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Ten words or less: "I really wish Microsoft would..."

By Jay Garmon Contributor ·
In ten words or less, complete the following sentence: "I really wish Microsoft would..."

I'll start with "...build a super-lean version of Vista for old PCs."

Just once, I'd like to see a Windows release aimed at the existing install base, rather than designed to force an upgrade to bigger and better hardware. Either that, or they should just buy Intel and quit posturing like the two companies *aren't* colluding to keep the compulsory upgrade cycle going.

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I'd be glad to!

by Absolutely In reply to Go back to Windows 95 and ...

So give me back Win 95, refined and with USB support, and I will be happy.

Alert the presses, I agree with you! Call it "NT 4.0" for all I care, but I don't need anything not available in 95, nor have even the slightest desire for any of Microsoft's subsequent "improvements", with the possible exception of the universal serial bus. That one is pretty cool, but not worth the data security risks that have accompanied the dot-com bupkus. Not close.

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...patch the OS without needing a reboot

by mandrake64 In reply to Ten words or less: "I rea ...

Most of my UNIX systems can sustain patches to filesets without needing a reboot/IPL. Many patches can be applied without having to shut down any applications, even on a production system. The first thing you get told when installing most things on a Windows system is to save your work and exit all applications.
This aint very productive but perhaps not a big issue for single user. Imagine though, the impact of installing company wide patches to Microsoft systems that require everyone to reboot and encouraging them by placing immovable annoying popups on their screen.
Arrgggghhh.

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patching OS

by paulrw In reply to ...patch the OS without n ...

I entirely agree wih you. Building up a group of servers for automated process control & HMI over 2 years has meant manually tracking all the Hotfixes in each machine and only installing during out of operation hours ( normally operate 24/7 ) all because of this reboot issue. When you try and add some hotfixes using script commands to prevent reboot you find that some of your processes and services screw up. This goes for the workstations as well but these are not so critical. This whole system has no allowed access to external networks or internet so everything has be downloaded separately, AV Checked, installed in an offsite machine to prove it first before introduction to network machines. Now Server 2003 & XP has had so many fixes that it is now settling down we can now look forward to starting the cycle all over again with Vista etc. If my dept costed its MS support time for support for buggy software then MS would be paying us to use it.
If I had similar problems with my new motor car, by now I would have sued the motor company sucessfully with a settlement of some sort. With MS we just have to suck it. They have a lot to learn about customer support and public relations.

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I really wish that Microsoft would...

by Daniel.Muzrall In reply to Ten words or less: "I rea ...

1: clean up ALL of its code bases to eliminate the bloat.

2: clean up ALL of its code bases to improve security.

3: stop opening up more holes while attempting to patch others.

4: REALLY make its licensing vehicles easier to understand and use.

5: stop branding new versions of the OS for every conceiveable installation scenario (e.g. the almost dozen proposed Vista editions)

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Stop Using the Registry for Application Settings

by turbinepilot In reply to Ten words or less: "I rea ...

For those of you old enough to remember DOS or wise enough to use an "-IX" operating system you know how easy it is to move an application from one machine to another... just copy the application folder!

With Windows an application is scattered all over the place and the configuration settings are buried somewhere in the registry. This makes recovery or fail-over of a bad server a slower, more complex process than it needs to be.

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INI files INI files

by rob mekel In reply to Stop Using the Registry f ...

I've heard of their returning to ini-files :)
Back to the good old day's of edit-ing scripts

Wasn't that bad, was it. Just 1-place for every program. For all the users on that system even a different set of ini-files. etc ...ect

Rob

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Devil's Advocate

by lyallaust In reply to INI files INI files

What is to stop people pirating the software if it is easy to copy from one computer to another?
A common phrase I have heard is "It doesnt cost the company anything because I wouldnt have it if i had to pay for it". I think these people should be looking at what they do with it, rather than do they have it in the first place. Relating this back to the original post, MYOB had a good system where the program is mobile, but the database (which is a single file on the drive) is not. Moving the database to a different computer required calling and getting the new licence key. No registry settings, and a simple .INI file for startup options.
Could we get something like this from Microsoft's non-OS products?

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:-)

by onbliss In reply to Ten words or less: "I rea ...

...be considered as just another business entity, looking for profits.

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Yeah!

by dagenester In reply to :-)

10-4. Leave them the heck alone. They're doing what most other companies DREAMED of doing.

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If they where not 90% of the general use computer market

by Neon Samurai In reply to Yeah!

Then absalutely. Being the monopoly player in the market means they have a responsability to the market though. Also, with the billions of dollars profit each year, is a little more budget for quality assurance really going to hurt that profit margin so much?

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