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  1. A function to Pin application links to Start Screen using check boxes instead of right clicking them one by kne in Windows 10..

    A function to Pin application links to Start Screen using check boxes instead of right clicking them one by one.

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  2. allow marquee select program shortcuts in windows 10

    Functionality to allow Marquee selection of program. shortcuts in Windows 10 Start screen to select them and then be able to resize or remove them in bulk instead of one by one

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  3. Fix SourceAddress bug in Test-NetConnection cmdlet

    Test-NetConnection does not ignore any IP that is marked SkipAsSource=True when showing the SourceAddress in the result. It will consider whatever IP is closest to the gateway address to be the source address even if that IP has SkipAsSource=true.

    For example, given these IP bindings and a gateway address of 10.10.10.1, the SourceAddress should be 10.10.10.33 because it is the lowest address with SkipAsSource=False

    IPAddress SkipAsSource InterfaceIndex InterfaceAlias
    --------- ------------ -------------- --------------
    10.10.10.11 True 12 Production VLAN 123
    10.10.10.22 True 12 Production VLAN 123
    10.10.10.33 False 12 Production VLAN 123
    10.10.10.44 True 12 Production VLAN 123
    10.10.10.55 True 12 Production…

    1 vote
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  4. include a fully functioning command line print client which will print to a shared windows printer

    include a fully functioning command line print client which will print to a shared windows printer, or a LPD server

    We have the need to send PDFs to a printer via LPD - or some command line - during batch processing. The lpr command included in windows doesn't have the options to force jobs to print duplex. The print command is only for text jobs.
    The printer understands PDFs natively... but we have no way of adding required control items on its way there.

    1 vote
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  5. Microsoft window should include a feature called restore environment -

    windows must have a feature like if a pc accidently shut down -for example like when battery issue in a pc- then pc shut down with a shock--
    and when we turn it on again --we found our progress lost--so there should be a feature like chrome --Restore--than can restore the last environment we were working on -

    2 votes
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  6. Behavior when task bar is at the top.

    Still a problem with 2016 Server. This has been an issue for as long as Windows has existed. When the task bar is positioned at the top of the desktop, some title bars, like cmd and PowerShell, hide under the task bar. No, I do not use auto-hide nor will I, That is not a solution. The solution is for the open window to be aware that the task bar is there, and not position itself at the top of the desktop, under the task bar.

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  7. Currently one cannot save MMC window sizes. Please add this feature to all MMC snap-ins. Adjusting the window every time is a waste of time.

    Currently one cannot save MMC window sizes. Please add this feature to all MMC snap-ins. Adjusting the window every time is a waste of time.

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  8. DIR command should have a switch to choose if wildcards are associated with longnames or 8dot3 names.

    DIR *1.* will return "extra" results that don't make sense if you don't know about the underlying 8.3 names. When used with VBA, scripts, or other automated solutions this is problematic, as results are unexpected. If there was a switch to select, for example, that wildcards only apply to the longname, and this option could be selected from VBA, then this could be avoided.

    1 vote
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  9. 2 votes
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  10. Double click group in permissions to open AD group

    When modifying file permissions on a server, it would be a HUGE time saver if you could simply double click the group name and have it open the AD properties of the selected group.

    Implementing this saves the time of having to open ADUC, then typing in the group name in search, then make the required group changes.

    7 votes
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  11. Windows Server Insider 17677 - All Shells lost Console prompt cursor on Virtual Machines

    Windows Server Insider 17677 - All Shells lost console prompt cursor on Virtual Machines. This behavior is been happening on a virtual machine created in VMWare Workstation.

    This is happening in both DOS and PowerShell console shell.

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  12. I don't agree with the decision to remove the GUI from Server 1709 as an option. Some servers are for R&D.

    I have set up production servers for Intel, and used an R&D and test server to develop new tools and to test configurations before I pushed them to production servers. As such, I needed the GUI tools and the GUI interface. Those machines were my primary work environment every day.

    The Server should retain the option to install the GUI, as not every server is a production server.

    4 votes
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  13. add functionality to Test-NetConnection cmdlet to trace a route to a remote TCP port

    Test-NetConnection does not allow to trace to a remote TCP port.
    The ability to do this would greatly improve Window's ability to troubleshoot difficult networking setups with multiple firewalls in between two connection points.
    This is especially true, if the traceroute works but the actual port has been blocked in between somewhere.

    1 vote
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  14. Windows Server Insider 17677 - All Shells lost prompt cursor on Virtual Machines

    Windows Server Insider 17677 - All Shells lost prompt cursor on Virtual Machines. This behavior is been happening on a virtual machine created in VMWare Workstation.

    1 vote
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  15. A small box on the desktop with a configurable dashboard view of the system status

    A small box on the desktop with a configurable dashboard view of the system status

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  16. Please finally stop the reorganization of application windows just because a Monitor is switched off to safe energy

    Hello

    Our users no longer use the power-saving features of the monitors just because Windows then starts to reorganize the application windows and moves them to monitors that are not yet turned off.

    Of course, Microsoft is not even able to restore the application windows exactly to their original position when the monitors are switched on again - which is a real shame, because the problem is trivial! therefore the request:

    Therefore: please allow your customers to disable this automatic reorganization of application windows if Monitors are switched off.
    This should be doable even for M$ which usually ignores usability…

    1 vote
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  17. hyper-V Manager

    In Virtual Machines list a column to show whether the VM is the primary replicating out, or a dormant replica.

    I had a panicked user start the replica because he thought the VM was turned off.

    That said, can I rename the VM on the replica side only (by adding the word REPLICA for example)?

    7 votes
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  18. Add 'server-based personal desktop sessions' for RDS in the Server Manager or any other GUI

    Currently, Server-based personal desktop sessions are still underrated. Still it has a lot of potential and a lot of users are looking for a way to implement this, assign users to different Terminal Servers manually istead of letting the load balancer do it for them.
    Unfortunately to have this configured we are forced to use PowerShell, which is not handy at all times.

    To make this more reliable and easy to manage; add Server-based personal desktops to be configurable within the Server Manager under Remote Desktop Services.

    IT-staff will then be able to easily assign groups of users to different…

    2 votes
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  19. quick access

    Pinned locations on Quick Access shows folder name but cannot change display name to differentiate between many folders with the same name in different locations.
    Please let us change the display name of a folder in the QuickAccess list as we previously could with the old Favourites list? Or let us put Favourites back on top of the windows explorer navigator?

    3 votes
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  20. Need to allow access to different domains via different credentials in same AD Administrative Center

    Need to allow access to different domains via different credentials in same AD Administrative Center. runas will only work for one domain at a time per session. I'd like to manage different domains using different credentials per domain.

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