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5. Snapshots Please

Granted, System Restore has come a long way from Windows 2000. Now I don’t know about anyone else, but I was never able to restore a system in Windows 2000. Windows XP was spotty at best, and still a far cry from reliable. In Vista, we continue on this path of system restoration and it’s still difficult to put full faith in a technology that has been spotty for so long.

Perhaps Windows 7 can move into the realm of snapshots. Snapshots create a point in time “picture” of your OS. Now disk space will be needed if this technology is added. Is this really an issue though? What does a half terabyte cost these days – 5 bucks? NO! However, it is considerably cheaper than trying to replace all the hours of lost work. In addition, storage will continue to grow exponentially and prices most likely will continue to drop.

6. A Real Beta Testing Period

Get the software into IT’s hands. Never mind TechNet subscriptions and signing up for Betas. I find it hard to believe that Microsoft does not have the marketing power to push out the beta to end all betas. Make the cycles short; let the beta expire after 45 days. Make sure Enterprises, SMB’s and home users are well represented in the cross section of users.

Whatever the number of beta testers for Vista, add 5 to 7 times more testers. Let them kick the tires and test-drive the thing. Moreover, do it early – we have XP around until 2010. That gives us more than a year to get to know, learn, and quite frankly, complain about what can be changed and fixed.

To me I think this would be even better than the Windows Open suggestion. Mainly because I believe this is a possibility if the boys at Redmond will let us all play.

7. No More Registries?

Now I know this is a mere dream but one can still hope. No offense to the boys at Redmond and not to sound like a traitor to my PC roots, but a few years back I had to support a graphics department for a dot-com I was working for at the time.

Of course, the designers used MAC’s so I had to support them. Coming across the MAC, there was actually one thing I really liked: The idea of removing software by simply removing the files and a configuration file is genius. There is no worrying about leftover files of registry settings, some of which (you know the legacy settings) never get removed from your system.

Wrapping Up

Windows 7 so far seems to be promising some cool new features. What would be new is more input from the user community, and in particular from one user. (You might know him; he had 7 good suggestions for Windows 7.)

Well, let’s see if we can get even some of those in our next Windows version. Most of all let’s get a solid OS that people will not avoid like the plague.

As I said at the start, I like Vista, but I ache for a few of those features to be addressed. I would hate for 2010 to be another call to extend Windows XP. I liked that OS, too, but it’s time to move forward and to do it with an operating system that is going to work well.

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