Features removed in Windows 8

05 Apr

I made the usual list (and going to be hated by fanbois probably for it) 🙂 But my goal is to highlight those areas which are “damaged” or step back from Windows 7. Discuss and help make it more complete.

• Start Menu and its unique features like Start Menu jump lists, Frequently Used Programs etc have been removed (Not going to list individual Start menu features which Start screen doesn’t have)
• The ability to boot directly to the desktop and not load the Metro components in memory is not there
• The Lock screen is the place where you can now display custom background instead of the Logon screen, but unlike the Logon screen, there seems to be no way to programmatically change or cycle through a group of images for the Lock screen background. It must be set manually by the user from PC settings on the Start screen.
The “Unblock” button previously available on the file properties dialog for unblocking downloaded files (removing the NTFS Alternate Data Stream from the downloaded file) has been removed.
• Running Internet Explorer purely in 64-bit mode is not possible unless Enhanced Protected Mode is enabled which disables all addons. Otherwise, 64-bit IE10 opens 32-bit tabs.
Search option to use natural language search has been removed.
Mouse control panel option to allow or disallow themes to change mouse pointers is removed.
• File operations like Rename, Delete can no longer be undone from context menu for UAC-protected locations
• Security Essentials settings for configuring default actions or real-time protection have been removed. (Security Essentials is now built-in as Windows Defender)
• In a dual boot scenario, the ability to directly boot into another OS besides Windows 8 is slowed down because the new Windows 8 graphical boot shell/loader reboots to load the other operating system
• Windows Update settings for showing notifications and allowing all users to install updates have been removed. Windows Update no longer notifies with a balloon notification that there are new updates available. I will now have to manually check for updates once in a while by starting Windows Update or go to the Welcome screen to see if updates are available.
Sound events for ‘Exit Windows’, ‘Windows Logon’ and ‘Windows Logoff’ are removed
People Near Me P2P API is removed
• MSConfig’s Startup tab has been killed and replaced by the Task Manager’s Startup tab that doesn’t have the ‘Location’ column which was useful for example to know if the process started from HKCU or HKLM reg branch.
Previous Versions for Shadow Copies is removed. The half-baked replacement is the File History feature which is only for certain file types (documents, music, videos and pictures) in Libraries, desktop and browser favorites. Previous Versions worked for any generic file type in any folder.
Advanced Appearance settings which let you adjust colors, sizes and fonts are removed
• Explorer copy engine issue: Folder conflict prompt when merging/overwriting folders is removed. Explorer silently merges subfolders in a copy operation, you cannot choose entire subfolders to skip or overwrite
• Explorer status bar removes the ability to show important details. It is now a private undocumented control (DirectUI) so it also doesn’t allow Explorer addons like Classic Shell to show information like free disk space, total size of items without selection, computer zone, infotip information as it could on a standard status bar control.
• Explorer: Ability to enable both Details pane and Preview pane simultaneously or independently of each other in Explorer for display of file metadata as well as preview is gone
Flip 3D is gone
• Chkdsk when run at startup does not display any information about file system repairs besides % complete. This screen is gone when Chkdsk runs at startup and replaced by just a dumbed down % complete.
• Pen and Touch Input Desktop features no longer included because of Metro
Network Map feature and some network profile management UI from Network and Sharing Center is missing
Memory addresses and other technical information has been removed from the Windows 8 bug check screen (BSOD)
• Windows Boot logo is removed
• The new Task Manager is missing many features of the old one.
View Available Networks (VAN) UI has been degraded with access to the most important dialog: the Network’s Status removed. The VAN UI now covers the notification area icons unnecessarily and the Metro look is out of place on the Aero desktop
• The AutoPlay dialog removes the option to always open a particular program based on the file type
• The Open With dialog breaks the NoInternetOpenWith and NoFileAssociate Group Policies and browsing for a program with the redesigned Open With dialog requires three clicks instead of just one.
Windows CardSpace is not installed even after installing .NET 3.0/3.5
• The keyboard shortcut for Windows Mobility Center has been removed. Previously, Win+X brought it up, now it brings up the power user context menu.
• Desktop games (no word on whether they will be included or dropped in favor of Metro-style games):
• Chess Titans
• FreeCell
• Hearts
• Solitaire
• Spider Solitaire
• Minesweeper
• Mahjong Titans
• Purble Place
• Windows DVD Maker is removed
• Windows Briefcase
• Windows Gadget Platform is intact but no gadgets to download as the online Gadget Gallery was killed for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users as well.

Deprecated but not yet removed:
• Windows Backup and Restore is deprecated
• The command line tools, DiskPart.exe, DiskRAID.exe, and the Disk Management GUI are being deprecated and replaced by the WMIv2-based Windows Storage Management API with the Storage PowerShell command line utility. Dynamic Disks are being deprecated as part of this transition.
• Subsystem for UNIX-based applications is deprecated
• Some Transactional NTFS (TxF) APIs like savepoints, secondary RM, miniversion and roll forward

Aero dialogs made unproductive and ugly so you don’t feel like using them (Metro encroaching on the desktop):
User interfaces for View Available Networks (VAN) and AutoPlay
User interfaces for Open With, Windows Update restart prompt and Error Reporting
Reset and Refresh – a great new feature but what is this ugliness doing on the Aero desktop?

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