Last week we published an article about the latest Windows 10 update (2004) and what new features/changes it introduces. I openly admit there is not much among the list of changes that I find overly exciting. For years now users have been complaining about various aspects of Windows that require improvement with the majority continuing to use third-party apps to help fill the void.
It seems to me that most new features in these major updates are niche type tweaks that appeal to a specific group rather than any sort of substantial improvements to core functionality. Here are my several suggestions for an improved Windows 10:
A Dual-Pane File Manager
There are numerous advanced third-party file managers available for free so I can’t imagine it would be difficult for Microsoft to introduce a number of the advanced features already found in these third-party applications. A dual-pane interface, for example, which is a feature of pretty much all third-party file managers, would assist users no end. With File Explorer’s current single-pane interface, transferring files from one folder to another involves opening the two folders in two separate instances of File Explorer plus, potentially, a certain amount of repositioning of the folders. A dual-pane interface would eliminate all the juggling and simplify this common process no end. While I understand that advanced users might be looking for the addition of even more advanced features, the introduction of a dual-pane interface would at least be a good place to start and advantageous to users of all levels of proficiency.
A Competent Uninstaller
Correct me if I am wrong but I believe Windows’ native uninstall feature is in the same dismal state as it has been for many years with no improvements whatsoever. File remnants and registry entries left over from uninstalls have long been the bane of users and it seems incredible to me that, in this day and age, Microsoft is unable (or perhaps unwilling) to introduce a more effective system for uninstalls.
For those who may not be aware, the only successful method at the moment for a complete uninstall is before and after monitoring whereby the uninstaller creates a file and registry snapshot both before and after the install and then compares the two to identify exactly what’s changed. However, while this system can be very effective it also comes with a degree of risk– active background processes may cause changes in your system during the install which are unrelated to the installation but included in the snapshot. If you then subsequently uninstall, these changes will also be reversed with potentially harmful and even disastrous consequences.
Again, many users rely heavily on third-party applications such as Geek Uninstaller and Revo Uninstaller which dig down post uninstall to identify and remove at least most of the leftover remnants. I fail to see why Microsoft could not easily introduce a similar system with its built-in uninstaller. Furthermore, with its vast resources, I suspect Microsoft could create a system for complete uninstalls with zero leftovers by combining before and after monitoring with some sort of sandboxing (isolation) technique to eliminate the possibility of capturing active background processes during creation of the snapshots. Regardless, Windows’ built-in uninstaller is another area which is, in my opinion, in dire need of a long-overdue upgrade.
A More Advanced Disk Cleanup Utility
Whenever one of my clients — who are mostly at the lower end of the computer proficiency scale — brings me a machine to fix, one of the several chores I invariably need to perform is a thorough disk cleanup. I am often amazed at the sheer volume of crap that needs to be removed. Once again, users must rely on third-party tools, such as CCleaner and Wise Disk Cleaner, to get the job done. Not only could Microsoft introduce an advanced disk cleaning tool, or expand the existing Disk Cleanup tool, but such a tool could also be included to run periodically within Windows’ existing system of regular in-house maintenance. This would then automatically prevent the build-up of crap rather than relying on user intervention and third-party tools.
It’s patently obvious to most computer repairers that, even though many average users will have some sort of disk cleanup tool installed, they do not tend to use them, and I doubt many would even be aware that these third-party tools come with a built-in scheduling mechanism. In my humble opinion, introducing an advanced disk cleaner and including same in Windows’ regular maintenance would be a major assistance to a huge number of users.
Okay, that’s my two cents worth, now it’s your turn. Let us know what new features you’d like to see in Windows 10 via the comments.