Vista is Killing My Productivity

I've been using Vista for several months now. I thought I'd give it a try because I resisted XP for a long time, but I quite liked XP once I started using it. I thought it would be the same story with Vista. But there's one thing that's killing my productivity and turning my habitual zen-like calm into apoplectic fury.

Folder View.

I spend a lot of time working with files. I thought everyone did. Well, every time I try to open, save or otherwise interact with the file system, I have those files displayed to me in some god-awful random fashion, contrived to cause me the most frustration.

Sometimes I get giant icons, too big to view many in a small 'file open' dialog. Sometimes I get the files in two, or three columns, alphabetized horizontally! Sometimes I get a list of artists, ratings and genres. I nearly never get what I need - Filename, Size, Date modified. In other words 'Details View'. Always. You keep the rest of all that other nonsense until i ask for it.

Fisher-Price icons here are user-hostile, not user-friendly

Don't say it. 'Apply to Folders' doesn't work. 'Reset Folders' doesn't work. 'Apply this template to all subfolders' doesn't work. Hacking the registry doesn't do it. And I don't want to. I use Windows because I hate configuration. I don't want to spend an hour hacking the registry to view my files the way I've viewed them for the last 15 years.

215 people agree me with enough to register and vote on this -

Are three columns alphabetized horizontally
the best way to view an ftp directory?

I'm annoyed enough about this to rant about it online and completely blow the cool, calm, collected persona that I've been cultivating. That's frustration. Microsoft! Fix this.

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Went through it. Cried about it. Lost a ton of productivity along the way. I've just given up. I particularly love the way it goes dim when it's "thinking" and I can't interact with the application.

Posted by: diamondTearz at July 8, 2008 09:45 PM

Good Post. This is indeed very annoying. You would think they would have fixed this in SP1 - guess we have to wait another year...

Posted by: felix at July 9, 2008 12:37 AM

Spot on. One of the main reasons I won't touch Vista. Whether it's fixed in Windows 7, I'm not sure yet. I doubt it...

Posted by: aehalpin at June 25, 2009 10:56 AM