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Now that we've had some time to use Windows 8: Wish list?

  1. #11


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    I just thought of this one, minimize windows in Desktop as one would in a metro app. I find that grabbing the top of an app and dragging it down is nice and fast and quite fun. When I go to the Desktop and have multiple windows open, I sometimes do that. It doesn't do that. It should do that.

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8.1


    That would be nice. Would work into Aero Snap
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  3. #13


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    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux


    Quote Originally Posted by IceFire View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by IceFire View Post
    ...so mostly all that would be left in Windows 8 is registry for internal use only?
    Apologies, I don't understand the question?
    Windows 8 on Arm will restrict access to the registry, so it is only used by the OS itself. Theoretically, Microsoft can push out updates that optimize the registry without worrying about incompatibility issues.
    I don't really see the significance of WOA, as related to the the future of the registry. I'm pretty sure WOA will be a niche product, which is unlikely used by corporate customers, simply because of its lack of manageability.
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  4. #14


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    Ugh!


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I just thought of this one, minimize windows in Desktop as one would in a metro app. I find that grabbing the top of an app and dragging it down is nice and fast and quite fun. When I go to the Desktop and have multiple windows open, I sometimes do that. It doesn't do that. It should do that.
    That would just encourage MS to eliminate the half a dozen or so methods, that you can already use to minimise Windows.
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  5. #15


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    I'd like to see bloat reduced so that full installation would still fit on a 700MB CD, and run live from it - WinCDtoGO - or on a USB stick - WinISOtoGO.

    Most of the bloat is from WINSXS, and the high levels of redundancy in the MUI parts of the system, as well as the registry. WinPE and WinRE are crazy reduplications as well - they should all just be subsets of the kernel, for which there might just be a case for a fail-safe backup, of essential safe-mode components.

    With selected parts of your system pulled directly down from the cloud, on demand, no huge driver banks on your system, full of legacy drivers for kit you don't have and will never use, and a single swapfile, also written and mirrored offsite.

    No charges for upgrades, available on demand, and no Preloading by the OEMs beyond a basic system startup disk to allow choice.

    The charging model becomes based on the cloud with micropayments for storage and user time or flexible 12 month deal packages, Pay As You Go etc - pretty much the same model used for mobile phones.

    Since you never really own any Microsoft software - you just license it - it seems fair that you have the choice to pay for what you use, and not for all the stuff you don't.
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    I'd like to see bloat reduced so that full installation would still fit on a 700MB CD, and run live from it - WinCDtoGO - or on a USB stick - WinISOtoGO.

    Most of the bloat is from WINSXS, and the high levels of redundancy in the MUI parts of the system, as well as the registry. WinPE and WinRE are crazy reduplications as well - they should all just be subsets of the kernel, for which there might just be a case for a fail-safe backup, of essential safe-mode components.

    With selected parts of your system pulled directly down from the cloud, on demand, no huge driver banks on your system, full of legacy drivers for kit you don't have and will never use, and a single swapfile, also written and mirrored offsite.

    No charges for upgrades, available on demand, and no Preloading by the OEMs beyond a basic system startup disk to allow choice.

    The charging model becomes based on the cloud with micropayments for storage and user time or flexible 12 month deal packages, Pay As You Go etc - pretty much the same model used for mobile phones.

    Since you never really own any Microsoft software - you just license it - it seems fair that you have the choice to pay for what you use, and not for all the stuff you don't.
    Personally, I'd rather not be reliant on the 'cloud' for anything. That aside, asking everyone to pull elements of the OS over the Internet, is not going to be very helpful for those with bandwidth caps or low bandwidth connections
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  7. #17


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    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post

    Personally, I'd rather not be reliant on the 'cloud' for anything. That aside, asking everyone to pull elements of the OS over the Internet, is not going to be very helpful for those with bandwidth caps or low bandwidth connections
    Like everything else, you pay what you can afford for what you want, and if you aspire for something, you make allowances.

    You are dependent on the cloud already - for internet, updates, antivirus, support - Windows 8+ will ensure that dependence increases. Fact of life, I am afraid.
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  8. #18


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    I'm not sure about that


    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    I'd like to see bloat reduced so that full installation would still fit on a 700MB CD, and run live from it - WinCDtoGO - or on a USB stick - WinISOtoGO.
    Why bother?
    A blank CD costs basically the same as a Blank DVD.

    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    With selected parts of your system pulled directly down from the cloud, on demand, no huge driver banks on your system, full of legacy drivers for kit you don't have and will never use, ...
    Include only the basic drivers on the install DVD.
    Create another DVD of drivers and make it available for download from MS (for those who want them).

    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    ... and a single swapfile, also written and mirrored offsite.
    Why send that to the "Cloud"?

    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    The charging model becomes based on the cloud with micropayments for storage and user time or flexible 12 month deal packages, Pay As You Go etc - pretty much the same model used for mobile phones.

    Since you never really own any Microsoft software - you just license it - it seems fair that you have the choice to pay for what you use, and not for all the stuff you don't.
    That would end up costing the consumer a lot more, than the current model (just like renting Office).

    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    You are dependent on the cloud already - for internet, updates, antivirus, support - Windows 8+ will ensure that dependence increases. Fact of life, I am afraid.
    Currently, you don't need to be connected to the "Cloud" to use your PC (well I don't).
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  9. #19


    I'd like a facility on a multiscreen environment to have "Metro" apps cycle and update with variable timings - bit like a giant tickertape - and if you could fit 4 to a 24in screen... nice. Then desktop apps on the other monitor(s).

    Don't now tell me I can do this already!!

    Robin
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  10. #20


    Portsmouth Hants
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    @ lehnerus2000


    Hey! It's my wish list - get your own!!
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