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But Why? (questions for the Series)

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    androidi

    I thought the But Why? series here could use some questions as there's been just 6 episodes so far.

    Lets start with some easy ones.

    But Why -

    1) - glaring bugs/issues that make for poor UX aren't fixed in service packs?

    For example:

    2) - the randomly switching explorer views/columns is still not fixed in Vista but was fixed in 7? (I believe this does allow for a refund (atleast in one non-fictional country) within unlimited time as there's an obvious defect that's not being addressed within reasonable time of letting the seller know - and this copy of Vista was purchased direct from MS.)

    3) - can't I permanently set My Pictures folder to whatever view style and sort I deem best in 7, the customize tab in properties does not have any effect on this folder?

    4) - do directory modified date timestamps change when moving a folder from one volume to another but not when moving inside the same volume?

    5) - when doing a search from explorer in 7 that shows a folder in the results, will clicking the folder land you in "search-ms:displayname=Search%20Results%20in%20dl&crumb=location:" "folder" which is really annoying since now you can't use the address bar to navigate "up" from that location nor you can use the address elsewhere. "Open folder location" is not the same since it doesn't go directly to the folder, making for several extra clicks?

    6) - was SuperFetch behaviour changed to not fully utilize available physical memory in 7? I know it's great now for those computers with little memory but in several real world tests 7 is now slower due to this. (I'm currently writing a startup tool that background caches stuff that SuperFetch doesn't in 7)

    7) - with animations disabled does explorer take longer to fully show in Vista & 7 than older Windows?

    8) - doesn't the idle detection notice user input activity such as USB MIDI keyboard or video capture? Can result in very CPU heavy tasks starting up eg. during video capture or playing a MIDI instrument. Defrag, indexing & WEI score re-assesment after driver update come to mind that ruin things when low latency performance is expected by app that doesn't use much CPU and things are seemingly idle.

    9) - icon locations on desktop in "larger/native resolution" still get often forgotten in 7 when screen resolution is switched to a lower resolution because of variety of reasons?

    10) - why do sleeping/spun-down external/internal NTFS drives spin up when:

    a) When shutting down the computer

    &
    b) When most MSI installers are started. Spins up hdd/volumes that do not even have a drive letter assigned.

     

    That's top 10 straight from the top of the head questions / issues, some of which are encountered dozens of times daily and those that happen rarely (8) usually ruin things / cause data loss.

     

    bonus question from comments:

    11) - are Network shares in 7 presented as being mapped to drive letters (reconnect at logon) when they infact do not connect until I click on them in Explorer. This leads to software incl. cmd prompt trying to use the shares with the mapped drive letters failing to do so?

    EDIT: I realized that in my case this happens because Windows tries to map the shares before the LAN IP is assigned, as that happens in a scheduled task because the TCP/IP configuration dialog doesn't allow having a DHCP based internet IP and a static LAN IP. That was possible in XP, so I just use the call the API to add IP to do this and that still works.

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    spivonious

    @androidi: #6 is one I'm wondering about to. It would be nice to enable the Vista Superfetch. Those of us with lots of RAM don't like seeing free memory Smiley

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    BitFlipper

    My biggest gripe with Win 7 so far:

    Why does Windows 7 keep forgetting my mapped drives after rebooting? It is a PITA to have to manually map every drive again after a reboot. And yes, I tried all the supposed "fixes" for this problem - mapped drives still doesn't reconnect at bootup, no matter how many times I check the "Reconnect at logon" checkbox.

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    AndyC

    I'm pretty sure Raymond Chen has blogged #4 before. Essentially they're two very different operations under-the-hood, moving a directory within a volume doesn't actually change anything on the directory (rather it is changing the contents of the parent directories), wheras moving it to another volume involves a Create/Copy/Delete process which naturally updates modified times.

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    androidi

    @BitFlipper: I see this as well, added it to the op, thanks for reminding!

     I can go to command prompt and try go to the mapped share ("reconnect(ed) at logon") and it doesn't find it, until I click on it in explorer.

    C:\Users\Administrator>w:
    The system cannot find the drive specified.

    (click w: in explorer)

    C:\Users\Administrator>w:

    W:\>

     

    EDIT: I realized that in my case this happens because Windows tries to map the shares before the LAN IP is assigned, as that happens in a scheduled task because the TCP/IP configuration dialog doesn't allow having a DHCP based internet IP and a static LAN IP. That was possible in XP, so I just use the call the API to add IP to do this and that still works.

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    magicalclick

    @BitFlipper:

    The same XP bug? I have this problem on XP machines in my office. I ended up writing a logon VB script to set the mapping. If all thing fails, log out and log back in.

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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