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  1. Allow Microsoft Edge Favorites to be easily managed like the Internet Explorer Favorites folder structure and support folder redirection

    Allow Microsoft Edge Favorites to be easily managed like the Internet Explorer Favorites folder structure (end user-manageable) and support folder redirection (especially in the Enterprise edition of Windows 10). The IE Favorites folder can be redirected to a network location and available on any computer a user logs into, Edge Favorites are stuck on the local hard drive in a non-user manageable form (ESE database). The same goes for Sticky Notes, in Windows 7 they were stored in the Roaming AppData folder and followed a user across computers. Now they have been converted to a "modern UI app" which is…

    10 votes
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  2. 10 votes
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  3. Add WPF Support to WinPE

    While never fully supported, the support WinPE had for WPF was enough to allow folks to build flexible, customized tools. Most of us who have done it are SCCM admins building custom front-ends for the OSD process.

    The excellent community has found a workaround to keep WPF going, but it would be nice to have support officially back to at least the level it was.

    Thanks!

    9 votes
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  4. Dark Theme for Group Policy Management Editor

    Include an option for a Dark theme view in the Group Policy Management Editor.

    9 votes
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  5. Windows Update settings - Restart options

    In Windows Update on Server 2016 and beyond, there is the Restart options, which allows you to Schedule a time to restart and finish installing updates.

    The problem is you can only turn this on once the updates have fully completed installed.

    Instead of having to wait for the update to install, you should be allowed to Schedule the Restart time from this menu ONCE YOU HAVE ALREADY BEGUN to install updates. It's very annoying to have to wait for hours or however long, to then later have to go back and schedule the restart. You should be able to…

    8 votes
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Please Stop Using Ugly Aero Lite Theme in Windows Server

    The Aero Lite theme looks ugly and does not represent the client version (Windows 10) of the OS. Please just use regular Windows 10 theme. It is critical in RDS servers that the experience is the same with the client version of the OS. I understand that GUI on Server is very bad but the RDS role requires a GUI.

    7 votes
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  9. Why a mobile user interface on Windows Server?

    Why Microsoft develop a mobile user interface on a server operating system. Its unuseable, unpractical and without any comon sense.

    7 votes
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  10. See to who a GPO (and a new Version of it) is applied from Group Policy Management Console

    It would be great if it could be displayed directly in the console to which users and computers a new or changed policy could already be applied.

    6 votes
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  11. Active Directory dsa.msc Attribute Editor only if Object not searched

    if i open an computer object directly in the dsa.msc there is a tab called "Attribute Editor". If i open an object over the search function there is no tab "Attribute Editor". Bug or Feature? I can´t understand the sens of the difference.

    6 votes
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  12. Server 2019 - ALT-F4 - bring back the shutdown/logoff dialog box

    Historically, ALT-F4 will close out your windows...and if you were at the desktop, it would nicely bring up a dialog box asking if you'd like to sign-out or shutdown/reboot, etc. That is gone it seems...except for the built-in administrator. This leads to accidental logouts and closing of sessions that may have been active, etc. From what I've seen, MS has stated this is "by design" and needs to go to the forum to restore sanity. Seems odd it exists for one type of account and not able to be enabled for others. Regardless....bring back the logoff/shutdown dialog box please, or…

    5 votes
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  13. Windows 10 start menu

    In the Windows 10 start menu again the folders free sortable as in the old Windows versions make. Allow creation of folders in the Start menu again.

    5 votes
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  14. Please keep same logic for control panel running app wuapp

    I do updates PC / servers so many times that typing ms-config:windowsupdates rather than wuapp is boring, please keep these shortcuts in the Windows + R commands

    5 votes
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  15. Different colors in files

    Different Colors for various files in a folder to have a better overview of your files and documents.
    If you create a folder, in which you want to highlight several files, it would be an enormous help to be able to mark your files in various colors, so you can find them easier and have a better time organizing your documents

    5 votes
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  16. biometric

    Add Support for Remote Desktop using a Biometric for Key Trust environments

    4 votes
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  17. integrate professionally sharepoint search connection native in Windows Explorer and make it the preferred choice in its search applet

    Windows search has to be deprecated.
    - It is not cluster-aware.
    - You cannot automate the rollout and
    - Cannot orchestrate a bunch of nodes with the same configuration and
    - last but not least you only have the choice between pest or cholera if you want to use an abstract namespace with all the advantages for background migrations by using the distrubuted file system (dfs), cause windows search is still incompatible with dfs - and never was it!

    Sharepoint does it!

    But sharepoint is still not integrated in windows explorer. You only have the possibility to import an „osdx-File“…

    4 votes
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  18. 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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  19. active directory administrative center search feature is incomplete

    well, WTH?! ADUC lets you find users, computers, group, printers, shares, etc.

    why on earth the new ADAC is lacking this feature? why don't you have the option to choose primitive object types in ADAC search as you can in ADUC? I know you have LDAP query builder and all that (which is awesome by the way); but shouldn't simple stuff be available and intuitive stuff be as easy as they have always been with newer tools?

    4 votes
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  20. Windows Server Start Menu at least like Windows 7 Start Menú and old classic start menu.

    Please, no more mobile UI and flat and ugly design like Windows 10.

    4 votes
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