1. Joined : Jan 2016
    Posts : 2
    win 10
       29 Jan 2016 #1

    top 3 windows annoyances that could be fixed with 20 minutes of coding


    Overall, Windows actually works pretty well. It seems like most of what I find most frustrating about this OS can probably be fixed with a few dozen lines of code. It makes me think that either I'm a very unusual customer or the software architects have some peculiar blind-spots.


    1. 90% of the time when I want to do an upgrade install (used to be called repair install) is because windows will only start in safe mode or won't start at all. Since you no longer have this option when windows doesn't load completely, it is rendered almost completely useless.
    This may just be a side effect of re-defining the repair install as an upgrade to the same OS version, but if it IS still possible to run this process before completely loading windows then I would very much appreciate the editing of the appropriate if/then statement to re-enable the most powerful self-repair feature windows has ever had.


    2. When Windows fails to start, it gives messages like "unhandled exception error". This is probably really useful if you already know exactly what function is being called by which program when it causes the system failure.
    There is a neat startup option I've occasionally seen in Windows where a console window pops up that shows all the drivers being loaded one by one. If there was a way to make it save each driver name to a file just before it starts (and maybe a second text file to list drivers you DON'T want started), it would have probably saved me close around 20 hours of troubleshooting this year alone.


    3. "Windows is automatically shutting down to install updates...". Sure, there were ways to disable this "feature", but whenever one got too popular it would eventually stop working. It was actually fixed in Win10 (possibly earlier...I upgraded from 7) and they even added a nice interface to schedule updates at your convenience. Thank you, windows team.




    And finally, a suggestion: Don't be so quick to suggest that people just re-install everything when Windows fails to automatically fix itself.


    As far as I know, there is no easy way to automate Windows OS & program installation (though I'm guessing it might now be possible as long as all your software comes from the Windows store), so not only will it take most of a day to get everything up and running (assuming you only have a few extra software packages installed), but you are mostly glued to your desk pressing "OK" occasionally.


    Now, more and more software packages don't even give you an option to save local copies of the installer. In most of the US, this could mean several additional hours for a size-able program. Many Microsoft developers may not be aware of this, but the best internet most people in this country can afford is the "up to 10mb" cable and DSL services, which will give you an actual average of 1mb to 7mb (depending on which neighborhood you live in), often with large lag times and frequent disconnects causing large downloads to fail halfway through (unless you want to download the site-specific download manager which may or may not have "features" that make it functionally indistinguishable from a virus).


    Its not that this isn't a good thing to do anyway every couple of years or so. I just feel that someone should be required to download & install Windows, several IDEs & cad packages, and a half dozen multi-gb Steam games on a unreliable 5mb connection before they are allowed to suggest it as a solution.


    Dustin
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  2. Joined : May 2015
    Central IL
    Posts : 3,084
    EL Capitan
       30 Jan 2016 #2

    So you are stating that in 20 minutes, you can nail down in almost 100 million lines of code, what is exactly the problem and figure out a fix for each fix as you break things along the way.

    There will always be something that breaks in software, anytime you have multiple groups working on different parts of an OS. It is no longer just a group of maybe 2 or 10 people writing software these days.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  3. Joined : Jan 2016
    Posts : 2
    win 10
       30 Jan 2016 #3

    I'm not talking about troubleshooting obscure bugs (see original post). Just making tiny changes to the behavior of a couple of features (I have no way of estimating how much work the third would be).

    The "auto-update" issue could have been made usable if someone had chosen to give it a 5 hour rather than 15 minute timeout. Unless it was written in an extremely convoluted fashion, this is literally a change in the value of a single number.

    As for taking the code which outputs driver names to the console so that it also writes them to a file, there is no way this change can screw anything else up unless you accidentally choose the name of an existing system file.

    bro67 said: View Post
    So you are stating that in 20 minutes, you can nail down in almost 100 million lines of code, what is exactly the problem and figure out a fix for each fix as you break things along the way.

    There will always be something that breaks in software, anytime you have multiple groups working on different parts of an OS. It is no longer just a group of maybe 2 or 10 people writing software these days.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  4. Joined : May 2015
    Central IL
    Posts : 3,084
    EL Capitan
       30 Jan 2016 #4

    Again whatever changes you are talking about, involves going through almost a 100 million lines of code, which is not just a simple fix.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 


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