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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Microsoft Windows 8 Functionality Requests

Following is a list of functions that I would like to see native in the upcoming Microsoft Windows 8 Operating System:
  1. Less Graphic User Interface changes.  I would prefer greater focus on further developing Windows technology rather than the format or appearance of the User Interface.  Changes to the User Interface should be optional.

  2. More fully developed Integrity Check.  System File Checker is a relatively simple utility.  I would like to see a sophisticated utility that is able to check the default integrity of the MBR, Windows registry, policies, services, ASLR, DEP, SEHOP, WMI, DCOM, CAPI2, Security Center, Firewall, Visual C++, .Net Framework, Oracle Java, Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader and other third-party dependencies, etc.  This utiility should have the ability to restore all file associations including EXE, COM, BAT, VBS and CMD to default values.  Detection of rootkits like Mebroot, Sinowal, etc. should be native to the operating system.

  3. More fully developed Email Import Process.  At all times, native applications in previous versions of Microsoft Windows should be fully supported in the latest version of Microsoft Windows.  Commonly, there is no import process support for a previous version of a native Email Client such as Microsoft Outlook Express or Windows Mail.  Therefore, a number of steps must be performed in order to migrate this data to the latest version of Microsoft Windows.  The process of transferring email from one version of Microsoft Windows to the current version should be extremely straight-forward.  

  4. More fully developed Error Reporting.  Critical System Errors such as a failing Display Adapter, failing Hard Drive, Driver Conflicts, Application Conflicts, Converted Crash Dumps, Security Threats and Hardware Sensors should be brought to the attention of  the User.  Critical information should not be hidden in the Event Viewer.  Error messages should be verbose rather than cryptic.  Examples: A native Windows Service could be employed to monitor drives using SMART technology and alert the User when appropriate.  Another example would be heat-related sensor information supplied by SensorsView Pro.  Another example would be changes made to the System by an exploit which has compromised System Integrity. 

  5. More fully developed Windows Easy Transfer.  There are a number of default data locations used by native and third-party applications in Program Files, Program Data, Application Data and Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Contexts.  Windows Easy Transfer should be more fully aware of default data locations and convert data when required.

  6. More fully developed Windows Update.  A more advanced Windows Update process that is aware of security updates required for third-party applications such as Oracle Java, Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader.

  7. Port scan.  At the command line, a port scanner like NMAP and NETCAT.

  8. More fully developed Ping.  At the command line, a more sophisticated ping utility like HPING.

  9. More fully developed Remote Control.  At the command line, the ability to perform commands on remote hosts like Sysinternals PsExec.

  10. More fully developed Network Map.  The Network Map function within the Network and Sharing Center is extremely limited.  NetworkView would be an example of a far more sophisticated application using SNMP and WMI.

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