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A thread inspired by BigOto's post in another thread. Let's create a master list of gripes, nitpicks, and other observations about Windows! Any version is fair game.

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As I said, that one time when I closed one window in Word and all ~8 windows I had open closed *without* saving. Not funny at the time, but you all know how sadistic I am in the future.

 

Another recent one is when an illegal program (a not-so-stable Wii emulator) on my computer crashed arbitrarily like it does quite a lot. Apparently just this once, Windows decided to automatically apply unnecessary compatibility options, and I'm still not sure what the heck it did but I couldn't figure out for my life how to reverse it.

 

And also, the green ribbon of death "searching for a solution" when something stops working is totally unnecessary except in Microsoft products... like Microsoft will ever try to fix someone else's problems, especially if that program isn't legal.

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Windows Update is possibly the most annoying thing ever when you have a laptop. You try to shut it down and then it starts updating, and you can't pack it up and leave the coffeeshop...

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Also, incessant restart requests from 5 programs that want to update. Adobe is the worst as it checks right after startup, often making one restart AGAIN (which I always refuse of course, as it isn't as important as Windows security updates).

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Every time there's a new version of Windows or Office, I CAN'T FIND ANYTHING!! I had to google how to add Notepad to my SendTo in windows 7 today. (Stupid).

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Ah, same here. The switch between Office 2003 and 2007 made me want to cry, but I got used to it and now I prefer 2007 and 2010. Hope they don't rearrange everything in the next version.

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Biggest problem with windows is MS.

They love to change things that work into things that don't.

I want to keep my programs and data together. I want to decide how to arrange file structures (tree design) on my disk. I don't want MS having to verify my legal copy of whatever version of windows I use. I hate the office ribbon. I revert to classic windows layout whenever permitted. My favorite version was 98SE. Anything since and including Vista sucks big time as far as I am concerned. XP was acceptable only because you could set it up just like 98SE.

Ian

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I hear in Windows 8 they may do away with the desktop and file structure altogether, leaving us with an iPhone style design with only Microsoft-verified applications.

 

OK, that's a big exaggeration, as far as I am concerned. But it's what I first thought when seeing the trailer!

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I despise ClipIt. I'm not a violent person, but sometimes I want to punch him. Thankfully, he seems to have disappeared from recent versions of Word. Of course, there's always a trade-off, and like Dave said, the way MS loves to mix up the menus in the MS Office suite makes me think that:

 

a ) Microsoft secretly hates people

b ) Microsoft is carrying out a massive sociological experiment with us as the guinea pigs

c ) Both of the above.

 

 

I miss File Manager from Windows 3.1 I never cottoned to the 95/98/etc versions of Windows, but XP and 7 are fine by me.

 

 

 

 

(BTW, this isn't a Windows gripe, but I resent that I had to put spaces between the letters and the parentheses in my list, lest the second line turn into an emoticon. Oh, the hardships of modern life.)

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B) is an emoticon?

 

Windows seems to have an every-one-version-is-good problem. Windows 3, 95, 2000 and were yucky, whereas 3.1, 98, XP and 7 are pretty good.

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I'd agree, save for 98, which looked and felt like a transitional OS, imo. It was MS fumbling around for something that they didn't achieve until XP.

 

 

And yes, B) is apparently an emoticon.

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I don't use Windows, but I found

about the new design of Windows 8 and its (lack of) discoverability pretty interesting.

 

GUI design is tough and I think that many people would accept a crummy interface that is easy and familiar over a good one that isn't.

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Is it just me or does anyone else notice that Microsoft releases a buggy operating system and then a stable one afterwards. (Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7)

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Another recent one is when an illegal program (a not-so-stable Wii emulator) on my computer crashed arbitrarily like it does quite a lot. Apparently just this once, Windows decided to automatically apply unnecessary compatibility options, and I'm still not sure what the heck it did but I couldn't figure out for my life how to reverse it.

 

Right click the program and go into properties. There's a tab named "Compatibility" that will let you change it back.

You're talking about Dolphin, right? I didn't think dolphin is illegal but the ROMs/ISOs are.

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You're talking about Dolphin, right? I didn't think dolphin is illegal but the ROMs/ISOs are.

 

Dolphin is not illegal, but even if you own the game, I think it's still technically illegal to play Gamecube/Wii ISOs. Let's try to stay away from that.

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Right click the program and go into properties. There's a tab named "Compatibility" that will let you change it back.

You're talking about Dolphin, right? I didn't think dolphin is illegal but the ROMs/ISOs are.

 

Yes, I mean Dolphin with a pirated Mario Kart Wii ISO. Yes, illegal, I do not care for the least bit and I haven't got police knocking on my door anyway. I own the game anyway so Nintendo doesn't lose money.

 

I tried to change it back under the compatibility tab, but there was nothing out of the ordinary there.

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Looks like I've been beaten to posting about Clippy. :P

 

And I despise Windows Update too - it came up during my LP recording session tonight. You'll be able to see it through the opaque window title bar at the top of the video screen when I post it. ;)

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Haha, good answer! Hope it's the continuation of Riven.

 

That's another annoying thing about Windows, that it won't play Riven or CC anymore since it's so new. I can name quite a few games that fall into this category nowadays.

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Actually, I have Windows 7 and have been able to play both on it - granted, it is the 32-bit version.

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