The Windows Annoyances Thread

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by drhu22, Dec 10, 2014.

  1. drhu22

    drhu22 Registered Member

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    Here are two of mine...

    Why can't Windows Update at least show the general description of updates without making you click more information??:mad: I was considering starting an email campaign about this one. Anyone interested?

    I have never since W98... maybe XP, been able to have Windows keep last windows position/size correctly. :'(

    I know there are hundreds out there, maybe some people on Wilders have solutions to some of them.
     
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  2. Rasheed187

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    I would like to get rid of the Metro interface inside the desktop from Win 8, see screenshot. I also hate it that some Windows can not be resized and don't remember screen position and size. Same goes for dialog boxes. As a workaround you can use tools like AutoSizer, ResizeEnable and FileBox eXtender. The last one does not seem to work on Windows 8 though.
     

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  3. drhu22

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    I'm on W8 with Classic Shell which works, and has options to disable metro. Also, 8.1 has this...
    http://s29.postimg.org/wvgnf7ivr/tweak.jpg
     
  4. badsector

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    don't forget half baked windows update... this should be the biggest annoyance cuz as long as you use windows, you will encounter this problem...
     
  5. xxJackxx

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    Does it even do that? When I click more information it either launches a browser that opens a "This page no longer exists" or it takes me somewhere that gives no specific information. They used to post these articles as the updates were released. They don't seem to be doing that anymore. I want to know what they are intended to fix and what files are affected. They used to provide this info.
     
  6. Rasheed187

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    Yes I know, but that won't get rid of the "Metro style" interface as seen in the pic.
     
  7. drhu22

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    It really makes me wonder what they are thinking. At least show a general description in windows wuttf kb9296037 means without making me open my browser. I've never got a "This page no longer exists" though.
     
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  8. drhu22

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    Sorry, my mistake... I'll keep an eye out (figuratively).
     
  9. allizomeniz

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    Windows has so many annoyances I wouldn't even know where to start. :argh:

    The only reason I still use it is because I've learned workarounds for most of them and I don't want to start all over with something new.
     
  10. roger_m

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    In my case, right now no annoyances come to mind.
     
  11. NGRhodes

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    Here are some server related annoyances we come up against on a daily basis:

    The only way to kill a hung service is to reboot - taskkill and pskill can't truly do it.
    Updates that only install during a reboot.
    Rebooting in a server environment is a pain, its slow, you have to prevent backup systems taking over, a number of our servers are remote, which means having to have someone available increase a box does not reboot (which can happen occasionally for various reasons).

    Terrible performance from NTFS. Disk checking takes ages on 10TB plus disk sizes. Using millions of files in a directory, even though the total file size in not huge (and we have VSS disabled).
    Because a lot of the UI is shared with the desktop edition is shared, some server oriented configuration such as network bonding, bridging and routing is messy to do.
     
  12. ArchiveX

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    Disk Cleanup Tool

    It takes so much time to clean up
    Windows Updates after they were installed.
     
  13. Osaban

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    Well all I can say is that I would love task manager to be more powerful than it actually is, sometimes it doesn't even open up at all when required, although in Win 8 it has improved a lot compared to Vista and XP.
     
  14. Yuki2718

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    I agree with you about this.:thumb:
     
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    Another annoyance: the interface of the Task Scheduler and Windows Firewall in Windows 8. Luckily I don't have to use them (there are other options), but which idiot designed that?
     
  16. Rasheed187

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    Another one: system tray icons disappear after explorer.exe crashes, the only fix is to kill apps and restart them. This bug has not been fixed since Windows 95, ridiculous.
     
  17. Mayahana

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    Agreed. Windows Update is my single greatest annoyance.

    It's also the second largest source of technical support tickets we get in. Broken updates, incorrect updates, updates calling system issues, etc.

    I wish they'd adopt a Linux Mint style repository... I am not sure why they fail so miserably at fixing WUS.
     
  18. Mortal Raptor

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    too many to list, and Microsoft doesn't care, so threads like these are really...umm...
     
  19. Rmus

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    Hi,

    You can get a lot of information from isc.sans.edu -- their "Microsoft Patch Tuesday" Diary:

    https://isc.sans.edu/diary/Microsoft Patch Tuesday - December 2014/19043

    You can see what is going on before you install the update. There are links to:
    • the original security bulletin, eg, MS14-075
    • the CVE_ entry, eg, CVE-2014-6319
    • the KB article, eg, KB 3009712
    regards,

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  20. xxJackxx

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    Thanks, looks interesting.
     
  21. safeguy

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    1. Updates are quite bandwidth consuming and yet there is no built-in method to do offline updates.
    2. Windows not maximixing by default. Even when you set a shortcut to maximize, it doesn't at times.
    3. When it hangs...
    4. Modern Apps Store. It's a mess.
    5. Desktop programs still don't have an official repository.
    6. No Aero transparency for Win8.x.
    7. The default light blue borders and wallpaper.
     
  22. TairikuOkami

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    Windows Update are made for general public, MS actually wants to hide it even more, just like any info in Windows Defrag.
    If you want regular updates about them, sign up for technet emails: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/dd252948
    LoL, I have quite the opposite problem, that Windows remembers it always, I would prefer it to reset it sometimes. :cautious:
    Have you tried to run SFC scan or component cleanup? Cleaning caches like window size cache with CCleaner might help.
    You can separate explorer process from desktop for ages, not sure though, why it is not ON by default.
    http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-star...ocess-in-windows-8-1-windows-8-and-windows-7/

    The more often you run it, the less time it takes, just like any cleaning. Junk tends to pile up. I run dism.bat after every update, it takes 5-15 min.
    Code:
    Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase
    pause
    Using CCleaner + WiseCare helped me to avoid many annoyances I used to have. Cleaning, cache, logs, bad file references, MUI and so on helps obviously. :cool:
     
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  23. TS4H

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    Speaking of junk, here is a .bat script that will allow you to clear all events and log files in Windows Event Viewer in Microsoft Management Console.

    Code:
    @echo off
    FOR /F "tokens=1,2*" %%V IN ('bcdedit') DO SET adminTest=%%V
    IF (%adminTest%)==(Access) goto noAdmin
    for /F "tokens=*" %%G in ('wevtutil.exe el') DO (call :do_clear "%%G")
    echo.
    echo Event Logs have been cleared! ^<press any key^>
    goto theEnd
    :do_clear
    echo clearing %1
    wevtutil.exe cl %1
    goto :eof
    :noAdmin
    echo You must run this script as an Administrator!
    echo ^<press any key^>
    :theEnd
    pause>NUL
    Be sure to run as admin.

    Regards.
     
  24. FOXP2

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    Hmmmmmm. Only two of the eight KBs on that page in your post are in my Windows Update Control Panel. "A lot of information" for some maybe.
     
  25. Rasheed187

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    2 This has become worse on Win 8.
    3 I have not seen any crashes or hangs so far on Win 8, it's very stable.
    5 What do you mean with this?

    Yes but will this solve the problem? Let's say that one of the explorer.exe crashes, the tray-icons won't disappear?
     
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