The beat goes on – Another Windows 8 wishlist

February 28, 2011

Interesting post over at ZDnet today.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is asking for feedback on Windows 8.

The post is titled ” What would you like to see in Windows 8?”

Here is his list:

  • Custom installer that has the ability to set up the OS on one drive and store data and settings on another.
  • An end to 16/32-bit support (or at least a version that is pure 64-bit only).
  • Proper touch/tablet support. Not just a theme but a new API that developers can tap into to make applications compatible for both desktop/notebook and tablet usage.
  • Rebootless update mechanism.
  • Microsoft Security Essentials included as standard.
  • Multi-display support for the taskbar.
  • Built-in .ISO support for image files.
  • Better support for compressed files (more than just ZIP files!)

What would you like to see in Windows 8?

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All Comments

  • Things I would add to your wishlist:
    – support for higher pixel density displays
    – multi-boot system with: desktop OS, Tablet OS, third party-OS (like webOS!)
    – operating system on SSD / Flash memory (instead of a Hard drive)


    marc3l March 9, 2011 11:39 am Reply
  • Ditching total reliance on the registry.
    Longer write behind times (helps avoid fragmentation)
    System automatic defragmentation of files under 20 megs (like Mac OS)
    Rebootless updates
    The ability to opt out of cloud services
    Something like WinFS, or make it easier to catagorize multitudes of files
    A change from folder locations to file type organization
    Mouse gestures for changing windows
    A change to the shortcut UI
    A change to program installations, perhaps in some kind of self contained package (.apps in Mac OS like)

    Link9454 March 10, 2011 9:11 pm Reply
  • Microsoft Security Essentials is a must in my opinion too. I would like to add one more thing to this list. I want to see windows 8 with an option to access ISO files directly without using any third party software.

    Krishnaverma March 12, 2011 4:07 am Reply
  • I need to see a sysprep wizard that will generate and act on unattend.xml files if certain check boxes in the wizard are used.
    For example, create local user, don’t disable admin account, use lookup list or sql server for computer name, join domain, post install these apps, etc…..Don’t make my low level techs use image manager – this stuff could be handled by the wizard.

    also, it should be able to make pe 4.0 boot flash from windows 8.0 that optionaly will include uses all lan and wifi drivers currently active on my machine.

    Buddy April 5, 2011 5:14 pm Reply
  • I like the part about Microsoft  Security Essentials will be included and do not have to worry about downloading it.
    Multi-display for  support for the taskbar. 
     I see that Windows 8 can really help you multitask more than Windows 7 for you can add/delete or move  bulk users for this would be helpful in Twitter. 
     Love that I will have better support for compressed files
    and last of all Rebootless updates which I love the most.  Very hard when you have 5 windows open and have to close to reboot and update.
    These are the 5 reasons that I cannot wait to get windows 8

    I am not an expert of windows but I love researching new ways to help make the most of my computer.  I hope that Skype will be integrated into Windows 8 for I have many friends that have Skype.

    I could really use this iPad and pray I will finally win won.  I have left comments about you on Facebook, Twitter and Google and Linkenit.  Thanks and God Bless

    Joyce McDaniel May 18, 2011 2:46 pm Reply
  • I wish they got Guest Mode working (known as steady state in XP and Vista). It was supposed to appear in W7 but it got scrapped for whatever reason.

    Madde Bruhn August 5, 2011 1:22 pm Reply

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