on some occasions will increase in size if required, but we just pre-allocate less.


27. Improved driver support

Based on telemetry data received from the beta, we identified networking drivers that were not available inbox.  We worked with ecosystem partners to achieve increased inbox driver coverage across wireless and wired with significant coverage for some of the new ATOM-based laptops.

We hope you enjoyed yet another sneak peek into what’s coming in RC.

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  • 1.

    I loved the way Calc is revamped. But I dont understand why Sqrt, percent buttons are provided in 'Programmer' mode, when they can't be activated? I know the reason that in Programmer mode, fraction part is not considered, and that's why 10/4 = 2 (not 2.5). NO this is not bug. Bug is why sqrt, percent, 1/x are visible when they cant be activated?


    Improved Taskbar is appreciating! Specially the way we can now move/shuffle the running apps on taskbar. But combining the running-apps and shortcuts (the 'pinning'), is not great. It's not user friendly. For insnace I open IE from pinned shortcut, and then I need open one more instance, but cliking shows previously running (1 or more) instances. To open new one, we need to right click and open! Hope the MS engineers understand what I mean by this para.

  • 3.

    Initially I was confused to see different colors of windows (in taskbar), some were blue, some were red, maroon, green, white... I was lost. Thought depends on CPU/diskIO/memory usage, UAC, security, kind of app and what not. Then I realized its nothing but the highest intensity color taken from Application icon. What does it make sense?

    For those who didnt undertand: Open notepad, it would be light-blue (notepad icon), open resource monitor it would be maroon/dark-red, open spider it would be purple!

    It's good! But what does it make sense??

  • 4.

    Very much liked Paint improvement - excellent!

    Liked the improvement in WordPad, but how can I launch 'Font' dialog? No option, but only through toolbar!


    Common dialog boxes improved - Font, File -fantabulous. Print dialog is not much of importance.

    But why Color dialog disregarded for ages (no improvement since '95/'98) ??

    When you can put office-derived 'Ribbons' in few apps, why not Color dialog??

  • The first Microsoft thing that Microsoft have to do with Windows is to offer al least the same functionality like Windows XP.

    I think that Aero Peak, Aero Snap and Aero etc is very usefull and nice things to an operating system but this things are not importan if the operating system not offer at least the same functionality that Windows XP do and this is the first thing that Microsoft have to do after developings new features as Aero Gadgets.

    In my company and our customers dont like Windows Vista and stick with Windows XP because only few and little things that Microsoft can correct it very easily:

    1. Expand "All Programs" in Start Menu. Windows XP can do it. Vista and Seven can't.

    2. The possibility to customize Windows Explorer toolbar. Windows 95 can do it. Vista and Seven can't.

    3. The ability to catalog music in Windows Media Player Library AT LEAST like WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER 10. Windows Media Player 11 and 12 cant because is only album centric and remove the advanced tag editor.

    4. If a antispyware program tells me to delete a file called "spy.dll" stored in C:\Windows\System32, can someone tells me how to search this file in Windows Vista or Seven?

    Or if i'm a developer or a technical and i want to find a file in the system or windows folder is very complex to me to find it. For example i want to search the host file to modify it, or to find the winipcfg application. Windows Search is not valid to a very lot of users.

    5. Removing tabs controls in some Control Panel options and in more places in all Windows, makes all things more complicated and make doings actions more slowly and with more clicks than in Windows XP. For example, in Windows XP, in the "Appearance" option i cant change the background wallpaper, the screensaver and more things only with one click to change between options. In Windows Vista the same thing is going back and double clicking in other option making changing any option very frustrating.

    If some work with Internet Information Server 7 in Windows Server 2008 this same topic of removing tabs is more frustrating making to "Go back" continuously to change between options. Why Microsoft is removing the tab control and making all things more complicate, more complex, more slower, and less practical.

    Microsoft need to think that all Windows users are acomodate to a user interface for more that 10 years since Windows 95. Microsoft cant change this from one day to another. Microsoft must offer at least the same functionality and compatibility like Windows XP does. Microsoft cant remove features and cant remove behaviors because all users are acomodate with this.

    A user does become to first use Windows Vista is frustrating because its imposible to use it in the same manner like Windows XP do. Its impsible to "Go up folder" because the icon not exist, imposible to search because indexing is not complete, imposible to find things in the caotic "Control Panel", imposible to do the same things that do with Windows XP, and this is the REASON of why this user and all of mayority of users return to Windows XP and discard Windows Vista.

    The first reason of the Windows Vista fiasco is not perfomance, compatibility or features. The first REASON is that users are acomodate for more than 10 years with a user interface and changing it at all is frustrating users.

    I have a computers company and the mayority of users come back and asked to downgrade to Windows XP because its imposible to work with Vista. Only a few users have complained about the performance or compatibily of Windows Vista.

    Microsoft needs to offer the same Windows XP functionality, the same Windows Explorer, the same customizations.

    And when all of this is complete, then add new feature like Aero Snaps, Aero Peaks, Aero Tips, Aero Chips, Aero Tricks and so on.

    Today Windows Vista or Seven is not for me. Why? Because I cant expand "All Programs" in "Star Menu", cant customize my Windows Explorer toolbar (the options included are not valid for me) and its imposible to me to find the files i want to find and imposible to me to catalog music with Windows Media Player 11 or 12. I'm stick in Windows XP with Windows Media Player 10 as the vast majority of users.

    When i see Windows Vista or Seven and think that is an operating system for domestic users only or for multimedia users only. Windows Explorer in Vista and Seven is focusly on media files. But what about companies, technicals, developers and so on. When I open a developer folder project in Vista or Seven i see it like media files. This is incongruent for an operating system. And operating system must cover all kind of users. Not the mayority of users. This is the cause of the fiasco of Vista. Companies, technicals and developers dont want and operating system do only for media or domestic users (the mayority of users).

    All technical, developers and so on need the ability of customize the operating system like Windows 95 to Windows XP do. Don't like a closed operating system. If i want it i buy a Mac.

    Microsoft needs to think seriously and slowly two things:

    1. Cant change a behaviour and a user interface that users are acomodate for more than 10 years. Changing it makes rejection of users.

    2. Think not only in the mayority of users. Think of all users, especially technicals, devolopers and more.

    When Microsoft develop the Windows 95 user interface used psychologists and sociologists and studied the behavior of people: builders, housewives, children, engineers, developers, governments and others to develop the user interface and get the best performance and ease of use to them.

    What happened with Windows Vista?

    Microsoft think, please think.

    "If I want a Mac, I buy a Mac, not Windows Vista or Seven."

  • Dear windows 7 team !!!  

    This is my actually hardware configuration , I have 2 PC Desktop ,  that  I use for my job ;

    I use both two PC Desktop because I work with Graphic Professional 2d and 3d Applications , this is list of software that I use in my job:

    ( Adobe Suite__Maxon  Cinema 4d__Luxology  Modo__Newtek Lightwave 9.5__Rhinoceros 3d  4.0 ).

    Primary  PC

    1- Cpu : Intel Core 2 Quad Q 9450

    2-Graphic Card : Ati Radeon Hd 4870

    3-Ram : 8Gb ddr2    in 4 module of 2 GB everyone

    4-Hard-Disk : 2  Hitachi Dekstar  500 GB  in Raid 0  configuration

    Second  PC :

    1-Cpu : Intel Core i7  920

    2-Graphic card: Nvidia  Geforce 285 GTX

    3-Ram:  8gb ddr3  in 4 module of 2 GB everyone

    4-Hard-Disk : 2  Hitachi Dekstar  500 GB  in Raid 0  configuration

    On both two PC , I use Windows 7 64 bit  Beta 7000 and I now report you Bugs and imperfections that you must resolve AND FIX in windows 7  64 bit  Release Candidate  Build :

    Fix  these bugs and imperfections  , present in windows 7 64 bit  beta 7000 in various areas:

    Aero Interface:

    Do You must fix totally  Lag , latency and slow visualization  of preview of opened applications

    ( overall Video preview ) , that they do not visualize and follow in real time , the advances of opened same  applications on the screen !!!

    Fix  bug  of Aero Interface, that it often drive crazy ;  it is a bug much boring , that  ago windows7 operating system an instrument much difficult to manage in daily use ,  when the bug is present.

    ( I remember you that this bug is present also in windows vista operating system and that it is not also fixed in Windows 7  Beta 7000).

    I describe the bug :

    When I simple make only  one click of the mouse on top border of any open window , in order to move it, it become crazy  opening itself  to  max screen !!!

    While  , normally do you knowledge that  it's necessary a double click on top  border of same window , for open it on max screen!!!!

    Same bad bug , it is present  when  I  Iconize window .

    When exactly I click with mouse for iconize window on Taskbar of windows 7 , the same window become crazy , returning opened on the screen automatically , without that I make nothing.

    Same bad bug , of drive crazy of aero interface, is present on icons desktop :

    Often , simple with only one click on the any icon's desktop , wanting simply to move the icon on desktop, the same icon  become crazy ,  open it the relative one  application , on desktop , while you knowledge that  it is necessary a double click of the mouse on same icon , for open the one relative  application.

    ( This bug it present with all type of icon's applications , that it can be for example, Mozilla Firefox , icons of web link of Mozilla Firefox  , icons of Office Word , icons of office Power point , icons of documents created with Word or Power Point or Excel , icons of file created with other 2d or 3d applications that I Use and in the end the same icons of any  applications , etc.....etc....etc......).

    Well , in other words, do you must find the cause of these bugs of Aero Interface Areas and  FIX THE CAUSE  OF ALL THESE BUGS and same bugs   ,  OF DRIVE CRAZY  AERO INTERFACE !!!!!

    IT'S  ALSO PRESENTS IN WINDOWS    7    BETA    7000 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    FIX IT , FOR GOD  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!












  • I totally agree with ScorpioKing1990. I also like to play Descent. It's a great game. Maybe still the best game ever made. :)

    It seems that they are not going to support 16-bit software. Not now, maybe never.

    ScorpioKing1990: Luckily, it is possible to run Descent in 64-bit Vista using a free program called DOSbox. I got it working. Even the sound effects work! I can also play Descent on Internet using DOSbox's own IPX server! :)

    I haven't tested Descent/DOSbox on Windows 7, but maybe it will work.

    Cons: I do not know how to enable full-screen in DOSbox. Maybe it's not possible. :(

  • Excellent changes! Especially the New Folder button and Invert Selection.

    But to echo everybody else here, please:

    1. Add a keyboard shortcut for New Folder (maybe CTRL+N?)

    2. Restore the network activity lights

    3. Give us an option to make Backspace work like in XP and before (not to go backwards but up one directory level)

    4. Make CTRL+Backspace work throughout the OS uniformly (in random text boxes and applets, e.g. Notepad, it does not delete the preceding word but instead inserts square characters)

    5. Create a new common Color dialog that adds support for hex as well as decimal color entry (needed for web design!), an eyedrop color picker (would save us from opening graphics editors to get the same function), and and the ability to use system-wide themes like in the Office 2007 suite (great for consistent corporate design)

  • And one last wish -- though I'm sure it goes beyond the W7 scope:

    6. enhanced text box support for all Windows applications, including spell-checking and a context menu that adds an Insert Symbol flyout menu (with a list of frequently used symbols as well as a link to a bound Character Map)

  • I fully agree with JaviAL.

    Vista and Seven are not for me (and lots of friends I talked to) because the lack of basic functionality.

    Windows explorer is a total MESS. I´m tired of changing my downloads folder to be LIST. All the time I open it, explorer "THINKS" its "BETTER" to show me details. Ok... I CAN THINK, thanks. Im asking, no, Im COMMANDING to MY explorer NEVER change the view mode of my folders. Oh! Sorry, I CAN´T do that. Because I don´t know whats is better for me, no... EXPLORER KNOWS! let EXPLORER decides for me. No, thanks, I still have a brain, and I can use it.

    I want to see my files the way I want it. Not the way explorer wants.

    I want to customize my explorer toolbar.

    I want to be able to choose wich pictures I want to import from my digital camera.

    I want to be able to use a quick launch.

    I want to expand my "All Programs"

    I want to "go up" a folder in explorer.

    I want to choose what to see in "Details Pane".

    But, even if this is all very basic things, I just can´t do any of this. And it happens to a lot of users. We feel stuck with a unfriendly interface, that we CAN´T change to be friendly. It is write in stone, because "Its better for you, belive, you don´t know what is good, WE KNOW." ok. But no, thanks.

  • I want to be able to choose wich pictures I want to import from my digital camera.

    -> Use a different program, there are many free ones e.g. Picasa

    I want to be able to use a quick launch.

    -> You can, the details have been published

    I want to "go up" a folder in explorer.

    -> You can already

    I want to choose what to see in "Details Pane".

    -> Use one of the many Explorer replacements available as freeware or shareware. Takes about 5 seconds to find a list of them on the web.

  • The Windows 7 is awesome but the thumbnail of WMP is wrong. The image appears flipped.

  • Nice, Mike... thanks a lot..

    Lets see...

    Image importer was fine in xp, broken in seven, and I need to just find a replacement? Ok.

    Explorer too, was fine in xp, and lack features in seven.. again, need to find a replacement?


    Lets see... maybe while searching for a lot of "replacements" I find a linux or mac to replace the entire "feature/customization lack system"?

    If I´m talking here about annoyances, is because I want the system to be better when released, not to find replacements.

    I know there are a lot around, I´m currently using ACDsee and Total Commander, but it really is not the point. When Windows 7 goes RTM, I want a system "mature" enought to be able to do such lets see.. "dificult" tasks, like file and picutures manager WITHOUT looking for other softwares.

  • Please can you also consider changing the way Libraries work in Media Center.

    I would like to be able to have Media Center only use certain folders within my Library and changing the folders in Media Center shouldn't change my Library.

    I have a Pictures Library that contains various folders, I have a folder that stores the originals of all my Photos (Original) and another folder that shows the edited versions (Fixed) and yet another folder which smaller copies of the photos I actually want people to view through Media Center (Show) which is certainly not all the photos I have taken.

    In Explorer I want to see the full library:





    In Media Center I only want to display photos from Pictures\Show

    In Windows 7 if I go and change the Pictures folders in Media Center to Pictures\Show it changes the Library to contain only Pictures\Show.

    This is unintuitive and stops me using either using Media Center or the Library.  The folder selection lists should be separate or in Media Center you should be able to select a folder within a Library without changing the LIbrary itself.




  • @julianwood: Another annoying/scary feature of the Library/Media Player interaction is that you cannot divorce Media Player's indexing and rearranging from what is in the Library.

    So if you just use Media Player for playing audio and video files, you CANNOT escape it indexing (and otherwise interfering with) all  image files that are linked to your Pictures Library. This is done redundantly in addition to the system indexer.

    There are also no user controls for what goes on with image files unlike for audio files.

    It's also rather insane that some Video files get their own Library ie TV Shows, whereas you cannot separate out podcasts and other spoken word audio files into a separate Library from Music.

    Half-baked libraries combined with half-baked Media Player management only results in a feature set that is quarter-baked at best.

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