Review: 10 Annoying things about Windows 7

Windows7 logoNot everything in Windows 7 is plain sailing. Sometimes just finding what you want is a task in itself, other times, Windows just won’t get out of the way and let you get on…

Naming of Parts
Microsoft is getting more tenuous with its naming. Defender was it’s last good name. Now User Account Control has nothing to do with that operation. Then there’s Action Center. It means nothing. Device Manager was good, why now Devices and Printers? Were printers feeling neglected?

Windows Update
Tell it to go ahead without further intervention and firstly it hogs your bandwidth by downloading everything at it’s convenience; then you find it trying to reboot the machine whilst you are in the middle of something important. Else it denies access to everything whilst it installs the updates.

Search
Federated search exists but isn’t covered in Help. There’s nothing to guide you to include other sources in Federated Search – Flickr, YouTube, MSN. You have to guess or remain ignorant. Which most users do.

Backup
There is no Network backup in Starter and Home. Yet we’re given Homegroups in Networking with a massive fanfare.

IE8
The initial view of IE8 on first run is the biggest car crash of a user experience I can recall. If you’ve come from IE6 or IE7, you won’t have a clue where everything’s gone. IE8 needs a ‘take the tour’ first run option in text or video the way XP did.

Document-Centric (as long as it’s Microsoft)
No PDF viewer: just because MS wanted to push the XPS format (which hasn’t exactly set the world on fire). There is no reason not to include SOME KIND of PDF viewer given that half the world’s electronic documents are still in PDF format. This is the worst of MS’s ‘not invented here’ mentality.

Consistency

  • Utilities put menus on the left, IE and Help put them on the right
  • HomeGroup, homegroup, Homegroup. Can we at least spell it the same throughout?
  • The Ribbon interface is only on Paint and Wordpad but nothing else. Not that we wanted it anywhere.

Help
This is the most inconsistent it’s ever been – some Help sections are deep into command line details, others are highest-level overviews for novices with nothing below.

Multiple Editions
I know I’ve ranted against this before, but I still resent the attempt to squeeze money out of customers based on arbitrary hacks of Windows functions. Microsoft doesn’t build up versions to the most expensive, it chops down to the cheapest. Some of us remember the Vista Ultimate Edition (for which none of the promised extras ever appeared) which many Trading Standards Offices would consider a scam.

That’s a random pick off the top of the stack. Lets hope Windows 8 fixes all these outstanding issues. AJS

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