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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge, 11/16/00

By ebott ·
Microsoft has begun serious testing of its next Windows version, code-named Whistler, which is due for release sometime in 2001. Microsoft's product managers have told me they're still designing the product and they're actively seeking feedback. So I'm asking for your helpo in putting together a Whistler wishlist. This week, I'm focusing on tools and system utilities for power users and network administrators. What sort of utilities do you want to see included with the next version of Windows? Antivirus software? Firewall programs? If you've got a favorite third-party utility that deserves to be integrated into the OS, here's your chance to make your case. Be specific, and be sure to include solid reasons for your choices.

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by knsas1 In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

As a system administrator I would like the whistler to have some features s.a. a option to run in Charcter User Interface Mode or GUI Mode,which reduces the burden on specifically servers. I would also like to have most of the features s.a. Adding printer,User Administration,RAS and most of the features to be available from the CUI mode.

This type of feature makes the server more robust and stable as it takes less resources.

with best regards,
Sastry

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by Ebstar In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I would like to see more diagnostic tools included in Whistler. NTDiag may be OK for checking out your Windows environment, but how many times have you spent hours running software diags only to find that when you replace the memory/cpu etc all your problems disappear? A tool capable of testing hardware to its limit and actually predicting whether or not the hardware will cause GP faults or page faults would be a major bonus to support engineers. We spent too much time troubleshooting 'random software errors' which just turn out to be a faulty stick of memory. So come on MS, give us the tools we need. ) And whilst we're on 'random software errors', perhaps the guys at MS could do a little more with error messages... I'd like to see something a little more useful than "Sorry it crashed" for once. When I get an invalid page fault, I'd like to know why and where. Was it a page fault reading or writing to the memory? Was it reading or writing to the pagefile? Was it the fault of the software or the hardware? You know the sort of thing I mean.

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by Ebstar In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I would like to see more diagnostic tools included in Whistler. NTDiag may be OK for checking out your Windows environment, but how many times have you spent hours running software diags only to find that when you replace the memory/cpu etc all your problems disappear? A tool capable of testing hardware to its limit and actually predicting whether or not the hardware will cause GP faults or page faults would be a major bonus to support engineers. We spent too much time troubleshooting 'random software errors' which just turn out to be a faulty stick of memory. So come on MS, give us the tools we need. ) And whilst we're on 'random software errors', perhaps the guys at MS could do a little more with error messages... I'd like to see something a little more useful than "Sorry it crashed" for once. When I get an invalid page fault, I'd like to know why and where. Was it a page fault reading or writing to the memory? Was it reading or writing to the pagefile? Was it the fault of the software or the hardware? You know the sort of thing I mean.

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by Andres- In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I ( like poweruser and enterprise administrator ) allmost hate this wizard stuff around Windows 2000. In Win Nt 4 configuration was simple - 1 to 4 tabs, check mark here, here and OK.
Now ( on W2K) i get 5-8 pages wizard stuff.
It pissed me off.
My point is - can MS place somewhere selection for user skills? Default is on for dumb-home users ( sorry), and if I know where it lies, i can turn it to medium skilled everyday user or to advanced poweruser.

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by ehartshorn In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Two items I would especially like to see for us power users: a way to defrag from the command line and a way to work on (edit/fix) the registry from the command line. I don't know how many times I have had to **** out the hard drive and do a cleanreinstall of Windoze because I had a corrupt registry and couldn't get at the (known!) setting to fix it because the user had rebooted it too many times trying to fix it and had used all the good registry backups. Also the defrag within the GUI takes far too long. It would be much faster if I didn't have the entire OS in memory.

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