Holy cow, I wrote a book!
Actual feedback submitted to
the microsoft.com web site many years ago.
Date: 1996-07-29 17:27:41.997
Area: Windows 95
PLEASE read this entire email as it is quite serious.
I just discovered today that in the Windows 95 operating system,
there are no switches, command line options,
or any way whatsoever to have the XCOPY command include
hidden/system files in it's operations.
It is clear that at some point in the development of the Windows 95 product,
that somebody made a conscious decision to implement the xcopy command in this manner.
It is also clear from looking at the Windows NT XCOPY command
that it can be implemented in the manner I describe.
Therefore, let me give fair warning. This may not be easy,
and I will expect no help from Microsoft in finding out who
this person (or persons) was that made this decision,
but....eventually I will find out who made this decision,
and I will kill them.
This is not an idle threat - I will pursue this matter
until it is resolved...whoever is responsible for this incredibly
ridiculous implementation of what would be an otherwise useful
tool will die at my hands, hopefully in a bloody, painful fashion.
You will not get away. -J*hn ******
J*hn, if you're still out there... the switch for copying
hidden files on Windows 95 is /H. Same as Windows NT.
Please don't kill me.