What I DON'T Miss About Windows

Discussion in 'macOS' started by goinskiing, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. goinskiing macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2008
    Meridian, ID
    So, as a newer Mac convert (2 months now :D), I've compiled a list of things that I do NOT miss about Windows (but have to deal with at work). Just to get started:

    1. Windows Update (buggy most of the time)
    2. Internet Explorer 6, 7 (not fun to use, crashes often)
    3. Anti-Virus Software
    4. Registry Editor
    5. Windows Installer/Uninstaller
    6. Start Menu

    Feel free to add to the list.
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    The Taskbar. Sure, it works, but it's nowhere near as elegant as the Dock. The biggest problem with it is the way it deals with lack of space, or lack thereof of a satisfactory way of solving the problem. The Dock solves this well, by showing only the icons, and not showing multiple windows of a program if a program has multiple windows open.
  3. Ryan700 macrumors member


    Jun 4, 2008
    System tray. How it takes forever for Windows to start up after the System tray loads in. Especially after you've owned the computer for a while - like 6 months.
  4. Fabiano macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2008
    Palmas, Brazil
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    i love that to lock my screen. and yes i know about the keychain thing but still not as good

    i will say that for my quad computer, osx is a ton more responsive than vista. takes me a good 5 min probably before i can load up a program after initially booting up vista.
  6. mynameisshawn macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2008
  7. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    Windows key and L is better
  8. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    I really miss that in Mac OS X.

    I use a Dashboard Widget to lock Leopard, but it's very annoying.
  9. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I don't miss the start menu, as someone mentioned above. The dock is way more elegant but takes up a little bit more room. But I'm not complaining, the windows GUI looks like it was cobbled together from mismatched parts. The Mac UI is much more seamless with everything flowing smoothly together. I hated the update thing too. took forever whereas software update takes under 1 min.

    One feature I did like about windows was the eye candy of Vista, although that got boring after awhile.
  10. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    I just set up a hot corner.
  11. mckyvlle macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2007
    London, UK
    I ended up writing an AppleScript! :rolleyes:

    My systray was really bad, loaded with dozens of icons... now though, it's all on the right-hand side of my menubar. Just as bad, I suppose. :eek:

    One thing that I definitely do not miss from Windows is Wireless Networking configuration. After using AirPort/Network Preferences to under Leopard, configuring Wifi on Vista is just a nightmare.
  12. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    Amen to that.... man what a freaking breeze it was to setup the Mac wireless. I can't believe I didn't do it earlier.

    This is before windows xp, but does anybody remember IRQ conflicts..... yikes.

    I actually like Windows Update..... wasn't to bad in my experience.
  13. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    The start menu on my work pc double-freezes. It freezes for 20-30 seconds when I first click it. Then it freezes for another 20-30 seconds when I try to open "all programs". So I installed launchy. It's not exactly spotlight but it makes windows more bearable.

    Things I don't miss:

    Start Menu
    Standby - mac: from click to black screen < 5 seconds - windows: from click to black screen > 30 seconds
    LookOUT! (oh, I mean Outlook)
    ActiveStink (oh, I mean activesync)
    Are you sure?
    Yes, No, Cancel
    Modal dialog boxes - can't be minimized, resized or closed until Windows is good and damn ready to listen to your insignificant little clicks
    Plug and Pray - can't be disabled - different state on every boot up - it's like popping quarters in a slot machine to see if I can get any work done today
    Norton Antivirus
    McCaffee Antivirus
    Task Manager
    Network settings - especially wifi
    zone alarm
    windows scripting host
    windows media player
    windows genuine
    Add remove programs
    Windows Messenger
    Safe Mode
    Microsoft - the company - dealing with them on the web, by email and on the phone.
    Master Browser - (the mystical process of refreshing lists of visible network resources)
    DOS ( I actually don't mind Darwin as much as I mind cmd)
    PS2 Mice - cannot be hot plugged
    IRQ Hunts - an older problem but a real horror story
    Win Printers - those $50 windows-only printers with lousy drivers
    The Task Bar - cluttered and unprotected
    The Desktop - cluttered and unprotected

    Is my list too long? Sorry :eek:
  14. dmw2692004 macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2008
    the wireless network manager..

    and the blue screen of death that appears every time you open a program.

    r0k- you pretty much hit the nail on the head..
  15. iParis macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
    Nice list.
    That has everything I could think of.
  16. messedkid macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2007
    Oshawa, ON
    Installing Drivers was my biggest beef.

    I have to use Windows at work, and am forced to use IE7. I mean, it's not THAT bad. As a browser user who doesn't need extensions or plugins, it's pretty simple to use. I only use IE7 at work, to browse these forums though.

    Only thing that is somewhat frustrating, is if I leave IE7 open, and go home. I come back the next day and trying to switch tabs that are still open from the day before is extremely slow and choppy. Not a big fan.

    Hmm..what else don't I miss..?

    A website asking me to install directX.

    Antivirus programs.

    MSN, ie. Hotmail...still use the MSN network, but with Adium and Gmail

    Installation Wizard
    Installations that ask to put shortcuts up the ying-yang. On the desktop, in the start menu, etc...

    Windows Media Player...lol

    O, and a Calculator that can't do currency conversions. <3 calculator.app
  17. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    I don't like the fact it feels like you're using an OS from back in the day. It doesn't feel modern.

    MS also don't 'get it'. The world has moved on, but they're stuck with a time warp of an OS. But they think it's marvellous. They need to think out of the box and get back to basics.

    Security is a headache as well. I want an OS that just sits there, never gets malware and never bothers me with any security stuff. Everything is a marketing gimmick - 'Windows Defender' for example. I don't want to know. It should just not get malware in the first place, without any add ons. It's just a sticking plaster, but instead of it being hidden and skin coloured, it's like a blue chef's plaster!
  18. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Must say that rOk's list sums it up pretty well to a large extent, and I echo everything written there. My own personal intense dislikes included spam, spyware, adware, viruses (and I had bought the most robust anti-spam, anti-virus package I could lay hands on when with Windows) freezes, crashes, general slowness and sluggishness and the dreaded deep blue screen. Cheers.
  19. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    reboot - installed software requires reboot - os x software update requires frequent reboots but your machine is put back where you left it... (weekly is frequent these days :) )
    boot time - way too slow
    shutdown time - way too slow, (just like standby time which was already mentioned above)
    DRM- music DRM, software DRM, OS DRM, Almost Everybody has DRM...

    MacOS: Almost Ever Ready :cool:
    Windows: Almost Never Ready :mad:


    The main thing Windows stole from me was my TIME!

    Oops... I almost forgot a really big one...
    Lotus Notes The only software written so badly it's a crime against humanity. I wonder if we could prosecute these guys at the Hague? But fear not! iNotes is coming to an iPhone near you (yuck).
  20. nout72 macrumors regular


    Dec 27, 2007
    The Netherlands
  21. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    I don't like the idea of that.

    I just have to make do with the widget.
  22. Insulin Junkie macrumors 65816

    Insulin Junkie

    May 5, 2008
    Mainland Europe
  23. nout72 macrumors regular


    Dec 27, 2007
    The Netherlands
    Why not enable 'Fast user switching'? Like I mentioned?
    With it enabled, just click on the icon in the menu bar and choose "Login Screen" and lock the screen (log out without quiting any open application)

    But if you really want a hotkey to lock the screen there's the following option.

    First download MacLoc which is actually nothing more than a script that triggers OSX's built-in 'Fast user switching' with a click of the mouse (if you put the program icon in the Dock that is).
    But we want a shortkey.
    Download Spark
    Assign a short key to MacLoc with this app.
    Spark has to run continually in order to keep the shortkey, but the CPU is a mere 0,01%

    I have F19 set to lock the screen.
  24. Matek macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2007

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