What users want to see integrated in Windows 10

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 16, 2014
Updated • Jul 5, 2017
Windows, Windows 10

The release of the Windows 10 Preview some time ago revealed some of the features that Microsoft plans to integrate in the upcoming operating system.

Probably the biggest feature is the redesigned start menu that mixes traditional desktop programs with Start application tiles.

There are other features of note, a new virtual desktop manager for example, the ability to run apps in windows or improvements to the command prompt.

It is not clear if there will be more, even though it is very likely that Microsoft will integrate additional features in the operating system before it is officially released.

Note: Windows 10 has been released, and Microsoft has disabled public access to the community site.

Microsoft has created a company presence on Uservoice and it has been up for some time. Users can suggest, discuss and vote for new features on the site, and while there is no guarantee that any of the suggestions will find their way into the operating system; what users want integrated is interesting nevertheless.

Here are the top 20 suggestions at the time of writing

  1. Add tabs to Windows Explorer / File Explorer.
  2. Make Windows Update the one stop for all drivers.
  3. Bring back Aero Glass from Windows 8 Developer Preview.
  4. Redesign & replace all Aero-themed objects in Windows 10.
  5. Add Persian calendar to Windows.
  6. Provide a better Notepad application.
  7. Make Windows free for everyone.
  8. A modern plugin experience for Internet Explorer.
  9. Bind programs to specific audio outputs.
  10. Pin anything to the start screen.
  11. Live background images with animations or live streams.
  12. Built-in support for multiple codecs such as mkv.
  13. Drag applications to another virtual desktop.
  14. Create custom live tiles.
  15. Add Adobe format thumbnails support, create a universal preview tool.
  16. Merge PC Settings and Control Panel.
  17. Add Cortana to Windows.
  18. Ability to customize the login screen.
  19. OneDrive app should include shared folders.
  20. Fix Thumbnail Cache automatic deletion problem.

You can check out other suggestions, there are a lot, on the Uservoice website.

Some suggestions propose that Microsoft updates native programs. The top request is to add tabs to Windows Explorer, another to improve the Notepad application and a third to modernize Internet Explorer's plugin system.

A second group of suggestions deals with visual changes, for instance to bring Aero back or to customize the login screen.

And a third group wants improvements to Windows 8+ features such as the start screen.

What about you? Is there something that you want changed, added or removed in Windows 10? If so, what it is?

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  1. VAGA said on December 9, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I would like to have a in built windows theme that’s not glaring white!

  2. kau9791 said on October 19, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    For explorer search … allow the default search location to be current folder or all subfolders. Currently all subfolders is default and this cannot be changed. The current folder option was default in Windows 7 and is much more efficient for certain types of searches. One example is a search for a project folder.

  3. OD said on October 18, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    This is why windows is being developed towards women and people with a low IQ. Getting a driver is the easiest thing with a PC and it’s number 2.
    Now it’s made for little girls, with the social media garbage and apps like food, travel, people can’t find info without being handed it. Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages, now not only is it made for social little girls it can now track your life and destroy privacy. Great job MICROSUCK.

    1. Andrew said on October 18, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Wow… that’s the most ignorant comment I have seen regarding Windows… I am curious what you think is better.

      Windows has always been about the masses anyway, that’s where the profits lie. There is no profit in niche products.

  4. Guest said on October 18, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    You know what I would like? A command prompt that doesn’t take 20 years to do a tracert. I’d use pingplotter but it expired and I’m too lazy to pirate it.

  5. Cassandra said on October 18, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I’d like an improved Notepad. It doesn’t have to be a full-featured editor like Notepad++ (though I wouldn’t mind) — something like Metapad, Notepad2, or a myriad of others would be fine.
    If they’re going to keep Notepad as it is, that’s fine too, but PLEASE at least add unix-style newline support. That is my one main gripe with Notepad as it is. For every other feature, I can and will use something else, but at this point a text editor that can’t even handle that is an embarassment and a hassle.

  6. jinalbert said on October 18, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I bet some Windows Explorer engineers are moaning about how some old poorly written legacy code make it IMPOSSIBLE to add tab feature… Yeah, it has been almost 20 years since Windows 95. =)

  7. Karl Gephart said on October 18, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Faster copying like Teracopy, which is my default copier for Windows.

  8. Iron Fox said on October 16, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Since Windows 8.1, the SendTo icons are only displayed properly once you hover the mouse pointer over each one. In Windows Vista until Windows 8, the SendTo icons are displayed correctly the moment you select the SendTo option in the context menu.

    The SendTo icons in Windows 2000/XP is also ok. I can’t remember with older Windows versions.

  9. Andrew said on October 16, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    How about being able to read the window title if your theme color is black… from what I read, that’s still an issue.

  10. sunny said on October 16, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Add Persian calendar to Windows may be useful . i vote this .

  11. David said on October 16, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    “20. Fix Thumbnail Cache automatic deletion problem.”

    Nothing is more annoying for me than to go search for something in my multimedia folders and find all the thumbnails gone !!!

    What’s worst is having to ‘page’ thru every file in Explorer to get their thumbnails recreated. :-(

  12. XenoSilvano said on October 16, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    These are some of things out of that list that I would like to see: Add tabs to Windows Explorer / File Explorer, Make Windows free for everyone, Merge PC Settings and Control Panel.

  13. fokka said on October 16, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    there are many valid points, i only would want to add showing folder size in the details view in explorer. that was very handy in the xp days.

  14. Dave said on October 16, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Fix the 25X character limit for file paths.

    Create a driver compatibly layer, so that I can use old drivers designed for 32bit XP or 98.

    Regarding Windows Update, turn off the auto-restarts, and the nag screens.

    Integrate the RichCopy code into Windows Explorer, with a new integrated UI.

    Improve compatibility with old applications that don’t currently run on Windows 8.

    Replace the Windows Store with a repositories model, like on Debian, so that I can choose my own sources.

    1. leon said on October 16, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      i think the 25X character limit
      is because of ntfs format :)
      so dont think they can fix that :p

      i could be wrong so correct me if i am wrong :)

      1. Andrew said on October 16, 2014 at 9:16 pm

        Actually I think that has to do with the windows APIs, not ntfs

  15. EllisGL said on October 16, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Bring back a real classic look and feel (9x/2K). =)

    1. Andrew said on October 16, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      That would actually be awesome :)

    2. fokka said on October 16, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      please don’t. the world has suffered long enough under the reign of grey.

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