Suggestions for Vista


D

Dion

Suggestions:
1. Integrate Dreamscene to Aero
-Most home users like Vista Ultimate because of Ultimate Extras,
Complete PC Backup and Restore, and BitLocker. Dreamscene happens to be a
popular feature of Ultimate, but if that's all a user wants, it's not very
wise to spend 100$ more than Home Premium or Business just to get Extras.
There is also an Extra that lets you play Poker, but there are 3rd party
software/websites that can let you do that.

2. Screensaver Fine-tuning
-I've seen it before: you have to play with some values in the registry
to change some settings in some Windows screensavers, namely Ribbons,
Bubbles, Mystify. However, for the inexperienced user who just wants bigger
bubbles or thinner ribbons, it's quite hard to follow instructions that
assume the reader is an experienced computer user.

3. Where's Luna?
-Some Vista users just miss the Luna theme that XP came with.
Personally, I miss it as well, and I doubt that most users would like to buy
WindowsBlinds just to get XP look on Vista. The Luna theme should be
available for download. Maybe as an "Optional" update in Windows Update. Or,
as a download in the Microsoft website.

4. Change color in Windows Vista Basic Theme
-The generic light blue color scheme that the Vista Basic theme has
isn't very attractive. There should be options to change the frame color so
that computers unable to run the Vista Standard or Aero theme can also enjoy
the customizable interface. It can also help laptops by not making it a
hassle to switch between Aero/Standard and Basic, which uses less GPU and CPU
power. The "ColorizationColor" registry entry is deleted whenever you switch
to Basic through Personalization. It saves the user time to get that perfect
shade of Green, Violet, or Yellow that was lost due to someone changing the
theme to Vista Basic. If possible, on computers capable of running the Vista
Standard or Aero theme, the "ColorizationColor" registry entry should not be
deleted, so that the user will not have to fine-tune sliders to get that
perfect shade.

5. Additional Aero Effect
-Windows OS's before Vista have an animation when Maximizing/Restoring
windows. It would be cool to have that in Aero. I thought that the
Maximize/Restore animation was under "Animate windows when minimizing and
maximizing". I guess that option was the smooth transition that happens when
you minimize a window to the taskbar and bring back a window from the
taskbar. I have a suggestion for the animation that would look nice for
Maximize/Restore: When you double-click an icon in Mac OSX, a ghost of the
icon seems to expand and fade out. For maximizing, expand and fade out a
ghost image. For restoring, shrink and fade out a ghost image. That would be
a good animation for maximizing/restoring in Aero.

Well, that's all I can think of for now. I would like to say that nothing in
this post is meant to disrespect or detract Microsoft or any of its products
and staff. I would like to thank them for making an OS that rocks and an
interface that is just simply astounding. I would appreciate
feedback/comments for my suggestions, should you feel that something is
missing, you want to add suggestions, misspelled words, etc.

Vista Rocks! :)


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http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/co...387&dg=microsoft.public.windows.vista.general
 
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Gordon

Dion said:
Suggestions:
1. Integrate Dreamscene to Aero
-Most home users like Vista Ultimate because of Ultimate Extras,
Complete PC Backup and Restore, and BitLocker. Dreamscene happens to be a
popular feature of Ultimate, but if that's all a user wants, it's not very
wise to spend 100$ more than Home Premium or Business just to get Extras.
There is also an Extra that lets you play Poker, but there are 3rd party
software/websites that can let you do that.

2. Screensaver Fine-tuning
-I've seen it before: you have to play with some values in the registry
to change some settings in some Windows screensavers, namely Ribbons,
Bubbles, Mystify. However, for the inexperienced user who just wants
bigger
bubbles or thinner ribbons, it's quite hard to follow instructions that
assume the reader is an experienced computer user.

3. Where's Luna?
-Some Vista users just miss the Luna theme that XP came with.
Personally, I miss it as well, and I doubt that most users would like to
buy
WindowsBlinds just to get XP look on Vista. The Luna theme should be
available for download. Maybe as an "Optional" update in Windows Update.
Or,
as a download in the Microsoft website.

4. Change color in Windows Vista Basic Theme
-The generic light blue color scheme that the Vista Basic theme has
isn't very attractive. There should be options to change the frame color
so
that computers unable to run the Vista Standard or Aero theme can also
enjoy
the customizable interface. It can also help laptops by not making it a
hassle to switch between Aero/Standard and Basic, which uses less GPU and
CPU
power. The "ColorizationColor" registry entry is deleted whenever you
switch
to Basic through Personalization. It saves the user time to get that
perfect
shade of Green, Violet, or Yellow that was lost due to someone changing
the
theme to Vista Basic. If possible, on computers capable of running the
Vista
Standard or Aero theme, the "ColorizationColor" registry entry should not
be
deleted, so that the user will not have to fine-tune sliders to get that
perfect shade.

5. Additional Aero Effect
-Windows OS's before Vista have an animation when Maximizing/Restoring
windows. It would be cool to have that in Aero. I thought that the
Maximize/Restore animation was under "Animate windows when minimizing and
maximizing". I guess that option was the smooth transition that happens
when
you minimize a window to the taskbar and bring back a window from the
taskbar. I have a suggestion for the animation that would look nice for
Maximize/Restore: When you double-click an icon in Mac OSX, a ghost of the
icon seems to expand and fade out. For maximizing, expand and fade out a
ghost image. For restoring, shrink and fade out a ghost image. That would
be
a good animation for maximizing/restoring in Aero.

Well, that's all I can think of for now.

Wow! And I was always under the impression that computers were there to do
WORK!
Obviously not....
 
L

Lucvdv

Wow! And I was always under the impression that computers were there to do
WORK!
Obviously not....

<tongue-in-cheek>

He was talking about Vista Ultimate, not Vista Business or Enterprise.
So he was talking about a glorified gaming console, not a work machine.

</tongue-in-cheek>
 
D

Dion

Sorry I can't find an edit button anywhere. I guess i'll just have to reply
to my post.

To Gordon:
I understand that computers are supposed to do work, but seeing as I'm a
home user, I can't really research that deeply into the "Business" side of
Vista Ultimate. Yes, I have Vista Ultimate. Just can't appreciate the
Business functions that well.

Additional Suggestions:
6. Media Center Hotstart
-On computers that are capable of using the HotStart feature of Media
Center, I noticed that Media Center takes too long to load because Windows
loads all the rest of system as well. As a suggestion, When HotStart is
utilized, Vista shouldn't load the rest of the system: only the logon screen,
and after that, only Media Center should load. Other startup apps like
Sidebar, Yahoo! Messenger (if applicable), Live Messenger (if applicable),
Limewire (if applicable), etc. should stay "uninitiated" until Media Center
is closed. On more technical terms, and advanced understanding,
"explorer.exe" shouldn't load as well, so that most of the GUI doesn't
follow. Maybe the startup logic should be reorganized such that startup apps
don't load until "explorer.exe" is loaded, or maybe the user can choose which
startup apps will be allowed to load if HotStart is used, or maybe startup
apps can load, but not "explorer.exe". I don't really know about the startup
and stuff like that, I'm 14 years old and I don't tinker with the computer
too much. Either way, even in the description of HotStart: "HotStart zips you
right to DVDs or music, saving both time and battery life." (taken from
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/features/details/performance.mspx).
It's supposed to zip me right to Media Center, but if it's going to load the
whole OS while it does, it's better off booting normally and starting Media
Center when everything else is loaded, so that the computer can focus on
loading and not having Media Center in its list of stuff to load.

7. Start button exploring
-I noticed that when in Vista Basic, Vista Standard, or Aero theme,
opening folders in the Start menu take a little longer than usual, especially
when there are a lot of stuff in the folder. In Windows Standard or Classic
theme the folder opens instantly. I have no idea how to change that, just
pointing it out.

Well, that's all I can think of for now. Just to point out again, nothing in
this post is intended to disrespect Microsoft or any other company/person I
mention. Copyrighted stuff are property of their respective owners.
 
K

kurttrail

Dion said:
Suggestions:
1. Integrate Dreamscene to Aero
-Most home users like Vista Ultimate because of Ultimate Extras,
Complete PC Backup and Restore, and BitLocker. Dreamscene happens to be
a popular feature of Ultimate, but if that's all a user wants, it's not
very wise to spend 100$ more than Home Premium or Business just to get
Extras. There is also an Extra that lets you play Poker, but there are
3rd party software/websites that can let you do that.

Most home users don't like or want Vista, Period. But they want
Ultimate? For the Extras?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

--
Peace!
Kurt
Former Self-anointed Moderator
microscum.pubic.windowsexp.gonorrhea
"Produkt-Aktivierung macht frei!"
 
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D

Dion

Probably... yeah. But most of them probably don't like Vista because their
computers can't run the Aero theme :) I can run all my old programs I used to
run on XP on Vista, and I can run Aero. They just keep whining that Vista
takes up a lot of memory and upgrading to it won't do any good, but that's
how things get better, don't they. XP used more memory than 2000, but the
added benefits of XP made it attractive. Now, Vista takes up more memory than
XP and 2000 combined, but Vista is the most secure Window OS so far, so Aero
or not, it should be a good choice if you don't want a Mac. :)

Extras are extras, and sometimes they are the most useful things on your
computer. BitLocker seems to be an extra, even though it isn't said to be
one. BitLocker is exclusive to Ultimate and Enterprise editions, but not
everyone can get Enterprise, right?

No offense to anyone or any institution. Just my honest comments.
 
D

Dion

Yeah. Their website pretty much reflects Vista a little. Made it harder to
find what you want :)
 
G

Gordon

Dion said:
Yeah. Their website pretty much reflects Vista a little. Made it harder to
find what you want :)


To whom are you talking and about what? You probably don't realise, but you
are using a web interface to a Usenet Newsgroup.
Please quote the post you are replying to, and don't change the subject
line...
 
K

kurttrail

Dion said:
Probably... yeah. But most of them probably don't like Vista because
their computers can't run the Aero theme :) I can run all my old
programs I used to run on XP on Vista, and I can run Aero. They just
keep whining that Vista takes up a lot of memory and upgrading to it
won't do any good, but that's how things get better, don't they. XP used
more memory than 2000, but the added benefits of XP made it attractive.
Now, Vista takes up more memory than XP and 2000 combined, but Vista is
the most secure Window OS so far, so Aero or not, it should be a good
choice if you don't want a Mac. :)

Extras are extras, and sometimes they are the most useful things on your
computer. BitLocker seems to be an extra, even though it isn't said to
be one. BitLocker is exclusive to Ultimate and Enterprise editions, but
not everyone can get Enterprise, right?

No offense to anyone or any institution. Just my honest comments.

Well Bitlocker is mostly for organized crime. Like the Mafia, NAMBLA, Al
Qaeda, & Corporations.

MOST home users should not get anywhere near it, as they already have
enough problems accessing their unencrypted data.

As for XP & 2000, I used 2000 for a long time after XP was released, as
at the time, it was the better OS. After a while, once I had hardware
that wouldn't run with 2K, then I moved to XP as my primary OS.

The difference between XP & Vista is that MS had 6 years to do Vista
right, while XP was under development for a much shorter period.

As a home user, I don't want extras. I want a fast, efficient,
inexpensive OS, that can help me interact with my computer hardware.
Anything else is just superfluous bloat, and is usually better done by
third-party software solutions anyway.

--
Peace!
Kurt
Former Self-anointed Moderator
microscum.pubic.windowsexp.gonorrhea
"Produkt-Aktivierung macht frei!"
 
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Lucvdv

That's because you are using the horrible web interface.

Seriously, I prefer a _real_ newsreader, but if I had to choose between
Koflook Express(*) and the web interface, I'd go for the web interface.


(*) Knoflook is Dutch for garlick, which perfectly expresses my opinion
about OE: never use it in decent company.

Microsoft.public.* newsgroups are a different matter: using OE and
top-posting, both frowned upon elsewhere, are recommended practice here ;)
 
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Larry

As a home user, I don't want extras. I want a fast, efficient,
inexpensive OS, that can help me interact with my computer hardware.
Anything else is just superfluous bloat, and is usually better done by
third-party software solutions anyway.

Well said.
 
L

Lucvdv

Well Bitlocker is mostly for organized crime. Like the Mafia, NAMBLA, Al
Qaeda, & Corporations.

I thought for a second you were going to say MAFIAA, but that's the DRM
part.
As for XP & 2000, I used 2000 for a long time after XP was released, as
at the time, it was the better OS. After a while, once I had hardware
that wouldn't run with 2K, then I moved to XP as my primary OS.

Something similar here. I *still* prefer 2000 for some things (it even
feels like a lightweight OS on current hardware, not quite the same as when
I was upgrading from NT4 ;)

The difference between XP & Vista is that MS had 6 years to do Vista
right, while XP was under development for a much shorter period.

And given that, they've done the worst job I've ever known them to.

I've personally run into more bugs in Vista's shell, than in all previous
windows versions combined.

That doesn't mean I'm not still using Vista at home (for over a year now,
had it from MSDN before it was in the stores and 'borrowed' that license
key to try it out at home before risking it at work). I've even switched
my main work machine from XP to Vista a coupld of weeks ago. But I'm
constantly treading carefully between the bugs.

I just discovered a new one yesterday, but I'm not sure if Vista's Photo
Gallery is to blame, or if it's Trend Micro antivirus giving false
positives on some jpg files saved by said Photo Gallery.

As a home user, I don't want extras. I want a fast, efficient,
inexpensive OS, that can help me interact with my computer hardware.
Anything else is just superfluous bloat, and is usually better done by
third-party software solutions anyway.

Here I disagree.

As a home user, I want extras. Chrome plated exhausts. Bloat.

As a professional user, I want a fast, efficient OS that does its job
without wasting 80% of its capacity on 3-D and color effects and prettier
icons.
 
K

kurttrail

Frank said:
They don't? Says who...you?
Hahaha...and you are...?
Frank

Hardly anyone I know wants it. The few that use it, got it with a new
computer.

It's an OS. It's not something the average user even cares about, unless
it's screwed up.

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Peace!
Kurt
Former Self-anointed Moderator
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Alias

Frank said:
They don't? Says who...you?

Obviously, being as he wrote the post, you moron.
Hahaha...and you are...?
Frank

Someone that obviously has more friends than you do. Course, that
wouldn't be hard; all one needs to have more friends than you,
Frankenmonster, is one friend.

Alias
 
B

Bobby McN.

PotsOn said:
The truth...fista is just a piece of crap.
Simple huh?
NoStop
The truth is: Linux is stolen. The Mac OSX is stolen. Shoot, even Windows is
stolen.
Bell Labs of the 60's and 70's is where C and Unix came from.
The PC would have came out in 1970. But they thought only scientists would
be interested in it. The Altair was the first computer for the home,
followed by Apple and Atari. The Mac and PC and TI and VIC 20 came out in
the 80's. The Apple and Atari came out in the 70's. I remember seeing an
Atari 800 on Guam, at a local store there. Yes, even Guamanians have
computers. My girlfriend's family had an Atari VCS (later know as Atari
2600). We started our collection with the Battlestar Galactica Handheld
game. Then, in 1981, we got a Telestar Marksman. It had 6 or 8 games built
in. Then, in 1982,
we got a Atari VCS. 83 brought the Vic 20 and TI home computers. 1986,
having had a job for two years, I bought a Commodore 128. I learned CP/M and
programming sound with the 128 side.
1988, saving even more money, I bought an Amiga 500. My first taste at Unix.
Not bad.
1991, a Tandy 1000 HX. 1993, an old AT&T PC. Good enough for me. Added a
whopping 250 MB hard drive.
1996, a Compaq Presario 6704. 2001, an HP computer. Then the Dell in 2006.
Dell and Compaq I both got for Christmas.

I asked for Vista. I hate XP with its crayola interface.
I like Vista. Its fast on my computer.
And I can multitask. I know you can do that on Linux, but the Amiga was the
first one. Right now, it is running a firewall PRG, Antivirus, Cygwin,
I am compiling GCC and it is up to libstdc++-v3. I am build the trunk.
Cygwin IS my unix commands for Windows.
Makes life bearable. I am not putting Linux on this machine because of my TV
card. I have not found any good TV programs for Linux that will work with it
Although it does say at the website (Hauppauge.com) that it can work with a
certain program.
Too involved. I just want to watch movies and TV shows on my PC as I can use
the HDD for a recorder and thats it.
Linux can't let me do that. Windows XP media center and Windows Vista Home
Premium and Windows Vista Utlimate can.
Just add the card, and Vista will find the driver.
 
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F

Frank

Alias said:
Obviously, being as he wrote the post, you moron.



Someone that obviously has more friends than you do. Course, that
wouldn't be hard; all one needs to have more friends than you,
Frankenmonster, is one friend.

Alias
Best you stick with your sheep and your butt-buddy onthepot...LOL!
Idiot!
Frank
 

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