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Things I Hate about Windows

By Steven Warren ·
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I hate

by NOW LEFT TR In reply to Things I Hate about Windo ...

the countless numbers of smarms who go on about how bad it is & how they hate it sooooo much.

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It would be ever so helpful

by Tig2 In reply to Things I Hate about Windo ...

If Windows didn't assume that it knows what I am tryng to do. 90% of the time, it is wrong.

I understand that not everyone running a computer has my knowledge but it would be nice to see an operating environment that didn't feel a need to be in command of the user (me).

My other source of irritation isn't Windows fault. I hate that when I reload the OS (OEM), I have to re-lobotomise Windows and then wipe the annoyance-ware that came pre-loaded. At least I have finally created a disk of the stuff that I DO want on the computer so reloading isn't the chore it used to be.

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Applications that install themselves...

by RknRlKid In reply to Things I Hate about Windo ...

without my permission. No application -- no matter how small, if its a "helper" or whatever -- should be on my computer unless I want it there. Comet cursors, java applets, whatever, should never just attach themselves to my computer. There have been too many times that I have scanned temporary internet file folders to find that there is an executable program that is in there.

In similar vein, I really hate that programs insist that they run each time you start your computer. Media players and chat clients are particularly bad, although even Office does this. You never know they are there except for the icon in the tray and you start to notice sluggish performance.

No applications should run on a computer unless the user wants it to. It should be my choice, not the programmers!

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Here's Some Help for This Problem

by rwbyshe In reply to Applications that install ...

Here's a tool that will help you see exactly what is running on your PC. I found this tip here on TR back in March of this year. It was part of a thread titled: Windows XP Program Startup Locations.

Go to and download and run the "Autoruns" utility.

This little freeware program will show you everything that is running and provides an easy mechanism to shut down the ones you select.

Hurry though, the site owners have joined Microsoft and have sold their website to MS also.

Hope this helps.

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by RknRlKid In reply to Here's Some Help for This ...

I went there, and ended up downloading more than just that. I can see why MS would want their products.

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Windows Annoyances

by curiousgeorge1940 In reply to Things I Hate about Windo ...

1) Getting a new computer with WinXP installed and NO repair disk ! ( Only a complete restore setup included )

2) 12,386 updates in one year to repair holes that any hacker could find in one day !!!

3 ) Nightmare to "upgrade" knowing that half your hardware and software are going INCOMPATIBLE !!!!
- I had to dump my modem, printer, scanner and at least 6 programs when updating from Win2000 to XP ...
P.S.- My Apple Mac will run programs from my first 1980 Apple II --- that's a real upgrade.

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Lot's and lot's of issues

by pgm554 In reply to Things I Hate about Windo ...

1. DRM. Unless you have a corporate edition, it will trigger a reregister nag. Everybody says one or two changes doesn't do this.
Yeah, right!

Try troubleshooting a network issue and swap out a NIC card or piece of memory and you're on hold to the magic land of M$ for a please, I need to fix it number.

2. WGA, look I bought it and every time I turn around, it checks my serial number again (and again and again).
Kinda like going to get gas and the attendant asks you for insurance, drivers license, and registration every time you fill up.

3. Having to reinstall @ least once a year because of the garbage build up factor from left over programs.

4. Moving to slightly different HW causes a BSOD or booting loops. Then you have to reinstall from scratch over the old OS.
If this were Linux, NetWare or UNIX, you either rebuild the kernel or just install the new driver and your done (5 minutes, maybe?)

6. System bloat.Nobody can write compact and efficient code anymore. Vista and Office 2007 will be 12 GB on a basic install!
SLED 10 and Open Office, about 4GB

7. Licensing models for M$, there will be 6 (count em') 6 flavors of Windows, each crippled in some mysterious way to get you to buy a more expensive version.

8. Buy a Dell, Compaq or Sony. Need to replace a MOBO with something different, so sorry, only works on original machine.

9. Need to restore a system or do a repair/reinstall and the major OEMs (thanks to M$ piracy concerns)don't want you to have a REAL OS disk, just some jury rigged all or nothing restore CD.

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I definitely agree with #s 8 and 9

by RknRlKid In reply to Lot's and lot's of issues

I have a Compaq Presario that I bought because at the time I needed a new system and it seemed like a good buy. It ended up not being such a good buy, because the motherboard died after two years. The short version of the story is that I tried to reinstall XP using a new generic OEM version rather than the Compaq restore disks, and the OEM XP would not accept the Product ID that came with my system. But I couldnt use the original restore disks with a different motherboard either! This is incredibly frustrating.

(And for those who are curious, the generic OEM disk came from my wife's computer. And no, I wasn't about to use her Product ID. I do like to keep everything legal at home )

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i hate that too

by sir_cheats_alot In reply to I definitely agree with # ...

Microsoft's definition of a new PC is a new motherboard. therefore if you have to replace your motherboard for any reason you must also buy a new key from Microsoft....what ever happen to acceptable use laws(in reference to music piracy)?? i think as long as you have a legitament key you should be able to install on as many PC's as you like so long as they belong to you.
That's the beauty of Linux it's not only free, but can be installed on as many PC's without fear of legal repercussions as well.

as for WGA and DRM...found WGA and crippled it(nice huh?) DRM? i don't use Windows Media Player(in fact it's not installed), so there goes the DRM annoyance.
The rest of the stuff on the list can be annoying though...I personally preffer an actual copy of the OS over OEM...too much crap on the OEM disk put on by the manufacturer.

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Point and click

by Jack-M In reply to Things I Hate about Windo ...

One thing about Windows that's been a gripe of mine for years is the way employers hire "keyboard operators" and train them on nothing but how to point and click only the keys, icons, and other GUI's necessary to their particular job function. It leaves the user unfamiliar with everything else on their keyboard and what trouble they can get into/cause when they inadvertently or while experimenting try something different. Usually they forget or are not sure what they did to cause the problems I'm expected to fix without a clue from the user and often the sysadmin as to where to start. Generally I have to close everything, then open and test everything to find a simple problem.
If employers don't want their employees to access any functions besides what's necessary for the user to know why do they allow those options to appear on the desktop.

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