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Minor Windows 8 annoyance on SSD

Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system is far from ideal, yet it performs well on my SSD-equipped desktop computer.

It takes around 34 seconds to boot.

Not as fast as a tablet maybe, but nothing like the walk to the kitchen and make a cup of tea while waiting for the computer to start days of booting Windows 7 from a hard drive.

Windows annoyances

There are, however, annoyances with the way Windows 8 works with the SSD and hard drive.

Windows installed its standard libraries and folders on the SSD. It didn’t find them on the hard drive during the installation and automatically use the existing folders. Manually pointing each library to a folder on the hard drive is tiresome.

Fixing this in a later release would be a good idea. After all, the SSD plus hard drive combination is hardly exotic.

Apple’s OSX does this better

Even better would be something like Apple does with the latest version of OSX where the operating system automatically decides the best place to store various files, the boundaries between the physical hard-drive and SSD effectively being invisible.

Likewise, Windows’ default folders are on the C: drive. So, when I scanned in some documents this morning, they didn’t get sent to the pictures library, but were automatically stored in a folder tucked away under the C: drive user folder.

Hunting them down later was a chore.

This happens with most Windows 8 applications. They don’t automatically look for libraries, they look for folders. Take Apple’s iTunes, it stores its data on the C: drive under C:/music and not in E:/Music. All the apps I installed did the same.

I’m no programmer or OS architect, but I suspect fixing this would be trivial for Microsoft. Yet I can’t help feel that Microsoft has not taken as much care with Windows 8 as it has with earlier versions of its popular operating system.

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