A defrag status bar would be meaningless since it's an ongoing process. Ever
interrupt the defrag process in Win98 by moving the mouse or touching the
space bar? The status bar would jump back and start over at an earlier point
and begin to progress again, never ending if the user attempted to actually
do some work with their machine. This is essentially what you would get, an
endless pattern of stopping and restarting at different points.
By design in Vista, it works in the background during lulls in system
activity. It's not meant to be watched any more than the old TV test pattern
was in the 1950's when a station went off the air. I fail to see why any
user would want to sit there and watch blocks being moved around a screen
rather than actually using their system. Historically, Windows has only
supplied users with basic versions of system utilities. They are basic tools
to do a basic job. For added functionality and silly graphics, there are
plenty of third party software designers who will be happy to provide you
with such for a price.
By the by, MVP's are not representatives of Microsoft, just other users like
yourself. To my knowledge, none of us has ever participated in any of
Microsoft's usability studies. They actually prefer non-geeks for that, and
what you get in an OS for a UI is based on the results of those studies. So,
if you don't like what you're seeing, blame the consumer studies.
Best of Luck,
Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com
"Retired Bill" <RetiredBill@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>I too think Vista Defrag sucks too, it's just stupid to have a process
> without at least a status bar showing percent of process complete. Every
> install package, tool, utility, etc. all show a status bar of process
> You MVP's may be geeks but your own arrogance about what you think users
> need is regrettable. Obviously the overwhelming opinion of knolwageable
> users indicate they want a more descritive "defrag" process.
> I managed system engineers most of my career at Boeing (BCS) and
> the customers (users) requirements. You just ignor them. Wonder if
> knows about this issue and your inability to satisfy your customers ?????
> Retired Boeing Bill
> "Ronnie Vernon MVP" wrote:
>> Your welcome.
>> I agree, getting everyone to read the article if the difficult part.
>> Ronnie Vernon
>> Microsoft MVP
>> Windows Shell/User
>> "GarFish" <GarFish@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> > Thanks for posting that article. Now the trick is to get everyone to
>> > read
>> > it.
>> > "Ronnie Vernon MVP" wrote:
>> >> Matt
>> >> You might want to take a look at the following FAQ from the Microsoft
>> >> product team that designed the defragmenter in Vista. It explains in
>> >> depth
>> >> why certain decisions on how the defragmenter works in Vista were
>> >> made.
>> >> The Filing Cabinet : Disk Defragmenter FAQ:
>> >> http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/pag...enter-faq.aspx
>> >> --
>> >> Ronnie Vernon
>> >> Microsoft MVP
>> >> Windows Shell/User
>> >> "Matt Callaghan" <MattCallaghan@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
>> >> message
>> >> news:FD7E8BE2-442D-4376-9D6B-46ADF02DF193@microsoft.com...
>> >> > With Vista's new disk defragmenter, we apparently cannot see the
>> >> > 'detailed
>> >> > view' of the disks status as far as disk fragmentation goes.
>> >> >
>> >> > Is there a way for us to show this view that once existed in Windows
>> >> > XP?